Just like us, our bikes need regular “check-ups” to keep them healthy and running at optimal performance. Many of us only check tire pressure before heading out for a ride, and yes, that’s important, but if you create a schedule for monthly bike maintenance, you’ll extend the life of your bike and have a better, safer ride.
Sample Monthly Bike Maintenance Checklist
Here are a few things to add to your monthly bike maintenance checklist:
- Wash the frame: Give your bike a good wash and gentle soak. Avoid high pressure hoses and abrasive sponges. Start with a bucket of water and dish soap. Use a dishcloth or shammy for cleaning your frame and be sure to dry it completely so it doesn’t rust.
- Degrease the chain: Spread degreaser on the chain and turn the crank backwards to get every link. When your chain is clear of debris, there is less friction in the gears, and your riding efficiency increases (aka you can ride faster).
Inspect for Damage: Check all parts of your bike for cracks or dents. If they are significant, take your bike into a bike repair shop for further inspection and repair if necessary.
- Tighten nuts and bolts: Check all the nuts and bolts on your bike and tighten them if they’re loose.
Check the cleats: Worn cleats can be dangerous and they provide less stability and can significantly reduce the amount of power your bike has. Replace if they have gouges or scratches at the engagement points. Some cleats may have wear indicators that tell you when to replace them.
- Lubricate moving parts: Ensure that pivot points, suspension, brakes, and gear cables are cleaned and sufficiently lubricated.
If you’re regular rider, these monthly bike maintenance tasks are crucial for keeping your bike in top condition. If you’re an occasional recreational biker, it’s often not necessary to do do these tasks every month — Every few months is probably fine.
Don’t forget that if you need a hand maintaining your bike, Simon’s Bike Shop can tune-up your bike for you, often on the spot! Learn more about our bike tune-up services or stop by our Robson Street shop today!