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Bike service intervals

Postby andy_cotts » Thu May 24, 2012 12:52 pm

Hi everyone,

Was just wondering what time scales people go by when it comes to servicing their bikes...

I do a 5 mile commute daily and im not sure when i should be considering getting one done.

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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby mudcow007 » Thu May 24, 2012 13:25 pm

Do it your self!

if the bike is starting to squeak, not changing gear like it did

its time for a tune up!
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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby andy_cotts » Thu May 24, 2012 16:03 pm

yeah i dont mind having a bash at the usual bits and bobs...

was hoping for a bit more insight into what timescales people go by for the big services, if any!
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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby DesWeller » Thu May 24, 2012 20:28 pm

For me, cables get done once a year.

Everything else I just have a quick butcher's at while I'm oiling the chain; anything that needs doing gets done on the spot (unless I need parts or don't have time, in which case I make a note and do it the next week).

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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby bails87 » Fri May 25, 2012 10:08 am

It's not like a car, there is no need for a 'big service' or anyhting regular.

If the chain needs lube, lube it.

If the brake pads need changing, change them.

If the cables need changing...well, you get the idea.
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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby pdw » Fri May 25, 2012 16:09 pm

One thing to change before it's obvious that it needs doing is the chain. Leave it until it becomes a problem, and you'll also have to change the cassette and possibly chainrings.

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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby corshamjim » Fri May 25, 2012 18:22 pm

I do, I guess, about 90% of servicing myself, but I do like to get a 'proper' mechanic to take a look once in a while. So once every couple of years or so I'll take one or other bike in for a service. The last time I did a few weeks ago, the mechanic at John's Bikes in Bath (I don't work for them but think they deserve the credit) did a really nice job sorting out my mish-mash of nuts and washers on my rear axle so it now looks really tidy and got my headset to track nicely. The 3-speed hub (which was the main reason for the service) runs nicely now as well.

Some bikes need a bit of fettling of one sort or another almost every ride, but others can go for months with nothing much more than a spray of TF2 on the chain and some air in the tyres every few weeks.

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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby Godders1 » Fri May 25, 2012 20:50 pm

Agree about the chain. Buy a chain wear checker (they're cheap) and replace the chain when it's 75% worn. Your chainrings and cassette will thank you for it.

Timescales for when various things will need doing varies massively depending on the components you have on your bike, riding conditions, how often/thoroughly you clean the bike etc.

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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby DesWeller » Sun May 27, 2012 21:47 pm

Godders1 wrote:Agree about the chain. Buy a chain wear checker (they're cheap) and replace the chain when it's 75% worn. Your chainrings and cassette will thank you for it.

Timescales for when various things will need doing varies massively depending on the components you have on your bike, riding conditions, how often/thoroughly you clean the bike etc.


You don't need a chain checker...just use a 6" rule. The chain is nominally 1/2" pitch; think about changing your chain once you start measuring elongation of 1/16" or more over 12". You should be able to get away without changing your cassette between 1/16" and 1/8" elongation, but over 1/8" you'll probably need a new cassette too.

I'm not convinced by the chain checkers anyway...there's a lot of play in the rollers and that could fool you into unnecessarily replacing your chain IMO.

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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby Godders1 » Sun May 27, 2012 21:55 pm

You're right of course but I'm allergic to numbers so the £5 checker tool works for me. :lol:

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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby Dan_Giant » Thu Jun 21, 2012 19:51 pm

Can i ask how you check the chain for wear? All those numbers don't mean anything to me without knowing where to measure. My bike is new at the moment but be handy to know for future.

As for servicing, i will do most basic things myself. Im going to take the bike in to the shop i bought it after 6 months but thats only because they gave me a half price voucher for a full service.

Other than that it might go in once a year. For the sake of £30 and having everything inspected/tightened/adjusted by someone who knows what they are doing it just gives me peace of mind.

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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby mudcow007 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 07:56 am

Dan_Giant wrote:Can i ask how you check the chain for wear? All those numbers don't mean anything to me without knowing where to measure.


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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby Rolf F » Mon Jun 25, 2012 22:39 pm

DesWeller wrote:For me, cables get done once a year.

Everything else I just have a quick butcher's at while I'm oiling the chain; anything that needs doing gets done on the spot (unless I need parts or don't have time, in which case I make a note and do it the next week).


The front brake on my Dawes still has its original 22 year old 10,000 mile plus cable on it. It's fine. Replace them when they need it!
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Re: Bike service intervals

Postby DesWeller » Mon Jun 25, 2012 22:52 pm

Rolf F wrote:
DesWeller wrote:For me, cables get done once a year.

Everything else I just have a quick butcher's at while I'm oiling the chain; anything that needs doing gets done on the spot (unless I need parts or don't have time, in which case I make a note and do it the next week).


The front brake on my Dawes still has its original 22 year old 10,000 mile plus cable on it. It's fine. Replace them when they need it!


Having had a brake cable fail during a descent (and the fact that I can't see them in the shifter or under the bar tape very well) has led me to adopt a preventative maintenance approach in that area. It's only a few quid.

Round here gear cables (on the road bike at least) don't seem to last me much more than a year anyway (lots of mud) so I just do them at the same time. The 8-speed shifting on the touring bike is much more robust.


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