Like any machine, a bicycle will work better and last longer if you care for it properly. Get in the habit of checking your bike regularly; simple checks and minor maintenance can help you stay safe whilst riding and help to avoid costly repairs. Having a perfectly running bike will help you enjoy cycling more: there is nothing worse than having skipping gears, annoying knocking noises or a slow puncture.
These easy tips are a great way to get started in ensuring that your bike is in good working order and is safe:
The ‘M’ Check is an easy way to remember the key points to check before every ride – before long it will become second nature. This British Cycling video shows you how.
Sustrans have compiled a list of regular preventative checks and how often to check each one. Keeping on top of these will ensure your bike stays in great condition all year round.
Where to go for help
If you do find a problem with your bike that you don’t know how to fix yourself, your local bike shop will be able to help.
Also look out on our Events page or on Twitter and Facebook for Dr Bike events offering free bike safety checks, advice and minor repairs.
Learn bike maintenance
Do it yourself
Alternatively, you can teach yourself a few basic, but key, skills. Check out these how to guides below.