Keep your bike up to date on repairs – just like you would with your car. Talk with your local bike shop technician to get maintenance tips specifically for your bike.
Monthly Maintenance (more if you ride frequently)
- Rinse and clean off dirt and debris with a washcloth and water first.
- Use a citrus-based chain cleaner and a wire brush to clean heavy grease off the chain.
- Lube the chain.
- Check brake pads for wear and cables for kinks, rust, lube.
- Make sure the saddle is tightly bolted to post.
- Check the condition of rims, tires and brake pads, and replace if necessary.
- Give the bike a complete once-over, checking for loose or damaged parts.
- Consider replacing cables and housings.
- Check derailleurs and brakes for loose or sloppy action.
- If your bike is ridden frequently, consider having it inspected and maintained by a professional.
For More Information
This commercial site has good info on mountain bike cleaning. A site serving Southern California, this commercial web page offers trail information and the option to purchase biking accessories online.
League of American Bicyclists
The ABC quick safety check is a helpful routine to follow for repair, maintenance and before heading out on a ride. The League of American Bicyclists, with a current membership of 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 40,000 individuals and 600 affiliated organizations, works to bring better community-level bicycling.
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