Good care and regular maintenance of your bike will assist in a trouble-free ride. Below are some links and documents that might help you with your bike maintenance.

Bicycle Riders Handbook:    Open the handbook here

Bicycle Maintenance Poster:
Bike maintence poster
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Bicycle Checks:

Checks – the daily ones

  • Tyres should feel very firm to touch. The correct pressure is written on the sidewall of each tyre.
  • Check the seat is at the correct height and the seat post is tightly inserted at least 5cm into the frame.
  • Brakes should be secure. Brake levers should engage when gripped.
  • Gears and brakes operate smoothly and directly.
  • Handlebars should not be loose.
  • Lift the handlebars, spin the front wheel, apply the brakes and check that the:
    • Wheel is properly secured in the forks.
    • Quick release levers are secure.
    • Wheel rotates freely without rubbing on the brakes.
    • Gears and brakes operate smoothly and directly.

Checks – the weekly ones

  • Brakes should contact the rim squarely. Levers should not touch the handlebar when squeezed hard. Cables should not be frayed or damaged.
  • Check wheel axle nuts are tight.
  • Clean and lubricate the chain.
  • Steering bearings – apply the front brake and rock the bike back and forward. If loose, there will be a ‘knocking’ sound. Tighten lock nut.
  • Check that fittings such as racks, front and rear lights, wheel reflectors and kick stands are firmly secured.
  • Clean mud from lights and reflectors, including pedal reflectors. Check that front and rear reflectors are aligned vertically.

Checks – the monthly ones

  • Check the tyres for wear or splits in the rubber.
  • Check wheel bearings, chain, gear cluster, chain rings and head stem (handlebars).
  • Check pedals are intact and spin freely.
  • Check that derailleur gears are not bent and that they do not travel too far and jam the chain.
  • Check wheels for rust, buckles, bulges, rims with dents, and broken spokes. Check for loose hub bearings by wiggling wheel sideways.
  • Make sure your bell is in good working order.
  • Check front and rear lights are bright when operating.
  • Wipe down your bike with a damp rag.

Checks – the yearly service

  • Check the frame and components for hairline cracks and excessive wear. If you find a crack – replace your frame immediately.
  • Remove handlebar tape to check for rust and weakness.
  • When purchasing new tyres, make sure they are the right size.
  • When replacing the chain, also change the gear cluster as both generally wear out evenly.
  • Cables can becomes stretched over time so it might be a good idea to change all gear and brake cables. For those cyclists running hydraulic brakes, get your brakes bled and replace the fluid.
  • Replace brake blocks and/or pads
  • Check seals on suspension forks – get an expert opinion on whether the seals need replacing. A tell tale sign is excessive oil leaking out of the seals.