Your Bike Maintenance Schedule

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

How often should I …

You can extend the life or improve the performance of many parts with a little bit of routine preventative maintenance.

Wash my bike? Lightly spray or hand-wash the frame after every ride in the rain or after spilling any of your sports drink. A light wash won’t help get rid of drivetrain gunk, but it can prevent sweat, dirt or sugar from seeping into your housing and gumming up the works.

„Pump my tires? No less than every three days, although there is no harm in pumping before every ride. Tire pressure is one of the biggest influences on a bike’s ride quality.

„Lube my chain? If you’re going to be really diligent, lube your chain and wipe it down with a rag after every ride to keep debris from wiggling between the links. Once a week is enough to prevent major issues.

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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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