Great job, you have decided to get out on the bike this year, a huge step in the right direction. The next step is bicycle service! All bicycles need service, whether from Department Store or Local Bicycle Shop. That is where we fit in; we are the area’s service experts. From going over your bicycle in our inspection to suggestion items that enhance the ride, we are here to help. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when servicing your bicycle.
Not everyone is a bicycle mechanic! You all have that one friend who claims to be able to fix your bike, in some cases that may be true but more often they do not thoroughly repair your bicycle. If you ask any bicycle shop what the most in demand job skill is, it is bicycle mechanic. Have your bicycle serviced by someone who is qualified to do the work.
A good mechanic has an understanding of all types of riding. Not everyone has a race ready road bike. Ask your mechanic what type of cycling they do or have done. If you are a rail trail rider who gets out on the weekends, the mechanic who only races road may not understand your needs for the rides you do.
Prevention goes a long way. If your bicycle is making different noises or feels different while riding, have it looked at. It is a free service to have a bicycle looked at. Also, yearly tune ups keep your bike up and running in top shape. Lube your chain, pump your tires up and keep your bike clean are very helpful in prolonging the life of your bike
Lastly, get your bicycle in for service before the season starts. In an ideal world, if you can get your bicycle in before April, you will not have the long wait that happens as soon as the good weather gets here.