Bike Tune Ups
As the seasons turn to the warm weather of summer, it is time to pull out the bikes and go for a ride. After you bike has been sitting in storage all winter, what is the best way to get it ready to ride again?
Some basic steps can be done at home and some steps will need some professional attention. To start with do the following:
- Wash your bike
- Check the chain condition and replace it if needed
- Check the brakes for deterioration and replace pads if they are too thin. Adjust the brake levers as needed to ensure they are working property.
- Make sure that the wheels are in good form. Also check for loose spokes.
- Look at the brake cables and shift cables for wearing and tension.
- Ensure the handlebars in good working order.
- Check the pedals
- Test all the gears and make sure the chain is not slipping.
Sometimes our bikes need a more detailed tune up and inspection. There are many bike repair shops in Edmonton. Here are just a few:
- Mikes’ Bikes and Beans, 10135 82 Ave NW, 587-523-6453, http://mikelovesbikes.com/
- Troubadour Cycles mobile bicycle repair, http://www.troubadourcycles.com/
- Bike Edmonton Downtown Community Workshop, (South) 8001 102 ST and (Downtown) 10612 105 AVE, 780-433-2453, https://bikeedmonton.ca/workshops
- Matt’s Bicycle Repair, 13104 76 St NW, 825-333-1487, https://www.mattsbicyclerepair.com/
- Millwoods Sports & Cycle, 6107 28 Ave NW, 780-462-1642, http://www.millwoodssportsandcycle.com/
- Pedalhead Bicycle Works, 6604-104 St NW, 780-433-2085, https://www.pedalheadedm.com/
- United Sport & Cycle, 7620 Gateway Blvd NW, 780-433-1181, https://unitedsport.ca/