Coach Julia Aimer's Top Six Tips for Indoor Winter Bike Maintenance

With the arrival of winter, many cyclists retreat indoors to continue their training and keep their fitness levels up. However, the shift to indoor cycling doesn't mean neglecting your bike maintenance. In fact, the winter season demands even more attention to ensure your bike remains in top condition. Coach Julia, shares her expert advice on how to maintain your indoor bike this winter. Follow these six tips to keep your bike in top shape and ensure your training remains uninterrupted.

  1. Lube Your Chain Regularly: As the winter months can bring dry and dusty conditions indoors, it's crucial to lube your chain every couple of weeks. This simple yet essential step prevents the build-up of grime and ensures your bike runs smoothly. Regular lubrication also helps to extend the lifespan of your bike's drivetrain components.
  2. Use a Degreaser for Stubborn Grime: If your chain appears gunky and dusty despite regular lubrication, use a degreaser before applying fresh lube. This will help break down any stubborn dirt and grime, allowing the new lubricant to work effectively. A clean chain not only enhances your riding experience but also prevents unnecessary wear and tear on your bike.
  3. Regular Cleaning with Bike Wash: Make it a habit to use a bike wash and wipe the accumulated sweat and dust off your bike on a weekly basis. This simple act not only keeps your bike looking pristine but also prevents the corrosion of crucial components. A clean bike is a happy bike, especially during the winter months when indoor conditions can be less forgiving.
  4. Recalibrate Using Zwift: Ensure your bike's accuracy by performing a regular spin down on Zwift. Recalibrating your indoor bike setup helps maintain accurate power readings and ensures your training data is reliable. By taking this proactive approach, you can trust that your indoor workouts are as effective as your outdoor rides.
  5. Stay Updated with Trainer Apps: Keep your training software up to date by checking for the latest updates on platforms like Wahoo or Tacx. Updating your trainer app not only enhances your overall training experience but also ensures that you have access to the latest features and improvements, keeping your workouts fresh and engaging.
  6. Calibrate After Updates: After updating your preferred trainer app, perform a recalibration spin-down within the app. This step ensures that any changes or improvements in the software are reflected accurately in your indoor training setup. By recalibrating, you can maintain the accuracy and consistency of your training data throughout the winter months.

For those looking to delve deeper into bike maintenance, Coach Julia recommends checking out our YouTube channel here for additional tips and tricks.

Follow Coach Julia's advice to maintain your indoor bike this winter, and you'll be able to enjoy seamless training sessions without any technical hiccups. Remember, a well-maintained bike not only performs better but also lasts longer, allowing you to focus on your cycling goals with peace of mind.


Julia Aimers
CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist
CSEP High-Performance Specialist

Certified Triathlon, Cycling, Yoga and Swimming Coach
USA Cycling Level 2 Coach
Training Peaks Accredited Coach

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