How Often Should You Schedule a Bike Service?

Are you wondering when to service your bike? Discover our recommendations for optimal bike maintenance and performance.
  • Ryan Elson
    Published by Ryan Elson
    on 16 April 2021

The ideal frequency for bike service depends on your usage and riding conditions. Generally, servicing your bike biannually, annually, or every 18 months is a good rule of thumb. However, heavy use, exposure to rain, mud, and dust may necessitate more frequent bike servicing. 

Indicators that it's time for a bike service:

• A squeaking or rusty chain signals the need for lubrication or corrosion repair.

• Grinding, skipping, or clicking sounds from the gears imply a necessary gear adjustment.

• If the chain falls off the sprocket, the derailleurs may require adjustment.

• Brakes should operate noiselessly and without excessive lever pull.

• Investigate any rattles, wobbles, or creaks early on, as they usually have simple solutions.

Before each ride, perform an ABC-Quick check:

• AIR: Verify tire pressure.

• BRAKES: Ensure proper functioning.

• CHAIN: Confirm cleanliness and lubrication.

• QUICK RELEASES: Check that skewers/bolt-on axles are secured correctly.


• Examine tires for wear and tear, cuts, or grazes, and replace as needed.

• Inspect brake and gear cables for rust or fraying, and replace as needed.

• Confirm tightness of pedals and cranks.

• Listen for gear shifts and chain quietness during chain rotation.


• Ensure wheels are true and straight.

• Lubricate brake levers, derailleurs, and cables.

• Check and lubricate pedal cleats (if applicable).

• Examine all other bolts, such as those in the crank, seat post, handlebars, stems, brakes, and gears.

• Inspect the bike frame and components for dings, dents, cracks, or scratches - a thorough clean is the best way to perform a detailed check.

If you encounter any issues, search for a bike mechanic near you by entering your postcode and desired service. Find a suitable professional at