WINTER BIKE TUNE-UP
Riding all winter requires several pro-active measures to ensure your bike is safe and operating properly. Our winter tune-up covers the labour fee for the installation of our Winter Essentials Kit, and/or winter tires, handlebar pogies (to prevent cable freeze, an endemic winter problem), and lubricating the cables and chain with special Muc-Off -50 Lubricant. The brakes and gears are tuned for performance and a full suite of preventative maintenance is performed.
- Adjust and tune gears and brakes
- Straight, re-tension and balance wheels
- Preventative maintenance (adjustment of bearing assemblies, external lubrication, tightening)
- Light wipe down or optional cleaning
- Includes labour cost for winter tire change
- All parts are extra and are assessed at appointment
FRIENDLY, SKILLED & PROFESSIONAL!
Our Mechanics are as special as Curbside : While most bike stores carry sporty bikes (mostly for for men), our mechanics are an inclusive bunch of specialists who fix an inclusive range of bikes! Whether your bike is old or new, a city bike, cargo bike, folding bike, or e-assist bike, and no matter what technologies - belt drives, hydraulics, dynamos, internal gears, drum brakes - we know how to keep your bike performing and you the rider safe!
Why do I need a tune-up?
All bikes need a yearly tune-up, if only to make sure things are safe! While all customers experience better performing brakes and shifting after a tune-up, the truth is that most time spent in a tune-up concerns preventative maintenance - making sure your bearing assemblies (crankset, steering, wheels) are properly tightened and adjusted, as well as checking the torque settings on each nut and bolt.
What are "wearing parts?
Most parts on your bicycle never need to be replaced, but the parts that experience a high level of friction should be replaced each year. You braking and shifting should always feel smooth and light, and if they aren't that's a sign that your cables are rusty or your cable housing worn. Likewise, brake pads should be replaced each year, and if you have an external drivetrain (a derailleur system, unlike an internal system) you should expect to replace this every year or two years (depending on how much you ride and when you ride i.e., winter cycling).
Why a Winter Bike tune-up specifically?
Good question! Winter riding requires a bike that is safe on ice and snow. Regular bike tires harden in cold weather, causing potential danger in wet or icy conditions. Our winter tune-up covers the labour on a winter tire change, whether you choose grippy tires like Continental Winter Contact II's or studded tires. Winter in Toronto also causes gear and brake cables to freeze, a problem that can be solved with the use of Handlebar Pogies and cables lubricated with oil designed for -50 conditions.
Why do you charge extra to clean my bike?
Unlike a car, a bike is an assembly of nooks and crannies and it takes a human, a cloth, and a lot of time to clean a bike to shiny condition. Our bike cleaning also includes drivetrain cleaning, so if your drivetrain is especially dirty after a winter cycling, please select bike cleaning!
Why can't you fix my bike while I wait?
We wish we could, but even with a sophisticated booking system we can't regulate the size of the jobs until the bike is in front of us. What we always promise is to call you the minute your bike is done, that way if it's done early you can get it early!
When is the best time to drop off my bike?
When you book a tune-up with us you will be dropping your bike off for an assessment first. While our tune-ups cover most assessable labour we do need to determine what wearing parts or non-wearing parts are required and whether any additional labour is required. The assessment generally takes 15-30 minutes and the best time to drop off your bike is between 11am to 4pm as this is a slower time of day. Dropping your bike off after 4pm can mean you might have to stand in a line-up. We kindly ask that you don't drop off your bike after 6pm.
Can I bring my bike in the day of the tune-up?
Yes. But only if you bring it in at 11am sharp, without exception.Got any questions? Email us at email@example.com