Essential Bike Maintenance

Owning a bike can be the gateway to many fantastic adventures! That’s why it can be so annoying when it’s not working properly. Here at The Insurance Emporium, we want everyone to get the most from their passions, so we’re sharing our guide to essential bike maintenance!

Squeaky clean!

Keeping your bike clean and dry, especially the chain, could help to keep it in tip top condition for longer! Wiping it down with hot soapy water and then drying with a towel should do the trick. This can be especially important during winter, as salt and grit from the roads can corrode bike components!


To keep your chain and gears in working order, ensuring they’re adequately lubricated could make all the difference! Regularly greasing of these parts might also keep them in better condition for longer and prevent rusting, ultimately saving you money!


Keeping the tyres of your bike properly inflated can make a difference both to their lifespan as well as the quality of your cycle rides. If you’re riding on underinflated tyres, you’ll find getting about much harder. However, if they’re overinflated it could make for a bumpy ride and you’ll be at risk of them bursting!

Stopping time

It’s essential for any cyclist to be able to slow down and stop their bike when required, so making sure that the brakes work properly is important. Pay attention to the pads, if they’ve worn down too much it could stop the brakes working and damage your tyres. If they’re not properly aligned it can have the same effects!

Listen to your bike!

Often, if there’s a problem with your bike, you’ll be able to hear that something’s wrong! When you’re out riding, make sure to get any squeaks and rattles checked out, either by yourself or an expert if you’re unsure.

By following these simple rules for bike maintenance, you should be able to ensure your cycle stays in wheely-good condition for as long as possible! Another way of protecting your bike could also be to take out cycle insurance to cover any mishaps that may occur. At The Insurance Emporium, we offer flexible Cycle Insurance with plenty of Optional Benefits to choose from, including New For Old and Replacement Hire. You could also get up to 25% discount* when taking out a new policy! Head to The Insurance Emporium today to find out more!

* The 25% discount is made up of 15% Introductory Discount plus 5% Age Related Discount and Security Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.

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