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Old 10-30-08, 12:01 AM   #1
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Basic maintanance for mountain bikes?

hi, i'm new to the sport and was wondering about general maintenance for mountain every ride things, once a month things, and things to do before and after winter? as far as lubing, adjusting, maintenance for forks, chain, ect..... thanks!
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This is our starter thread in the mtb section of Bike Forums. Not a whole lot on maintenance but you might have fun reading through it. Post number 8 has a section on tires.
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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.
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