You’ll help lengthen the life of your bicycle by practicing regular maintenance.
Before any ride, be sure to check your tire pressure and brakes. On a regular basis, follow the bicycle maintenance steps below to give your bicycle some love.
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Steps
- Begin your bike’s tune-up by turning it over, seat down, on a protected surface. It’s best to remove the brakes and wheels first as this provides easier access for frame cleaning and wheel checks.
- Clean sprockets using a dry rag. A damp rag with a mild soap can be used but should be avoided if possible. Use a dry toothbrush for in between areas where dirt and grime can collect.
- With a truing stand, check your spoke tension and wheel alignment. This will ensure a smooth ride on safe and steady wheels.
- Clean your frame with a soft, damp cloth dipped in a mild cleanser. Then check the entire frame for small dents or cracks that could lead to further breakage and accidental flips while riding.
- Inspect your shift cables and brakes for wear and tear. If worn, these must be replaced to avoid accidents.
- Lubricate the cable housings and wipe away any excess to avoid gumming up of the parts.
- Inspect your bike’s headset and bottom bracket to ensure they are not loose and can move easily.
- Loose bolts should be checked for stripped threads and replaced if needed. Tighten as needed but make sure to not over-tighten as this could lead to fractures or breaks in the bolts or their stems.
To truly care for your bike, these steps should be supplemented with a yearly tune-up.
If you have any questions about these steps or would like to bring in your bike for repairs, feel free to call us at 509.529.7860.