Regular Bicycle Maintenance
When you purchase your new bicycle, there are some regular maintenance items that you will need to do as you ride to keep it in good working order. Based on our years of repair experience and the thousands of bicycles we've repaired, here's what we recommend:
Tire Inflation: It sounds like common sense, but it's overlooked more often than you'd believe! Tires should be inspected prior to each ride. Road bikes usually need inflating every 3 days or so, Mountain Bikes, once a week.
DO NOT PRESSURE WASH YOUR BICYCLE! - The force of the hose acutally pushes grease out from where it needs to be and causes parts to degrade earlier than usual.
Shimano/SRAM Chains: Bikes equipped with Shimano 10 speed chains should have a new chain installed every 1200-1500mi.
Shimano 10-Speed Shifters: Replace your Shimano 10 speed shifter cables every 1500mi or once to twice a season, depending on your riding style.
Check Your Cleats: Cleats on clipless pedals should be checked yearly. Different brands have different recommendations so be sure to read your owner's manual when you get new pedals. Speedplay cleats should be lubed every 500-800mi with some sort of waxed or teflon based lube. We like to use White Lightning here at the shop.