Getting your bike serviced is an essential part of keeping your bike running safely. It can save you time and money in the long run, as well as ensuring your Motorbike Service is roadworthy.
Generally, a bike should be serviced at regular intervals specified in its owner’s manual. However, there are many different types of bikes, so it’s important to know what you need done on your particular model and make.
How often should I get my bike serviced?
If you ride your bike regularly, it’s important to keep it in good working order. Your bike will work better and last longer if it is maintained properly.
A few simple checks can help to ensure that your bike runs smoothly and is safe. Checking things such as tyres, bolts and brakes can save you money in the long run by helping to reduce the need for expensive repairs.
A lot of maintenance is easy to do yourself, but some adjustments and changes may require more skill and a deeper understanding of the mechanical workings of your bike. This is why it’s best to leave these tasks to the professionals.
How do I know if I need to get my bike serviced?
If you’re unsure if your bike needs to be serviced, you can always bring it into the store and we will be happy to have a look. However, there are a few things you can do yourself to help get an idea of how your bike is performing and what could be causing issues.
1. Check that your frame is strong and in good condition. Damage to your frame can affect the strength of the bike and increase your risk of a crash.
2. Make sure your wheels are true (they spin easily and turn straight).
3. Check your gears, front and rear.
To check your gears, place your bike on a repair stand and cycle through each of the gears while turning the cranks. If the chain shifts smoothly, without a lot of resistance or hesitation, you don’t need to adjust it.
What do I need to do before I bring my bike in for a service?
Whether you’re a new bike owner, or have been riding bikes for years, knowing how to prepare your bike for a service can make the experience easier and more enjoyable. Having a few key questions ready to ask your local shop can help you get the best possible service at the lowest cost.
Start with the drivetrain: Clean the chain, chain rings, cassette and front and rear derailleurs. Hit the front and rear wheel bearings on each side with a bit of dry lubricant to help ensure they’re running smoothly.
How long will it take to service my bike?
There are a lot of moving parts on your bike that work together to make it a great way to get around. They need to be kept clean, greased and tuned regularly.
If you don’t keep up with this maintenance, the little moving parts can wear out and start to make noises. That can lead to less enjoyable rides, potential breakdowns, unsafe riding and expensive replacements.
You can tell when your bike is due for a service by taking a look at it yourself. Some of the things you can check include the pivot linkages on the bike frame and headset bearings.
What if I need to replace a part?
There may come a time when you need to replace a part. It may be a problem with the design or manufacturing process, or a part simply is no longer available from its original manufacturer.
SolidWorks has several ways to handle this, including the Family of Parts Member dialog box, which displays when you select a part and allows you to specify another family member as the replacement part. Alternatively, you can choose to replace each instance of the part in an assembly. This can be done by right clicking the component and selecting “Replace Components.” You can also copy all children of a replaced part, which is useful if you have an assembly with multiple dependent (“child”) parts. This will ensure that the serial numbers for each part remain accurate, even if they are different.