How Often Should I Service My Road Bike?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a universal response to this question because it mostly depends on the bike, the distance traveled, the terrain, and the load you’re carrying. An annual service is generally a good idea, but if you’re an Oxford cyclist who rides all year in rain, mud, snow, and salt, twice-yearly maintenance is preferable as the seasons change. Depending on your consumption, we provide a variety of service options (see our workshop page for details). If you require it, you may also use our yearly text reminder service.

The first free service, which is often after 6 to 8 weeks, is included if you buy a new bike from our store. Those preliminary modifications and tests are very crucial. This comprehensive inspection and adjustment of all the components of your new bike is especially crucial at this early stage since when your bike is first constructed, the new parts require some time to settle in as you first ride it. We will be pleased to service your bike even if you bought it elsewhere or over the internet. Being reactive with bikes is more likely to result in more (expensive) damage, and it’s vital to remember that bikes are vehicles that are used on roads. It is best to be proactive and not put off things that don’t feel right. Don’t risk your safety. It isn’t worth it.

There are a few indicators that your bike needs maintenance;

  • bicycle chain that has to be routinely oiled
  • Bike chain noise—see earlier
  • grinding sounds Never excellent, perhaps needs new components
  • Brakes should be simple and quick to stop you.
  • No matter how old they are, motorcycles should not rattle.
  • difficult to pedal possibly something is catching or your tyres are flat
  • Not every gear activates. You may cause transmission damage by not using your bike to its full potential.

With the exception of chain lubrication, you may probably ride for a year or two without performing a single maintenance task and save about $150. After two years, you begin to experience an odd sound when cycling. You bring your bicycle to be fixed, and then SHOCK! You say, “I need to change half the drivetrain.” Okay, sure. Your cassette and chainring were harmed as a result of the stretched chain. It will not be inexpensive to replace all three components. And now you’ll have to spend more than the $150 you saved by skipping two years of bike maintenance.

Bike components deteriorate over time. Some require regular maintenance, some require replacement, and some require tuning. You can only expect your bike to survive a long time with routine maintenance. A poll of bikers revealed that you should have your bike serviced every 4,000 kilometers (6000 km). This is the point at which some components start to degrade. This is particularly valid for the chain and brake pads, both of which require replacement. When you bring your bike in for service, it will undergo a thorough inspection and any necessary repairs or replacements will be made. Typically, there are only a few simple tasks like trueing the wheels, lubricating the chain and bottom bracket, and changing the brake pads.

Leave a Reply