On race day there are many things that happen that are out of your control: that unusually fast guy in your age group, the weather, water temperature, etc. But you can prepare for things that are under your control like the condition of your bicycle.
It is best to get a tune up on your bicycle and have the mechanic check all your components anywhere from a month to 2 weeks before the event. Being prepared and knowing that your bike is race ready will also help calm any pre-race nervousness that you may have.
Things that are checked during a tune-up:
- Wash & Degrease Drivetrain
- Adjust Gears
- Adjust Brakes
- True Wheels
- Hardware Safety Check
- Bearing Adjustments
- Chain relube
When it comes to where to go for your tune-up, we have a few suggestions as well.
City Limit Cycles
James Balentine is the man behind City Limit Cycles, a mobile bike repair service. His service experience is built around a lifetime passion for all things cycling. He’s been a pro racer, a pro mechanic and pro level bike geek. Through it all, he brings a high level of professionalism and attention to detail. Now a world-class bike mechanic comes to your door so you can focus on what you love most – more saddle time.
Jack & Adam’s Fredericksburg
Josh Allen started this hill country location of the famous Jack & Adam’s Bicycles in 2014. Jack & Adam’s Fredericksburg specializes in carrying triathlon gear and has a full-service department to meet your needs. As a true cyclist destination, he even has a guest house where you can stay right behind the shop in downtown Fredericksburg. Josh will also have a pop-up shop at the Kerrville Expo so be sure to stop by a talk shop.
Hill Country Bicycle Works
Hill Country Bicycle Works has been serving the Texas hill country in 2 locations since 1995. The owners, Adam and Lisa, rode their bicycles around the world for 3 years- (30,000 miles 17 countries on 4 continents from 1992- 1995) finding the beauty of the hill country a perfect place to open a bike shop!
With over 70 years of bike shop experience between them, they have a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of bicycle riding, touring, advocacy, trail building, event promotion, racing and bicycle repair.