Ask a Mechanic: Pre-Race Bike Inspections

Welcome to our Ask a Mechanic column where our expert mechanic Daniel Slusser answers your bike maintenance questions. If you have a question for Daniel, please post it on our Facebook Wall or e-mail Daniel directly at 

In order to finish first, first you must finish. This old saying applies well to bicycle race prep. Why let a mid race mechanical squander your investment in race fees, traveling expenses, and your training efforts? The only thing that could be worse is if that mechanical resulted in a crash that adds injury to your self-inflicted insult.

Whether you race or not, it is important to check your bike over periodically to ensure that everything is safe and working properly. In the above video I go over all the steps you need to follow to ensure that your bike is safe and ready for your next race or big ride. Take a look at our selection of tools and repair stands to get everything you need to do the job right.

Daniel Slusser is a professional bicycle mechanic with over ten years of experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from HSU and a master’s degree in history from Cal Poly. When he is not riding, wrenching, or writing he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.