Now that the new season has tickled us with some much needed warmth, it is time to do the same to our tools of adventure. In order to maintain a smile while out on the road or trail, our bicycles need a fresh tune-up for the hard miles to come.
The ideal maintenance your bicycle needs depends on how often you ride, or plan on riding in the approaching months. If your goal is to get out once a week, a basic tune-up is all you need. This will cover tire inflation, lubing of the chain and vital mechanical parts, and an adjustment of the brakes.
If your cycling goals are a bit more extensive, then a complete overhaul of your bicycle is in order. This procedure will include a complete dismantle and rebuild of your entire bicycle, repacking bearings, replacing worn out bushings, and replacing all cables to the shifters and brakes. A suspension rebuild will cost extra.
Maintaining your bicycle properly will afford smiles for miles and extend the life of your investment. The best place to breathe freshness into your steed is of course your local bike shop. Build a lasting relationship with your mechanic and they, in turn, will impart the service you need to keep you rolling on a bright path.