It wasn’t just the flowers that took advantage of the summer-like weather we had in February. Many of our Higher Gear customers dusted the cobwebs off their bikes to enjoy a rare flesh-baring ride outdoors mid-winter.
If you were one of those riding outdoors in February, you may have noticed a few squeaks or mechanical issues (like unresponsive or delayed shifting) with your bike. You have a leg up on the rest of the crowd.
Most people don’t think about their bikes until they need them. But now – with winter weather on its way – is the perfect time to bring your bike into Higher Gear so that it is ready for you when spring weather returns for good and you’re ready to put on some serious mileage.
If you’re pulling your bike out of storage to begin a new year of riding, it’s a great idea to have your bike ready to go. And that doesn’t just mean remembering to put air in your tires. Sometimes brakes get knocked out of alignment in storage, cables can freeze, ball bearings can seize and gears can get rusty.
You don’t want to discover mid-ride that you don’t have gears. Or brakes. Instead, you want to “know before you go!”
Having a yearly tune-up gives our expert mechanics an opportunity to look over your bike. And now we’re offering a supped up tune-up option for you.
Our Complete Overhaul makes your bike “like new” again. Our shop manager explains: “This overhaul basically strips your bike, cleans and inspects everything and then ‘pro-builds’ it back up again.”
Higher Gear mechanic Maxx breaks it down for us:
“We take off all the parts, including the brakes, derailleur, crank and even the bottom bracket. We strip the bike down to just frame and fork. The bike is thoroughly washed and all parts go through the parts washer to get degreased and cleaned.”
“We go over EVERYTHING. We remove the bottom bracket, build it back up and lubricate it up. We removed the headset, build it back up and lubricate it. We lubricate all the hubs.
“We Loctite bolts that need it. We lubricate bolts that need it. We go as in-depth as the water bottle cage bolts on the bike.”
Maxx summarizes the Complete Overhaul: “We un-build the bike, wash it all and then build it back up ‘to spec,’ as it was when it was new.”
If you’re interested keeping your bike riding for years to come, it’s time to bring it in to Higher Gear for a Complete Overhaul.
Make your bike like new again!
If your bike parts are feeling old and tired, or if you’re experiencing gear envy, tune-up time is also a great time to consider upgrades. Consider how upgrades can bring new life to your old bike >>