Maintenance Guide

tokyobike design bicycles that are simple and low maintenance. By keeping your bike clean, dry and well maintained you’ll enjoy a better ride and lower long term running costs. The following guide

The following guide

  • Tyres
  • Security
  • Storage
  • Maintenance
  • Workshop


Keeping the tyres topped up with air is the best way to ensure easier riding and less punctures. Its worth checking the tyres regularly (every 1-2 weeks) and topping up to the maximum recommended pressure (written on the side of the tyre).

Glass and debris tends to collect at the edges of the road, particularly after rainfall, so avoid riding in the gutter. Check your tyres for debris that may be stuck (using a tooth pick or similar) but yet to cause a puncture and you can often avoid a flat in the first place.

For extra protection its possible to fit tyre liners or special puncture resistant tyres. We recommend the following products:

Continental Gatorskin tyres for 650C wheels
Schwalbe Marathon tyres for 26″ wheels
Tyre liners for any tyre – good if you want to keep the classic look

Air pressure and tyre sizes

Keeping the air in your tyres topped up will result in a smoother, faster ride and help avoid punctures. Recommended air pressure (psi) is written on the tyre wall and if there is a range you should aim for the maximum.

CS26 and Bisou
Standard tyres: CST C-1384
Tyre size: 26 x 1.15 (32-559)
Recommended air pressure: 40-80 psi

CS650, Sport and Single Speed
Standard tyres: KENDA K-196
Standard tyre size: 650 x 25c (25-571)
Recommended air pressure: 125 psi

Mini Velo
Standard tyres: KENDA K-193
Standard tyre size: 20 x 1 1/8 (28-451)
Recommended air pressure: 40-65 psi

tokyobike little
Standard tyres: CST C-97N
Standard tyre size: 16 x 1.75 (47-305)
Recommended air pressure: 35 psi

Wider or Narrower tyres

Generally speaking, wider tyres better absorb bumps in the road and are more stable on uneven ground but are heavier and slower. Narrower, higher pressure tyres will typically result is a harder but faster ride.

To find out size of tyres that fits your bike, check through the sidewall and there should be sizing written as like “32 – 559 (26 x 1.15)”, the one with hyphenation is ISO (International Organization for Standardization) sizing.

“The ISO system uses two numbers. The first is width in millimeters. For the rim, this is the inner width between the flanges, as shown in the diagram; for the tire, it is the inflated width. This will vary a bit depending on the width of the rim.

The second ISO number is the critical one: it is the diameter of the bead seat of the rim, in mm (“B.S.D.”). Generally, if this number matches, the tire involved will fit onto the rim; if it doesn’t match, the tire won’t fit.” Quoted from Sheldon Brown website.

For example, tokyobike CS26, Bisou and Ace Limited models can fit from 25-559  to 40-559* width tyres (fitting fully covered mudguards can limit the clearance, we recommend to keep width under 35 with mudguards). To find out which tyre fits on your bike, please read this post: tokyobike journal – Tyre Sizing


If you have quick release levers on your bike it is very important they are tightly closed before riding. As well as on the wheels and seat post there may also be a lever on the break calipers. This must be closed in order to use the breaks properly.

Depending on where and when you are leaving your bike locked it might be worth considering additional security for the wheels and saddle.

4mm for seat clamp and 6mm for seat post clamp.
5mm for wheel *you also need to purchase hexlox skewers in order to use.


Keep your bike dry to avoid rust. If the bike is kept outside, ideally use a cover and after riding in heavy rain we recommend drying off the bike.

Please also be aware that bright colours have a tendency to fade when exposed to direct sunlight.


In order to keep bike in good condition, keep it clean is essential part. By having clean bike, it is more easier to find if there is any damage on the bike or fault on parts.

Here is how we recommend;

Wipe the frame with a dry or slightly damp cloth to remove any dirt and dust. If necessary use degreaser spray (Pineapple Express from Crankalicious) applied with a cloth and avoid spraying directory on or inside the components.

Before you apply the chain oil, you need to clean the chain. Gumchained Remedy from Crankalicious is the best chain cleaning product to clean up the dirty chain.

After applying chain oil, wipe off any excess. Too much oil picks up dust and debris.
You can try out Crankalicious products on their KWIPE to see the difference.

After cleaning up the surface, you can apply Mayo June or Metallique polish to have final finish. *DO NOT USE for matt colour frame.

In order to maintain matt finish frame, use Carboniferous spray for final finish.


We offer a free check up to every tokyobike customer within 3 months of purchase. To keep your bike in perfect condition we recommend it is serviced by a tokyobike mechanic once a year. Its important to keep the breaks and derailleur in good working order. When you starting hear any noise from the bike, please bring the bike in, it could be a small job before it gets worse. Depending on how much you ride the bike however we recommend to have a general check up at least once a year.
We also run regular maintenance clsses for those willing to get their hands dirty – ask for details.

Click here to book a service for your tokyobike

Workshop costs*:
General service £40.00
Puncture repair £5.00
*parts not included.

For all other labour and parts charges please contact us  –

Monthly classes are held to help with puncture repair and basic maintenance at our Shoreditch store – click here to sign up