Top Bike Maintenance Tips

Top Bike Maintenance Tips

We gathered the best advice from Bicycle Habitat on exactly how—and exactly when—to inspect each part of your bike. Run through this list before you hop on and take off.

EVERY RIDE

  • Inspect your tire pressure – review these ground rules from Bicycling mag for a refresher.
  • Check for any debris embedded in your treads.
  • Secure any quick-release parts and wheels.
  • Make sure the wheels, brakes and chain all function properly.

EVERY MONTH (or EVERY 500 MILES)

  • Clean the bike’s frame and chain with a cloth and inspect for any wear and tear.
  • Check both wheels for loose spokes.
  • Lube the brakes—find in-depth instructions via MadeGood here.

EVERY SIX MONTHS (or EVERY 2,500 MILES)

  • Clean and wax the frame; do this more frequently if you have an off-road bike caked in dirt. All Seasons Cyclist has some handy cleaning tips.
  • Give your entire bike a once-over: tires, spare tube and patch kit, hubs, cables, brake pads, handlebar, chain, cassette cog, etc.

EVERY YEAR (or EVERY 6,000 MILES)

  • Check all bearing systems, including hubs, bottom bracket, headset, and pedals.
  • Check all brake and gear cables plus cable housing.
  • Replace brake pads, if necessary—here’s how to tell.
  • Inspect the wheels, hubs, bottom bracket, and headset for wear and tear.
  • Maintain and lube the frame, home tire pump, and suspension components.

Finally – because accidents unfortunately do happen – make sure you’re covered from wear & tear damage with a protection plan from SIMPLR. That way, no matter where your bike takes you, you’ve got peace of mind!

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