Get Your Bike Ready for Hot Weather

road cyclists riding on country roads on a sunny day

Summer is here, and with it comes longer daylight hours and the perfect opportunity to hit the road on your bike. But warm and hot weather can make even the most enjoyable ride a sweaty struggle. Here’s how to prepare your bike for the heat and ensure a safe and comfortable ride.

  • Give Your Bike a Thorough Clean

Dust, grime, and dirt can act as insulators, trapping heat around your brakes and drivetrain. Give your bike a good wash to remove any buildup and ensure smooth operation.

  • Check Tyre Pressure & Condition

Hot weather can cause the tyre pressure of your bike to fluctuate. Consult your tyre’s recommended pressure rating and inflate slightly before heading out. You should also inspect tyres for wear and cracks to prevent flats on the road.

  • Lubricate Key Components

A well-lubricated chain, derailleurs, and shifter cables ensure smooth gear changes and prevent excessive wear. Use a high-quality lubricant specifically designed for hot weather conditions.

  • Inspect & Adjust Brakes

Heat can also affect brake performance; ensure your brakes are properly adjusted and functioning optimally for safe stopping power on hot roads.

  • Pack Water

Pack plenty of water on your bike, to keep yourself well-hydrated. Invest in a good water bottle cage and keep a spare bottle handy, especially on longer rides.

Consider replacing worn-out brake pads with high-performance pads designed for hot weather conditions. It’s also important to check your chainrings, and replace them with BETD’s high-quality Middleburn chainrings, designed for optimised power transfer during warm weather riding.

  • Hit the Road Early or Late

Avoid the hottest part of the day by aiming for early morning or evening rides when temperatures are cooler and the sun is lower in the sky.

Enjoy the Ride

With a little preparation, you can ensure your bike is ready for hot weather rides. Here at BETD, we  offer a wide range of replacement bike components, from derailleur hangers and chainrings to bearings and fork seals. Shop online today, or get in touch with our team to find everything you need to conquer the heat and enjoy a fantastic summer cycling season.