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Hi folks. Ever since I bought my Rebel, I've been treating it like my car: maintenance by mileage intervals. The trouble is I put far fewer miles on my bike than my car, and I feel that it is becoming somewhat neglected.

Do any of you follow a seasonal schedule that you do regardless of mileage? Like every spring, and fall? Or 4 times a year? I'm thinking of things like the chain, cables, oil, puke tube, and air filter might be worked on at least once a year regardless of mileage.

I didn't even know I had a puke tube until a few days ago. I wonder what else I might be missing?
 

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Yes! Bikes do not live by mileage maintenace alone.
Seasonal maintenance is very important on low mile cycles and often overlooked. I've seen that a lot.

Oil change!
If you do only one oil change a year, do it in the fall before storage. Combustion (blow by) gasses put corrosives in the oil. Storing with fresh oil in the crankcase means the moisture and corrosives are out of there. When stored, leave it off. Starting for ten minutes every week or some such only introduces moisture and combustion gasses in the the oil.
A good waxing for storage helps preserve the finish.
Clean and lube the chain in the fall and again in the spring.

Just about everything else is a spring thing. Change the brake fluid in the spring. Every other year is fine. I do mine every spring. I don't have to keep track of what year I last did it that way.
Fork oil is the same. Every other year is great.
Air filter every spring.
Check the spark plugs every spring.
Check the tires for wear and signs of dry rot. Replace if rot is detected, regardless of miles.
Lube the cables and pivot points.
 

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Thanks, that sounds like a good schedule.

Is there a way to tell whether I have Dot 3 or Dot 4 brake fluid? I don't know which kind I have, and it seems to me like I heard somewhere that the two don't mix well, even if one is drained before the other is added.
 

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3 and 4 are fine, if I recall correctly, it's 5 (and silicone based) that's the problem, according to what I've read
 

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DOT 3 and DOT 4 are very close in specification. DOT 4 has a slightly higher boiling point. Odds are, you won't be able to heat a Rebel brake enough to ever feel brake fade from fluid boil.
Art is right. Its DOT 5 that doesn't play well with others.
 

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Thanks for the info!
I'll stick with dot 3 since I keep that around for my car.
Changing the brake fluid and fork oil are things I have yet to experience, but my bike is due for both.
 

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be very carefull not to let the reservoir run dry
 

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If you do, you'll have to bleed the entire front brake system, which is more annoying than difficult.
 

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Makes a great stripper in fact
 
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