Maintenance

How to Care For Your Bike

Before every ride:

  1. Check hardware for proper torque.

  2. Check wheels for trueness

  3. Check drivetrain for proper alignment

  4. Check tire inflation level

  5. Check brakes and brake pads

  6. Check handlebar and stem alignment and torque

  7. Check seat and seat post

  8. Check lights and reflectors

  9. Check the condition of the frame, fork, and components

Monthly or Every 100 Miles Inspection Checklist:

  1. Clean your bike thoroughly

  2. Lubricate chain rollers with bike chain lubricant.

  3. Squeeze and inspect brakes for wear and proper working order

  4. Check reflectors, lights, and seat/seat post for wear or damage

  5. Check the frame, fork, handlebars, and stem for cracks and damage

  6. Check each pedal to make sure they are not loose

  7. Make sure there is no rust or kinks in the control cables or cable housing

  8. Check your wheel rims for excessive wear and dents or any loose or damaged spokes

  9. Check your tires for tire inflation and excessive wear, cuts, or abrasions

  10. Inspect shifters and derailleurs and lubricate derailleurs

Every 3 Month Inspection Checklist:

  1. Clean and polish your bike thoroughly

  2. Lubricate chain rollers with bike chain lubricant.

  3. Squeeze and inspect brakes and brake pads for wear and proper working order

  4. Check reflectors, lights, and seat/seat post for wear or damage

  5. Check the frame, fork, handlebars, and stem for cracks and damage

  6. Lubricate handlebar stem and seat post

  7. Check each pedal to make sure they are not loose and lubricate

  8. Make sure there is no rust or kinks in the control cables or cable housing

  9. Check your wheel rims for excessive wear, dents, looseness, or damaged spokes

  10. Check your tires for tire inflation and excessive wear, cuts, or abrasions

  11. Check crankset and bottom bracket

  12. Inspect brake levers, shifters and derailleurs

  13. Lubricate brake levers, shifters, and derailleurs

  14. Lubricate bottom bracket bearings, wheel bearings, and suspension fork

Adjust/Replace Intervals:

Weekly or every 100 - 200 miles:

  • After each inspection, replace any components that are damaged or show considerable wear and tear.

  • Use barrel adjusters to apply the correct tension to derailleurs and brake cables if needed.

  • *Cables stretch over time and will need to be adjusted.

Monthly or every 500 - 800 miles:

  • Replace brake and shift cables if necessary.

  • Replace brake pads if necessary.

Every 6 months or 800 - 1500 miles:

  • Replace brake pads.

  • Replace tires if necessary.

  • Replace cables and housing if necessary.

Before every ride complete a bike inspection. If you identify any areas that need adjustment or service, immediately take your bike to a qualified bike technician for repair and service.


If you do not have the experience, skill, and tools to complete maintenance and adjustment of your bike, Fission Cycles strongly recommends having a certified, reputable bike mechanic maintain, tune, and ensure the bike is safe to ride.

Your cables, spokes, and chain will stretch after an initial break-in period of 50-100 miles (80-160 km), and bolted connections can loosen. Always have a certified, reputable bike mechanic perform a tune-up on your Fission Cycles Bike after your initial break-in period of 50-100 mi (80-160 km) (depending on riding conditions such as total weight, riding characteristics, and terrain). 


Regular inspection and maintenance are key to ensure your Fission Cycles Bike functions as intended, reduce wear and tear on their systems, and remains safe to ride. Recommended service intervals are meant to be used as guidelines. Real-world wear and tear, and the need for service, will vary with conditions of use. We generally recommend inspections, service, and necessary replacements are performed at the time or mileage interval that comes first in the following table.

If you are uncomfortable with any service or general maintenance to your bike, please visit your local bike shop for service and maintenance. Take your bike to your local bike shop for inspection after 30 days or if you think something is wrong with your bike take it in immediately. Your bike and components are subject to wear and fatigue. If a component’s life cycle is exceeded it can suddenly fail which may cause serious injury or death.


Take your bike to your local bike shop for repair and service if you notice any of the following or any other wear and fatigue:

  1. Any cracks, fraying, scratches, or discoloration.

  2. If your chain is not shifting quietly from gear to gear the derailleur is out of adjustment.

  3. If the brake lever fails

  4. Any signs of fatigue or excessive wear or damage 

NOTE: If you notice any signs of wear, damage, or fatigue, DO NOT RIDE YOUR BIKE. Take your bike immediately to a local bike shop for repair and service!

 If you are not confident in your ability to successfully and safely perform all steps, we recommend having the work performed or checked by a local, certified, and reputable bike mechanic.