How to Refurbish a Bike

This is a concise summary of everything needed to get an old/well-used bike back into tip-top shape. We recommend buying a good bicycle repair book to guide you through each step we listed here. An alternative is referring to the Park Tool website, but that’s just not as nice as having a book right by your side.

Replace (Unless in Good Shape)

  • Cables
  • Cable housings
  • Brake pads
  • Tires
  • Tubes
  • Chain, cogs, and rings

Re-grease

  • Seat-post
  • Stem (if threaded, quill-style)
  • All threads (optional)

Lubricate

  • Chain (or replace if worn/rusted)
  • Derailleur pulleys

Overhaul

  • Headset
  • Bottom bracket
  • Hubs

Tune

  • Derailleurs
  • Brakes
  • Shifters
  • Wheels (truing)

Align

  • Seat-post/saddle
  • Stem
  • Handlebars
  • Brake levers
  • Shifters (if applicable)

Wash

  • Entire bike (Don’t forget to scrub the gears and pulleys, as dirt wears the drivetrain out faster.)

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