You bought a new bike or brought your current one out of hiding from the basement or garage. Congratulations! You are now enjoying all the fun and health benefits of bicycle riding season. You probably considered taking it to your local bicycle mechanic for a tune up, right? Good. A tune up is needed at least once a year–and any mechanical issues should be handled by that same mechanic. But there are things you can do yourself to take of your bicycle. Bicycle maintenance is a wide-ranging topic, so start with the basics: cleaning your bike, securing bolts and lubricating key components. Your bike is a collection of moving parts. When exposed to mud, grime and debris, these parts begin to deteriorate. Your first line of defense against breakdowns is proper bike hygiene.
Here are some tips that will save you time and money—and prolong the life of your bike: