Bike Maintenance Tips

Proper bicycle maintenance will keep your bike running smoothly and will save you money in the long run. 

Before Each Ride

  • Tires: Check for proper inflation. The recommended inflation for your tire can be found on the side of the tires and is measured in PSI.
  • Brakes: Spin the wheels to check for rubbing and proper functioning. Check brake pads for excessive wear and rubbing.
  • Quick Release: Make sure that wheels are fastened firmly and do not wobble.
  • Gears: Make sure the gears shift smoothly and that the chain doesn’t jump off the gears.

Quarterly

  • Lubrication: Keep your chain lubed and wiped completely clean. Make sure the rear derailleur “pulleys,” brakes, and pivot points are lubricated properly. Keep cables lubricated, especially after wet riding.
  • Wheels: Make sure hub bearings are well greased and smoothly adjusted.
  • Bearings: Have crank bearings (bottom bracket) and fork bearings (headset) checked periodically.
  • Fasteners: Check critical fasteners, such as nuts and bolts at least once per season, and after every service.

Semi-Annually

  • Inspect rims for cracks or damage.
  • Inspect frame and fork for cracks or damage.
  • Cleaning your bike is a great way to keep it looking new as well as finding problems before they get worse. Use a mild dish soap and brush to gently clean your frame and components. If you notice something that needs attention, we are more than happy to help!

Annually

  • We recommend getting your bicycle professionally serviced at least once per year.
  • The trained eyes and hands of experienced mechanics are often able to detect areas of concern before the onset of an unpleasant experience. You may only need a quick tune-up, but if you ride a lot, your bicycle may need more service. Check out our Service Menu for the different service packages we offer.