Winter and spring riding brings with it a certain amount of road yuck, most of it flinging up onto your bike. Getting your trusty ride cleaned and tuned up pays off when the weather turns milder and the rides get longer.
705 Gold Lake Drive, #320
Folsom, CA 95630
Bicycles Plus is located just about on top of the American River Bike Trail. Staffed with riders of all types, from cyclo cross and downhill to skinny-tired long riders, the expertise here is deep. The tune-up menu covers just about everything. A general tune-up will run about $75 and may be all you need. The staff will let you know if there is something more that should be done. Test out the tune-up on the bike trail. These techs are top rate, and like most shop techs, can work on just about any bike under the sun. Check the menu and make your choice.
City Bicycle Works
2419 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
City Bicycle Works is tuned into the city. A more friendly bunch of people would be hard to find. This staff will check your ride from the grips to the last spoke on your tires. Cost for this is between $45, when the Red tune-up is on sale, to $75 when it isn’t. For a few dollars more, or a few less, you can tune your wallet to the needs of your bike tune-up. Receive expert advice and service from wrenches who ride, right in the heart of the city.
Placerville Bike Shop
Placerville, CA 95667
A small, family-owned shop in Placerville takes extraordinary care of cyclists and their rides up in the foothills and lower mountain region in El Dorado County. Placerville Bike Shop is located just a short ride away from the El Dorado Trail, a paved wonder that winds through the countryside. Very personalized care is part of the deal here. A tune-up includes pulling and truing wheels, adjusting your gearing system, brakes, chain and general safety. The cost is $67.50. If you need everything that’s greasable greased, it’s $89.50. This staff will tune your ride, add new components or rebuild your bike.
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835 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603
Auburn has a long and deep cycling culture. Victory Velo has a complete menu on the service side, as well as a shop full of drool-worthy bicycles. The cost of tuning up your bike varies depending on what you want done. A simple check of everything and adjusting your brakes and derailleur is $40. That may be all you need. A complete tune-up costs $70 for for a road bike and $80 for your mountain bike. Full tune-ups encompass a lot more than than that. Torques wrenches appear, the lube come out and by the time it’s done, you have a bike that is more than ready to hit the bricks in spring.
1411 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Located in downtown Sacramento, Mike’s Bikes is a very nice shop in which to browse around. Comfortable is a good word here, in terms of space, gear and the people who work here. Mike’s certified techs will do a comprehensive tune-up on your bike for $85. There’s a checklist of 15 actions they will perform, from inspecting, tightening and adjusting to truing and lubing, and when it’s done, a good wipe down and clean up. For something more complete, and perhaps for the competitive crowd, the $200 tune-up will take care of just about everything except riding the bike for you. Your bike will look and ride like it did when it was new. Take the time to wander around the store and enjoy the over 450 bikes. No drooling, please.
Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 37 years. He retired from teaching after 36 years in 2010. He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.