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    Newbie question: What do I need to look for in a bike "tuneup"?

    I am a new recumbent owner. It's a Burley Koosah (a LWB) and it's also my first "good" bike. All earlier bikes were K-mart beaters. I rode some at the end of the last season, and now that spring is here I am starting to ride again. The local bike shops are offering "tuneups". What should I look for or request in order to get my bike up to peak condition? Is there anything different I should emphasize as a recumbent owner, as opposed to the run-of-the-mill DF person?

    Any suggestions are appreciated.
    Glenn in Omaha

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    For about the price of a "tuneup" you can buy a book that will show you how to do it yourself. Bike repair and maintainance isn't that hard.
    Just a friendly suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gew0419
    For about the price of a "tuneup" you can buy a book that will show you how to do it yourself. Bike repair and maintainance isn't that hard.
    Just a friendly suggestion.
    Not a bad suggestion, but there are lot's of reasons why it might not be practical. Suffice it to say, I want to leave the maintenance to the local bike shop for now.

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    Most of the components on a bent are bout da same as on a DF albeit arranged a little differently so the same criteria are good.....grease it, tighten it, adjust it, clean it .. I am sure others could point out any major differences. Been too long since I been on a DF. peace

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    They should check and adjust/lube:
    - gears/shifting
    - brakes
    - headset
    - hubs
    - tires
    - spoke tension

    They won't clean your bike or do any significant repairs for the price of a tune up. Also given that it is warming up in a lot of areas you might want to book an appointment ASAP or face a multi-week wait to get your bike in.

    I second the recommendation to get a bike maintenance book and some basic tools. You should not really being doing a tune up in the spring so much as regularly maintaining your bike throughout the year.
    safe riding - Vik
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    Calhoun Cycle, a 'bent oriented shop in Mpls, shows details for their various levels of tune ups here:

    http://www.calhouncycle.com/tunes.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Boy
    Calhoun Cycle, a 'bent oriented shop in Mpls, shows details for their various levels of tune ups here:

    http://www.calhouncycle.com/tunes.asp

    Good information. Thanks

    Glenn in Omaha

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    It's all the same parts, just in different places. Any competent bike shop should have no problem with routine maintenance.
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