Winter maintenance?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by zummerzet_lou, 22 Jan 2008.

  1. zummerzet_lou

    zummerzet_lou New Member

    Christchurch, UK
    I put my hands up, I am a very bad bike owner!

    I cycle daily to work, but my poor bike just gets the odd squirt of oil on the chain if she's lucky.

    Can anyone give me a few weekly things to do/check as I have no idea?

    Should I be cleaning the chain, Deraileur etc?

    Oil other parts?


  2. Routines vary widely, but here's what I do in winter... (NB - these are my regular checks: obviously you check the functioning of your bike daily and rectify braking, lighting etc problems as soon as they happen!)

    Daily -
    Check tyres for flints.

    Weekly -
    Give the bike a once over for anything untoward.
    Particularly check brakes.
    Check and pump up tyres (to max pressure in my case).
    Wipe chain and re-lube with an oil soaked cloth.
    Clean and lube gears.
    Quick (in my case) wipe over of frame.
    Re-charge lights for coming week.
    Clean reflectors.

    I carry spare batteries for my lights, and as I run 2 front and back, there's always a back-up available.
  3. biking_fox

    biking_fox Veteran

    Pretty much the same

    Daily - I just check lights

    Carry spare batteries and have 2front 2 rear.

    Weekly - well mostly weekly, becomes fortnightly if I'm very busy.

    Degrease / clean and re-oil chain. Include derailuers but no disassembly
    quick check of cables GT85 on gear cables particularly when wet.
    Check tires for inbedded sharps
    check tire pressure
    check brakes - make note to buy blocks if they are getting close to worn out.
    quick general wipedown.

    Take to LBS for them to do a full strip service.
  4. andygates

    andygates New Member

    Pump the tyres up once a week.

    Wash the thing when it gets filthy or the brakes start sounding rough.

    Lube the chain and pivot points when it gets a wash.
  5. medals

    medals Well-Known Member

    Coventry UK
    As above, except I also squirt some WD40 where the gear cables sit on the underside of the frame.
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Pump tyres regularly, oil chain after wet ride. Wash once or twice a year.
  7. LOGAN 5

    LOGAN 5 New Member

    Check tyres for flints/glass etc daily.

    Pump up once a week.

    Spray lube if i remember after heavy rain plus cables.

    Check brake alignment/wear once a month or so.

    Clean the bike once a year in the Spring!
  8. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    Be warned not to pump up to much in the summer there beanz as this lead's to blowouts.

    I normally wash the bike once a week if I can. wash and clean the chain, both mech's and rims. release and jiggle seat post every now and then, say, once a month, they have a tendancy to seize up and could end up with a dud frame if it snaps. Clean cables go over all bolts for any loose ones that might need tightening.

    Sounds long but should take no more than 45 minutes for your own safety.
  9. Wilco! ;)
  10. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    Pluck up some courage and replace cassette and chain when it's worn out.
    Dead easy. Even I can do it.
  11. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    As above, apart from I check tyre pressures by hand daily and with a gauge weekly.

    Its the easiest thing to do and *P* sems to be the most common failure you can suffer from
  12. frog

    frog Guest


    Tyres - check and pump up
    Frame and forks - wipe over with Tesco baby wipes.
    Chain - run through a clean j-cloth for a few minutes.
    Brakes - check wear and adjust.
    Lights - check cables and fittings.
    Cables - check for frays and free movement.
    Pedals - check and grease as necessary.


    Chain - check tension and lube
    All bolts and screw - check to see if still tight.
  13. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Thumb check of tyres
    Check lights
    Make sure everything is in the saddlebag that I might need (unplanned deflation event kit, tyre levers, spanners etc)

    Wash if it's been wet.
    Clean & Lube chain (if it's been wet) using the Mickle method.
    Check over frame
    Check over cables
    Pump tyres to running pressure
    Clean exposed (running along downtube) gear cables & lube with a drop of chain oil (if it's been wet)
  14. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    blimey, it a junker but ...

    oil the chain if it rained the day before (dry lube)

    pinch the tyres once a week

    um, that's it
  15. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    ...and if you've got no tyres, pinch somebody else's.
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