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Post Service Care Guide

Now you've had your bike serviced by us, here's how to keep it running like new until you need us again:

After every ride your bike will appreciate a little TLC.  You will need:

 

Some soft brushes/old toothbrush

 

Spray cleaner/degreaser

 

A bucket and sponge

 

Wet or dry lube

 

Plenty of clean water

 

If you have ridden on the road everyday or off road, your bike will have collected dust, dirt and road grime on its components. This is particularly relevant on the road when riding in the winter as road salt kills bike components if not cleaned off.

Your bike will love you for giving it a wash after a particularly dirty off road ride or a week riding on salt covered roads. Here's what to do:

 

Apply your chosen spray degreaser/cleaner. Leave to take effect.

 

Wash your bike in warm soapy water. Do not use a jet wash!!! This will force the dirt into the bearings and seals and the grease out...not good!

 

Make sure you pay attention to the moving parts like derailleurs, chain and gear cogs/cassette. This is where the soft brushes come in handy..even an old tooth brush is great for this!

 

Rinse off with plenty of warm water or with a hose on sprinkler setting.  No pressure jets.

 

Let your bike dry and then inspect for anything loose, bent or cracked. Take your time; You don't want to find that cracked frame in the middle of nowhere or at 25mph!

 

Now it's time to lube the moving parts. Do not get any lube onto the braking surfaces like rims or disc pads/rotors. Wipe off any excess lube with a clean cloth. This prevents dirt and grime building up which causes components to wear faster.

 

Now it's time for a test ride to check that the gears are shifting smoothly. If not are the cables showing signs of fraying or rust?

 

Give the brakes a test in a safe area with no traffic, are they stopping without excessive pulling on the lever? Check the brake blocks still have some life left in them. If not, replace them.

 

If you have a pressure gauge or a track pump, check the tyre pressures are right for the type of riding you do, road or off-road.

 

If it's been a dry ride just keep an eye on your chain and derailleurs and apply some dry lube to the moving parts if they are squeaking or the chain feels particularly dry to the touch. Remember that a little bit of lube goes a long way.

 

 

 

 

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT ANY ASPECT OF CARING FOR YOUR BIKE, TEXT OR E MAIL ME AND I WILL GET BACK TO YOU WITH THE BEST ADVICE TO KEEP YOU RIDING.