Bike Maintenance Tips for Triathletes

by Chris Schofield 12 Dec 2016

Basic bike maintenance checks are something you should periodically do to keep your bike running smoothly and make your cycling experience more enjoyable.

To help you master the art of bike maintenance please follow the below tips.

Clean your bike

A clean bike is a happy bike as it will run better. It's also a good opportunity to check for any damage. You don’t need to go mad degreasing everything, but a good clean of the frame, wheels and drive train, along with a re-lube of the chain will make your bike run smoothly and more quietly.

Check the condition of your brake pads

Each pad will have a wear indication line on it, you may need to clean the pad to be able to see it. Ensure your pad has at least 3-4 mm of padding between the brake pads surface and the indication line.

Also, check the height of each of your brake pads. About 1mm of rim showing above the brake pad is ideal. If you’re not confident adjusting your brake pads please take your bike to a skilled mechanic.

Too low and they won't be effective  |  Too high and you risk damaging your tyres.                         

Check your tyres

While cleaning your bike check for any cuts or tears in your tyres.                      

The rear tyre will usually square through the centre, which makes your tyre prone to punctures, as there is less material. A squared off tyre will not perform correctly when leaning your bike over through corners.

If you have any doubts about your tyres change them. A new tyre isn't punctured proof, but it will reduce your chances of a puncture.

Check water bottle cages

Check your water bottle cage bolts are nice and tight.

They can shake loose through the vibration sent through your bike and the last place you want them coming loose is during a ride or worse — during your race!

Check your cleats

Like your water bottle cage, the bolts on your pedal cleats can come loose.

If you lose a bolt during the ride there is a chance the cleat could start moving during the pedal stroke. This is a simple check that if overlooked could make your ride harder than it needs to be.