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Gregg Stone
Mighty Mobile Bicycle Repair

Monday, March 31, 2008

Suspension Service

Not only is suspension commonplace on today's bikes, it's far better than it was even a few years ago. I did a longwinded post on sag a while back and feel that it's one of the most overlooked but most important things to get adjusted properly on your bike. Any services I provide on suspension typically include set up for rider weight.

Some (but not all) common services offered:
  • Set-up sag (proper air pressure), adjust rebound and compression valving adjusters (front & rear): $25.00
  • Fork Service: Remove, clean and inspect lower fork leg assembly. Remove, clean and inspect air spring assembly. Install new seals as needed. Reassemble and fill fluids as per manufacturer specifications. $60.00 (plus seals & oil. prices vary)
  • Fork cartridge service: $15.00-$30.00
  • Rear Shock air sleeve maintenance: Disassemble, clean and inspect rear shock air sleeve and internals. Replace main air seals and glide rings. Refill fluid to manufacturers specs. Press new mounting hardware where necessary.  $35.00 (plus seals & oil. prices vary)
  • Repair damaged threads (if you can strip it, I can fix it): $25.00

If your fork looks like this on the outside.....

....it probably looks like this on the inside.
The above rates are "guestimates" for Fox forks and Shocks and do not include parts or oil. Call for more accurate pricing.

Wheel Builds

My first wheel building experience ended up as an un-rideable, egg shaped front wheel that wouldn't fit through the fork legs of my BMX bike. It took my dad hours to fix what I'd tried to accomplish that day.... I was 12 years old.

A few years later I would find myself working at the local bike shop. Fortunately for me, not only was the head mechanic (Rick) an incredibly good wrench, he was also a great teacher. Rick taught me everything he knew about wheels and I was eager to apply what I'd learned. Over the next year or so, Rick would let me build some wheels as he stood over my shoulder closely monitoring every twist and turn of the spoke wrench. I'd come a long way from my first attempt and after a dozen or so wheel builds I was on my own.

Countless wheels and years later I would find myself building wheels for riders on the Navigators Pro Road cycling team and Kurt Sourbeer who at the time was one of the fastest (and heaviest) downhillers on the planet in the Vet class.

I take great pride in my wheel builds. Spokes get prepped with a thread locking agent. Everything is pre-stressed to eliminate the need for things to "break-in". Spokes are brought up to tension nice and slow to ensure a good overall even tension throughout the wheel.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Prep

This service is the one you want if your bike seems to be riding fine but you just want to make sure things are ok before that century ride or epic road trip. Folks also like this service when selling their bike and want to hand it over to the new owner in good faith.

The prep's great! It's a nice quick go through of your bike. It lets me key in on things that are concerning you but also gives your rig a quick check for stuff like (but not limited to) :
  • spoke tension
  • bearing adjustments
  • remaining brake pad life
  • condition of cables and housing
  • frame pivots (if applicable)
  • gear adjustments
  • tire damage
  • cleans and lubes the chain

The beauty of the prep is that it's a true "get what cha paid for" kind of service that gets charged on a sliding scale. Typically I see preps averaging $45.00 but can be as little as $25.00.... or as much as $60.00. It really comes down to the condition of the bike and what you're looking to get from the job.

Want more? Well then check out the Pro Tune.

Pro Tune

This is the one you want. Complete service of your bike. I challenge you to find a better tune!
  • Wheels trued and spokes tensioned with tires off to enable perfectly straight/round wheels that ride great and last long.
  • Hub bearings checked for proper adjustment. Locknuts checked for tightness.
  • Crank arms removed to enable bottom bracket cups to be checked for proper tightness.
  • EVERY nut and bolt is checked for tightness. Nothing gets skipped here. If it's got threads, it gets checked. (all carbon components/interfaces checked with torque wrench)
  • Frame and fork cleaned (i'm talking really clean here people) and inspected for damage.
  • Brakes checked for excessive pad wear and alignment.
  • Gears checked for adjustment. Derailleur hanger checked for alignment.
  • All bearing adjustments checked and corrected if applicable.

Not only is this tune is ridiculously thorough, it also "pro rates" labor charges that go above and beyond the scope of the tune. The best example would be a gear cable install.

  • Gear cable install (typical/stand alone): $20.00 labor
  • Gear cable install (with pro tune): $10.00 labor

After working in shops for 20+ years, I truly feel this tune is the best out there.