Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Depends on how well you want the bike to ride next time out.
I ride in muddy conditions so after every ride it is wash down the bike- Take the wheels out and spray everything metal with WD40 or the like. Go and have lunch and then polish. Find the broken/just about to fall off bits on the bike and reassemble.
Then 4 ride maintenance on a rota-
Headset and forks- Clean and relube
Cables- clean and relube but this should be done every ride if it is wet/muddy
Drivetrain Chainrings- cassette and deraillers- Deep clean and look for wear.
Wheels and tyres- clean- check for true and broken spokes and tyre wear and damage.
Of course, all of this should be done after every ride- but if you are lazy- like me- just break the regular maintenace down into smaller chunks. And if something causes you a problem on a ride- get it sorted before the next one.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.