No matter how often you ride you should give your bike a tune-up at least once a year. Today we’ll learn how to tune up your bike, which I’d recommend doing at least once a year, or even every few months if you ride every day.
Is it worth getting a bike tune up?
A tune-up can be a terrific opportunity to upgrade components on your bike, or to modify its fit or functionality to your current needs.
How much does a tune up on a bike cost?
Depending on your area, the average bike tune-up costs anywhere between $60 and $100. Most shops offer two options – A Minor/Basic Tune-up that costs $55 to $89 and a Major Tune-up that typically costs between $119 and $150. Cost often depends on the services included in the tune-up.
How often does a bike need a tune up?
Just how often should you be heading in for maintenance? As a rule, we recommend a basic tune-up at least every six months or 750-1,250 miles, but keeping an eye on how, where, and when you ride can help you develop a more personalized routine.
What does a tune up do to a bike?
A Bike tune-up consists of:
- Cleaning any dirt, oil and old grease off the bicycle.
- The gears and derailleurs are checked for damage and alignment.
- The drivechain is checked for stretching or kinking.
- Brakes are inspected for wear and grip.
- The tires are checked for wear, cracks or swellings.
What is a basic bike tune-up?
Your bike will be cleaned from top to bottom. The chain, chainrings, freewheel, derailleurs, brakes and rims will be thoroughly degreased and dried, or replaced with new parts as needed after the bike is clean. The chain and other key parts of the drivetrain will be treated with a high-quality lubricant.
What should I use on my bike chain?
Use a light, waterproof lube such as Boeshield T-9 Waterproof Lubricant. For wet-weather conditions, try Pedro’s Chainj. Never Use: Motor oil—it contains acids and particles of metal that can compromise a chain’s strength and cause it to wear more quickly.
When should I get first bike tune up?
After the first 300 miles is a good time to take it in and get a tune up. After that it should stay adjusted for longer periods. Most local bike shops will give you one free tuneup.
What do you need for bike maintenance?
You will need disposable rags, bike oil, some degreaser product and maybe a used toothbrush and a flat headed screwdriver to pry off the larger gunks from the rear derailleurs jockey wheels and chainrings. Get all the dirt you possibly can get off the chains, sprockets and chainwheels.
How much is a bike gear adjustment?
While bikes are fairly low maintenance, there will no doubt be some maintenance costs that come your way, and bike gear replacement is one of the first bigger expenses you’re likely to need. On average, the price to fix bike gears will be somewhere between $10 and $40 per part.
How often should you wash your bicycle?
We recommend cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or ‘cross bike more often.
When should I service my new bike?
We’d recommend that you book your first bike service in after 3 months of riding. Those initial adjustments and checks are extra important. When your bike is first assembled the new parts take some time and riding to get to know each other.
When should a new bike be serviced?
You should service your bike at least once a year. If you are using your bike more frequently (more than twice a week), then every six months is ideal.