New Bicycle Information

Welcome to the tribe

Go for a ride, enjoy the pain in your legs as you crest a hill, smile as you feel the sensation of speed, and most importantly savor the memories of the day as you relax post ride.

This page will have information about what it means, what you need to know, and what you can expect from your new bike purchase.

The Basics

You can register your new bicycle with Specialized by clicking here.  This simply allows you to hear about any important information or changes regarding your specific model of bike.

Go for a ride, for Orangeville locals try Island Lake it really is a great spot right in town and a good starting point for riders of all abilities. Or if you live in the West end of town, go explore the paved trail network connecting the subdivisions surrounding Alder St. Arena.  Finally, check out some of the other great local riding spots on the Places to Ride page.

After 5 or 6 rides bring your new bike back to the shop for its first Free Warranty Tune-up. This first inspection is very quick and simply gives the mechanics a chance to double check all the nuts and bolts.  Normally this first tune up can be completed while you wait because it really is just a double check and a chance for you to ask us any questions that have come up.

Maintenance

The best way to kee your bike in top shape is to follow these: 3 plus 1 simple steps:

1: Keep air in the tires.  A fully inflated tire will make your bike ride faster, corner better, and reduce your risk of a flat tire. It’s normal for your tires to slowly lose air in between rides, the higher pressure your tires run the faster they will lose pressure. We recommend you check your tire pressure every time you ride, especially if you ride a road bike.  For road bikes, we consider checking your tires for air pressure as important as putting on your helmet.  Tire pressure guidelines: MTB/Kids 30psi,  Hybrid  60psi, Road 100psi.

 

2: Keep it clean and oiled.  You can do all this yourself, it takes very little time but pays off huge in the long run!  A clean bike will physically work better, be quieter and actually age with less wear.  As grit and dirt gets into the chain and gears, it slowly wears down all the parts like sand paper.  So by keeping your bike clean, you are helping to protect your investment and ensure you get the longest and smoothest life from your bike.  Honestly, once you get a repair stand and have a designated space to clean and maintain your bike, it no longer feels like work, there are much worst things to do in life than hang out in your garage listening to music and working on your own bike. For some advice on which oil works best for you read here.  

3: Bring it into the shop for a yearly check up.  For those who just bought a new bike from us, that is the Lifetime Service Policy, for everybody else that’s a General Tune Up.  We are here to help you keep the bike running smooth by checking the major systems and keeping them in adjustment.  As you ride more and parts start to wear, we will keep you informed about the next steps in replacing chains, brake pads, and cables.  By keeping up with a yearly tune-up and cleaning, your bike will ride so much better and reward you with trouble free relaxing rides.

4: This is the final rule, the plus 1 rule.  Please store your bike in a safe, dry, and covered pace.  The sun will fade the paint and make the tires dry out, the rain and snow will make the chain and cables rust, and unlocked the bike might go missing.    So once again please store it in a Safe, Dry, and Covered place.

Disc Brakes

A special note for everyone with disc brakes on your bike.  Disc brakes are awesome, they are powerful and smooth, they work even in the mud and they will now even get more powerful as they “break in”.  To break in your disc brakes most effectively, follow this procedure.  Ride your bike around your neighborhood slowly dragging your brakes.  That means lightly applying the brakes one at a time as you are pedaling.  This will allow the brakes to heat up and cool down.  While they are heating and cooling, pad material is being transferred to the rotor, increasing the friction between the two surfaces.  While doing this, try and not let the brakes stop, if they stop an uneven amount of pad material might develop on the rotor and cause a “pulsing brake feel”.  This process makes the brakes stronger and work to their full potential.  Doing this for only 10mins will make the whole life of the brake better.  During this time, the brakes could make some funny noises, that’s normal, they might squeak, screech, and grind.  Don’t worry.  Before you know it, your brakes will feel amazing and give you that one finger braking power you were looking for.

A note for hydraulic disc brakes, your brakes are self-adjusting.  Meaning as the brake pad wears down, the brake will tighten up to compensate.  This is great for regular use but can cause a problem if the brake is accidently pulled with no wheel and rotor to stop the pads.  The brake pads will stick together, and you won’t be able to get your wheel in.  No worries, you can pry the pads open again.  In your owner’s manual package there is a little plastic spacer, put that in between your brake pads and then squeeze the lever a few times.   This will reset the pads and allow you to put the wheel on.  If there is a rubbing sound from the brakes after doing this come see us and we will re-center the caliper over the rotor.

 

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