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How to set your bike up for Bike Glendhu

The first step to having an epic day at Bike Glendhu is to make sure your trusty stead is in tip-top shape! Our in house mechanics are seasoned pros and offer everything from quick fixes to full services and with years in the bike industry, they’ll make sure you and your bike are fully ready for an awesome day on the trails. 

Our head mechanic and all-around bike guru Alex Kingsley sat down with us to help bring you a handy checklist for prepping your bike before you ride. 

This guide is for riders who ride our flow tracks as well as a bit of tech and jump line.

Bike Glendhu Mountain Bike Park Wanaka

Best bike for Bike Glendhu:

An ideal bike for Glendhu is a 29er trail 130-160 travel bike. Bigger wheels mean it pedals well on the ups and rolls faster on the downs. Travel-wise, it sits somewhere in the middle meaning it’s good for a range of trails from greens to blues to blacks. 

Here’s your checklist to tick off before you ride to make sure you get the most out of your Bike Glendhu day. 

  • Tyre pressure: Tyre pressure should be between 20 and 26psi for a 2.3-2.5 width tyre. This is an ideal pressure for most Wanaka trails giving you grip over dry, loose terrain.
  • Suspension: Suspension is based on weight so it’s best to get it checked to make sure it’s set correctly for you. Having a mechanic look it over will ensure you have the right amount of sag, rebound and compression to give you the best experience on our trails.
  • Seat height: Getting your seat height is crucial to a comfortable day on the trails. If your seat heigh isn’t right, you’re going to have a tougher time on the uphills. A quick way to tell is if you put your heel on the pedal while sitting on the seat you should have a ‘soft’ knee. Not bent and not ram-rod straight. Then once you move the ball of your foot to your pedal, you should have a relaxed bend which still means you have power at the bottom of your pedal stroke. 
  • Helmet: Your helmet protects your most precious cargo so don’t skip this one. Give it a squeeze and a pull from both side/ends and check that there are no cracks, dents or impact. Dropped it on the concrete? Get a new one. It’s the most important piece of equipment you own!
  • Brake levers: Roll your bike along backwards and forwards and test each brake one at a time. If they’re not working, come and see us. They might need a bleed or new pads. 
  • Brake pads: Have a geez in the calliper (the bit where the break sits outside the rotor). You should be able to see the pads – if you can’t, you probably need to put some new pads on. We can help with that, it takes about 20 mins to replace both sets and will cost you about $15 per end + the brake pads. 
  • Chain: With Glendhu’s dry dusty conditions (most of the year anyway!) a dry lube/wax lube is your best bet. We use Peaty’s Dry Link Lube which costs about $22 a bottle. Chuck this on after every ride to keep your chain happy and healthy. Your chain will get checked as part of your service. If your gears are shifting averagely (clunky noise, slipping etc) you may need new gear cables, chainrings, chain or cassette. Pop in and see us if this is the case. 

What to carry with you: 

You won’t need to bring much on our trails for a day of riding but there are some things you can pack which will make your day a bit more comfortable.

  • Snacks: Don’t let hanger get the best of you! Chuck an energy bar in your pocket to replenish the reserves after a big climb. 
  • Water bottle: This is essential. Most bikes have a spot for a cage, which you can pick up at your local bike shop. Otherwise, a back or bum-bag hydration pack is a good alternative. Most of our trails are not shaded and as we all know, the New Zealand sun tends to burn hot.  
  • Sunblock: Speaking of the hot NZ sun, we feel like we almost don’t need to say this but just in case, sunblock is crucial. If you’ve forgotten your sunblock at home, come see us in ticketing and we’ll sort you out.

If you’re heading up around the back :

  • Spare tube or tyre plug
  • Tyre levers
  • Pump or CO2
  • Chain link & breaker
  • Multi-tool

Don’t’ forget “all the gear and no idea” is not going to really help you at the summit so if you’re packing the above items, make sure you know how to actually use them before you go. There is limited cell-coverage around the back so it’s too late for a Youtube lesson at that point. 

Bikes can be complicated pieces of machinery so if you’re not sure about any of the above, it may be a good idea to get your bike serviced to make sure it’s running like a beaut. As a general rule, you should aim to get your bike serviced at least once a year. A basic service costs $80 and a pro service (all the bells and whistles) costs $250 + parts. 

Our in house workshop is found at the end of the Base building so if you have any questions (or just want to geek out with other fellow bike nerds) pop in and come see the team. Happy riding!

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