Servicing a bicycle is an important part of ensuring that it runs smoothly and safely.
Here are the basic steps to service your bicycle:
- Clean the bike: Start by cleaning the bike with soap and water or a bike-specific cleaner. This will make it easier to inspect and work on the various components.
- Inspect the bike: Once the bike is clean, inspect it for any damage or wear and tear. Look for cracks, rust, loose or broken parts, and other signs of damage that could affect the bike’s performance or safety.
- Check the tires: Check the tire pressure and inspect the tires for any punctures, cuts, or other damage. Replace the tires if they are worn or damaged.
- Check the brakes: Test the brakes to make sure they are working properly. Check the brake pads for wear and replace them if necessary. Adjust the brake cables and brake levers as needed.
- Check the gears: Test the gears to make sure they are shifting smoothly. Adjust the derailleur cables and limit screws as needed.
Now is a good time for a cup of tea before continuing;
- Lubricate the bike: Apply lubricant to the chain, derailleur, and other moving parts to keep them running smoothly. Wipe off any excess lubricant.
- Check the pedals and crankset: Test the pedals and crankset to make sure they are secure and working properly. Tighten any loose bolts as needed.
- Test ride the bike: Take the bike for a short test ride to make sure everything is working properly. Make any necessary adjustments before taking the bike out for a longer ride.
It’s important to note that servicing a bicycle can vary depending on the type of bike, its age, and its condition. If you’re not confident in your ability to service your bike, it’s a good idea to take it to a professional bike mechanic for servicing.
Lucky for you, as here at Stansted Bicycles we do all this for you.