You got a new bike and you realize you don't know how to take care of it. That's ok, we are here to help! There are some things you can do to keep your bike running smoothly. And there is service you will want to have done by a trained bicycle mechanic. Our goal is the same, to keep your cycling experience the best it can be.
Any maintenance schedule will depend on how often you ride and the conditions you ride in.
What You Can Do
- Don’t store your bike outside. We live in extreme weather conditions. Rain and dust lead to trouble.
- Keep your chain lubed...with chain lube. Don’t use WD40, you will strip your chain of oil.
- Keep tire pressure at the correct PSI, listed right on your tire.
- Your wheels should roll smoothly. Spin them to make sure there is nothing wobbly.
- Squeeze your brakes before each ride to make sure they stop the wheel, both front and back.
- Look at your tires for goatheads or other stickies to avoid a flat on your ride.
- Make sure your saddle bag is loaded! We like to carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump or CO2 cartridge, tire lever.
What we can do
When you purchase a new bike at Rapid Cycling, it comes with a year of free tune-ups. We’ll adjust your brakes, headset, hub, shifting and minor wheel trueing. Again, your bike’s service schedule will depend on how often you ride and what conditions you ride in.
At 500 miles (sometimes at one-month), you may want to bring your bike in for minor adjustments. This is very common as you start to break in your new bike.
At 2500 miles (sometimes at six months), we should check/adjust hub, bottom bracket and headset. We will look at the brakes and check for wear.
At 6000 miles (within the first year), we’ll check everything again.
There are also great resources online for maintenance.
Bicycling Magazine // bicycle maintenance
The League of American Bicyclists // bike maintenance
#TECHTIPTUESDAY WITH LIV
Every Tuesday on Instagram and Facebook, we share a tip from Liv. Sometimes it involves maintenance care for your bike. Sometimes it involves equipment care. You know what it always involves? A simple tip to improve your cycling experience. And that is what we love about #TechTipTuesday, simple reminders that make time on the bike more comfortable and fun!