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Old 03-27-06, 03:43 PM   #1
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What is the minimum necessary maintence schedule to kept to?

Ok, I've figured out tire pressure and that I need to clean/lube the chain every 250-300 miles.

Now what about other stuff. I have about 1,500 miles on the bike now. So at what point do I need to do more?

LBS always recommends an annual "tune up". My guess is these are over kill. I know I have to review the brake pads next month, but anything else besides tighten loose components?
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I don't follow any kind of maintenance schedule. Everytime I ride, however, I make a mental list of anything that has to be done to the bike. Normally I'll get those things done before I ride that bike again. For example, if the chain seems noisy, I'll service my chain. If the shifting seems "off" I'll fuss with that.
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I just do as needed like Retro said. If you know your bike it will talk to you, LOL
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What kind of bike we talkin here? If it is a mountain bike, probably needs hubs packed and new chain and possibly cassette. If it is an onroad, no dirt, type bike then you are probably in good shape except for possibly the chain being worn and needing replaced.
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I've got 3500 miles on my road bike, just got it back from the shop. It needed a new chain and hubs overhauled. The drivetrain felt gravelly and was noisy. I would think you might want to service your bike within probably another 1300 miles.
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Today I noticed a bolt was loose. It's important to check those every once in a while, too. Other than that, I clean the whole bike and lube the drivetrain every few weeks. I check the tire pressure every week, more often if I'm riding more. My bike is my transportation, so it's important to me to keep it in good shape.
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Old 03-28-06, 12:44 AM   #7
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I've had my bike since December. It's a used bike, it was sitting in the back of my workplace for...god knows how long. When I got it, the mechanics (I work at a gas station/garage) lubed the chain and stuff- so it ran smoothly. So far, I think I put 900+ miles on it. Recently, I cleaned my bike and made the mistake of "lube-ing" it with WD-40. So...I'm going to have to find some decent lubricant soon. I've tightened the brake cable some. And I think I might need to adjust the rear derailer.

I think it's a mountain bike, but I use it for my commute to and from work. Is there any other maintenance that should be done to it?
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Check for chain wear every so often, measure the chain. Check brake pads and check both wheels for signs of hubs needing overhaual (grinding noise would mean bad).

Wash your bike one day while cleaning it and inspect the frame for damage, same goes for rims.
In a year I usually have to repalce my chain and 2 tires. Sheldon browns site has the skinny on most of this stuff.
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Here are a couple of websites with lots of valuable info regarding repair and maintenance.

http://sheldonbrown.com/
http://parktool.com/repair/

The Maintenance section of Bikeforums is also a great source.

I started keeping a maintenance log for my bikes about three years ago – now I can easily see how many miles a component has – that’s important for things like chains, tires – even cables.

On chain replacement – I usually replace a chain (and the cassette at the same time) at no more than 2000-mile intervals. If you wait longer, you risk damaging the front chain rings – they’re much more expensive. Also, if you replace the chain sooner – say, 1000 miles – you can get by without replacing the cassette. All this applies to road – off-road bikes need much more frequent chain replacement.
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With new bikes usually the cables stretch after some time.
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Here is my "schedule" (on-road, no-dirt bike).

Check tire pressure once or twice week and also before each really long ride.

Clean and lube chain every month or so.

Occasionally (when I happen to think about it and realize I haven't done it in a while) check bolts for tightness, brake pads for wear, wheels for trueness, chain for stretch -- and fix whatever needs to be fixed.

Do a major cleaning of the bike once a year and more local cleanings when the bike is dirty and I am not too lazy to do something about it.

Other than that I just fix whatever obviously needs fixing, e.g. sloppy shifting, loose brake cable, funny sounds from any part of the bike. Recently I even straightened a bent derailleur cage! Well, I helped anyway...
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On chain replacement – I usually replace a chain (and the cassette at the same time) at no more than 2000-mile intervals. If you wait longer, you risk damaging the front chain rings – they’re much more expensive. Also, if you replace the chain sooner – say, 1000 miles – you can get by without replacing the cassette.
Surely you're not advocating replacing a chain based on some arbritrary numbers.
Measure the chain.
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I have no set schedule. Except that after every offroad ride, I overall clean my bike and...
lubricate chain
lubricate stanchion tubes of fork.

