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Before you take to the streets or trails, use this summer bike tune-up checklist to avoid unwanted bike maintenance problems.
Spring Tune-up Checklist: Street-ready Bike Maintenance Tips
DITCH THE DIRT
Wipe away excess dirt and debris from all parts of your bike with a rag.
CHECK FOR RUST
Check for visible signs of rust, especially on your brake cables and chain – rusted brake cables should be replaced.
LUBE YOUR CHAIN
Clean your chain by brushing it with a degreasing solvent, apply a chain lubricant and spin your chain through a rag to distribute the lubricant across all surfaces (all-in-one chain cleaning kits are useful for this job).
Tighten loosening brake cables and caliper brakes, or adjust squeaky disc brakes.
CHECK ALL NUTS & BOLTS
Check that all nuts and bolts are tight and rust-free – apply some grease to slightly rusted areas.
FIX YOUR FORK
Make sure your fork is properly seated and well-secured onto your front wheel axis (where it connects to your wheel).
LOSE THE LOOSE
Check all quick releases for signs of loosening.
PUMP YOUR TIRES
Inflate your tires to the recommended tire pressure.
CHECK YOUR LIGHTS
Replace worn out batteries in your bike lights, recharge rechargeable lights or check that dynamo lights are still working.
TEST YOUR GEARS
Take a short trip around the block, shifting through all of your gears to check for skipping (a sign of worn down teeth on your chainrings or cog, a malfunctioning derailleur or a problem with your internal gears).
GET A TUNE-UP
When in doubt, take your bike to your bike shop for a tune-up.
KEEP ON IT
Do regular tune-ups to keep your steed rolling smoothly.