Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
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I used to be a tune-by-the-clock guy, but I finally realized I was repacking bearings that were already running perfectly and lubing cables that still had fresh, clean lube on them (this was before cable housings came with liners that eliminate the need for that). Now, with a few exceptions, I fix things as they go wrong. You normally get plenty of warning when things like wheel bearings need attention, so there's no reason to tear them down every month or three months or whatever.
I weigh 240 and ride on rough pavement a lot, as well as some gravel roads. My headsets almost never need anything; they go 10,000 miles or more. Bottom brackets at least half that, hub bearings 5000 or so (though last time I tore them down, they didn't need it).
I lube the chain often, every couple of rides in winter and every 150 miles or so in summer (ProLink makes it easy and keeps the chain clean). Pivot points on the brakes and derailleurs get a drop (only) of lube when I think of it, which is probably more often than they really need it. Otherwise I just look the bike over every couple of weeks and fix anything that catches my attention. I haven't had a failure of anything, except for flat tires, in at least 30,000 miles.
Last edited by Velo Dog; 02-18-10 at 10:14 PM.