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It’s Tune-up Time!

Tools and bikes lining the wall at a local shop
Tools and bikes lining the wall at a local shop

Spring is almost upon us, and the 2014 Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival is less than a month away! If the cold has kept you out of the saddle for a while, now is a good time to bring your bike into your local bike shop for a tune-up or overhaul. Shops tend to see a lot of bikes in for service during the spring season, and it’s not unusual to be on a wait for a week or more. Be preemptive, get your bike in early, and be happy when you can get back on the road when the nice weather breaks.

Been riding all winter? It’s still not a bad idea to bring in your bike for service. Brake pads wear, cables stretch, and we’ve seen more salt on the roads this season than is normal…if you’ve been putting on the miles, it’s probably time to get your bike checked out.

We want everyone to have a blast at this year’s festival, so make sure your bike is in good working order before April!¬†

Lock it or Lose it! How to Lock Up Your Bike (Properly)

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Good theft prevention

Losing your bike to theft sucks! Just ask one of the many people who have had to deal with this terrible situation. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to help prevent this from happening. Check out the information in this article to help protect your ride from thieving hands.

Here’s a glimpse of what could happen if you don’t practice good lock usage, a poor bike left overnight during downtown Raleigh’s Hopscotch music festival.

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Results of poor lock usage

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Tech Tidbit: Tire pressure and you

We all know that we need to inflate our tires to prevent flats and to make riding easier. Do you know why? Why does a fully inflated tire resist flats more than a soft one, shouldn’t it want to pop?¬†Bicycle tires are a wonderful thing and we don’t realize how much they affect our riding experience. You don’t have to be a seasoned racer to appreciate what a difference proper tire inflation can have.

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