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Regular maintenance and cleaning of the bike will provide its proper operation and your safety, even after years of use after purchase.

After about 300 km or in any case within 2 months of the riding, it is essential to carry out the first service. Given the mechanical nature of many of the bicycle’s components, soon after purchase some of the fastening systems may become loose during normal use of the bicycle, thus reducing its safety. RIZER recommends that all assembly, adjustment and repair work is performed by qualified bicycle mechanics.

For subsequent routine maintenance, the frequency of the maintenance operations will depend on the type of climate and conditions of use. The wetter and dustier the environment, the more frequently maintenance must be performed. Besides environmental factors, the frequency of maintenance also depends on the characteristics of the cyclist. Entry level and professional cyclists will wear out the bike in a very different way.

Routine maintenance (before every ride):

  • Thoroughly check the surface of the tread and sidewalls to ensure that there are no signs of damage, deterioration or cracking. Check that the tires are inflated correctly in accordance with the values stated by the manufacture
  • Check quick release parts (such as wheels or seats) that they are tight and the wheels are secure
  • Check that the brakes work correctly. Check that the brake pads are correctly positioned, that there are no obstructions between the brake pad contact surface and the wheel rim and that the surface of the brake pads is not damaged or worn. Check that the steel brake cables are not damaged or worn and that there are no obstructions to their movement. Check that the brake levers located on the handlebars are not damaged. Check that they operate the brake pads correctly.
  • Make a point of cleaning your chain after any “down and dirty” off-road ride. If you commute through the rainy season, increase the frequency of cleaning. Lubrication should be applied after you clean your chain.
  • If you hear strange noises coming from the front or rear derailleur, you will need to adjust the controls. To correct the position of the front or rear derailleur, pls. refer to the manufacturer’s instruction handbook or pls. visit the mechanics.
  • Keep the mechanical parts of the front and rear derailleur clean and well lubricated at all times. Do not use unsuitable cleaning products and lubricate with specific oil only.


Regular maintenance (every two weeks to every two months depending on riding conditions):

  • Check the frame and components for signs of wear, such as cranks or dents.For a precise and thorough check, keep the frame clean, but do not use solvent or alcohol based cleaning products which might damage the surface.
  • Check the fork that there is no sign of damage at the critical points, namely the fork crown and the fork ends. Push down on (compress) and release the bike's suspension to be sure that it is responding properly.
  • Check that the chain shows no sign of wear or damage. Keep the chainwheels, sprocket cluster and chain clean at all times using specific products. Do not clean the surfaces of mechanical parts with abrasives such as steel brushes or emery cloth. Lubricate using special chain oil.
  • Check all cables and housings for fraying, breaks, rust and corrosion and replace if necessary.
  • Check for worn brake pads and replace if needed.
  • Check tires for wear such as dry rot or areas where tread is now too worn. Replace if cracks or wear are significant.
  • Clean and check wheels carefully for signs of wear such as worn sidewalls or cracks where the spoke touches the rim or hub.
  • Check that the spokes are taut and evenly tensioned. Check that there are no broken or deformed spokes.
  • Test the tightness of the moving and connecting parts: crankarms, pedals, chainring bolts, seat bolt, seatpost bolt, stem bolts, handlebar bolts and all accessory mounting bolts/screws. You are checking to be sure all parts connect properly.
  • Pedals must be kept constantly clean and checked at least once a year. The surface of the pedal on which the foot rests must always assure an excellent grip with the shoes.
  • The seat post must be kept clean at all times. For cleaning, use only specific water-based products




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