What does your bike maintenance look like?
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    What does your bike maintenance look like?

    What do you do to care for your baby?

    After each ride?


    Weekly?


    Monthly?


    After the season?


    Before the season?

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    I look it over before and after every ride - and check tire pressure before every ride. I check and lube the chain weekly and I check cables and brake pads monthly.

    Yesterday I took it to the LBS for a "checkup." Ive done over 500 miles on my new bike including the hundred miles that I did this past weekend. (They found a slightly loose headset and a rear wheel that needed slight truing. (total cost = $10.00)

    I can't say anything about after-season or before-season...
    Last edited by jakerson; 09-15-2004 at 05:05 PM.

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    Here's mine...

    Before each ride: Check tires and pressure

    Weekly: Clean and lube chain, clean bike front to back.

    Monthly: Check headset and look for cracks in fork, stem.

    After the season: I live in South Georgia...the season does not end. Once a year I repack the hubs and regrease the BB.

    Probably missed some stuff, but I am giving an exam right now and keeping my eye on two students who have "wondering eyes" syndrome.

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    I try to lube the chain after each ride (White Lightning) so it's worked in for nerxt time.
    Check tire pressure each ride, top off as needed.

    Winter; pry off dried worms as needed, especially on the back of the fork and on downtube.

    The rest is pretty much, don'y fix it unless it's broken.

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    Weekly and annually

    Every week, the chain/drivetrain gets the full ProLink treatment, and the whole bike gets wiped down. In the process of the wipe down, I'll spot any frayed cables, sticking parts, loose spokes or bolts, etc. that need immediate attention.

    For an annual overhaul, some of us religiously strip the bike down to the frame, take apart everything that will come apart, clean and lube it all, and put it back together. Others replace cables and bar tape, squirt some lube in all the right places (brake and derailleur pivots primarily) and call it a day. Some feel that with today's cartridge bearings and the desire to replace parts every couple of years with the latest "N-speed" setup, what's the point of an overhaul. Some use the winter as a chance to replace chain and cogs, perhaps tires, and true the wheels. A bike shop overhaul usually just means check for lubrication, adjust things a bit, check wheels, and charge $??? I'm of the "take it down to the frame" school, plus obviously replacement stuff like bar tape, cables, new chain & cogs, etc. depending on what is worn out. I don't replace cables unless they are "worn" and have found at least 5 year life to be typical. Others insist on annual cable replacement. I have found that with an annual overhaul, I NEVER experience the seized or corroded parts that are so often a topic of discussion here. FWIW, my annual riding comes to about 10K miles/16K km per year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsyDoc
    Probably missed some stuff, but I am giving an exam right now and keeping my eye on two students who have "wondering eyes" syndrome.
    Curiosity is to be encouraged in students - is it not teach?

    'Wandering eyes' however is to me a cleavage-related syndrome from which I still suffer. (Never cared enough to cheat on a test.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishrCutB8
    What do you do to care for your baby?

    After each ride?


    Weekly?


    Monthly?


    After the season?


    Before the season?
    After every ride:

    * Wipe down chain
    * Wipe down tires and check for problems (cuts, glass, cords showing through)
    * Check for wheel true
    * Upload ride data to computer.


    Weekly
    * Oil chain, sometimes this is done twice a week.
    * Add air to tires.
    * Clean bike.
    * Check indexing of gears

    Every two weeks.

    Complete cleaning of frame, brakes, wheels and spokes.

    Monthly

    Clean sprockets
    Check all nuts, bolts and fasteners
    Check cleats on shoes, make sure they are firmly attached and are not too worn.
    Completely clean chain and re-lube
    Oil pivot points of derailleurs and bottom bracket cable guide.
    Measure chain for wear.

    Bi-Monthly
    Grease pedal bearings


    Annually (during the winter months)
    re-pack bearings in wheels.
    check headset, add grease if required.
    clean complete bike, with disassembly of some parts from frame.
    Change cables if required (every two years of so)
    Replace tires if required.
    Replace batteries in computers
    Re-tape bars
    Look for wear, cracks and sratches in bar and stems, replace if required.
    Grease pedal bearings.
    re-true wheels if necessary.
    check indexing of gears and tune if required.
    take out seat post and re-install.

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