After 24 years as the heart and soul of bike service and sales operations for Jans Mountain Outfitters, the Utah native and three business partners opened Storm Cycles (1680 W. Ute Blvd, 435.200.9120, stormcycles.net) at Kimball Junction a few years ago.
Make sure your tires are at the correct psi (pounds per square inch) before every ride: 30 to 50 psi for cross-country bikes and 20 to 30 psi for the downhill or gravity bikes. Also, the sealant inside the newer tubeless tires should be replenished annually, ideally in the spring as it has a tendency to dry out over the winter.
Check those brakes. Some even come with user-friendly grooves; when the grooves are gone, it’s time to change the pads. Thanks to Utah’s arid climate, the average weekend warrior probably doesn’t need to change their brake pads annually. But if you ride several times a week, twice during a season is not out of the question.
Cables, sprockets, and the chain are mostly raw metal and, if left dry, will corrode and make both the climbs and descents harder than they need to be. Wipe down the chain frequently and apply a fresh coat of lube before every ride. Avoid high pressure at bath time, which can blow water into seals and bearings.