Your Bike Maintenance Schedule

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Aug 22, 2013
  • Updated Jul 21, 2015 at 3:37 PM UTC
Photo: John David Becker

Cables and housing

Type-A: Swap cables twice a year, regardless of shift performance. Housing should be replaced annually to ensure that sticky grime doesn’t accumulate and impair brake and shift quality.

Procrastinator: Once shifting becomes noticeably inaccurate despite repeatedly adjusting the derailleurs, change the housing and cables. If your brakes don’t snap open after squeezing them closed, those also need to be replaced.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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