Mind, body and bike - pre-ride checks on all three essentials required for a happpy day riding are simple, and we should all make them ritual.
By Brian Fiske |
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Even the pros have ritual pre-ride checks: superstar trials rider Ryan Leech recently underwent certification to become an Integral Master Coach, a process he says saved his relationship with riding because of the deep personal work involved. “I was on a riding burnout trajectory, quickly losing my love of bikes due to the demands of a pro-riding career,” he says. “What a loss that would have been for me!”
We agree. No matter your riding style or level, it can be tough to keep your training dialed at all times. That’s why we asked Leech to share what helps keep him on track with his riding. Here are his suggestions regarding pre-ride checks you can do (and a few to do after) that will help keep the experience fun, safe, and rewarding for the long haul.
Pre-Ride Checks For Your Bike:
“Making sure my bike is in optimal working condition is a ritual before every ride.” Leech says. “If I have any doubts about the durability or functionality of my bike, it will affect my confidence and thus my performance.” Here’s how to keep those doubts at bay.