GENERAL BIKE MAINTENENCE
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

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TRAIL TOOL RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Tube
  • Tire Levers
  • Patch Kit
  • Pump/CO2
  • Multi-Tool
  • Presta Adapter
  • Saddle Bag
HOME TOOL 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

PRE-RIDE CHECK LIST
  1. Check the tire pressure. Check the sidewall of the tire for air pressure requirements
  2. Check the tire for wear, cracks, and any particles embedded in the tire that may cause a flat.
  3. Ensure the quick releases on the wheels are tight and the wheels are secure.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Check chain for stretch and make sure it is properly lubed.
  8. 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 or Every 2-3 Months
  • 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 dry spray lube. 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

1000-2500 Miles or 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

2500 - 5000 Miles or 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.