9. Loosen all necessary front axle bolts before lifting

Nuts and bolts can get cranky if they’ve been in place for a year or more. Or maybe they’ve been locked in place by Gorilla Snot (a.k.a. weather-stripping adhesive), like in the photo above. So, make sure you loosen them while the front wheel is still on the ground. This way, if the fork turns while you’re trying to overpower the axle nut with a breaker bar, the bike won’t fall off the stand and end up on top of you.