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Getting ready for spring

Old 03-15-11, 04:36 PM
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Getting ready for spring

I rode a bit through the winter. Bike is definately a bit dirty and grimy, nothing too bad. I'd like to take it to my LBS for a tuneup within next few weeks. I think they charge around $60. I also have a comuter that I haven't hooked up yet and would like them to do that (I didn't buy it there). Any thoughts on whether it is customary to have a LBS hook that up while doing a tune up, or whether I'd expect them to charge me extra, or whether I should offer? Presumably this is a real quick thing. Any other thoughts on getting equiptment in shape for Spring? How often do people clean bikes and do tune ups?
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I wouldn't expect them to install it free if you didn't buy it there (then there is no gaurantee). With that said, go ahead and install it yourself. It is very simple and only takes a few minutes to install.

Also, make sure you clean the bike up before you take it to the shop. Nothing pisses off a mechanic faster than a dirty bike, and they will most likely charge you extra. Personally, I clean my bike when I can't tell what color it is or whenever there is a "special" ride. I clean the drivetrain pretty regularly, every 200-300 miles.
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I wouldn't expect them to put it on free if you didn't buy it there, I wouldn't hesitate to ask if you want them to put it on but don't be surprised when they tell you how much it would be to install it, they are in the business to make some money so you should certainly be willing to pay. That said both LBSs I go to will clean your bike for you but they charge for that service also.

I personally wipe my bike down after almost every ride and check the drive train for cleanliness and lubrication needs.
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Clean the bicycle yourself, and install your own computer ... it's not that hard. Then if you think there's a need for a tune up, take it to the shop.
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