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When Should I Service my Ride?

Helpful Tips:

  • These are general guidelines for road and mountain bikes. Assuming the bike is in good working order and that you ride sensibly (i.e. not abusing your bike) and not in sloppy weather, the following guidelines will help to keep your machine running smooth for many years. 
  • Bicycles ridden offroad tend to require more frequent and extensive service than road bikes.
  • If you notice problems or have questions about anything on your bicycle, call us and we will be more than happy to help you figure out what maintenance needs to be done.
  • If your bike has been heavily abused, we recommend bringing it in for a thorough check and service to ensure that it is safe and running smooth.
every ride
(or 500 miles)
six months
(or 2,500 miles)
(or 6,000 miles)
check tire pressure and inflate to recommend pressure is needed.
clean the bike with a rag (or soap and water is its muddy) and inspect the frame and components for signs of wear such as cracks.
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 all bearing systems: hubs, bottom bracket, headset, and pedals. Adjust/overhaul them as needed.
inspect tires and tread for wear and embedded objects that may cause a flat.
wipe the chain and cassette cogs clean with a rag and light degreaser and re-lube the chain.
check and replace tires if needed. also check that your spare tube is good, and you have enough patches/glue.
check all cables and housing for fraying, breaks, rust and corrosion. Replace if necessary.
check that all quick releases are tight and that the wheels are secure in the frame.
check the wheels for loose spokes that make make the wheel weaker.
check the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset: adjust and/or overhaul as needed.
Replace brake pads, rubber brake hoods and handlebar tape if necessary.
pull the brakes to make sure that they are contacting the rims properly and not rubbing the tires.
check the following bolts to make sure they are tight: crankbolts, pedals, seat-bolt ,stem bolts, handlebar binder bolts, and all other accessorys
check all cables and housing for fraying, breaks, rust and corrosion and replace as needed.
Clean the wheels and carefully inspect for signs of wear such as worn sidewalls (braking surface) or cracks at the spoke nipples.
compress the suspension to make sure that it is getting the full amount of travel and is functioning properley
lube the brake, derailleur and clipless pedal pivots
check brake pads for wear. If grooves are gone, in replace them.
Check the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset and adjust/overhaul as needed.
check chain for damaged links and lube if dry (excess lube is not necessary and will only collect more dirt)
lube the cables to prevent binding and check for fraying/rusty cables and replace them.
check the drivetrain (chain, chainrings and cassette) for wear. Replace them if worn out.
Overhaul pedals to check the bearings and add new grease. For toeclips, inspect the straps and replace as needed.
make sure you've got a spare tube, tools, pump, etc.
check clipless pedals and cleats for loose bolts/screws.
Clean the drivetrain with a biodegradable solvent and rags.
maintain and lube your suspension components according to their owners manuals.
maintain and lube your suspension components according to their owners manuals.

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