Do you cycle to stay fit? If so, you'll want to make sure your bike stays fit too. Follow this basic schedule.

EVERY MONTH

  • Check chain, brake levers and gear shifters and lubricate if needed.
  • Check spokes, nuts, bolts for tightness.

EVERY 6 MONTHS (heavy riding)

These tasks require a little more experience. If you're not sure how to handle these, use a bike shop. Another option: Take a bike-maintenance class at a local bike shop or community college.

  • Check brake pads to see if they need to be replaced.
  • Check gear shifters to see if they need an adjustment.