Tech Tuesday - Three Minute Bike Preflight Check

Apr 12, 2011
by Richard Cunningham  

What you'll need::

• Allen wrenches to tighten axles and suspension pivot bolts.
• Tire gauge or a floor pump with a working gauge.
• A bike stand would be helpful, but not necessary
• Positive, winning attitude

Pinkbike's Three Minute Preflight Video:
Views: 19,276    Faves: 124    Comments: 8

Don't forget to make that shifting check on the way to the trailhead!

Certified shred inspectors are encouraged to enlighten us if you have additional tips

Past Tech Tuesdays:

Technical Tuesday #1 - How to change a tube.
Technical Tuesday #2 - How to set up your SRAM rear derailleur
Technical Tuesday #3 - How to remove and install pedals
Technical Tuesday #4 - How To Bleed Your Avid Elixir Brakes
Technical Tuesday #5 - How To Check And Adjust Your Headset
Technical Tuesday #6 - How To Fix A Broken Chain
Technical Tuesday #7 - Tubeless Conversion
Technical Tuesday #8 - Chain Wear
Technical Tuesday #9 - SRAM Shift Cable Replacement
Technical Tuesday #10 - Removing And Installing a Headset
Technical Tuesday #11 - Chain Lube Explained
Technical Tuesday #12 - RockShox Totem and Lyric Mission Control Damper Mod
Technical Tuesday #13 - Shimano XT Crank and Bottom Bracket Installation
Technical Tuesday #14 - Straightening Your Derailleur Hanger
Technical Tuesday #15 - Setting Up Your Front Derailleur
Technical Tuesday #16 - Setting Up Your Cockpit
Technical Tuesday #17 - Suspension Basics
Technical Tuesday #18 - Adjusting The Fox DHX 5.0
Technical Tuesday #19 - Adjusting The RockShox BoXXer World Cup
Technical Tuesday #20 - Servicing Your Fox Float Shock
Technical Tuesday #21 - Wheel Truing Basics
Technical Tuesday #22 - Shimano Brake Pad Replacement
Technical Tuesday #23 - Shimano brake bleed
Technical Tuesday #24 - Fox Lower Leg Removal And Service
Technical Tuesday #25 - RockShox Motion Control Service
Technical Tuesday #26 - Avid BB7 Cable Disk Brake Setup
Technical Tuesday #27 - Manitou Dorado Fork Rebuild
Technical Tuesday #28 - Manitou Circus Fork Rebuild
Technical Tuesday #29 - MRP G2 SL Chain Guide Install
Technical Tuesday #30 - Cane Creek Angleset Installation
Technical Tuesday #31 - RockShox Maxle Lite DH
Technical Tuesday #32 - Find Your Tire Pressure Sweet Spot

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  • + 48
 Step #10 - One thing I've learned is not to tighten the brakes clamp too much, just enough so it doesn't move during use. In the event of a crash, less chance of breaking a lever. So in step #10 my brakes would move a bit if I tap it from the top. Not sure if it would apply to everyone though.
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 I know guys who do the same and I've tried it, but I find that if I forget to make sure it is perfect then my next ride it is moving all over the place. Good advice if you are sure to do a pre-ride check, but if you are like me and might check it once a week then things can get sloppy.
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 he only shows 7 fingers when starting step 8 :p
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flag DH-Til-I-Die (Apr 12, 2011 at 9:39) (Below Threshold)
 levers aren't that much to replace, stop being tight.
  • + 13
 The other guy that presented it was better because he was such a weirdo.
  • + 8
 Carbon elixir lever is $55USD speak for yourself lol...
  • + 1
 He's not hitting it that hard, if your lever moves when you palm it from the top its too loose.
  • + 4
 taletotell has a good point. I started setting up my brake/clutch levers when I raced motos so that they would move if I crashed, and that's good advice for MTB too. You still should be able to bang on them with your palm without the levers moving--the idea is to check if the clamps were left untorqued. It's a bad-bad to discover this midway down the mountain. Only a '56 Vespa pilot would enjoy a pivoting brake lever.
  • + 2
 I do the same with my Hope breaks, i always check my ride before i go out but i usually just check tire pressure see if my pedals are loose then just pick my bike up and drop it and if i hear anything strange i know somethings loose ( i have a street bike ) so its a lot easier
  • + 1
 @ Clarke658:
Don't the newer hope levers have a breakaway function so they aren't damaged as easily in a wreck?
  • + 2
 I run gasfitters/teflon tape under mine so I can do them up tihgt enough so they don't 'flex' towards the grips when squeezed but they still rotate around the bars in a crash.
  • + 1
Tap might be the wrong word for it, bash might be a better word. It require as much force as in the video to move it a slightly. If it moves without any direct pressure, then its not tight enough. The key word is that its tight enough not to move when u use it, but it will give way in a crash. After that I don't have to adjust it at all for as long as I use it, which is months between maintenance.
  • + 1
 That is the way my brother feels. I just can't find the sweet spot. More power to you for being able to do it. Maybe the way I pull my levers encourages rotation.
  • + 1
 Well for a start that took 6 minutes and the video had been edited to make shorter. LOL
  • + 1
 I don't have the newer hope brake mines about a year old, and its not loose so i can grab it and rotate it around the bars just so if i fall it moves, i have already fell on it once and it works wonderful.
  • + 1
 One finger braking, c'mon!
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 @surfdudejoe: I do one finger breaking, but I don't see what that has to do with it.
  • + 21
 make sure it lasts exactly three minutes or it just won't work!
  • + 11
 Well... It takes a little longer to explain it than to do it doesn't it? Smile
  • + 20
 I'm still on Step 5, when can I breathe out?
  • + 3
 I think you can breathe out now. Are you still there?
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 Uh oh
  • + 12
 just out for a ride so perfect timing thanks richard Smile
  • + 16
 that was great, but it went for 6:40,not 3 mins Razz
  • + 10
 obviously he takes longer then 3 minutes to explain it... c'mon if you got all of it in your mind and run through the checks you won't take longer then 3 minutes... haters...
  • + 7
 This is unacceptable! Why is RC doing all his own "stunts"? Come on PB get him an assistant, he's earned one. Atleast get someone with a board to show which number he's on. Like Ariana from the UFC or the like. Lol. Great vid and instructions.
  • + 5
 Tip DONT HOLD THE FRONT BRAKE WHEN CHECKING THE HEADSET. Find a solid wall or something solid and flat you can put your front wheel up against. sometimes pads can be a bit loose in the caliper and will fake you into thinking its the headset. then you will over tighten your headset and thats never good!
  • + 8
 Mike got old real quick !
  • + 3
 If that's the quality that RC will bring to Tech Tuesdays then I for one think he'll be a welcome addition. Although I do miss the goofy out-takes bonuses at the end of the videos!
  • + 5
 Up close and personal on those beautiful devinci welds Drool i have the same T too.
  • + 2
 A better way to check for headset looseness is to turn the handlebars 90 degrees, pull the brake, and rock. There should be hardly any play... the brakes aren't a factor and the only other suspect is your front fork.
  • + 2
 you also feel a lot o stanchion play that way...
  • + 1
 He only covered through axles.

