9. Tire Condition


Sure you know riding on bald tires is a recipe for disaster, and yet it’s still a common sight to see. Monitor your tires regularly, including the wear bars on the side if you’re a heavy canyon carver, and be prepared to replace your rubber when needed instead of suddenly opening your garage to find a bald tire waiting for you. Also, be honest with yourself about the kind of riding you do. Most tire manufacturers now offer rubber with various compounds to suit almost every riding style, whether you mainly go in a straight line or like to drag a knee.