WHEN SHOULD I SERVICE MY RIDE?
- Check tire pressure and inflate to recommended pressure as needed.
- Inspect tires and tread for wear and embedded objects that may cause a flat.
- Check that all quick releases are tight and that the wheels are secure in the frame.
- Pull the brakes to make sure that they are contacting the rims properly and not rubbing the tires.
- Compress the suspension (if applicable) to make sure that it is getting the full amount of travel and is functioning properly.
- Check the chain for damaged links and lube if dry (excess lube is not necessary and will only collect more dirt).
- Make sure you have a spare tube, tools, pump, etc.
(or 500 miles)
- Clean the bike with a rag (or soap and water if it is muddy) and inspect the frame and components for signs of wear such as cracks.
- Wipe the chain and cassette cogs with a rag and light degreaser and re-lube the chain.
- Check the wheels for loose spokes that may make the wheel weaker.
- Check the following bolts to make sure they are tight: crank bolts, pedals, seat-bolt, stem bolts, handlebar binder bolts, and all other accessories.
- Lube the brake, derailleur and clipless pedal pivots.
- Lube the cables to prevent binding and check for fraying/rusty cables and replace them.
- Check clipless pedals and cleats for loose bolts/screws.
- Maintain and lube your suspension components according to their owner's manuals.
(or 2,500 miles)
- Clean and wax the frame to protect the paint/finish. Once it's clean, inspect all areas of the frame for damage (such as cracks or fatigue).
- Check and replace tires if needed. Check that your spare tube is good and you have enough patches/glue.
- Check the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset: adjust and/or overhaul as needed.
- Check all cables and housing for fraying, breaks, rust and corrosion and replace as needed.
- Check brake pads for wear. If grooves are gone, replace them.
- Check the drivetrain (chain, chainrings and cassette) for wear. Replace them if worn out.
- Clean the drivetrain with a biodegradable solvent and rags.
- Maintain and lube your suspension components (if applicable) according to their owner's manuals.
(or 6,000 miles)
- Check all bearing systems: hubs, bottom bracket, headset, and pedals. Adjust/overhaul them as needed.
- Check all cables and housing for fraying, breaks, rust and corrosion. Replace if necessary.
- Replace brake pads, rubber brake hoods and handlebar tape if necessary.
- Clean the wheels and carefully inspect for signs of wear such as worn sidewalls or cracks at the spoke nipples.
- Check the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset and adjust/overhaul as needed.
- Overhaul pedals to check the bearings and add new grease. For toeclips, inspect the straps and replace them as needed.