WHEN SHOULD I GET MY BIKE SERVICED?

WHEN SHOULD I GET MY BIKE SERVICED?

One of the most common questions we're asked is when should I get my bike serviced?

We recommend a complete service every 12 months, as well as a minor check up with each change of season. However, it really does depend on how often you ride and what kind of conditions you are riding in. Heavy use, or riding through rain, sand, mud and dust all mean more frequent servicing to ensure your bike is in optimum condition. It's best to lookout for the the signs of when your bike might need a service.

SIGNS THAT YOUR BIKE IS DUE FOR A SERVICE:

There are many more signs than those below, however, these are the most common we have encountered.

  • A squeaking chain can be a sign of insufficient lubrication.
  • Grinding, skipping or clicking noises from the gears indicate that they need adjustment.
  • Your bike chain should never fall off the sprocket; if it does, your derailleurs may need adjustment.
  • Your brake should engage smoothly and quietly, with only a short pull on the lever.
  • Any rattles, wobbles or creaks should be investigated early; usually it's an easy fix, but best to catch it early!

EVERY MONTH

  • Check that your wheels are true and straight
  • Lubricate brake levers, derailleurs and cables
  • Check and lubricate your pedal cleats (if applicable)
  • Check all the other bolts, such as those in crank, seatpost, handlebars, stems, brakes and gears Inspect the bike frame and components for any dings, dents, cracks or scratches - giving the bike a thorough clean is sometimes the best way to do a detailed check, and it gives you the chance to get your bike looking bright and new!

If you notice any issues as part of the every ride, weekly or monthly check over, it may be a sign that your bike is due for a check-up. If you're unsure please give our workshop team a call on 0800 434 537 extension 2322

NEED HELP?

Our workshops are always here to help. We can provide advice over the phone or in person at any of our locations as to what servicing and maintenance your bike may require. It's also a great idea to buy our Bicycle Service Plan at the time of purchasing your new bike - you'll get three services for the price of two! Our workshops offer a full range of mechanical services. See our locations here.