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Simon P asked the question in Bike Maintenance

Bike ready for first triathlon

I have an old mountain that I need to get ready for my first triathlon.

Is there anything need to be doing or can you recommend anything that will help?

The tyres go down slowly so I'm wondering if I should be replacing the tubing and whether or not its worth changing the tyres?

Thanks for the help

Simon

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It depends how old the bike is or how old the tyres are. If there are cracks and signs of ageing on the tyres then replace them but if they look fine and you cant see any cuts, holes or glass then they should be fine. Replace the tube either way! 

If your planning on giving the bike a one over yourself then I suggest getting a chain cleaner (or degreaser) from your local bike shop or bunnings and give the chain a good clean up soak it in degreaser (be careful not to get degreaser into your wheel hubs or deraileures) then rub the chain clean with a rag or old towel until it is clean. Good chain lube cant be beaten - Rock n roll gold or Rock n roll red I find to be the best stuff you can buy and most local bike shops sell it. 

2 simple steps to get you rolling for your first triathlon! Until you get the bug then its off to the shop to pick up a road bike or tri bike :-)

I would suggest taking the bike into your local bike shop and get them to give it a quick service, they will check your head set, cranks and all moving items are tight and in working order as well as lube your chain and adjust your brakes etc. but that can be a bit costly.

Hope this helps - Good luck and enjoy your first Tri!

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Thanks for the tips steve

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<p>As Steve said you should check your brakes, clean the chain, see if the gears are working fine, about the tires if you can change them to "road like" tires you will benefict alot.</p> <p>But in my opinion is to try and borrow a decent bike from a friend, and don't forget to mix some running and cycling on your training, the transitions can be very harsh on you muscles!</p> <p>Good luck.</p>

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<p>Thanks guys, got any opinions on the self healing inner tubes and puncture proof tyres.</p> <p> </p>

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