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Bike Maintenance Tips

As the bike is a mechanical device, it is subject to wear and tear. Depending on your level of mechanical skill, you may be able to undertake some of the tasks below.
Alternatively, you can arrange to have your bike serviced through a reputable bike store to ensure that your bike is maintained to high standards and runs accordingly.

Every cyclist should be able to perform a couple of basic tasks which are invaluable when out riding and your tyre gets a puncture.

Below are a couple of videos which demonstrate these basic tasks.  It is strongly advised that you practice these so you can replace a tube or repair a puncture yourself when out on the road.
Should you require a more hands-on approach to learning these, please speak with any of the MCC committee members who will be happy to show you.

(Video) How to remove and re-install a bicycle tyre and tube

(Video) How to repair a puncture


WHAT SHOULD I BE CHECKING ON MY BIKE?

Wheels & Brakes
  • Inspect the tyres once a week for cuts that are worse than superficial
  • Check the air pressure (approx. 90-120 psi) and the condition of the tyres
  • Check the wheels are sound/true and fastened tightly to the frame and that there are no broken spokes
  • Examine brake pads for grit once a week or after every wet ride
  • Check the brake cables are tensioned properly and not frayed, the brake blocks are OK and not rubbing on the wheel rim

Frame & Headset

  • Check the headset for firmness and accuracy every two weeks
  • Check the frame (particularly around any joins) for cracks or splits.
  • Remove the seatpost and clean this part of the bike – clean and reapply grease every six months or when you hear a squeak

Drivetrain
  • What is the state of the chain? – it should be cleaned every two weeks, after 10 hours of riding or if it has rained while riding
  • Check the chain for wear – test or measure deterioration every 1000km
  • Check the chain is lubricated and not bent and that it runs smoothly over the cogs when changing gears
  • Is the rear derailleur operating smoothly? – tune whenever shifting gets difficult
  • Check the bottom bracket/crankset for ease of movement once a month
  • Check the condition of the cables at least once a year or when you notice any cut or crack in the housing or fraying or rust on the cable

General/Other
  • Are your cleats worn on your shoes (if you use clipless pedals/shoes)?
    Can you easily clip in and out? – inspect every six months
  • Check the bar tape for wear – rewrap once a year or as required
  • Conduct a general safety review of the rest of the bike including raising the bike 5-10 cms and letting it drop while listening for rattles
  • Check whether your light fittings are adequate for your planned ride
  • Check the spare tools and tubes you carry with you are in good order and replace as necessary.

A clean and well-maintained bike is a happy bike!