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How To: Five Important Pre-Ride Safety Checks
1. Brakes: For obvious reasons this is the No. 1 thing you should check before every ride. Give the wheel a spin and make sure your stoppers are stopping. If you can pull the brake lever to the bar, it probably means it’s time for a new set of brake pads. Also keep an eye out for brake rub, which is usually an indication that your caliper is out of alignment or that the wheel isn’t probably secured in the frame or fork drop-out. Finally, if there is a lot of friction when you pull the lever, it’s likely time to replace your brake cables.
2. Tire Pressure: Nearly all tires have a recommended pressure range printed on the sidewall. Make sure you’re within that range. More experienced riders will be able to do this simply by squeezing their tires. But until you reach that point check with a tire gauge or floor pump.
3. Quick Release: It’s never a bad idea to check on the component that’s responsible for keeping your wheels attached to your bike. Undo both front and rear skewers and make sure they are adequately tight and that your wheels are properly seated in the dropouts of your frame and fork.
4. Headset: This doesn’t have to happen before every ride, but it’s so simple to do you might as well. Simply grab your brakes tight so the wheels can’t roll, then gently rock your bike back and forth. If you feel any play in the headset, then it’s time to tighten things up. While you’re at it, conduct similar checks of your front and rear hubs and cranks, making sure all are tight and secure.
5. Tires: Last but certainly not least, take a minute to give your tires a good once-over, making sure there are no obvious tears, cuts or embedded objects in the sidewall. If there is, it’s time for a new tire.
Matt Damon Breaks Collar Bone Mountain Biking, Talks About it with Jay Leno on ‘Tonight Show’
Most mountain bikers are wondering what kind of bike Matt Damon was riding at the time of the accident. With some research, we noticed that Matt was spotted riding a 2014 Felt Nine 2 on December, 2013. This is most likely the bike he was riding the time he went over the bars. The Felt Nine 2 is a carbon fiber 29er hardtail with 100mm of front travel and about a 110mm stem. It is a very capable cross country racing bike and is a sign that Matt was getting serious about mountain biking. A photo of Matt riding this bike is available here.
So the question is “Would he have been saved by a full suspension All Mountain bike?” We think yes. With a 140mm travel full suspension bike, a 70mm stem and a dropper post, Matt would would have been able to pull out some Jason Bourne moves. With a lower center of gravity, a more rearward position and 140mm of rock absorbing travel, it is much harder to get launched over the bars.
Of course, there’s no replacement for skill and experience, but a great bike with all the new tools and some bike lessons can help Matt stay injury free. We really hope Matt keeps on riding.
Jan 17, 2014 by Don Palermini
No word yet on whether the actor who played The Talented Mr. Ripley was riding an Ibis Ripley when he went down, but earlier this week Matt Damon told Jay Leno his broken collarbone was the result of a recent mountain bike crash.
The 43-year-old star of the blockbuster Bourne thriller movies began his appearance on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday explaining the broken bone occured when he was thrown from his bike after hitting some rocks hidden by leaves. With some prodding from Leno, Damon, who was riding in front of a friend, admitted he may have been showing off.
“”I was probably showing off,” explained Damon with a laugh. “Like ‘watch this move in these turns,’ and ‘watch me hit these rocks.’”
What happened next, Damon explained, was that his bike stopped, but he did not, instead sailing over the handlebars and into the ground.
Fractured clavicles typically take six-to-10 weeks to heal and Damon said his happened about three or four weeks ago. The entire Mtbr staff wishes Mr. Damon a speedy recovery and hope he’s back on two wheel soon.
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At Goodbye Cycle, we are looking for high-end bikes that have top-of-the-line components.
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We prefer to buy mountain bikes with Shimano XTR or XT level components.
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Road or Cyclocross Bikes
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