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Old 05-25-14, 10:47 PM
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Fixing wife's bike

I've recently bought a bike and started riding. I really would love for my wife to join me. Her parents bought her a bike about four years ago, she rode it a few times and has been in their garage ever since. I honestly know nothing about fixing or maintaining a bike, I know I should probably learn.

Anyways, for her bike, what should I look for? I thought about taking it in to the LBS, but... maybe I could do it myself? Just put the front wheel back on and let her ride? Do tubes go bad just sitting in a garage for four years? Shifters freeze up or something? I really don't know.
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If it was my four year old bike I'd probably just pump up the tires and give it a go.

Here's the big question: "What does your wife think?"

There's a reason why she stopped riding it four years ago. Whatever that reason is, that's what you need to address.
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retro +1

Only ridden a few times, so there cant be much wrong with it.
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Tubes don't go bad from sitting, they do lose air though, chances are you just need to pump them up again. Look on the sidewall of the tire to get the right pressure. Check the brakes, you can just spin the tire and see how it goes when you apply the brakes. Go for a short ride try the derailleur. You shouldn't need the local bike shop unless it was ridden hard and put away, and it doesn't sound like it.

You should check to see if the gears change smoothly, if the brakes rub the rim, if the wheels are running straight (true). If not, then a tune up from a bike shop will help. You can easily learn to do it yourself you might need a book, or many bike shops hold clinics. Those things wouldn't have happened over time, but they might explain why she stopped riding the bike.
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If it's not too expensive, I'd have the bike shop check things out and lube things up. Your wife may enjoy her first riding experience in a while if the bike isn't a chore because of lack of lubrication and lack of maintenance.
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You can learn the basics of bike maintenance at REI stores if there is one in your area. Our local stores have maintenance clinics about twice a month. Of course, they hope you will buy parts and accessories there. The other source is online at YouTube and a website founded by the late Sheldon Brown Sheldon Brown-Bicycle Technical Information. You will find tutorials there about bike maintenance. If you are going to do your own wrenching, it pays to buy a few basic bike tools. I always carry a multi-tool with me. It has a screwdriver, hex wrenches, tire irons, and even a chain tool in one convenient package. I would never be without cone wrenches, a chain tool, patch kit, bottle of glue (rubber cement from office supply store), a set of metric open end wrenches, and a spoke wrench in my tool kit at home. A little more exotic but also nice to have are: crank tightener/remover, cassette removal tool, and the chain whip tool used to hold the cassette while you use the cassette remover. For a few bucks more you can buy an entire tool kit if you don't want to buy them one at a time.
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bring wifey's bike to shop where you bought yours. a quick looksee and you should be good to go
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