Tune-Up in Time for the Summer Riding Season

Tune-Up in Time for the Summer Riding Season

It’s that time of year when the days are longer, warmer and you’re on the way to getting the perfect tan. Yep, you guessed it, summer is on the horizon which means it’s also time to get your bike ready to ride. There’s no better time for a little extra love, especially in the form of a pre-season tune-up. If you feel confident in your bike mechanic skills, a DIY tune-up might be just for you so keep reading on. Otherwise, a trip to your local Electra dealer for professional help is what they are there for.  

The DIY Tune-up 

  1. Always start by giving your bike “the look over” 
    1. Are there any points of wear, odd sounds, and/or obvious issues?  
  2. Bath time 
    1. Using bike safe detergents, low pressure water, a brush, and watchful eyes, give your bike a good deep clean. 
    2. If you own a Go! e-bike or if your ride has other electronics (lights), use caution when washing those areas.  
    3. Be sure to thoroughly dry afterwards. 
  3. Check the tires 
    1. Make sure there are no cracks, slices, flat spots, or excessive wear on the tread.  
    2. If they are flat, upon inspection, be sure to remove and check the tubes.  
    3. If everything looks good, pump them up with your tire pump.  
  4. Examine your gears  
    1. If your gears aren’t shifting smoothly, some adjustments might be needed. 
    2. Be sure to wipe off excess grease or muck that might have built up.  
    3. Adding chain lube is always a good idea no matter what. 
  5. Check your brakes 
    1. Are your brakes not stopping you as well as they used to? Are they becoming difficult to activate? Might be time to give them some attention.  
  6. Bolt check 
    1. Nuts and bolts have a purpose… to hold your bike together. If any are loose, tighten them up with a wrench and or Allen key set. 
  7. Go! e-bikes  
    1. Periodically, e-bikes have important software updates. Take a quick trip down to your Electra dealer and ask them if your Go! e-bike has any available. 

We won’t dive into all the nitty gritty details of how to fix/adjust everything during a DIY tune up, but if you are unsure how to perform any of the above-mentioned checks/services then a trip down to your local Electra dealer is in your future.  

The Dealer Tune-up

When you take your bike to your Electra dealer, there are a few things that should be done on your part.

  1. Make a point to get to the shop sooner rather than later. With summer around the bend, your local shop can get busy quick, and you don’t want to miss out on all the fun. 
  2. Give the shop the full story on the bike and why you are bringing it in.  
    1. “I put it away for the winter and want to make sure it’s good to go for the summer.” OR “I feel an odd sensation when I am pedaling, it’s a bit rough.” The more information you can give the quicker they will be able to help. 
  3. If you have your eye on a few accessories, chat with them about those items and if they are the right one for your ride. Bonus! They can help you with installation. 

 A tune-up can vary from shop to shop, so be sure to ask questions about what services  could or should be done during the visit. 

  • In addition to everything listed in the DIY tune up, they may suggest some more advanced tune-up services if your bike needs them: 
  • Shifter and brake (mechanical) cable replacement  
  • Brake bleeds (hydraulic)  
  • Wheel truing  
  • Bottom bracket, headset, hub bearing servicing  

These are just a few of the services that might take place during your visit. 

Don’t let your summer riding season slip away from you because your ride is not ready for a good time. Giving your Electra the attention and love it needs is the quickest way to make sure your adventures go off with a bang this season. If you still have questions on tune-ups, be sure to reach out to your local Electra dealer or shoot us a DM on Instagram and we can answer your questions.  

About the Author: Electra Bicycle Company

At Electra, we make bikes to ride. Not like 45 miles in tight shorts and clicky shoes ride. Just ride. Everyone has a place to go. And it’s way more fun on an Electra. Wherever. Whenever. Whoever you are. Ours is not an exclusive club. If you like to have a good time, you’re in.