Maintenance and tools checklist

You’ll need some basic tools to get started

  • A pump
  • An old toothbrush
  • Lubricants and grease
  • Cleaning rags
  • A puncture repair kit
  • Tyre levers*
  • Allen keys and screwdrivers
  • Spanners

*Tyre levers are small plastic tools that help to keep the tyre away from the wheel rim (especially helpful if the tyre has a puncture).

Maintenance schedule

We’ve created this maintenance schedule calendar that you can use as a guide for regular maintenance.

Parts to look atHow oftenHow to do it
Tyres, brakes, lights, wheels and seatWeeklyCheck if all of these parts are in good order and tightly secure
Light batteries and airWeeklyCheck if the light batteries need replacing and if the tyres need more air
Brakes, handlebars and saddleWeeklyCheck if the brakes are squeezing the rim of the wheel and not touching the tyre. Make sure that the handlebars and saddle are secure
ChainMonthlyWipe the chain clean and add chain oil. Don’t get any oil on the wheel rims or brake pads, clean them immediately if that happens
WheelsMonthlyWipe any dirt from your wheels
Tyres treadMonthlyCheck the tread for any bulges or bald spots, if there are any your tyres might need replacing
Brake padsMonthlyCheck if there is still life in the pads, if not replace them. Make sure the pads are not touching the tyres
GearsMonthlyAre your gears changing smoothly? If they need adjusting or repairing take your bike to your local bike shop
Gear and brake cablesMonthlyCheck for damaged or frayed gear or brake cables
Bike servicedAnnuallyGet your bike serviced once a year at your local bike shop. They will also be able to answer any questions you might have