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why service your bike?

From longevity too safety..

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SERVICING YOUR BIKE  - increases LONGETIVITY

As with any mechanical device, prevention is better than cure, so here’s things to look for every time you ride, every week and every month. A couple of small maintenance tasks, done early, can extend the period between major services, help your components to last longer and give you better performance!

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How often should you service your bike?

You should regularly service your bike to ensure it is running efficiently and that there are no worn or damaged components. The more you ride the bike the more frequent you should be servicing it, especially after riding in dirt, sand, mud and in the rain.

It is also important to service your bike if you have not ridden for some time, as the bike may deteriorate whilst in storage.

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OUR maintenance CHECKLIST

Check Your Gears

Check frame

A number one annoyance and possible hazard are misaligned derailleurs and poorly indexed gears. A correctly adjusted front derailleur will bring you smooth shifting between the small ring and big ring and will stop the chain rubbing on the mechanism itself.

Inspect frame and fork for paint cracks or bulges that may indicate frame or part damage; pay particular attention to all frame joints. 

Inspect, Clean And Lubricate The Drivetrain

Check your wheels

The drivetrain is the mechanical heart of your machine, and the area of the bike, which needs particular care and attention – not just at the start of the season but through the year. This is a good opportunity to check your chain for wear and replace it if necessary.

Throughout the season is the ideal opportunity to check your wheels are up to scratch, particularly if you’ve ridden a lot or through rough terrain. Check the spokes to ensure they are correctly tensioned and replace anywhere necessary. Also, check that the wheel is true. It should spin freely without any side-to-side movement.

Check The Brakes/Cables

The importance of the brakes goes without saying so ensuring your brakes are well maintained and that you check the cables and the pads are essential. With the wheel off the ground, spin it and pull the brakes – it should lock immediately

Tighten Everything Up

One of your final jobs should be to make sure all the key bolts on your bike are tight. It’s also an opportunity to check no bolts are damaged and need replacing. Most bolts on your bike will have a torque setting and it’s important to adhere to these. It’s easy to over-tighten the seat clamp on a carbon frame, for example, which can cause damage both to the frame and seat post.

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