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Tune-ups(5 posts)

May 10, 2001 8:37 AM
For those who don't do it yourself, how many miles/months between taking bike in for tune-ups and/or trueings?

re: Tune-upsBertie
May 10, 2001 8:47 AM
Only things I don't do are trueings - just take the wheels in when they need it. Anything else, just take it in when it doesn't work right or is worn out. It's not like cars, you can't pick a figure...
re: Tune-upsPaulCL
May 10, 2001 8:59 AM
I don't really do a "tune-up" except for maybe in Dec/Jan getting ready for the season. I try to do regular maintenance as I go along. If you are taking your bike to a shop, take it when it's in need of service or for a pre-season overhaul.
re: Tune-upsAlan B
May 10, 2001 10:25 AM
Take it in when it doesn't work and for a complete overhaul every 3,000-5,000 miles.
re: Tune-upsnodima
May 11, 2001 5:47 AM
I generally try to schedule both my MTB and Road Bike for a shop visit once a year for a "professional tune" usually during the winter months. This is good for two reasons I see, one, the shop is slow at this time, and can do a very thorough job, and two, I am helping the owner with a small amount of cash when they need it most. My bikes start the year in good working condition, any parts the LBS notices are worn or need replacing are handled then--my diagnostic skills are weaker than my repairing skills. During the season, I do all of my adjustments and tuning.

my .02