Unofficial Start of Spring
The first nice day after the last bit of winter snow melts, marks the start of Boston's unofficial spring. College students wearing shorts, t-shirts, even bathing suits are all normal attire on these unofficial 45 degree spring days. The other thing that you begin seeing are bikes.
Spring Bike Tune-up
We suggest to our MyBike Repair Members and all of our customers to get a spring tune up if their bike went unused during the winter. Depending on where your bike was stored a few things could have happened:
Flat or Flatter tires: It's very common for tubes to loss air over time. When we tune our bike rental fleet, most bikes have lost a little air. Make sure to inflate your tires before you start cycling.
Rust: It happens. It's common for bikes left in a moist basement or outside to battle the elements to see rust forming on the exposed metal (chain, handle bars, cables, deraillieur, and chainrings. Bikes are machines, that perform best when they're clean and rust free. Getting rusted parts replaced is a must before you start bike riding in the spring.
Bike Does Not Ride Right: When taking your bike out for a ride after a long winter hibernation, you can notice that the shifting is off, the brakes are not working properly, or your bike is making some funky sounds. Getting your bike tuned addresses these issues and makes sure your bike is good to go for the season.
When it comes to getting your bike into our South Boston bike shop, we can pick it up for you through our Concierge Service or you can wheel it in during our normal business hours.