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.
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.
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.
Overhaul and refurbish of an old Schwinn Panther cruiser
Someone’s getting a nice Christmas present
Nice old things.
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
In support of bicycling
Nice article about a bike repair stand.
Stay tuned for news about a new bike stand in Cap Hill.