Keep It Clean

Keep Em' Clean !
Getting your bike dirty is great fun , just be sure to clean it when you can !

As we all know, getting your bike dirty can be an incredibly fun thing to do. It hearkens back to our youth in many ways , to those carefree days gone by. There is nothing quite like taking off for a spin knowing that there is a very good chance you and your bike may come back home looking like something that the cat dragged in. Once home you look upon your trusty steed with a look of pride and fulfillment , also with a slight twang of horror when you see what you have done to your once pristine friend.

You see , a clean bike truly is a happy bike. As much fun as we all can have getting them dirty , our bikes like us much better when they are clean and in good running order.

As a pro mechanic and avid bike racer and rider I see both sides of this fence. On one hand I know all too well how much unencumbered fun it is to get one’s bike dirty but I also have first hand knowledge of how an unkempt bike can create all kinds of ugly issues for it’s owner.

I see many folks pull up in front of the store in a pristine vehicle only to pull their once spotless but now muddied bicycle out of the trunk and bring it in for service.

After greeting the customer and chatting for a bit we get down to the real reason they are at Dedham Bike , their bike. Oh yeah , the bike.  The item in many folks lives that can take them away from the riggers of the daily grind , take you back to a time when the only thing that mattered was having fun. For many the one thing that in their mind  gives them a smile and never asks for anything in return. And this is true , a bike will give it’s rider hours and miles and miles of joy until that one day arises and it is the rider’s turn to give back to the bicycle.

For most of us one of the best things about cycling is it’s simplicity , something we can do that doesn’t remind us of the daily in’s and outs. Our bikes become a way to escape without having to do much or put much thought into those few minutes or hours except to turn those pedals. We forget that over the many miles of roads and trails that our bikes are breaking down , slowly but surely. They become dirt and grime covered while giving us so much in return. It is up to us to give back to them and keep them in good running order so that they may give us many more miles of fun.

There is more to being a bike owner than just putting air in the tires and lubing the chain. That is not to say that we need to become slaves to our bikes by any means. But , I feel that it is our responsibility as bike owners to maintain our investment.

Too often do I see folks being neglectful of their bikes and when they do finally break down they are upset and blame the bike , the manufacturer or the shop they bought it from for the bike breaking down. In my 20 plus years of experience as a mechanic I would have to say that 90-95% of most bikes’  failures are as a result of their owners not properly caring for them. We spend thousands of dollars a year maintaining and gassing up our cars but when it comes time to put a few dollars into our bicycles we can’t find our wallets ? But we continue to ask our bikes to respond  under all that grime and dirt , with those balding tires and worn brake pads.

Are you aware that a dirty chain can rob you of 10 % of your pedaling efficiency ?

Did you know that that little shard of metal stuck in your tire casing will eventually find it’s way through into the tube and cause you to flat ?

Did you know that those worn brake pads are becoming a safety issue and are causing your rims to wear out prematurely ?

Did you know that simply by changing out your shift and brake cables every so often how much smoother your bike can run ?

Did you know that by running your chain through a lubricated cloth every couple of rides that you will remove much of the road grime that can build up and lubricate your chain at the same time , extending the life of your drivetrain ?

Most folks would answer no to these questions , and that is where your friendly local bike shop can help.

We are bike mechanics and bike enthusiasts  , we love bikes and we love working on them . We take pride in helping riders give back to their bikes. To us there is nothing better than taking a well ridden , worn down bike and bring bringing it back to it’s former glory.

We can help you help your bike .

Our mantra at Dedham Bike is always Keep It Clean !

Winter Service Specials

winter service specials

Well folks it’s that time of the year again. (Winter service specials generally run from mid – November until spring. Please call us with any questions)

If you’re planning on commuting on your bike this winter you’ll want to take advantage of this offer too!

The time when we start thinking spring and all the great riding we’re going to do this season as well as the cool new places you’ll go.

It’s time to inspect your bicycle and gear to make sure they are ready to roll for the upcoming season.

Sitting around idle is one of the worst things for your bike. Things get stale, lubricants and tubeless sealants dry up and can’t do their jobs properly.

As the saying goes ”  a clean bike is a happy bike

For these reasons we run our Winter Service Specials to save you some money and get your rig ready for the spring.

  • Don’t have a backup bike to ride in the winter? Check out a cool fat bike!

Come in and save on service and repair and upgrade parts for a limited time.

We hope to see you soon!

 

 

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