"G Dickson" <[email protected]
> wrote in message
> I was looking for some info regarding recommended maintenance shedules
> a hardtail) after riding trails.
> With this I mean, what's best to check out for daily after a ride, weekly and monthly say.
Strict timescales are a hard one as it depends on how far you ride and in what conditions. Here are
some thoughts anyway.
Clean drivetrains last longer, so do it as often as you can (be bothered in my case)
Before/after a ride:
Rubber: Check brake pads for wear. Keep an eye on the condition of the sidewalls of the tyre - most
of my tyres expire this way rather than from excessive tread wear.
Bolts: Check the bike for bolts working loose. Often overlooked, consequences can be nasty.
Oily bits: Regular shots of light lube on control cables, especially the rearmost portion of the
rear mech cable. I like to renew the outer cable at the back regularly (not after every ride - every
month or so I do it) as it's the main point of indexing related ballache.
Boing: Light lube on the stanchions of your suspension fork (if you have one) should keep them
Every so often:
Further oily bits: Hubs and headsets should be stripped and rebuilt with fresh grease and any
replacement parts necessary. A sound wheelset rendered scrap by terminally grindy hubs is a ****
thing to happen. I've been less concerned about headsets since I discovered the joy of cheap