If your bike is making ominous clicking, scraping or creaking noises—or, worse, if you can feel the equivalent of those sounds while pedaling—you need to take your bike into a shop immediately. If you'd like to avoid ever hearing those noises in the first place, this guide is for you. By doing the following five basic maintenance tasks, you can spare yourself all sorts of setbacks and mechanical and medical bills. Special thanks to Tom Daly at WTF Bikes for his advice in compiling this list.
Lube Your Chain
Brake Pad Adjustment and Replacement
Regular Visual Inspection
Clean Your Bike