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Bicycle Maintenance Schedule

The maintenance schedule of a bike here in Florida can vary somewhat on the type of bike, how often it is ridden, what conditions it is ridden in and where it is stored.  Bikes that are ridden daily in our salty elements will need more care than if it is taken out for an occasional ride.

However, below are some guidelines that will ensure the bike is in good working conditions when you are ready to ride.  And give you a good rule of thumb of when it is time to bring it to a skilled mechanic.

If you have any questions or want to make an appointment for service Emails us here or call (321) 751-5457





Every Ride

Check the tire pressure.  If low, fill to the correct PSI which is listed on the side of your tire.

Check tire tread on both wheels for damage or embedded debris

Spin your wheels to check for wobbles. If the wheel wobbles this indicates that you may need a wheel trued or you have problems with your hubs.

Check chain for dryness & dirt - Wipe down and lube if necessary

Check quick release, check that they are tight and that the wheels are secured

Squeeze brakes to make sure they are grabbing and glance that the brake pads are hitting the rim not the tire

If you have a mountain bike compress your suspension and release to confirm it is properly responding

Make sure you are prepared with a spare tube and/or patchkit, tire levers, and a pump in case you encounter a flat while on the ride

(500 Miles)

Check nuts & bolts for tightness

Check frame and components for wear, cracks, or dents

Check clipless pedal cleat bolts for tightness

Check wheels for loose spokes

Check the cables for fraying, breakage, rust or corrosion, replace if necessary

Check tires for wear and cuts, replace if necessary

Check bar tape or grips for tears, replace if necessary

Wipe down the frame and fork

Lube the chain

Wipe down chainrings and cassette

Lube derailleur pivots & pulleys

Lube brake & shift cables

If you have a mountain bike, maintain and lube the suspension

Test the tightness of the crankarms, pedals, chaingring bolts, seat bolt, stem bolts, handlebar bolts and all accessory mounting bolts/screws.

6 Months
(2500 Miles)

Check frame and fork for cracks or dents

Check tires for wear for dry rot or areas where tread is worn

Check for worn brake pads, replace if necessary

Check for worn handlebar tape or grips, replace if necessary

Check chain for wear, replace if necessary

Check chainrings and cassette for wear, replace if necessary

Check cables & housing for fraying & corrosion, replace if necessary

Check spare tube to see if it still holds air

Inspeect patch glue and/or patches

Clean and wax the frame to protect paint/finish

Clean and lube the drive train

Inspect & tighten crankset

True & tension wheels

Grease all non-cartridge bearings

Check the condition of hubs, bottom bracket, headset adjust and/or overhaul as needed

Bleed disc brakes

Clean and grease suspension pivots

Service suspension seals on mountain bikes


Year (6000 Miles)

Check all bearing systems: hubs, bottom bracket, headset and pedals

Check all brake and gear cables and housing from fraying, breakage, rust or corrosion

Check wheels for signs of wear

Check the condition of your accessories - computer, power meter, racks etc. 

Adjust and/or overhaul bearing systems as needed

Clean and check wheels carefully for worn sidewalls and cracks

Overhaul pedals to check bearings

Overhaul your suspension components

Replace brake and gear cables and housing

Replace chain

Replace tires

Replace brake pads

Replace brake hoods and handlebar tape on a road bike or replace grips on a mountain bike

Replace tubless tire sealant

Replace shock oil

Bicycle Care Tips

Keep your bicycle inside the house. Don't keep it in the garage where temperatures vary and chemicals could cause corrosion.  Also rain, moisture, and dirt cause your parts to wear quicker and cost you more in repairs too!.

Bicycle ridden in the rain typically require more frequent and extensive service.  If you are a commuter or distance rider, you will find that your bike needs service more often.

NEVER use WD40 on your chain.  WD-40 is a water displacer and will actually strip your chain.  It is not lubricant.

If your bike has been crashed or you have purchased a used bike, we recommend you bring in the bike in for a bike inspection to ensure that the frame and fork are not damaged, and that it is functioning properly and safely.  Remember all estimates are FREE at Revolutions Cyclery.