Maintenance & Troubleshooting

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General Bike Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Even a beginner cyclist needs to know the basics of bike maintenance and repair. Our classes can teach you preventive maintenance techniques to keep your bike in good working condition. Breakdowns are unavoidable, and every cyclist needs to know essential tools and techniques to repair their bike and get back out on the road or path.


  • Spare tubes and patch kit
  • Tire levers
  • Bike pump
  • Bike multitool with Allen wrenches.

Saddle Pack Essentials for Everyday Riding

For longer rides, check in with your local bike mechanic or riding group to go over what your particular bike may need during a breakdown.

Essential Bike Maintenance

Inspect your bike for loose components before every ride to prevent issues and potential safety hazards. Most adjustments can be made with a bike multitool.

  1. Check the ABC’s to extend your bike’s life and keep you safe on your ride.
  2. Air: Properly inflated tires prevents flat tires. Check the air pressure, and ensure any quick-release levers and thru axles are tightened. Make sure your patch kit and pump are supplied with good replacement parts.
  3. Brakes: Squeeze your front and rear brakes to ensure they properly engage.
  4. Chain: Make sure your chain and gears are free of debris, clean and lubricated. This will also ensure your drivetrain lasts longer.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

It’s best to take your bike in for a quick review with your local bike mechanic – this will ensure the issue is properly diagnosed and repaired, and will equip you with the knowledge you need to repair the issue in the future.

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My bike chain does not shift correctly, and skips a lot.

Most likely cause:

Excess lubrication is attracting grime to the chain and cassette.



After fixing a flat tire, the tire is now rubbing one of the brake pads.

Most likely cause:

The wheel was reinstalled crooked.



The tire keeps going flat.

Most likely cause:

The tube is underinflated, there is debris inside the tire, or they are not installed correctly.



The chain keeps popping off and the shifter needs adjusted.

Most likely cause:

When shifting between chainrings, you didn’t soft pedal.



The chain is making a grinding noise, how do I fix it? 

Most likely cause:

Insufficient cross-chaining, cleaning or lubrication.