When you love something or someone, you take care of it. The same goes for your wheels (they'll love you back for it!). To maintain their performance and guarantee their longevity, and also to ensure your safety, here are a few essential operations and steps that you should never neglect.
Before every ride
Check tire pressure
Check axle tightness
Check the braking system: tight discs and/or well-adjusted brake pads
Check braking system: discs tight and/or brake pads well adjusted
After each ride
Clean the wheels with soapy water.
Rinse all the wheels with a low-pressure jet
Dry the wheel completely
Check the state of wear of the braking system
- If you use rim brake pads, check that there are no rogue contaminants or grit lodged between the pads and rim to avoid scratching and digging into the braking surface. Also check the overall condition of the pads and their level of wear by looking at the indicators. If these are reached, then the pads should be changed, even if you feel you are braking well. Also check the wear of the brake band: if it appears to be worn down, see your Mavic dealer to check the level of wear. If the rim wear is too great (too deep), you'll need to have the rim replaced.
- If your wheels have discs: check that the calipers are well centered, check the level of wear on the pads and replace them if necessary. Don't forget to check that the discs are tightened to the hubs to the torque recommended by the manufacturer, and take the opportunity to make sure that they aren’t warped or bent and rubbing against the brake pads even when the lever is not applied.If they do, you'll hear them intermittently rubbing against the pads and wheel rotation will be impaired.