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Recommended Maintenance Chart


Following these simple tips and guidelines will keep your bicycle riding better for longer.

Keep in mind:

  • These are only general tips for all bicycles - road, mountain, and recreation
  • Different riding styles and different machines can require other, more specific maintenance.
  • Mountain bikes tend to require more frequent and extensive service than other models.
  • If you notice any other problems, or have any questions about bicycle maintenance, please don't hesitate to call us or come by the shop; our experienced mechanics are more than happy to assist, educate, and inform!
  • If your bike is more than 10 years old, has been ridden heavily, has been abused, or has not received regular maintenance in the past, we strongly urge you to bring it by the shop to have a mechanic look it over. Assessments at our shop are always free!


Every Ride

Monthly

~500 mi

Six Months

~3,000 mi 

Yearly

~6,000 mi

Check your tire pressure and inflate as needed. A quality floor pump with gauge is a must-own. Clean your bike with bike wash, a rag, and stiff plastic brush and inspect frame/components for cracks and wear. (Only clean with soap and water if you have to.) Thoroughly clean frame and drivetrain, polish and protect frame with Trek Store silicon bike polish. Inspect for frame cracks or damage. Overhaul your pedals, add fresh grease, and check the bearings. (See our mechanics for specifics of each pedal design.) If you're using toe straps, check them for wear and replace as needed.
Check tires for debris, thorns, etc. that could cause a flat. Wipe the chain, cassette, and chainrings with a rag, brush, and Trek Store citrus degreaser. Relube with bio-friendly Trek Store chain lube. Check tires for wear and replace as needed. (Changing seasons can also mean changing tires!) Also, check your inflation kit to make sure your spare tube holds air and your pump works properly. Check tires for wear and replace as needed. (Changing seasons can also mean changing tires!) Also, check your inflation kit to make sure your spare tube holds air and your pump works properly.
Make sure that the quick-releases or axle bolts on the wheel are tight and secure. Use a wrench to check the tightness of the crank arms, pedals, chainring bolts, stem/bar/seatpost bolts, and all other mounting bolts. Check bearing systems (hubs, bottom bracket, headset) for play and/or grinding and grumbling. Replace, adjust, or overhaul as needed. Check bearing systems (hubs, bottom bracket, headset) for play and/or grinding and grumbling. Replace, adjust, or overhaul as needed.
Lifting the front and rear of the bike, spin each wheel while looking for wobbles or rim damage. Wobbly wheels should be trued by a mechanic. Lube pivots points on brakes, derailleurs, and pedals (if you use clipless pedals). Check brake pads for wear and replace as needed. Also check for worn grips and handlebar tape and replace as needed. Check brake pads for wear and replace as needed. Also check for worn grips and handlebar tape and replace as needed.
Check your brake pads for wear and make sure that they are making firm contact with either the rim or the brake disc. Check all cables and cable housing for wear, kinks, rust, and fraying. Replace as needed and lube good cables/housing at entry/exit points. Check all cables and cable housing for wear, kinks, rust, and fraying. Replace as needed, lube good cables/housing at entry/exit points. Check all cables and cable housing for wear, kinks, rust, and fraying. Replace as needed, lube good cables/housing at entry/exit points.
Check suspension fork (and shock) for compression and release, and make sure there is no flex or play in the suspension. Check the wheels for loose or damaged spokes. Check cassette and chainrings for wear; check chain for wear, tight links, and bent links. Also check derailleur cages for damage. Replace drivetrain parts as needed. Disassemble and lubricate the internals of your inflation kit pump and home floor pump. Check hoses and seals for wear and replace as needed.
Check chain for cleanliness, clean if dirty, lubricate if dry. Maintain, lubricate, and service your suspension components according to the owners' manual or mechanic's advice. Maintain, lubricate, and service your suspension components according to the owners' manual or mechanic's advice. Maintain, lubricate, and service your suspension components according to the owners' manual or mechanic's advice.