Keep Your Bike Rolling In Top Condition
One of the most overlooked fundamentals of maintaining good experiences with cycling is maintaining your bike. Ronnie and Frans will assemble your new bike to perform at its best and help you keep it in its top condition for years to come. To schedule a repair, just bring your bike in to the shop, where we fix them in the order they come in. Stop by the shop or call us at 570-784-6524 for more information.
New bike owners – We offer professional sizing and fitting of your bike. We’ll also re-adjust the components after the typical 30-day break in period.
Tips for new bike owners
New bikes generally have a “break in” period where cables stretch a small amount and compenents settle in. After 50 miles call us to schedule a time when we can re-tune your bike back to its optimum state.
Common Service Items
- Wheel truing
- Broken spoke replacement
- Tube and tire replacement
- Tune ups
- Shifter and brake adjustments
- Cable replacement
- Chain replacement
- Wheel hub overhaul
- Bottom bracket overhaul/replacement
Bike Maintenance You Can Do Yourself
- Keep your bike clean – dirt, grease, and road oil have a way of getting into the bearings and other moving parts of your bike. Pay special attention to the chain, cassette, and chainrings. We carry drive train cleaning kits so you don’t have to disassemble parts of your bike.
- Dry off your bike – If you get caught out in the rain, be sure to dry your bike with a towel before putting it away
- Lube your chain – Your chain should always be well-lubricated with a graphite-based “dry” lube designed for bicycle use. Do not use household oils such as 3-in-1 or motor oil. These tend to attract dirt that will wear away at your drive train.
- Replace your chain – Replace your chain every 2000 – 3000 miles, before it begins to stretch. Worn chains affect shifting performance and significantly increase wear on more costly components like cassettes and chain rings
- Inflate your tires – Keep tires inflated at their recommended pressure. The recommended pressure is stamped on the tire’s sidewall. Don’t use the pumps at your local garage – you run the risk of over inflation. If you don’t have a pump then stop by the shop and we will be happy to inflate your tires.
- Inspect your tires – If the sidewalls of your tires begin to crack, bulge, or have cuts that compromise the inner cords then its time to replace them. We can recommend the best replacement tire for the riding you like to do.
- Inspect your wheels – Lift one wheel off the ground and spin it freely, paying close attention for “hops” or “wobbles.” If you notice any, your wheel is out of true and should be attended by an experienced mechanic. Keeping wheels true will help your bike track better, ride smoother, and prevent the wheel from wearing out prematurely.
- Inspect your brake pads – Especially if your bike has fallen. Make sure the pads only touch the rim and that they don’t rub against the tire.
- Lube the derailleurs – Occasionally put a single drop of lube on the pivot points of your front and rear derailleurs.
- Touch up nicks and scratches – A small amount of touch up paint from your bike shop (or even an auto parts store) is all you need to keep the finish of your bike in top shape. Otherwise moisture can seep under the paint and cause it to bubble.