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Ultimate Guide to Bike Servicing: Keep Your Ride Running Smooth

Whether you're a weekend warrior or a daily commuter, keeping your bike in top shape is essential for safety, performance, and longevity.
  • Ryan Elson
    Published by Ryan Elson
    on 21 December 2023

Whether you're a weekend warrior or a daily commuter, keeping your bike in top shape is essential for safety, performance, and longevity. But with so many different types of services available, it can be confusing to know which one is right for you. In this blog post, we'll break down the different levels of bike servicing, recommended frequency, cost factors, and what's included in each level.

Types of Bike Services:

  • Basic Tune-Up: This is the most basic level of service and is perfect for bikes that are ridden regularly but haven't had any major issues. It typically includes:
  • Chain cleaning and lubrication
  • Gear indexing and adjustment
  • Brake adjustment
  • Tire pressure check and inflation
  • Quick safety check
  • Bronze Service: This is a step up from the basic tune-up and includes everything in the basic tune-up plus:
  • Drivetrain deep clean (cassette, chainrings, derailleurs)
  • Hub adjustment
  • Headset adjustment
  • Bottom bracket check
  • Silver Service: This is a comprehensive service that is recommended for bikes that are ridden frequently or in harsh conditions. It includes everything in the bronze service plus:
  • Full wheel truing
  • Brake pad replacement if needed
  • Cable and housing replacement if needed
  • Minor component replacements (e.g., grips, pedals)
  • Gold Service: This is the most thorough level of service and is recommended for high-performance bikes or bikes that haven't been serviced in a long time. It includes everything in the silver service plus:
  • Suspension fork service (if applicable)
  • Shock absorber service (if applicable)
  • Complete drivetrain overhaul
  • Major component replacements (e.g., wheels, cranks)

Recommended Frequency:

The frequency of your bike service will depend on a number of factors, such as how often you ride, the type of riding you do, and the condition of your bike. However, as a general rule of thumb, it's a good idea to get a basic tune-up at least once a year, and a more comprehensive service every 1-2 years.

Cost Factors:

The cost of bike service will vary depending on the level of service, the type of bike, and the labor rates of the shop. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from £20 for a basic tune-up to £200 or more for a gold service.

What's Included in Each Level:

The specific services included in each level may vary from shop to shop, so it's always a good idea to ask before you book your service. However, the above list is a general guideline of what you can expect to be included in each level.

Additional Tips:

  • Find a reputable bike shop: Not all bike shops are created equal. It's important to find a shop that has a good reputation and that employs qualified mechanics.
  • Ask questions: Don't be afraid to ask the mechanic questions about your bike and the service they are recommending.
  • Get a tune-up before a big ride: If you have a big ride coming up, it's a good idea to get your bike tuned up beforehand. This will help to ensure that your bike is in top condition and that you have a safe and enjoyable ride.

By following these tips, you can keep your bike in top shape and avoid costly repairs down the road. So get out there and ride!

Happy cycling!


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