menu

REYTA Finalist Just Beverley shortlisted nominee o2 community publication award 2017 Just Beverley Saver
Bike Check

Time to give your bike its pre-winter check

The nights are starting to pull in so now is a good time to ensure your bike is fit-for-purpose. Our cars get serviced - so why not give your cycle the MOT-equivalent?

Knowing your bicycle is safe to ride, especially as the colder, wetter, winter months approach can give you piece of mind. If you are a
parent of a child who cycles to school or college, ensuring their wheels are in top condition is imperative. Here’s the Just Beverley guide to checking your cycle will get you safely through the dark nights.

Tyres. Tyres affect comfort, performance and safety so make sure you have the right tyres for the kind of terrain you will be riding on - road tyres are designed to be used on asphalt and are optimized for dealing with a smoother, less resistant road surface than mountain bike tyres and so are narrower with smooth tread patterns. But if the tread begins to wear, the tyre loses its rounded shape, starts getting lots of small cuts and punctures or the outer layer is wearing through so the threads begin to appear, it’s time to get a new one! Road bike tyres last between 1,000 and 3,000 miles - you can cover that distance quicker than you think!

Wheels. The spokes share the bike load, so if a spoke is damaged or the wheels are not ‘true’, putting an uneven strain on the wheel, it will not be able to support the weight of the rider.

Brakes. Brake pads need replacing as they pick up dust and grime from road surfaces. Rim brake pads have teeth or groves; the wear and tear of stopping the bike wears down these grooves which means it’s time for a new set. Disc brakes, which clamp onto a disc in the centre of the wheel and are increasingly found on road and hybrid bikes, need to be replaced when down to 1mm of compound - they will have become much less effective. If the brakes don’t feel as tight as they should, but the pads are OK, then the
brake cable probably only need adjusting. 

Gears. The drive chain is the mechanical heart of the bike and needs regular checking. Chain-rings with worn, misshapen ‘teeth’ can be dangerous, as the chain can slip or come off when the gear is changed and the chain transfers from one ring to the next. The chain is the component under greatest stress - a worn chain will ‘ride up’ on the teeth of the chain ring rather than sitting flush. The cassette should outlast 3 chain replacements, so replacing the chain will protect the cassette.

Wilson Wheels staff are seasoned cyclists who will keep your cycle in good condition. They can be found at

89, Grovehill Road, Beverley HU17 0EJ.
Tel: 01482 882881.

Latest from Leisure

In the garden in November

In the garden in November

November is the transitional month in the garden from autumn into winter. Autumn ends when most plants stop growing because the daily temperature is too low (due to a combination of shorter days and a...
The Land of Green Ginger will be unleashed this Saturday.

The Land of Green Ginger will be unleashed this Saturday.

Wise beasts, giants, shape shifters and mischief makers will be taking over the city on Saturday for Land of Green Ginger Unleashed, a free spectacular outdoor parade by masters of storytelling a...
Fitmums & Friends selected as finalists for UK Coaching Awards

Fitmums & Friends selected as finalists for UK Coaching Awards

Athletics club and charity, Fitmums & Friends, is delighted to announce that it has been selected as a finalist in this year’s UK Coaching Awards. The awards celebrate great coaching from...

Features

Todays Events

Saturday - 18th

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Me and My Dad Breakfast

Beverley Minster Parish Hall
9:30am

There's Something Fishy Going ON!

St Mary's Church, Beverley

Upcoming Events

Sunday - 19th

Organ Recital by Christopher Dodd

Beverley Minster
7:00pm

Catfish Keith

East Riding Theatre
7:30pm

Monday - 20th

White Horse Folk Club presents Les Barker

Beverley Conservative Club, Wylies Road
8:30pm

Thursday - 23rd

Christmas Lights Switch-ON

Market Cross and Flemingate, Beverley
5:30pm

Stacey Kent

East Riding Theatre
7:30pm

Friday - 24th