Just like you get regular maintenance on your vehicle to make sure everything is working correctly, you also need to do maintenance on your road bike, mountain bike or cruiser. As a cyclist, you are already at a higher risk of being in an accident, and if your bike is not in good working order, your chances of a crash are even greater.
Whether you are a regular rider, or your bike has been in storage for a while, there are some basic things you should check.
According to Jump Start by WebMD, checking the tires should be one of your first priorities. Make sure there are no loose spokes or cracks and make sure they do not wobble. Before each ride, check the tire pressure and inflate if needed. You should also prepare to fix a flat in the middle of a ride.
The brakes are a major component of your bike, and it is extremely risky if they are not working properly. Apply lubrication to the brakes, if necessary, and check the cables and brake pads semi-regularly.
Having a dry chain wears down the gears quickly. Apply a bike-specific lubricant if possible.
A bike’s frame and handlebars can wear down, especially if used often. Check them every 2,500 miles ridden, or every six months, for cracks or other signs of damage.
According to Always on Liberty, cleaning your bike is also part of regular, basic maintenance. Built-up dirt, dust and grime can prematurely wear down the other bike components. A dry wash works in a pinch, but you should give it a thorough wash every once in a while, detailing all the components and surfaces.