Bike Maintenance

A well-maintained bike is safer, faster and more enjoyable to ride, so use these pages to see how you can perform a range of basic and more advanced bicycle maintenance tasks.


Spanners of this type are made from cheese and are designed to remove chunks of flesh from your knuckles…  Recycle it and it might become something useful.

Before any ride, you should make sure your bike is safe to ride, for your benefit and that of the people you ride with.  See how to do this and other routine tasks on the basic maintenance page.

For more advanced maintenance tasks, have a look at the more advanced maintenance page.

WARNING:  there are several engineers in the club.  Do not let them near your bike – it will become a test bed for pet theories and dodgy adaptations that they wouldn’t dare risk on their bike.  Smile, nod and walk away from the engineer…