Monthly Archives: October 2011

Your friend the $175 winter full-overhaul special is back, now with benefits.



Bicycle Overhaul: $250.00 (winter special: $175 now through Feb. 15, 2014) Why is our winter overhaul the best? Because it includes a 90-day, Spring Clean Followup.  An overhaul will return your bike to top-notch condition, with every bearing serviced or replaced as needed, wheels trued, cables replaced as necessary, and shifting and braking tuned to the best of the equipment’s ability. As one Yelp reviewer put it: “Had a full overhaul on my commuter bike… came back to me like new, actually better than new.”

What’s this about benefits? Since we’re going to be taking the bike apart and putting it back together, an overhaul is the absolute perfect time to save on labor charges and obtain good advice on upgrades and conversions, to optimize how the bike fits you, to add racks and bags, and to winterize your bike with fenders, a dyno hub and lights that’ll never need batteries, mudflaps, fresh-scented new tires with reflective side stripes for carrying on with your mad cycling habit through the dark months. And so on. About 3 months later, we’ll clean the bike of its winter grit and grime, check the bike over, and make any necessary minor adjustments. Details: Parts are additional; assume an average of $80-$100 for replacement parts, possibly including ball bearings and cones, brake pads, chains/cassettes/chainrings, bottom brackets, cables, grips/tape, or others. More details: The mechanic performing the work will inspect the entire bike for wear or damage and make appropriate decisions and recommendations as to whether each part is safe. No work will be performed or parts replaced that exceed the initial estimate given except by approval of the bike’s owner. To minimize your bike’s downtime, we recommend you call ahead to make an appointment. 503 954-2039.

The best detail of all: your bike will feel like new again. Or maybe better than new. At the beginning of winter and at the end, all for one price.

Bike-frame damage on the rise as thieves get physical


Kryptonite Faghettaboudit chain + NY Disc lock

Store manager Tess posted this alert to bike owners on Facebook today:

To all bike owners: I’ve seen an increasing number of bikes come in the door at the shop recently with bent frame tubes where bike thieves have tried to pry open a U-lock. Even if they fail, your frame can be badly damaged! Please be mindful about when and where you lock your bike and for how long.
My best suggestion is to use the smallest lock available that still allows you to lock your bike. Between your bike and the post, there shouldn’t be much room left inside the lock; the less room, the less chance someone has of jamming a pry bar into the U and attempting to force it open, damaging your bike in the process.
Heavy-duty chain locks are also a good suggestion, but definitely weighty and more expensive, plus they’re more awkward to carry and use. But Kryptonite makes a number of high-quality, case-hardened steel chain locks, and the flexible nature of the chain makes it nearly impossible to use it as leverage against itself.
Remember, an expensive lock is a lot cheaper than a new bike. And if you notice any dents or bends in any part of your frame, have the damage checked out for safety’s sake.