Besides that, it's whenever something goes wrong. Overall though, I've been very satisfied with my setup. I got this frame and headset last March, it has not caused any problems. I've had my shifter and derailleur setup for over 1.5years, it has not needed a tune up more than once. THese things last a long time if done properly, so play it by ear.

And an annual tuneup at the LBS is overkill, learn to do it yourself
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Three of my bikes never leave town now so I "grease & lube" as needed since I'm
never very far from my shop. The bike trails bike gets a once over after EVERY trail
ride. THAT bike breaking down is a very looooooong walk.
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Ok, I've figured out tire pressure and that I need to clean/lube the chain every 250-300 miles.

Now what about other stuff. I have about 1,500 miles on the bike now. So at what point do I need to do more?
You "need" to think about why you spend so much time and effort cleaning chains. A quick spray of teflon or silicone lubricant once every 3 or 4 months (1,200 -1,600 miles) on my commuter is plenty. Clean the chain? Huh wutz dat? Wa for? I ride in rain, snow and road salt and never felt the need to touch the chain except when replacing it about once a year - cost - about $5 or $6 from Walmart. Messing with the chain twice a month to save $5 yearly doesn't seem like such a good deal to me.
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You "need" to think about why you spend so much time and effort cleaning chains. A quick spray of teflon or silicone lubricant once every 3 or 4 months (1,200 -1,600 miles) on my commuter is plenty. Clean the chain? Huh wutz dat? Wa for? I ride in rain, snow and road salt and never felt the need to touch the chain except when replacing it about once a year - cost - about $5 or $6 from Walmart. Messing with the chain twice a month to save $5 yearly doesn't seem like such a good deal to me.
I don't ride in snow or until road salt, actually mag cloride here which is worst, migrates to the side of the road. Rain sometimes. It's not about saving money on the chain. It's about easy riding. About about 250-300 miles the rear derailer and the chain collects a ton of gunk. By cleaning it regularly, it makes the ride easier and also helps shifting. I can gain 1/2 to 1 mph on ride. Much of this could be psychological rather than physical. But ride for first couple days after a cleaning is glorious.
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bicyclng.com used to have a monthly maintenance calendar. Nothing major, but it has a list of those "other" things are good to do every month. I don't think it is too scientific, but it is good to be regular.

The chain debate can go on, and on, and on. Even when my chain doesn't measure worn, it has etched some wear in the cassett and chain rings. This is why changing at less than 2000 (or less) miles is good. A chain is much cheaper than a chain and a cassette.
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I have a maintenance schedule that runs over a 4 ride period. I ride off road so the bike needs a wash after almost every ride, and the chain gets cleaned and lubed after every ride in any case- whilst on the ride you get to know if the brake blocks have worn-or possible cable stretch- so brakes get adjusted if required.
1 st ride-- clean bike and check for derailler adjustment- cable stretch- and anything else that needs adjustment- this will be for every ride aswell. Loosen the outer cables and lube the cable with a light water repellant oil (WD40)
2 nd ride- check wheel cones for any play and adjust if required
3rd ride- check crank sprockets for damage/wear, check for bottom bracket wear or tightness and check tyres for damage, stones in tread etc.
4th ride- strip and clean headset, or if no adjustment necessary this is left for 8 rides.
5 th ride---- back to ride one.

Obviously the when cleaning the bike- I am looking for any loose nuts and bolts, and frayed cables, and whilst on the ride you will be noting if any gears changes are not going right or any "Noises" that come in.

Admittedly road rides may not require this frequency- but a check like this will stop any undue breakages or damage from non adjustment.

I am also about to strip and rebuild for the coming season so on this as a yearly check- Cranks are removed and sprockets cleaned.- deraillers really cleaned with degreaser and a toothbrush. Wheels get sent away for trueing and retensioning. and the headset and front suspension forks are stripped and cleaned and checked. Cables are replaced, and brake calipers removed- cleaned greased and refitted. Not much left to take off the bike so out comes the polish and the frame is cleaned thoroughly.
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