Bicycle Program

Bicycle Maintenance

Bicycle maintenance is essential to ensuring rider safety. The chart below provides a typical maintenance schedule to help you keep your bicycle operating efficiently. For more information on bicycle maintenance, like instructions on how to change a flat tire, click here.

Every Ride Monthly (after 500 Miles) Every 6 Months (after 2,500 Miles) Annually (after 6,000 Miles)
Check tire pressure and add air if needed Clean the bike with a rag (or soap and water if it's real dirty) and inspect the frame and components for signs of wear such as cracks Clean and wax the frame to protect the paint/finish (not necessary on bare titanium frames); once it's clean, inspect the frame and fork for any cracks or damage Check all bearing systems: hubs, bottom bracket, headset and pedals: adjust and/or overhaul as needed
Check the tire tread for wear and embedded debris that could cause a flat Wipe the chain and cassette cogs clean with a rag and earth-friendly degreaser and relube Check and replace tires if needed; also check your spare tube and patch kit to make sure the spare holds air and the kit has glue and patches Check all cables and housings for fraying, breaks, rust and corrosion and replace if necessary
Check that the wheel quick releases are tight and that the wheels are secure Check the wheels for loose spokes Replace brake pads, rubber brake hoods and handlebar tape if necessary Replace brake pads, rubber brake hoods and handlebar tape if necessary
Spin wheels looking for wobbles, which indicate you should have your wheel trued Test with a wrench, the tightness of the: crank arms, pedals, chaining bolts, seat bolt, seat post bolt, stem bolts, handlebar bolts and all accessory mounting bolts/screws Check all cables and housings for fraying, breaks, rust and corrosion and replace if necessary Clean and check wheels carefully for signs of wear such as worn sidewalls (braking surface) or cracks at the spoke nipple
Squeeze the brakes to make sure they're grabbing and check to see that the brake pads are in good condition and that they strike the rims (not the tires!) Lube the brake, derailleur and clip less-pedal pivot points Check for worn brake pads and replace if needed; also replace worn handlebar tape or grips check the hubs, bottom bracket, headset: adjust and/or overhaul as needed
Compress and release the suspension to check that it's working properly Lube the cables to prevent binding and check the cables for fraying and rusting and replace if necessary Check for chain, cassette cog and chaining wear and replace worn parts as required Overhaul the pedals to check the bearings and add fresh grease; if you're using toe straps, check them for wear and replace if needed
Check chain and add lube if it looks dry Check clip less pedals and cleats for loose screws/bolts Clean the drivetrain (chain, chain rings, cassette, front and rear derailleur's) with biodegradable solvent and rags Maintain and lube your suspension components according to the advice in the owner's manual

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