How to Perform Basic Cycle Maintenance

Before hitting the trails, make sure your bicycle is up for the road ahead using these tips.

You will need

  • An air pressure gauge
  • An Allen wrench
  • A socket wrench
  • Spray lubricant
  • A stainless steel pad

Step 1 Inspect frame for cracks Inspect the bike frame for cracks, especially around the welds. Any cracks should be immediately repaired.

Step 2 Check tires and air pressure Check the tires for bulges, cuts, or torn treads. Then, using an air pressure gauge, make sure the tire is properly inflated.

Step 3 Check for loose bolts and screws Check for loose bolts and screws using an Allen wrench or socket wrench. Don’t over tighten, but apply firm pressure until snug.

Step 4 Inspect and lubricate chain Inspect the chain and gears for excess dirt or wear. Clean and lubricate using spray lubricant.

Step 5 Check and clean brakes Check your brakes by spinning each tire and depressing the hand brake. The tire should stop instantly. Clean the brake heads using a stainless steel pad.

Step 6 Inspect helmet Inspect your helmet for cracks and wear, and make sure the helmet pads provide comfort and proper fit.