How often should I get my bike serviced?
How often should I get my bike serviced is a common question we get repeatedly asked.
There isn’t a standard answer for this unfortunately as it really depends on the bike, the number of miles covered, the terrain the bikes been ridden on and what you’re carrying.
As a rule of thumb an annual service is a good guide, or if you’re an Oxford cyclist riding all year round in rain, mud, snow and road salt twice a year is better as the seasons change. We offer different service plans based on your usage (see our workshop page for details). We also have annual text reminder service if you need it.
If you have a new bike purchased from our shop it will include the first free service, this is normally after 6 – 8 weeks. Those initial adjustments and checks are extra important. When your bike is first assembled the new parts take some time to settle in as you first ride it and this thorough check and adjustment of all the parts of your new bike is extra important at this early stage. If you purchased your bike on the internet or elsewhere we will be happy to also service it for you.
It is better to be proactive with bikes and not put things off that don’t seem right, being reactive is likely to cause further (more expensive) damage and importantly bikes are vehicles used on roads, so don’t endanger yourself, it’s not worth it.
There are some tell tale signs your bike is due for some attention;
- Rusty bike chain – this needs regularly oiling
- Squeaky bike chain – as above
- Grinding noises – Never good, parts may need replacing
- Hard to brake – brakes should stop you quickly and easily
- Rattles – bikes should not rattle, never mind how old they are
- Hard to pedal – perhaps your tyres are flat or somethings catching
- Not all gears engage – You’re not getting the full benefits of your bike, and possibly damaging your transmission
What can you do yourself to keep your bike tip top?
Anyone riding their bike regularly should at least inflate their tyres and oil your chain but also be proactive, being reactive or ignoring issues tends to cost more to maintain in the long run.
As well as sales and repairs, we offer a range of other services for cyclists around Oxford.