Tires: Check for proper inflation. The recommended inflation for your tire can be found on the side of the tires and is measured in PSI.
Brakes: Spin the wheels to check for rubbing and proper functioning. Check brake pads for excessive wear and rubbing.
Quick Release: Make sure that wheels are fastened firmly and do not wobble.
Gears: Make sure the gears shift smoothly and that the chain doesn’t jump off the gears.
Lubrication: Keep your chain lubed and wiped completely clean. Make sure the rear derailleur “pulleys,” brakes, and pivot points are lubricated properly. Keep cables lubricated, especially after wet riding.
Wheels: Make sure hub bearings are well greased and smoothly adjusted.
Bearings: Have crank bearings (bottom bracket) and fork bearings (headset) checked periodically.
Fasteners: Check critical fasteners, such as nuts and bolts at least once per season, and after every service.
Inspect rims for cracks or damage.
Inspect frame and fork for cracks or damage.
Cleaning your bike is a great way to keep it looking new as well as finding problems before they get worse. Use a mild dish soap and brush to gently clean your frame and components. If you notice something that needs attention, we are more than happy to help!
We recommend getting your bicycle professionally serviced at least once per year.
The trained eyes and hands of experienced mechanics are often able to detect areas of concern before the onset of an unpleasant experience. You may only need a quick tune-up, but if you ride a lot, your bicycle may need more service. Check out our Service Menu for the different service packages we offer.