Every ride

  • Clean the bike with a rag (or soap and water if it’s real dirty). Don´t even think about using a pressure washers!
  • Check tire pressure & add air if needed.
  • Check the tire tread for wear and embedded debris that could cause a flat.
  • Check that the wheel quick releases are tight and that the wheels are secure.
  • Spin wheels looking for wobbles, which indicate you should have your wheel trued.
  • Squeeze brakes to make sure they’re grabbing and check to see that the brakes are in good condition
  • Compress and release the suspension to check that it’s working properly
  • Check chain & add lube if it looks dry.
  • Make sure you’ve got your spare tube, tools, pump, etc.

Monthly

  • 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. Don´t even think about using a pressure washers!
  • Wipe the chain and cassette cogs clean with a rag and earth-friendly degreaser and relube.
  • Check the wheels for loose spokes.
  • Test with a wrench, the tightness of the: crankarms, pedals, chainring bolts, seat bolt, seatpost bolt, stem bolts, handlebar bolts and all accessory mounting bolts/screws.
  • Lube the brake, derailleur and pedal pivot points.
  • Lube the cables to prevent binding and check the cables for fraying and rusting and replace if necessary.
  • Maintain and lube your suspension components according to the advice in the owner’s manual.

Six months

  • Clean the bike with a rag (or soap and water if it’s real dirty). Don´t even think about using a pressure washers!
  • 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 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 & patches.
  • Check the hubs, bottom bracket, headset: adjust and/or overhaul as needed.
  • Check all cables and housings for fraying, breaks, rust and corrosion and replace if necessary.
  • Check for worn brakes and replace if needed; also replace worn handlebar grips.
  • Check for chain, cassette cog and chainring wear and replace worn parts as required.
  • Clean the drivetrain (chain, chainrings, cassette, front and rear derailleurs) with biodegradable solvent and rags.
  • Maintain and lube your suspension components according to the advice in the owner’s manual.

Yearly

  • 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. Don´t even think about using a pressure washers!
  • Check all bearing systems: hubs, bottom bracket, headset and pedals: adjust and/or overhaul as needed.
  • Check all cables and housings for fraying, breaks, rust and corrosion and replace if necessary.
  • Check the brakes and handlebar grip, replace if necessary.
  • Clean and check wheels carefully for signs of wear such as worn sidewalls (braking surface) or cracks at the spoke nipples.
  • Check the hubs, bottom bracket, headset: adjust and/or overhaul as needed.
  • Overhaul the pedals to check the bearings and add fresh grease
  • Maintain and lube your suspension components according to the advice in the owner’s manual.

Remember: if you are unsure about any aspect of maintaining a safe bike, consult us or your local bike shop.

Always use a bikehelmet when cycling.

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