Bike Maintenance Recommendations
Maintaining your bike is an important part of keeping it functioning and fun for the long run. How often and what type of service your bike needs depends on many different factors (what type of bike, what type of riding, frequency of riding to name a few). We recommend some type of maintenance every year and here are some options to help you;
The Regular Maintenance Schedule
(All types of bikes and all types of riders)
Bikes all require a certain amount of regular attention. Here are a few things you can do to get to know your bike and keep it happy.
Before every ride: make sure nothing is loose (a quick check for this is to lift the front wheel of the bike a few inches off the ground and then let it bounce down. You will hear rattling if anything is loose). If anything is loose, secure it with the proper tools, check tyre pressures and pump up the tyres (tyres naturally lose pressure and proper inflation makes a huge different in ride quality and durability!). Give the brakes a tight squeeze to make sure they feel right. Check any quick releases.
After every long ride: Clean the grime off of the Drivetrain; Chain, Derailleurs and Cassette and then re-lube the chain with a proper bike chain oil and the derailleurs with a light spray oil such as TF2.(all stocked in store at Bigpeaks) After every 10-20 hours of riding: check that all components are moving freely but without play. Check brake pads for wear. Check cables for bending, kinking or fraying. Check tyres for wear and damage. Spin the wheels and see if they are running true. Come in to the store and ask advice!. We know about bikes and we want you to be happy and safe when you ride your bike!
Every Day Cyclists
(Bike commuters, performance and fitness riders, enthusiasts)
Riding your bike often translates into caring for your bike often. You will find that brake pads will wear down, your cables will collect dirt and grit and your bearing races will be out of adjustment sooner than you think. Your drivetrain will take its share of wear and tear as well. Frequent drivetrain cleaning will help improve performance and increase the lifespan of your components. Recommended full maintenance for this bike is every 6 months.
(Recreation riders, occasional low-mileage riders, nice weather only)
It is a good idea to have your bike checked up on after pulling it out of the garage before your first ride of the season (we are normally busier in the spring, so if you bring your bike in for an annual tune up in the winter, it will be ready to ride as soon as the weather gets nicer). These bikes benefit from an annual tune-up to make sure everything is in adjustment, make sure all the bolts and fasteners are securely mounted, wipe the dust off and pump up the tyres.
Recommended maintenance for this bike: Annual complete tune-up. Repairs as needed. A good cleaning before putting into storage at the end of the season.
Off Road Mountain bike
(performance off road, off road enthusiasts)
Serious off road riding requires serious attention to your bike. The parts on your off road bike work in harsh conditions. If you want your bike to carry you through all that you should take care of it more often. Annual overhauls will keep everything in fresh, catch issues early before they turn into expensive problems and leave your bike in tip top shape.
Recommended maintenance for this bike: annual tune up or overhaul (depending on the amount of riding). Repairs as needed.
Commute Bike With Heavy Loads
(aggressive riders, professional rider)
Hard riding is hard on your bike. Riding a lot is hard on your bike. If you have a long commute, if you load your bike with heavy loads or if you ride your bike for a living as a messenger or delivery rider than you are going to require frequent maintenance.
Recommended maintenance for this bike of at least twice a year for high mileage bikes! A full service or complete overhaul (depending on the amount of riding). Repairs as needed. Custom hand built wheels for bikes carrying heavy loads.