Bike Service & Repair
Our service department repairs bikes every day, so we know what works well in the north state climate and terrain. We stock repair parts, tools, lubes, and work stands for the do-it-yourself mechanic.
There are two types of bike tools: small take along multi tools and lightweight tire tools, or regular larger tools for garage work. Both are useful depending on how often you do your own work. We recommend all riders invest in a chain cleaning system. Most off road riders should clean their chain after every ride. It keeps the drive train shifting smoothly and reduces wear on gears. We recommend different lubes for different conditions or riding, but most lubes are cleaner and allow for quick chain cleaning. We also have a chain check tool that measures wear. Over time a chain will stretch and if not replaced will reshape the teeth on all the gears - then lookout for a big repair cost! It is MUCH cheaper to replace a chain once a year (around $30). You can always drop by The Bike Shop and have your chain checked, or we also sell that tool too.
Many riders enjoy doing maintenance on their bikes, others just want to ride. We strongly recommend to all active riders that we do a professional tune-up each year. We check for chain stretch, adjust hubs, tighten cranks, tune wheels, lube and adjust cables, clean the drive train and adjust or bleed brakes. All parts are checked for wear and safety issues. We take care of many repairs every year, so please use our expertise. The winter months when you aren't using your bike as much is a great time to bring it in to prepare for the spring and summer months when you will want to be riding. Regular tune ups typically save you money by catching problems and repairing them before further damage is done. Bikes are NOT maintenance free, but we will make recommendations that are appropriate for your use.
LOCAL PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
Flat Tires: Thorns and puncture vines are common in the North State. We have heavy duty tubes, sealant and kevlar lined tires to help keep you up and running.
Dirty/Dry Chains: Cleaning brush (never lube a dirty chain!!) chain cleaning solution and chain wax (not OIL).
Shifting Problems: Clean dirty/dry cables and re-lube. Replace worn cables and housing, adjust derailleurs.
Poor Stopping: Replace brake pads. Bleed brakes. Adjust brake cables.
Squealing Brakes: Re-surface or replace pads.
Cracked Tires: Common from the North State heat in summer. Replace tires.