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Spring Biking Tips: Get Your Bike Tuned Up

Now that the weather is getting warm I bet you're itching to get outside into the fresh air. Biking is one of my favorite ways to exercise outdoors.

Now is the time to get your bike tuned-up, so it'll be all ready come riding season. Keep your bike in tip top shape so it can help you get into tip top shape, too.

You can tune up your bike yourself if you don't mind getting dirty, but taking it to a professional bike shop might be easier for you. Shops usually offer basic tune-ups for around $40-80, depending on where you live and what needs to be done to your bike.

Want to know what a bike tune up entails? Then


  • Clean your bike - keeping your bike clean will extend the life of its parts.
  • Check Your Wheels - the hubs, axles, locknuts, rims, and tires will be inspected and replaced if damaged.
  • Check Your Drive Train System - the chains, gears, derailer (also spelled derailleurs - this is what shifts the gears), and pedals will be inspected, replaced if damaged, and lubricated if necessary.
  • Check the Steering System - every part of the handle bars including the fork (the piece that holds the front tire), the headset (above the fork), and stem (above the headset) will be inspected for damage, loose locknuts, and proper alignment.
  • Check Brake System - the brakes, brake pads, nuts and bolts will be inspected for damage and replaced if necessary.
  • Check Overall appearance - The entire frame, seat, and extra mounted accessories (like water bottle holders) are checked for stability and damage.

All this makes for happy riding!!!!!

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Fitness Fitness 10 years
That's so cool!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I just learned today about a bike co-op here in Atlanta that will show you how to fix your bike (and even provie some parts like chains and such in an emergency) in exchange for donations or things off their wish list (like spare bike parts, office equiptment and the like). They want to promote more sustainable ways of living, and are trying to educate people about the benefits of bike riding (and how to take of your wheels) in order to decrease the number of cars on the road. It's really one of the coolest things I've heard of in a while.
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