Tune Up & Repairs Menu
3 Day Turn Around on Most Repairs*
Important Friendly Advice:
Friends don’t let friends ride junk.
Please be aware that all precision bicycle parts, and in particular: drivetrain and brake parts, require frequent inspection, adjustment and preventive maintenance.
- Don’t expect to get free replacement for parts that have not been properly maintained.
- Frequent chain stretch measurements and chain replacement are key to long drivetrain service life. A chain that has stretched beyond spec will cause premature “sharkteeth” and gaps on chainrings and cogs… so $$, much sadness…
- Continual brake pad alignment and inspection are key to long service life. Rims on friction-caliper-equipped wheels do eventually wear through and must be periodically replaced.
Ala Carte Repairs
Derailleur adjust — $14
Fix flat — $10
Hub adjust — $20
Disk brake bleed — $30
Quick Tune — $50.00
This package is intended for the average rider whose bike is in good condition but needs just a little tune up. If your bike has been in the garage all winter this may be the right package for you.
- Drivetrain (shifting) is adjusted and tuned
- Brakes are adjusted and tuned
The Chain Gang — $65.00
Drivetrain Clean & Tune: This package is intended for the more serious rider whose bike is in good mechanical condition, but needs to have the grit, grime, mud and grease removed from the drive train to keep it running smoothly.
- All the components of the drivetrain are cleaned, inspected and adjusted, making the transmission of the bike run smoothly.
Basic Tune — $70.00
This Performance & Safety Tune is a great mid-season service package for people who ride regularly to keep their bike performing great.
- Adjustments are made to the entire bike.
- Brakes, gear systems and bearing surfaces are all adjusted.
- Both wheels are trued and set in proper alignment with the frame.
- All nuts, bolts, bells and whistles are checked and tightened.
Complete Clean & Tune — $125.00
The Complete Clean and Tune is the perfect service package for people who ride regularly to have done to their bike before the put their bike away at the end of the year. For example, you may want to get a Basic Tune Up in June and a Complete Clean & Tune in January.
- The entire drive train is removed and cleaned in a parts washer.
- Parts are inspected, reinstalled and properly adjusted.
- Wheels are cleaned and trued.
- The headset, bottom bracket and hubs are adjusted to make your bike a finely tuned machine.
The Big Suck — $250.00 (excludes suspension service)
The Big Suck is a Complete Overhaul of your bike. Essentially, we will strip the bike down to the bare frame, where no two parts will be touching each other. Everything will be serviced, and then the bike will be reassembled. This package is designed for the person who either got that really nice old Schwinn from a garage sale and want it to run like new, or the serious enthusiast who needs to have their entire bike serviced. There will be no way that your bike will run better without buying new parts when you get it back.
- The bike is stripped down to the bare frame and fork.
- Both of these are checked for alignment and minor adjustments are made.
- The headset, bottom bracket and hubs are broken down, cleaned and packed with bearings and fresh grease.
- The remainder of the parts are thoroughly cleaned in a parts washer and re-assembled.
- New brake cables and housing are installed (Hydraulic disc brake lines will be flushed and bled).
Suspension Service —
Front Fork, $59.00 | Rear Shock, $35.00
As with any other working parts on your bicycle, the suspension also needs to be maintained. How often? Before its too late for service! Depends on conditions and riding style. You will be pleased and amazed at the feel and performance.
- We service both front and rear shocks.
- Replace seals, wipers and fluids.
- Can be set to factory specs, or tuned for your tastes.
- Call ahead to nail down the needs for your particular squishy bits.
Planning Your Bicycle Maintenance Schedule
by Chris Daigle
All vehicles require maintenance to perform reliably. If you don’t want your bike to strand you on the road, you must keep it in good condition. Remember, “Love your bike and your bike will love you.”
Most people who buy and ride bicycles want to keep them in good shape, but first need to know where to begin. The following list of necessary maintenance items and recommended frequency of maintenance is designed to give a recreational or club cyclist or a commuter an outline for a schedule. Those who often ride in rain and mud, or who put on very high weekly mileage, will need to perform routine maintenance more often to keep their bikes in optimal condition. Conversely, those who ride relatively little can use a somewhat more relaxed schedule.
Before every ride:
- Check tire air pressure.
- Check brakes and cables.
- Be sure your crank set is tight.
- Be sure quick release hubs are tight, but not too tight.
After every ride:
- Inspect tires for glass, gravel shards, and cuts on tread and sidewall.
- Check wheels for true.
- Clean the bike’s mechanical parts as necessary.
Once a week or every 200 miles:
- Lubricate chain (with dry lube; or every other week or 400 miles with wet chain lube).
Once a month:
- Completely clean the bike, including the drivetrain if necessary.
- Inspect chain and freewheel. Measure the chain for wear, check for tight links and replace the chain if necessary.
- Inspect and lubricate brake levers, derailleurs and all cables.
- Inspect pedals and lubricate SPD style cleats.
- Inspect and check for looseness in the:
- stem binder bolt
- handlebar binder bolt
- seatpost binder bolt (or quick release)
- seat fixing bolt
- crank bolts
- chainring bolts
- derailleur mounting bolts
- bottle cage bolts
- rack mounting bolts (use thread lock on these)
- brake and derailleur cable anchors
- brake and shifter lever mounting bolts
- brake mounting bolts (do not alter brake centering)
- Inspect tires for wear; rotate or replace if needed.
Every three months:
- Wax bike. A clean, shiny bike always seems to go faster and farther.
- Inspect frame and fork for paint cracks or bulges that may indicate frame or part damage; pay particular attention to all frame joints.
- Visually inspect for bent components: seat rails, seat post, stem. handlebars, chainrings, crankarms, brake calipers and brake levers.
Every six months:
- Inspect and readjust bearings in headset, hubs, pedals and bottom bracket (if possible; some sealed cartridge bearings cannot be adjusted, only replaced)
- Disassemble and overhaul; replace all bearings (if possible); and remove and if necessary replace all brake and shift cables. This should be performed at 6000 miles if you ride more than that per year. Commuters who often ride in the rain or mountain bikers who get dirty should overhaul their bicycles more often.
Before any important journey it’s a good idea to have a professional double check all adjustments so no problem spoils your great ride.
Reprinted from “Bicycle USA”, magazine of the League of American Bicyclists. Effective Cycling™.
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