Do it Yourself: Get Your Bike Ready to Ride
All tires tend to lose air pressure if they sit for a while. Make sure yours are inflated to the specifications found on the sidewall of the tire.
Also, check the tires for signs of wear and rot. Flex the sidewalls of the tire and inspect closely for cracking. Even an unused tire will develop dry rot over time.
Here is a quick way to determine if your chain is worn: Shift to the large chainring and then pull the chain away from the teeth. If you can see daylight between the chain and the teeth, it’s time to replace it.
Often, all that’s needed is to clean and lube your chain. Apply a little citrus degreaser to a rag. Hold the rag to the chain and pedal backwards. Do this several times using clean sections of the rag. Now apply lube, sparingly, to the center of the chain while pedaling backwards. Hold a clean rag to the chain and pedal backwards to remove the excess. Always use a synthetic, bicycle-specific lube, such as T-9, or Finish Line Dry.
Finally, inspect your saddle, handlebars and pedals for wear and tear. Worn grips or bar tape can be very uncomfortable. A worn out saddle can is even worse! Pedals need to provide adequate traction while riding. If they don’t, it’s time to replace them. Updating these items can really make the bike feel new again.