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Bike maintenance

To keep your bike in tip-top condition, before every trip, you should -

  • Check that your tyres are pumped up
  • Check that your brakes, lights, handlebars and seat are in good order and tightly secured.

On a monthly basis, you should:

  • Clean and lubricate your chain and check your gears are running smoothly;
  • Wipe the dirt from your wheels and check the tread on your tyres. 
  • If possible, check your brake pads and your brake cables.

On an annual basis, you should:

  • Give your bike a thorough service. Reputable cycle shops will have a mechanic who can do this for you.

More detailed bike maintenance information is included in Sustrans’ Get Cycling guide, which can be downloaded below.