6 basic but essential tips to help you look after your bicycle

A healthy bike will last longer, ride better and also help keep you safe while you're out on the open road. Here at NextGen, we've found six quick ways you can easily look after your bike so you stay safe and have the best riding experience possible.

Check your brakes religiously

You don’t want to be halfway down a hill just to find out your brakes aren't working. You want to be checking the front and back brakes before every ride.

Tyre pressure 

The best way to do this is with a Gauge which allows you to accurately see your tyre pressure. Without a gauge, the best way to test your tire pressure is with your hands. Simply squeeze either side of the tire with your fingers, if there’s not much movement your tyres are fine.

Ride it

You may never forget how to ride a bicycle but that doesn’t mean that you should neglect your bicycle. It’s important to keep riding your bicycle regularly so all the important parts keep working which will help reduce future problems.

Oil it

Oiling the chain is important when it comes to keeping your bicycle healthy. This is because oiling your bicycle allows for reduced friction between the brake blocks and the wheel. As well this oiling your bicycle chain helps prevent rust which could cause your bicycle problems in the future.

Keep it clean

Keeping your bicycle clean is another important tip. You don’t necessarily need any fancy products for this but by wiping it down you’ll be able to spot any wear and tear damage that could be hidden under a coat of mud.

Get in insured with NextGen insurance 

Maybe the most important tip to look after your bicycle is to get bicycle insurance Insurance cover with us at NextGen. We'll cover you as standard for theft, damage, personal accident and third party liability as well as offering cover whilst abroad. 

What does our Bicycle insurance cover you for?

Accidental damage

Accidental damage

Including cover for accidents, weather and malicious/vandalism damage

Accessories cover

Accessories cover

Add your important gear to ensure everything's covered when you're out and about



We'll get you a replacement bicycle quickly - don't forget that Gold Secure lock!

Personal accident cover

Personal accident cover

We provide you with cover in the event that you seriously injure yourself whilst out cycling

Third-party liability

Third-party liability

Injury to a member of the public or damage to third party property whilst out riding

European cover

European cover

Want to be covered while you're cycling around Europe? No problem!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our policies cover accidental damage and theft, personal accident, public liability, cycle breakdown and accessory cover (when selected). If you are biking through Europe you and your bicycle are also covered (see trip limitations in the terms and conditions) We also offer cycle hire while you are without your bicycle during a claim. 

Your bicycle might be covered under your home insurance but the policy is very unlikely to cover all of your needs and could leave you without your bicycle for a considerable amount of time as home insurance claims can take a while to resolve. 

Home insurance isn’t designed with your bicycle in mind, so is unlikely to cover you for elements such as personal accident, public liability, cycle hire and more. 

Furthermore, if you claim on your home insurance, the excess you may be required to pay could be higher than the cost of having separate bicycle insurance. Naturally, your contents insurance premium may then increase when your policy comes to renewal, due to the claim you made.

Next Generation Insurance (NextGen) is an insurance intermediary helping our Customers look after what they love.

You can pay annually or monthly, remember, the contract is still an annual one. 

You can log into your customer area and make a change there by visiting gonextgencycle.co.uk/customer-area/login Alternatively you can call us on 01206 688097 or you can email us at [email protected]

We insure road bikes, mountain bikes and electric bikes (not scooters or mopeds).

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