A bicycle has to be well maintained to keep it running smooth. Most bicyclists are aware of the need for maintenance and many will try to maintain their bike themselves. However, some maintenance should only be done by a knowledgeable bicycle mechanic. This work should be done professionally for reasons of safety, efficiency or to prolong the life of the bike.
Tad Hylkema, a veteran bicycle industry expert, and a bicycle consultant at All Experts, has said that the below services are maintenance needed for good bicycle performance, but cautions that:
- Bearing adjustments should be left to the mechanics. The bearings shouldn’t be too tight or too loose.
- Only a professional should true the wheels.
- Adjusting brakes seems simple, but the correct tension must be kept on the cables.
- Gear adjustment also seems simple but it is not. The adjuster screw adjustments should be done by a professional.
- Replacing parts is not always a straight forward process. A simple job can become troublesome.
In addition, according to Roy Keller, the manager and co-owner of Circle City Bicycles in Indianapolis, Ind., while the mechanic is working on the bike he will inspect other areas such as hubs, brackets and headset. The bike mechanics not only have the knowledge, but they also have specialized tools that let them perform the work.
Regular maintenance will prevent problems with a bicycle and let the owner have worry free rides. Costs for these services are not overly expensive. Truing costs approximately $20. Brake and gear adjustments cost about $10. Tune-up services that usually include all the above services can start at $35.
All of these costs are estimated. Each individual bike shop will have its own prices. Every bike shop should be willing to quote repair costs before the work is done.