What is a Bike Tune-Up?
When a bicycle is old and worn down or when you feel your day-to-day bicycle seems off and weird, you may hear that it requires a tune up. Bicycle Tune Up is a process that involves getting the bike back to the best condition possible. Basically, it needs to be cleaned and make sure that every part is in proper order.
The service usually happens after an inspection is done to your bicycle and in some cases the tune-up protocol and service charges differ from bike to bike. We highly recommend to ask the bike shop first for the service price and the condition of your bicycle.
How to Tell if Your Bicycle Needs a Tune Up?
It is always a good choice to bring your bicycle to a local bike shop for a tune-up whether the bike has not been used in ages or you've been riding it frequently. Regular tune-ups happens every once or twice a year.
Here are some indications that your bike absolutely needs a tune-up:
Clicking, grinding, knocking, squeaking, rattling, or other unusual noises coming from your bike might signal that something needs adjusting, replacing, or servicing.
Rubber degrades over time even without use and the tread can get worn down as you put miles on your tires. A “squared-off” tire with a flat spot running down the middle also hints that time might be up.
Chains should be cleaned and oiled regularly and replaced periodically to keep your drive train happy. Bring your bike to the shop for an assessment if your chain is falling off or slipping, or it’s been a very long time since you’ve replaced it.
If your brakes feel sluggish, don’t have good stopping power, or you find yourself squeezing the levers down to the handlebars, it’s time to take your bike to the shop.
Wheels that look wobbly when you spin them might need to have their spokes re-tensioned by your mechanic in a process called “truing” the wheel.
A bicycle tune-up is like your annual health check-up wherein it needs preventative maintenance in order to last longer and more safer to ride with.
Bicycle Tune Up Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect after a Bicycle Tune-Up?
Your bike will be cleaned from top to bottom and worn down parts will be replaced with new ones. After having your bicycle tuned up with your trusted and local bike shop, you should expect a better new bike with its new parts.
What is included in the service?
Tune-ups varies from one shop to another because bicycle tune-up does not have any set of standards but most shop's bike tune up includes: cleaning, tire pressure checking, headset, bottom bracket, gear, shifter cables, wheel adjustments, lubrication, and basic safety checks.
We highly suggest to ask the staff before tuning up your bicycle since every shop's services varies. Some shop may charge you for an "air and oil service" while some shop might give this for free.
Is the person in charge of the tune up reliable and experienced?
Yes. With years of hands-on experience, our professionals listens to all client concerns and suggests the best solution for your bicycle. The ReCYCLIST Bike Shop in West Los Angeles has the most experienced and skilled staff in the area and you are in good hands.
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