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.
- 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!