You’ve probably brought your bike in for a tune up once or twice or more times but do really know what we’re doing with your precious possession? Yes, I know there are quite a few of you who are pretty sure what we do but, quite honestly, before I started working here, I really didn’t know. It rode a little quieter and smoother when I got it back, but I couldn’t have listed more that a few things that had happened while we were separated. This article is for those of you, like me, who were too busy, shy, oblivious or nervous about asking: What’s in a bike tune up?
We offer 3 levels of service: Minor, Regular and Major. Another store I’ve seen online also offers 3 levels of service they refer to as Minor, Major and Complete Overhaul. The words on their own don’t tell you what you’re getting but sometimes the rate does. I can tell you that our “Regular” tune up at close to the same rate as the other shop’s “Major” tune-up but in terms of what you get, our “Regular” tune-up covers most of the work they perform in a “Major” tune-up. What I’m saying here is that not all service levels will be clear based on descriptive names and rates. Look or ask for what you’re getting for different levels of service if it’s not clear.
We start by taking your bike into the bike wash bay and giving it a thorough cleaning to clean off any dirt, oil, old grease and lube and accumulated sweat off your bike.
While the bike is in the bike wash bay and then on the bike stand, your bike is elevated to give our mechanic the best vantage point to do a thorough inspection. Here’s what happens next:
I can’t tell you how many times people come to pick up their bikes and ask if it has new tires or wonder how we got it so clean. We want you to fall in love with your bike all over again.
We have some customers who are very dedicated to keeping their bikes in premium working condition and they bring their bikes in often for maintenance. Because we see some of these bikes so frequently, they often don’t have so many miles in between visits and there isn't a lot of accumulated wear and tear. If your bike it is pretty great shape, a minor tune-up might be all you need. A complete cleaning, inspection of drive train and components and follow-up with application of appropriate lube and protection to drivetrain and components and you are set.
Sometimes, you need something special. Here’s a shortlist of a few other things that keep our bike service department humming
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