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General Bike Maintenance

Servicing your bike is very important for your safety and the longevity of the parts. Below you will find a common check list and maintenance schedule. Note that many of the items require basic bike tools and some will need the personal touch of a professional technician. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions about these services.
 
UNIVERSITY BICYCLE CENTER
813-971-2277
UBC@UBCBIKE.COM

TRAIL TOOLS RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Tube
  • Tire Tools
  • Patch Kit
  • Pump/CO2
  • Multi-Tool
  • Presta Adapter
  • Bag

HOME TOOLS RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Floor Pump (to bring the tire pressure to its max)
  • Presta Adapter (in case you need to convert a Schrader-only pump)
  • Chain Cleaner (this makes cleaning the chain easier)
  • Bike Brushes (these brushes are designed for tight areas on a bike)
  • Chain Lube (this is usually a dry lube and does not attract dirt)
  • Multi-Purpose Spray Lube (pivot points only)
  • Multi-Tool (Allen wrenches)
  • Basic Common and Philips Screw Drivers #0, #1, #2
  • Chain Checker (use this to make sure your chain is not worn out)

BEFORE YOU RIDE

  • Check the tire pressure. Check the sidewall of the tire for air pressure requirements.
  • Check the tire for wear, cracks, and any particles embedded in the tire that may cause a flat.
  • Ensure the quick releases on the wheels are tight and the wheels are secure.
  • Spin the wheels and look for wobbles from side to side and up and down. If you find a problem, bring it into the service department to have it trued.
  • Squeeze brakes and ensure the brakes are grabbing. Make sure the brake pads are in good condition and that they strike the rims and not the tire.
  • Compress the suspension system and ensure they have the proper air pressure. A shock pump will need to be purchased to install air in the suspension system.
  • Check chain for stretch and make sure it is properly lubed.
  • Make sure you have your emergency kit with you. This kit should consist of a spare tube, patch kit, tools, pump, and a bag to hold it all. 

MAINTENANCE SERVICE 300 - 500 MILES:

  • Clean the bike and remove excess dirt and grease. Be sure to inspect the bike for cracks.
  • Clean the chain, cassette cogs, chainrings, and derailleurs. Keeping these areas clean will ensure a better shift and quieter drive train. Invest in a drive train brush kit and a chain cleaner to make this job possible. 
  • Check the spokes and make sure the spokes are properly tensioned and not broken. 
  • Check and make sure the following items are tight: crank arms, pedals, chainring bolts, seat bolt, seat post bolt, stem bolts, handlebar bolts, and any installed accessories.
  • Lube any pivot points with a spray lube, like GT-85. Be sure not to oil brake pads, brake rotors, rims, and bearing areas. 
  • If possible, lube the cables and make sure the ends are not frayed.
  • Check the engagement of the cleats and pedals. Look for signs of wear and replace if necessary.
  • Check the suspension system and make sure the lock-out and rebound system work properly.

MAINTENANCE SERVICE 1,000 - 2,500 MILES (APPROX. EVERY 6 MONTHS):

  • Clean the bike and remove excess dirt and grease. Be sure to inspect the bike for cracks.
  • Check the tire for wear, cracks, and any particles embedded in the tire that may cause a flat.
  • Check the headset, bottom bracket, and hubs to make sure they are properly adjusted. A rough feel when turning the bearings may mean an overhaul is necessary.
  • Check the brake pads for wear.
  • Check the bar tape and grips for rips, tears, and wear; replace if necessary.
  • Check the chain, cassette cogs, and chainrings for wear. Invest in a chain checker to ensure you do not ride the bike with a stretched chain, which can lead to expensive repairs. 
  • Clean the chain, cassette cogs, chainrings, and derailleurs. Keeping these areas clean will ensure a better shift and quieter drive train. Invest in a drive train brush kit and a chain cleaner to make this job possible. 
  • Check the suspension system and make sure the lock-out and rebound system work properly.

MAINTENANCE SERVICE 2,500 – 5,000 MILES (APPROX. EVERY YEAR):

  • Replace the grease in the headset, bottom bracket, and hubs. Changing the grease will ensure durability of the bearing areas.
  • Check and replace any cables and housings that maybe have corrosion, frays, or cracks.
  • Replace brake pads and bleed disc brakes.
  • Check the bar tape and grips for rips, tears, and wear; replace if necessary.
  • Clean and check wheels for cracks or signs of wear to the braking surface.
  • Check the pedals for signs of wear and make sure the bearings feel smooth.
  • Clean the chain, cassette cogs, chainrings, and derailleurs. Keeping these areas clean will ensure a better shift and quieter drive train. Invest in a drive train brush kit and a chain cleaner to make this job possible. 
 

University Bicycle Center

1220 E. Fletcher Ave.

Tampa, FL 33612

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Ph. 813.971.2277

Mon-Fri 10-6 / Sat 9-5

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