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Thread: Best value priced shop/mechanic for tune up on Trek FX 7.4

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    Hello fellow everyday commuter rider! I'm not going to dispute what the others have said about going to a shop like Proteous, asking them to look it over and go from there.

    As a daily commuter myself of similar distance, that time out the in elements can really add up. It's not just rain, but dust, road oil etc. combine with the general wear and tear of using it everyday. I personally think its worth it to pay for a full tune up once a year (usually in the fall or winter when some shops have "off-season pricing") so I have the piece of mind that the ride is good to go for another year.
    (Note: This was before I started doing serious distance on the same bike... now I beat her up a lot more, but off-set it with weekly maintenance on my own )

    From there, I've learned that after developing a relationship with my local bike shop, if something is off/not riding right I can just take it in and ask them to look at it. 9 times out of 10 they can make the adjustment and I'm out the door free of charge.

    Anyhoo, the 7.4 is a great bike with some nice components, so I want to hear that its all fixed up and working for you again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty View Post

    As a daily commuter myself of similar distance, that time out the in elements can really add up. It's not just rain, but dust, road oil etc. combine with the general wear and tear of using it everyday. I personally think its worth it to pay for a full tune up once a year (usually in the fall or winter when some shops have "off-season pricing") so I have the piece of mind that the ride is good to go for another year.
    Agreed with Kitty. Over 3 years of riding daily, you've likely beaten the bike up, which is normal. But it's good to have a professional check it out annually if you're not super-bike savy. I generally need a new chain and cassette every 18-24 months at least. Plus cables eventually get worn out fray, wheels go out of true, brake pads need replacing, along with all sorts of other fun stuff that needs adjusting. I think I usually pay about $100 a year to tune up my commuter during the off-season, and every other year I end up coughing up closer to $200-300 when I need replacement parts since at least in my case, everything seems to break at once. My commute is much longer than yours though, so I likely go through parts much quicker than you do.

    If you'd like to save money in the long term though, you can take basic maintenance classes at some of the local bike shops, REI, and some of the bike co-ops like Velocity. I think those would definitely be worth it if you're concerned about spending too much $.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daekwan View Post
    I live in Bowie, MD.. but work in Washington, DC. So Im in DC almost everyday of the week. I dont mind traveling a little bit to get the best service for the money. More than anything I just a shop to go over the bike, get it running like new again and not try to upsell me on bunch of unnecessary stuff. The bike was fine as is on day 1.. and should be fine as is on day 900.. with the proper TLC and service. I'm pretty much open to any shop in DC or off the 495 beltway.

    I actually bought the bike from Spokes in Alexandria, VA. But feel weary returning there for service as their quoted price for service is $120!!!!! But I believe the services they list.. are the ones that my bike will need after 3 years of ownership and weekly rides.

    http://spokesetc.com/about/service-r...ter-pg1155.htm

    Deluxe Tune-Up Package - $120*
    *Parts are additional

    Recommended in your owner's manual, this package covers the periodic maintenance necessary to keep your bike in excellent riding condition based on normal usage. This package includes adjustments to all of the major systems, including:

    Shifting system - derailleur and cable's adjusted and lubed
    Braking system - brake, brake pads and cable's adjusted and lubed
    Wheel system - hub adjustments, true and tension spokes
    Tires - inspect for wear, properly adjust air pressure
    Steering system - headset adjustment
    Bottom Bracket - adjustment
    Chain - inspected, wiped down and lubed
    So, you haven't serviced your bike for 3 years and see a quote for $120 to provide the maintenance you need. That averages out to $40 per year for maintenance. Honestly, what are you complaining about?

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    If the $120 is a hardship and not just more than you want to pay, you might consider getting a bike repair book* and learning to do some of this yourself. Bikes do need some love over the miles and years to continue functioning optimally.

    As for shops, since you said you work downtown, BicycleSpace has been good to me over the years when I've had problems that I wasn't equipped to handle at work.

    *youtube videos and online sites are great too, but I really like having a book that I can open up next to the bike I'm working on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vern View Post
    So, you haven't serviced your bike for 3 years
    It would be pretty sweet if I could make it three years without any maintenance. I would settle for just having my bikes not all break at the same time, always. A few months ago, I had four bikes all that had some sort of mechanical issue at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    It would be pretty sweet if I could make it three years without any maintenance. I would settle for just having my bikes not all break at the same time, always. A few months ago, I had four bikes all that had some sort of mechanical issue at the same time.
    Dude you ride like 15k a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    Dude you ride like 15k a year.
    I wish. I'm on track for a paltry 13k this year. Not quite the biking stud that Bob James and Rod Smith are.

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