Derailer hanger

Irrespective of the frame material, if your bike takes a hit or the shifting gets weird, have us check the derailer hanger. We can straighten or replace it.

The Perils of Progress

Weak hangers flex minutely under load when downshifting, especially under power. If you ever wondered why your bike shifts OK on the stand but not on the road, or have been unable to dial in even a new system and alignment isn’t a question, your derailleur hanger could be part of the problem.

(Aside: Another trend among bikemakers—the return to the internal cable routing craze—can also be a culprit because of the increased friction. Dear bikemakers: Unless it’s an aero road or TT bike, rout cables outside the frame! Internal routing is a pain in the ass, and I hope this trend dies as fast as it did the last time around.)

Or buy a metal bike. Progress is hell.

You buy ’em, we fix ’em


Found a good deal on a bike on craigslist or at Goodwill, but it’s less than perfect? Bring it to us.

Find a bike you like for a price you like, and, within reason, we’ll make it work.

You can get a better bike than you can buy cheap at Target or Sports Authority.

$25 of bike, $70 of labor, and $30 for brake pads makes a really nice bike for the money.

Un-boxing days special

Merry Christmas

Was there a big box beside the tree?
Did you get a new bike?

We can put that together for you.

Christmas and New Year special: boxed bike assembly for $40,
and we’ll make sure the brakes work right and the chain has the correct tension.

Would you like it really sweet?
Assembly and everything adjusted (hubs, headset, etc) for $60
(We always adjust new wheels: they’re never quite right.)

Call it an un-boxing day.

Did that kids’ bike you bought, put together by a guy in the stock room, not turnout so nice?
We can fix that.
Kids’ bike adjusted for $30.

Keeping regular hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 5.
Sunday and Monday by appointment.

New Departure coaster brake


Nice old things.
Very durable.
But the metal on metal of the braking discs produces a lot of heat,
so the grease gets toasted.
(If you’re going to service one, check the thermal rating on your grease. And Shimano makes a fine hub grease.)

Not for going down a lot of hills.

Depending on use, of course, get it serviced every thirty to sixty years, whether it needs it or not.
But not cheap.
Unless you want to keep the bike original, consider buying a new wheel, or even a new hub and have us build a wheel.

But then again, no one makes anything likes this anymore. Took even more time to make than to overhaul.

So if you need one serviced, now you know where.

Been in there; done that.

Feel free to stick questions in the comments, and I’ll answer best I can. -dz

Riding it hard and putting it away wet

It’s not going to fall apart if you leave it in the garage for the winter (please don’t store your bike outside) but it’s also not going to get better.

Dirt is the enemy. It becomes an abrasive and wears down parts.
You put a lot of dirt and grime on your bike this year.
And lubrication wears out. And things stretch.

Sure, you can get your bike serviced in the spring when the nice weather prompts you to pull it out of the basement. And pay full price. And wait three weeks for a tune-up. Everyone will have had the same idea.

Or you can bring your bike in now.
Get a deal.
And get it done in a week.

And we still offer scheduled same-day tune-ups for commuters.

And winter tune-ups for the hardy who keep riding.