For those that have them, check your QR skewers. When hubs are correctly adjusted they should have a small amount of play in them that the dropouts should remove under correct side compression. While mounted, put the wheel between your hands and hold the frame or fork. Use your thumbs to move the wheel back and forth. If there is play, your skewers are not tight enough and can cause your bearings to eat your cone/hub.
  • + 1
 is it really necessary to explain this stuff to people? i find it as useful as eg. an advice to get a decent meal before you go out riding so you don't get hungry too soon.
  • + 3
 Don't forget to have a drink of water with that meal. You might get thirsty...
  • + 2
 how to bleed different types of brakes in oen vid, like hope, shimano avids and what not..please
  • + 1
 Yeah but he doesnt actually do the checks properly just gives you 1 demonstration and talks about it at the same time, so it would actually take even longer than 6 minutes...
  • + 1
 Mike's an awesome guy with lots of experience and can shred like there's no tomorrow. Richard Cunningham is a pretty big deal, but Mike is the tech Tuesday guy.
  • + 2
 I think that would take me about 10 minutes :/
  • + 2
 Step 8, he shows 7 fingers...
  • + 1
 3 Minutes ! i just pick up my ride and throw it down the driveway, and if it is still rideable - good ta go !
  • + 1
 last step..after you check the bike......check your vehicle...see that its is in running condition...hahahahahahahaha
  • + 2
 haha much smoother intro than last time. good tech tuesday! tup
  • + 1
 I like how he Punches the seat, in my opinion, in competition DH you are mostly stood up so why is there a seat anyways !?
  • + 1
 because the position of your seat plays a huge role on how you position yourself on the bike, if you slam the seat you tend to squat more with your legs and keep your weight farther back, when the seat is raised high you tend to keep your legs much straighter moving you weight forward into a much more aggressive position, thats atleast my experience with it, but watch any WC rider they sit down between sections to catch a breath, seats are very important.
  • + 1
 You're supposed to use your thighs on your seat a lot to move the bike around or stabilize it when you ride. If the seat is too high it will hit you when the bike moves back and forth. If it's too low your seat will touch your legs closer to your knees where there isn't much meat and it gets uncomfortable real quick...
  • + 1
 All these comments make me wish my computer at work had sound...
  • + 2
 Dope shirt.....!
  • + 1
 it is just a 3minutes bike check,make your own stupid sambs827
  • + 2
 Bring mike back! Big Grin
  • + 1
 always explained soooo welll i love tec tuesdaY
  • + 1
 i nearly came when that suspension moved so smoothly
  • + 1
 Never had smooth Suspension? ha
  • + 1
 o yer man my recons are beaut i just adore super smooth sus
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 Where is Mike?
  • - 7
flag thebiblemen (Apr 12, 2011 at 12:33) (Below Threshold)
 That guy looks like a pedo. Mike was cool
  • + 2
 I hate people like you that are saying dumb things,take those words back and STFU.No one says things like pedo towards Richard Cunningham.
  • + 1
 Pedo !!!? very very uncool word to use for anyone unless they actually are a pedo - this bonerbreath [ thebiblemen ] obviously doesn't have a brain to think with before opening his retarded mouth and making such an incredibly stupid comment - on the other hand he is from Mississauga a suburb of Toronto where all Toronto's garbage is kept - and by the way idiot, since you seem to think how some one looks is a mark of being cool, why don't you look in a mirror, and then let us all know what a moron looks like...
  • + 2
 I like the guy, you can actually see it in the confidence with which he is speaking, that he is really a pro. i'm just wondering where is Mike?
  • + 1
 takes more more then 3 mins Razz
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  • + 0
 cool story bro.
  • + 0
 vid won't load for me
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