Service Schedule for Derailleur Bikes

Service schedule for models purchased later than January 2017 only.

Updated: July 26, 2017

VWR bikes are supplied with the required tools for basic maintenance. We recommend these stay with the bike.

Regular Checks

 

Perform these checks before riding the bike after initial assembly and after each re-assembly

Brake check

Stand on the left side of the bike, hold both brake levers and try to push the bike forward. You should not be able to.

Crown and headtube connection check

Repeat the above step but only hold the front brake on. With the other hand, hold the area between the fork crown and the headtube. Rock the bike. There should be no movement.

Rattle drop check

Stand beside the bike and three or four times lift the bike 3 cm off the floor and drop it listening to the sounds. Nothing should rattle or sound loose.

Stem-to-fork connection check

Stand in front of the bike facing it with the wheel between your legs and hands on the outer parts of the handlebars. Whilst gripping the wheel between your legs try very hard to turn the handlebars. They should not turn. The stem-to-fork connection must be firm and secure or you may lose control of the bike and possibly die.

Light check

While the switch on the headlight is in the down position, stand beside the bike, raise the front wheel off the ground and have someone spin it to see that both lights are working.

Tyre air pressure check

Check the air pressure. The size of each tyre is printed on its tyre wall. The rim decal gives a maximum pressure for each tyre size in bars. 1 bar = 14.5psi. Refer to the website discussion on tyre sizes and air pressure if in doubt. Also associate your preferred levels with the finger squeeze test in case you are without a gauge.

Air pressure check

Check the tyre air pressure as per the above remarks. Look for any glass or other road debris in the tyre treads and remove any with something like a sewing pick.

Gear cable slack

The cables might stretch a little in the first few rides. Or the housing ends settle in a bit. This causes a bit of cable slack. Move the shift levers so the chain is on the smallest cogs front & rear. Now use the barrel adjusters on the downtube to remove any cable slack. At first make only quarter turns so you can tell which way is tightening the cable.

Clean the chain

Cleaning the chain, jockey wheels and cassette….they are exposed and pick up dirt. It is best to remove the chain and cassette and thoroughly wash them in solvent and reapply lubricant when you put them back on the bike.

Deccan model only
Brake adjustment

brake adjustment …a cable operated disc brake. Adjust as per the TRP sheet supplied with the bike

Milestone Checks

 

Perform these checks twice within the first 500 kilometres

Attachment tightness check

The four attachment points for the rear carrier, the two for the kickstand, and at least one on each brake caliper. If anything is coming loose check that there is light grease, check that the washers are there, recheck more frequently until it is stable.

Gear cable slack

The cables might stretch a little in the first few rides. Or the housing ends settle in a bit. This causes a bit of cable slack. Move the shift levers so the chain is on the smallest cogs front & rear. Now use the barrel adjusters on the downtube to remove any cable slack. At first make only quarter turns so you can tell which way is tightening the cable

Deccan model only
Brake adjustment

A cable operated disc brake. Adjust as per the TRP sheet supplied with the bike

Attachment tightness check

The four attachment points for the rear carrier, the two for the kickstand, and at least one on each brake caliper. If anything is coming loose check that there is light grease, check that the washers are there, recheck more frequently until it is stable.

Spoke check

Feel each spoke to see if there is a broken one and replace it if there is (this will probably never happen).

Chainwheel pins check

Check the tightness of the chainwheel pins. Tighten if needed.

Chain and cog life management

Refer to our page about chain rotation or regular chain replacement. Either rotate or replace the chain at 4,000km. Otherwise you will be taking the default and needing to replace the chain and all the cogs when the chain eventually starts to slip (usually somewhere between 7,500km and 9,000km)

Brake pad check and likely pad change

Remove the brake pads and check the wear level, Replace if close to being worn right down at any point. Check your stock of pads.

Tyre wear check

When the colour of the puncture protection starts to show you normally have a few thousand kms available before you start to get punctures.

Crank attachment check

Use the 8mm hex (allen) key with pipe extender from your set of tools. Torque should be 40Nm or 350 inch pounds.

*Your own observations should take precedence. The above list is minimum service only. If you notice something then check it straight away. Do the bounce test for rattles. Be ready to notice the earliest sign of brake pads wearing down to the metal. Never ride with such worn pads. Have spare pads in stock. Become familiar with derailleur adjustments. They only take seconds when your fingers learn what to do.

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