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Bicycle Maintenance

Keep your bike up-to-date on repairs by following this maintenance schedule.

WHN Tip: Talk with your local bike shop technician to get maintenance tips specifically for your bike.

Monthly Maintenance (more if you ride frequently)

  • Rinse and clean off dirt and debris with a washcloth and water first.
  • Use a citrus-based chain cleaner and a wire brush to clean heavy grease off the chain.
  • Lube the chain.
  • Check brake pads for wear and cables for kinks, rust, lube.
  • Make sure saddle (seat) is tightly bolted to post.
  • Check condition of rims, tires and brake pads, and replace if necessary.
  • Give the bike a complete once over, checking for loose or damaged parts.

Annual Maintenance

  • Consider replacing cables and housings.
  • Check derailleur and brakes for loose or sloppy action.
  • If your bike is ridden frequently, consider having it inspected and maintained by a professional.

Additional Information

Biking Destinations
This commercial site has good info on mountain bike cleaning and biking accessories, along with Southern California trail information.

League of American Bicyclists
The League's Bicycle Maintenance section has everything you need to know about keeping your bike in good running order.

Other Bicycle Pages