As mentioned before, regular maintenance will keep your bike in top form. However, sometimes things change instantly and go unnoticed. A quick visual once-over as you approach your bike will tell you if any new leaks have occurred. Cycling through all your lights after you start your engine (this is easier in a garage) will tell you if a bulb is blown or a brake light switch is on the fritz. Glancing at the visible portions of your tires can even tell you when you’ve picked up a stray nail. Do these quick checks every day, and you will catch minor problems before they turn into major ones.