The basics of bicycle maintenance

by Adam Ward, March 11, 1999

(Here's a blast from the past! Taken from our old websites 'Articles' page)

Here are five things that are very simple and can make a huge difference in your bike’s performance:


Check your air pressure regularly. Check every one to two weeks, and check a little more often if you have a high-pressure tire. Tires will lose approximately 10 pounds per square inch (psi) of pressure per week. The reason for this is that the butyl rubber used in the tube is porous.