TeamCBC Cycling Tip – Now is the time to get your bike serviced

Whether you have a bike that’s worth more than your car or you ride an old beater, you’re headed for an expensive repair bill if you don’t take care of it. For those of you who are DIYers, here are some tips on how to service your bike:

The first thing you need to do is clean your bike, regularly. Here is a tip on how to do it right:…/

When servicing your bike, think of the letter “M” which refers to the five areas of your bike that need to be maintained.

* Check your front wheel to see if there is any play. It should spin true. If not, you may need to replace the wheel bearings. Also, check for broken or loose spokes.
* Inspect your front brake pad or front disc for proper alignment and wear. If excessive, you may need to replace your pads or disc.
* Inspect the two sets of bearings in your headset. At a minimum, they’re probably dirty and need to be cleaned and greased.
* Check the stem to ensure that the bolts that hold your handlebars in place are tight. There are two sets.
* Check your shifters and brakes. If there is a problem inside the hood, I strongly advise that you take it to a good mechanic. They are very difficult to reassemble.
* Check your bar tape. If worn, replace.
* Remove the chain and check if your bottom bracket spins freely. If not, you may need to replace the bearings. Ignoring this problem can lead to a cracked frame.
* Check the teeth on your chainring. If they are worn, it may be time for a new one. Also, make sure the bolts are tight.
* Inspect your pedals. They should be tight and not have any play. If so, it may be time for new ones.
* Check your front derailleur. It should shift smoothly. If not, check the cable and make the necessary adjustments.
* Remove your seat post to ensure that it is not seized up. Grease the top of the post.
* Inspect your saddle for wear. Make sure it is properly positioned and the bolts are tight.
* Inspect your rear wheel the same as you did the front wheel. There are four bearings, two more than on the front.
* Check your rear derailleur. It should shift smoothly. Inspect your jockey wheels and pulleys for wear.
* Inspect your cassette for wear. This is an item that needs to be replaced periodically.
* Inspect your chain using a chain checker. A worn chain can damage your chainring and cassette, so replace regularly.

I know that it’s a long list, but they are all important. My advice is to take your bike to a qualified mechanic. If you don’t have one, I’m sure The Bicycle Chain and All-Star Bike Shop can help you out. Now is the time to get your bike serviced before the rush.

Quote of the week: “Take care of your bike and your bike will take care of you.”

Here is a video that demonstrates how to service your bike:

Stay safe!

Rick Bunnell
President, TeamCBC