Knowing how to perform basic bike maintenance is a important part of being a bike rider. Learning how to perform basic maintenance on your bike can be the difference of you being stranded in a remote location and you being able to ride home. Bicycle NSW does not run bike maintenance courses, but we do have some tips below.
Basic Bike Check
Bikes should undergo a quick check before every ride. This is to ensure your bike is in top working condition to reduce the risk of mechanical faults and accidents. We want all riders to be safe when cycling their bike.
Before every ride we encourage all riders to do a simple ABCDS check That’s:
- A - Air - Tyres should be inflated and feel very firm to touch. Maximum pressure is written on the tyre.
- B - Brakes - Test both front and back brakes. Brake pads should be clear from the rim.
- C - Chain - See that it moves smoothly.
- D - Drop - Lift the bike and drop from a few centimetres. Listen for odd sounds. Secure loose fittings
- S - Saddle - Check that the saddle is secure and at the correct height (hip level). Shouldn’t be overextended. Seat needs to be bolted tightly
Bikes should have a more thorough check monthly, along with an annual check-up at a bike store.
How To Videos
If you're looking to learn how to do some basic bike maintenance there are plenty of videos online to guide you. For a start, we recommend learning:
- how to change a flat tyre
- use a puncture kit
- how to lubricate your chain
Bike Maintenance Courses
Yet sometimes the best way to learn is through a physical bike maintenance course. Bicycle NSW does not run these courses but there are many people who do.
Places to check:
- Your local council - the City of Sydney run regular bike maintenance courses and your local council might do the same
- Your local Bicycle User Group - many BUGs run regularly riding skills and maintenance course open to the general public
- Your local bike shop - often bike ships run courses to teach riders basic maintenance