Angie’s List: Bicycle Maintenance

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Bike Tune-up Checklist:

Do you get a little rusty after not riding for a while? Your bike probably does too. Regular tune-ups keep you cruising safely. How often will your bike require maintenance? That depends on whether you’re a hobbyist or an avid cycler, but Josh Prater, service manager of the highly rated northside Indianapolis Bicycle Garage Indy, recommends a tune-up around every 2,000 miles.

Get in gear and give these parts a once-over:



Frame
Look for dents, scratches, rust or anything unusual on your bike. 

Wheels
The wheels on the bike need to go round and round, so make sure the rims are straight. Inspect for loose or broken spokes. Tighten the hubs and bearings. 

Seat
The bicycle seat attaches to the seat post, which attaches to the frame. Make sure your derriere support isn’t going to fall off while in motion.

Brakes
Adjust the brakes so they’re hitting the rim properly. Make sure the lever pull isn’t too loose or too tight, and there are no frayed cables or rusted parts. Additionally, check the pads for wear.

Crank arms and pedals
Any place where the body meets the bike is a critical safety factor. Be sure these are tight on the bicycle.

Tires
Check bike tires for wear and make sure tires fit properly. 

Handlebar and stem bolt
Steer away from any potential harm by checking these components are secure.

Chain
The bike chain stretches over time, which causes shifting problems, and is even prone to breakage. Prater estimates the average chain life to be 2,000 to 2,500 miles.