Member Question: Bike Tune Up

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How often should you have a bike tune up and what should be included? Is it unreasonable to expect a refitting as part of the tune up?

Member question from Benet
First of all thanks for being part of the BT community. My question is: How often should you have a bike tune up and what should be included? Is it unreasonable to expect a refitting as part of the tune up? Thanks!

Answer

A properly assembled bicycle should have a tune up a minimum of once per year. A rider that rides year round should have tune ups two or more times per year depending on cycling volume.

A routine tune-up should include the following:

  • Check and Adjust Shifting.

  • Check and Adjust Brakes. Replace brake pads if needed.

  • Lube Cables.

  • Check for Tire Wear.

  • Check for Chain Wear.

  • Check Wheels for True.

  • Check Bolts for Tightness and Proper Torque.

At least once per year, a more advanced tune-up or overhaul may include:

  • Wash Entire Bicycle.

  • Overhaul Bottom Bracket and Hubs

  • Overhaul Headset

  • Soak Drivetrain in Solvent and Scrub Clean.

  • Check All Bearings for Grittiness and Play.

  • Check Spoke Tension

  • Grease/Carbon Paste Seatpost.

It will depend on the shop you’re working with, but a refitting won’t typically be included as part of the tune-up. Regardless of when you have your bike tuned-up, you should have easy access to your bike fitter for feedback or concerns regarding your fitting.

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date: November 5, 2008

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