Let's be honest, we all love an upgrade. Whether you have splurged on a new saddle, feather light bottle cages or the latest head unit getting new gear is exciting. When it comes to your newest pair of wheels there are many things you can do to keep them rolling for miles, but here are the top three to-dos.
1) Ride with intent - It's called finesse, it means intricate and refined delicacy. That being said, when you start pedaling focus on your skills on the road. Avoid major holes. Unweight your front and back tire when going over bridge seams. Master the bunny hop. By riding with finesse you minimize the number of times your wheel absorbs a blunt force. This will help your wheel stay in true and keep you out of the shop. You wheel doesn't just "get out of true" it becomes that way after the wear and tear of the road. Ride with finesse and keep the wheel in true longer.
2) Use the right brake pads - When you pull your new Atom wheels out of the box, be sure to also pull out the brake pads too. We ship you Swisstop Black Prince Brake pads. Matching your brake pads to your wheels is the best thing you can do to preserve the brake track as well as have optimal braking performance.
3) Clean you wheels - Before you grab the power-washing hose, take the wheel out of the bike. Examine the brake pads. Remove any pieces of dirt or debris that you have picked up along the way. Next, take the wheel and clean off the rim. Try using soapy water and then rinsing the rim clean and dry. Last, clean the hub. You can buy a brush that will make it easier to access the hub between the spokes. Do not use high pressure water at the hub as it can put unnecessary force on the bearings in the hub.
Lynne Lowry is a cycling enthusiast and Co-Founder of X-BodyTech
Julia Priest is an endurance sports coach at Carmichael Training Systems and Co-Founder of X-bodytech.