Servicing your bike will help keep it in pristine condition to maintain performance and ensure that you’re riding a bike that is safe. Often people have invested a lot of money in their bike and don’t worry much about servicing, but just like your car you need to service your bike regularly. Servicing your bike will increase the life of your parts and give you a much better riding experience.

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How Often should I service my bike?

You should service your bike regularly so that your bike is performing at its best, lasts longer and is safe. The more often you ride, the more often you should get your bike serviced as there will be more wear on the components. Even if you only ride occasionally you will need a service as some parts will still need some TLC. Obviously the type of riding and how carefully you clean your bike after each ride has an impact, but as a rough guide we recommend

  • Ride once a week -  Standard Service every six months
  • Ride most days of the week - Standard Service every 3 Months
  • Every day - Standard Service every 3 months with an Ultimate Service every 12-18 months

In addition to the above, we recommend you wash your bike and lubricate your chain once a week.

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What tools do I need?

While there is an almost endless number of tools available, you can service most parts of your bike with just a few tools. You could purchase a tool kit that will cover all of your basics, or piece together your own kit. Our mechanics recommend that you have a

  • Torque Wrench
  • Pedal Spanner
  • Bike Wash
  • Grease
  • Allen Keys
  • Clean Cloths
  • Degreaser For Drivetrain
  • Chain Lubricant
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How much does it cost to service your bike?

If you can service your bike at home you will obviously save money on labour, but will still have the cost of new parts and lube etc. If you take your bike to a bike shop they will have a host of specialist tools that you may not have so that they can do jobs much easier, or complete jobs that you won’t be able to do at all without the right tools. At home you can complete the following maintenance with relative ease;

  • Clean and degrease your frame
  • Pump up tyres
  • Tighten cables
  • Check brake pads and cables
  • Clean and lubricate drivetrain
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If you want to take your bike to get serviced at your local 99 Bikes store, prices start from $79 for a tune up, and up to $299 for an ultimate service. For example, someone that rides everyday might get a Standard Service every 3 months and then once a year they will get an Ultimate Service to make that everything is in order.

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How to clean my bike?

It’s important to clean your bike every ride to get rid of dirt and debris to ensure your bike is clean and operates smoothly. You should regularly give your bike a thorough clean and you’ll need a few essentials to do this properly. It is worth noting that it is possible to over clean your bike. Too much water in the wrong places can cause premature wear and tear. Speak to our 99 Bikes mechanics to find out what's right for your bike.

  • Water
  • Brush for cassette/chainrings
  • Toothbrush or fine wire brush for cleaning the chain
  • Bike wash fluid
  • Chain cleaning device or a stiff-bristled brush
  • Chain lube
  • Microfibre rag
  • Chamois leather
  • Degreaser
  • Bike wash fluid
  • Bike stand (Optional)
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When should I replace my bike's brake pads?

Brakes are one of the most important parts on your bike for obvious reasons, they allow you to stop and ride safely. Even if you’re more performance focused, reliable brakes give you control and confidence on every corner or descent. You should check your brakes regularly or when you notice they don’t have the usual responsive feel.

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Rim Brakes: Your brake pads will have tread on the contact side and when that tread becomes smooth it is time for some new brake pads. You should check monthly or every 500km.

Disc Brakes: Standard disc brake pads will have 3-4mm of compound and when this is worn down to less than 2mm you should consider changing your brake pads. As with rim brakes, you should check monthly or every 500km.

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Maintenance Classes

Still eager to learn more? Come join us for one of our Maintenance classes, where our expert mechanics teach hands on basics about maintaining your bike. Plus this is free if you're a Club 99 member!

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