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HomeMaintenance Schedule

There are bicycle maintenance issues that must be addressed on a weekly, monthly or annual basis to keep your bike in top fitness. It is also a good idea to become attuned to the way your bike sounds while you are riding, and notice any changes or mechanical abnormalities that may happen, such as rattles, soft tires or looseness in grips , pedals or bolts.

 

Here is the maintenance we recommend you do on a routine basis.

Before Each Ride
  • ABC Quick Check
    • Check Tire Pressure and condition of tire
    • Check rims/wheels for alignment and secured
    • Brakes work properly and in good condition
    • Chain lubrication
    • Check drivetrain
Monthly
  • Clean and lube 
  • Check brake pads for wear (should be showing at least 1/8" for entire pad)
  • Inspect shifter and brake cables for frayed or kinked wires
  • Clean rims of rubber build up from brake pads
  • Inspect tires of wear
  • Inspect frame for cracks
  • Check spokes and true wheels if needed
  • Inspect hubs - checking for looseness. Do this by moving the wheel side to side and making sure there is no play in the wheel.
  • Ensure bolts are tight
    • crank bolts
    • stem bolts
    • Headset bolts
    • seat post clamp
    • derailleur fixing bolts
    • shifter/brake lever fixing bolts
    • water bottle cage bolts

Six Months

  • Replace brake pads, if worn
  • Check disc brake pads for wear
  • Check front and rear hubs for looseness
  • Check pedal bearings
  • Check bottom bracket for looseness
  • Check for rust (if a steel frame)
  • Clean cables and flush cable housings with lubricant
  • Ensure bolts are tight
    • crank bolts
    • stem bolts
    • Headset bolts
    • seat post clamp
    • derailleur fixing bolts
    • shifter/brake lever fixing bolts
    • water bottle cage bolts

Yearly

  • Replace cables and housing, if worn or frayed
  • Overhaul Hubs (if necessary)
  • Overhaul Headset (if necessary)
  • Replace worn parts suach as tires and brake pads
  • Replace grips or handlebar wrap (if necessary)

Every 18 months

  • Replace cassette and chain (if necessary)
  • Check bottom bracket, headset and internal geared hubs for wear