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Old 10-23-05, 12:44 PM
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Bike Maintenance: How often?

I remember when I bought my bike the guy at the bike shop told me I should "wipe it down" after every ride. Naturally I've gotten pretty lax abuot it. Since then I took a bike "clinic" once on basic bike maintenance and was told about cleaning and oiling the chain once in a while.

Since I did a bike wipe down, clean and oil of the chain today I thought I'd get feedback from you all. How often you do this type (or other) maintenance to your bike?

What the recommended maintenance items and schedules?
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Old 10-23-05, 12:51 PM
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I usually lube mine when it starts to make noise.
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Old 10-23-05, 01:06 PM
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No schedule .... when I notice something that needs attention ... I attend to it.

And if I know I'm going to be heading out on a really long ride, I will usually check the bicycle over a few weeks in advance just in case I need to order something to replace something.
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Old 10-23-05, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka
No schedule .... when I notice something that needs attention ... I attend to it.
Yep, same here.
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Doing the general maintenance for my two bikes, our two tandems, my wife's bike, my son's bike, my duaghter's bike and our spare bike, well it seems like I'm messing with one bike in some form or another, every waking moment!
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Old 10-23-05, 01:54 PM
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Once a week, usually on Sunday, I clean, lubricate and check everything.
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Inspect before and after every ride, maintenance as needed. ALWAYS clean and lube after riding in the rain.
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I do a quick wipedown after almost every ride, and lube when I start to hear the drivetrain or if it's been wet at all.
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Just spent an entire day... 'Course it was working on several cycles... basically I was in "bike shop mode."

Started by breaking down and doing a full clean and lube of my drive train, an overhaul basically, and of course the usual visual inspection of brakes, etc.

Then changed two flats on wife and son's bikes, and cleaned and lubed chain and did a nice frame wipedown of each. Readjusted the headset on hers, rear hub on his.

Then finally to my commuter/touring bike where I completed some repairs (such as banging the derailuer hanger stops back into place) and adding a bit of extra chain (those long chainstays take more then a single chain... ugg). Started at about 7:30 in the morning, finished about 6:30 that night.

Of course had meals, did a bit of socializing with neighbors and test rode everything... and cleaned up the shop when I was through.

But roughly 10-11 hours of work on 4 bikes. That should hold everything for a few months.

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Old 10-24-05, 02:22 PM
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Maintenance?

I've lubed the chain... once. In 7 months. Riding 9 miles a day, probably 4 days a week average. Actually it needs to be lubed again as it is starting to make noise. I'm tempted to use oil this time though, that wussy chain lube I bought at the bike store just doesn't last when you're riding in the rain. I think that's why it's making noise now, I rode a couple days in some pretty wet weather.

I hosed it down once when I rode around in a construction site and had mud caked all over the frame and wheels.

My bike is a commuter, plain and simple. It doesn't get coddled.
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I usually just lube and clean my chain, cogs and derailleurs.

Is it necessary to lube the brakes, hubs, bottom bracket or headset at all?
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i end up tinkering on one of my bikes nearly every day. when i'm sick of homework or just need to relax, i grab my tools and adjust my brakes, clean my chain, or just admire my beauties.
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Wipe downs are done whenever the bike needs it, like after a dusty ride. I clean and lube the chain and sprockets when the oil turns black. This is about every 100 miles or so.
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Originally Posted by Pizza Man
I usually just lube and clean my chain, cogs and derailleurs.

Is it necessary to lube the brakes, hubs, bottom bracket or headset at all?
Brakes... well at least the mechanism itself, yes. Obviously not the shoes.

Hubs, BB, etc. Well, if they are not sealed bearings, yes. That said, even sealed bearings need periodic replacement.

Basically if it is a moving part, it should be cleaned, inspected, lubed and adjusted... if needed.

I have down tube shifters... even those need disassasembly and lube from time to time. I imagine brifters need some work from time to time too.
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Safety inspect before ride. Wipe down after every ride, clean chain then lube it about every other ride. Takes about 20 minutes max.
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after every time i hit the trail...unless it was like super dry and no dirt on the bike really...which has not happend for me yet...usually it looks pretty nasty when im done....and i commute on it, but if i dont HIt any trails during the week, i will usally just wipe it down sunday night to prepare for another week of commuting.
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I ride daily. I am usually screwing with something on my bikes regularly but i have to say that I don't do a lot of maintenance. I used to fuss over it but now i really don't. My bikes hang in the garage where i am constantly looking at them so i suppose i inspect them rather routinely but usually don't do much.

ONe thing i really quit doing was lubing the chain. I used to be so bummed if I had a dirty drive train. I would degrease, and wash and wash and degrease. All i ever seemed to accomplish was taking the grease out of things i shouldn't and making my chain attract dirt like crazy.

NOw i wait till my chain sounds dry before i give it a lube. And i seldom degrease it. It is amazing how well a dry chain will clean itself when you ride for a couple hours every day.
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I check my bikes each time I ride for safety as well as to lube it properly. If the part seems dry or makes noise, I lube it and/or check for tightness.
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Every other weekend for sure!
(lube and wipe)

Sooner if the weather is Bad
 

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