Top 10 tips for staying safe and reducing maintenance costs.
- Check tyres regularly - replace if showing signs of wear or damage
- Pump up tyres until they are too hard to squeeze - reduces punctures and makes cycling easier
- Check brakes - they should stop the wheel fully when the lever is only part pulled
- Don't allow brakes to skim the wheels - this will slow you down
- Oil the chain - for smoother gear transaction. If it squeaks, or is brown, it needs some oil
- Listen for noises - squeaks, rattles and scraping suggests something needs attention
- Keep your bike undercover - it will prolong its life and reduce maintenance
- Get the seat height right - having it too low will make cycling hard work
- Make sure your gears change smoothly - you may need professional help to adjust them
- Check that wheels spin smoothly - turn the cycle upside
down and spin the wheels. Any wobbles, or a less than perfect spinning
circle, suggests expert advice is required
Visit London Cycling Campaign for advice about cycle maintenance and courses.
Cycle Systems Academy offer a range of maintenance courses and online tutorials.
Evans Cycles have provided 'How To' maintenance films.
Cycle Training UK offer one-day basic and intermediate courses.
Local cycle shops
You can get details of cycle shops in your area from the The Cycling Experts
, a nationwide network of businesses that deliver a variety of products, services and skills to the public.