Before every ride
Brakes: Check and adjust brakes, replace pads if worn
Dérailleurs: Check and adjust shifting
Helmet: Check helmet for shell damage, strap fraying, cracked hardware
Tires: Check Tire Pressure & inflate, check for wear, cuts and foreign items
After every ride
Pedals & Cleats: clean & lube (Speedplay) cleats
Tires: Check tires for cuts and wear
Wheels: Check wheels for true and roundness, clean rims & tires
Cables: Change cables and housing
Cables: Lube cables
General: Inspect bearing surfaces for play or binding
Chain: Replace chain
General: Inventory tools and spare parts
Paint: Apply touch-up paint – were needed
Four Times a Month:
Chain: Clean, degrease & lube chain
General: Wash and clean bike
Once a Month:
Wheels: Check rims for excessive wear
Cleats: Check cleats for wear
Computer: Check computer harness and wiring for loose exposed or frayed wires
Gears: Check chain rings and cogs for bent or stripped teeth
Gears: Check chain rings for alignment
Gears: Check cog set and chain ring for wear
General: Check bolts for tightness
General: Repack bearings with grease
Headset: Check Headset
Pedals: clean & Lube pedals
Saddle: Lightly grease saddle rails and seat post
Wheels: Check spoke tension - true and round
· Check your tires for correct pressure, most tires require 95 to 120 psi.
· It’s time to replace tires when the casing shows slices, the sidewall is dry and cracking, or has cuts.
· Tension in neighboring spokes on the same side of the wheel should be similar, using two fingers – one on each of two spokes – pluck them to compare tension.
· Worn brake pads or pads that don’t squarely contact the rim will cause squeals. Adjust by toeing in the front 1 mm and removing any grit from the pad channels.
· Clean your rims with alcohol. Use light weight sandpaper on your brake pads.
· Bent gear teeth: tighten the jaws of an adjustable wrench so it just slips over the damaged tooth, then bend the tooth back into place.
· When it’s tough to get in and out of your pedals, try a little white lightning. If that doesn’t work, check the cleats – if they are unevenly worn or have shiny edges, replace the cleats before you replace your pedals.
· When nicks in paint expose bare metal, prep the frame surface with primer before applying touch-up paint. With carbon fiber frames do not sand below the paint surface.
· In addition to greasing the seat post, carefully apply some grease to the seat collar. Be sure to wipe off excess grease.
· Some spare parts you may want to keep on hand: spare tubes, 4 brake pads, 1 pair of brake cables, 6 feet of dérailleur cable housing, 6 feet of brake cable housing, grease, chain lube, degreaser, zip ties.
· Lube chain
· Check tire pressure * should be done before each ride *
· Wash and clean
· Lube cables
· Check wheels for true and roundness
· Change chain
· Check brake adjustment and brake pad wear
· Check shifting
· Check cassettes and chain rings for wear
· Check bearings for smoothness
· Change cables and housings
· Change cassette
· Overhaul bearings
Post Crash Checklist
- Thoroughly clean and look for cracks in your frame
- Check wheels for true and roundness
- Check spokes – squeeze in pairs on the same side of the wheel, both should have similar tension
- Check rear dérailleur hanger
- Replace bent handlebars, Aerobars, brake levers, pedals, saddle and seat post if damaged
- Check brakes – inspect brake pads. Squeeze brake levers hard and make certain the pads evenly grip the wheel rim. Check that the brake pads are centered on the rim.
- Check the front fork and head set for looseness or wobble. Squeeze the front brake and rock the bike back and forth, grab the lower headset cup and check for looseness, grab the fork and also check for looseness.
- Check the hubs on both wheels for looseness – by trying to wiggle the wheel sideways.
- Check your helmet – if you hit your head, REPLACE the helmet. If you don’t think you hit your head by the helmet shows scratches or scrapes – REPLACE the helmet. (Most helmet manufactures have some form of crash rebate)
· Check tires – cuts, wear
- Check tire pressure – tires will typically loose pressure overnight
- Check and clean – chain, Dérailleurs, chain rings, cogs
- Check brakes and brake pads
- Check shifting – can you get into every gear?
- Check headset
- Check hubs
- Check wheels for true and roundness
- Check saddle position, height and level
- Check handle bars and Aerobars – height, position and angle
Post-ride Checklist - ICARe
· Inspect –
o Chain, Dérailleurs, chain rings, cogs
o Brakes and brake pads
o Handle bars, stem, Aerobars
· Clean –
o Wheels, rims, brake pads
o Chain, chain rings, cogs, Dérailleurs
· Adjust –
o Handle bar, Aerobars, stem
· Replace –
o Inner tubes - used
o Broken or damaged parts