With just a little bit of attention and some routine maintenance, your Golf Bikes will perform properly for years to come. Please follow these guidelines and procedures to ensure proper functioning of your bikes.
- The Most Important Service
- Routine Safety Checklist
- Maintenance and Safety Tips
- Cleaning Procedure
- Recommended Tools
The Most Important Service
The Golf Bike, like any bicycle, is a machine that will need periodic upkeep and maintenance. Following these guidelines will ensure that your Golf Bike will perform properly for years to come.
Each new bike will go through a “break in” process in which things will come loose and gears will get out of adjustment. This is normal with any bicycle. Getting an initial “break in” service after 20 hours of riding time will help ensure that your bike is running smoothly for years to come. After this, general tune up intervals for The Golf Bike are every 4- 6 months, depending on use.
It is advisable to take The Golf Bike to your local bike shop for a complete tune up every 4-6 months depending on use.
Routine Safety Checklist
After the initial “break in” service, your Golf Bike should perform well for the next 4-6 months with minimal upkeep. During that time, however, there are a few things that need to be addressed daily if the bikes are used on a routine basis.
- Check air pressure and keep at 35-40 psi.
- Check the brakes by squeezing the levers to make sure they are working properly.
- Check the kickstand to make sure the bolts are tight.
- Check the bags to make sure they are secure.
- Check the nuts and bolts on the bike weekly to make sure nothing is coming loose.
It is advisable to take The Golf Bike to your local bike shop for a complete tune up every 4-6 months depending on use
Maintenance and Safety Tips
- Tires naturally lose air over time and need to be topped off on a consistent basis. Low tire pressure is unsafe.
- When you check bolts be careful not to over tighten. You are just checking for looseness more than anything.
- Ride the bikes periodically to get an idea how they are shifting and braking and to catch any potential problems.
- Put a few drops of lube on the chain every month or so.
The most important things to check before each ride are:
- Tires firm and inflated.
- Seat height adjusted for each rider.
- Kickstand, brakes and gears working properly.
- Bags secure.
With regular use, your Golf Bike will inevitably get dirty. Just a wipe down with a dry or damp cloth after a ride can do a lot to keep your bike clean. On occasion, however, a more thorough job is needed.
To thoroughly wash your Golf Bike, you’ll need:
- a bucket and some rags
- a cleaner (diluted dish soap is fine, or use a dedicated bike wash product)
- clean water
- a degreaser or solvent (for the really gummy parts)
- a soft bristled brush
If you use a hose, use a spray rather than a jet, and don’t spray too much around bearing packs, including the bottom bracket (where the cranks go through the frame), hubs, or headset (where the fork attaches to the frame).
Clean your Drivetrain: Spray your chain with a cleaner/degreaser, and clean it with a rag. There are various chain cleaning gadgets that enable you to wash a chain without removing it from the bike, but a good wipe down with a rag and some solvent does a pretty good job, too. Wipe down the derailleur, and remove any gummy deposits from the pulleys on the derailleur cage. Also move a rag in between the rear gear cogs to clean out debris.
Wet your Bike: Give your bike an initial rinse; either with rags or a hose, to loosen caked on dirt.
Wash your Bike Frame and Wheels: Go from top to bottom, front to back, using a diluted soap or a dedicated product and the soft bristled brush. Use the brush to scrub the braking surfaces of your rims.
Rinse your Bike: Be careful not to shoot high pressure water at bearing packs such as wheel hubs, headset and bottom bracket.
Dry your Bike: Bounce the bike on the ground a couple of times, and then hand-wipe the bike. Apply a bike polish occasionally if you like.
Lubricate your Bike: Lubricate your chain and other components as needed. Lubricate your chain only after it is clean and dry. And always use a dedicated bicycle chain lube. Cleaning and lubing your Golf Bike on a regular basis helps keep your drivetrain from wearing prematurely and will keep your bike’s components running smooth. Just be sure to always dry your bike completely and apply bike chain lube to a clean, dry chain for best performance.
Recommended Supply List for Golf Course
This basic set of tools and supplies will allow you to make minor adjustments and perform routine maintenance on the bikes.
Tools and Supplies (approx. $150)