10. Visual Assessment

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When your bike was new, you couldn’t help casting a loving gaze over it every time you walked up to it. You probably even gave it a caress or two. There’s no shame in admitting it. We’ve all done it. What’s different about this look-over is that you’re actively checking for problems. Does anything look loose or out of sorts. You’ll want to give your bike a once over before moving on to specific components. The more familiar you are with the daily condition of your bike, the better chance you have of noticing something amiss. For example, a fork seal will usually cry a tear or two before it turns into a full-fledged leak that threatens to contaminate your front brake pads.