Following these simple tips and guidelines will keep your bicycle riding better for longer.
|EVERDAY RIDE||MONTHLY||6 MONTHS AND THEREAFTER|
|Check your tire pressure and inflate as needed. A quality floor pump with gauge is a must-own.||Clean your bike with bike wash, a rag, and stiff plastic brush and inspect frame/components for cracks and wear. Only clean with bike shampoo and fresh water if you have to.||Thoroughly clean frame and drivetrain, polish and protect frame with bike polish. Inspect for frame cracks or damage.|
|Check and clean tires for debris, thorns, etc. that could cause a flat.||Wipe the chain, cassette, and chainrings with a rag, brush, and degreaser. Re-lube with chain lube.||Check tires for wear and replace as needed.|
|Lifting the front and rear of the bike, spin each wheel while looking for wobbles or rim damage. Wobbly wheels should be tried by a mechanic.||Use a wrench to check the tightness of the crank arms, pedals, chainring bolts, stem/bar/seat post bolts, and all other mounting bolts.||Check bearing systems (hubs, bottom bracket, headset) for play and/or grinding and grumbling. Replace, adjust, or overhaul as needed.|
|Check your brake pads for wear and make sure that they are making firm contact with either the rim or the brake disc.||Lube pivots points on brakes, derailleurs, and pedals. Check all cables and cable housing for wear, kinks, rust, and fraying. Replace as needed and lube good cables/housing at entry/exit points.||Check brake pads for wear and replace as needed. Also check for worn grips and handlebar tape and replace as needed.|
|Check suspension fork (and shock) for compression and release, and make sure there is no flex or play in the suspension.||Check the wheels for loose or damaged spokes.||Check all cables and cable housing for wear, kinks, rust, and fraying. Replace as needed, lube good cables/housing at entry/exit points.|
|Check chain for cleanliness, clean if dirty, lubricate if dry.||Maintain, lubricate, and service your suspension components according mechanic’s advice.||Check cassette and chainrings for wear; check chain for wear, tight links, and bent links. Also check derailleur cages for damage. Replace drivetrain parts as needed. Maintain, lubricate, and service your suspension components according mechanic’s advice.|