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Bike Maintenance: Best Time to Bring in Your Bike to the Shop


by John Brown,

As the mercury hovers below freezing this is the perfect time for bike maintenance to prepare your bicycle for sunnier days. There are many benefits to bringing your bike into the shop during the ‘down’ winter months rather than waiting for the spring season to come around.

Here in the photo above these bike maintenance shop mechanic’s at Penn Cycle are waiting for your bike. While waiting they are putting bicycles together for Free Bikes 4 Kidz,

1. Bike Maintenance at the Shop 

Most shops operate on a “first in / first out” repair schedule. This means during the busy months there may be weeks of bicycles ahead of yours in line to be repaired. Bring your bicycle in during the winter to be repaired. The repair time will be the same, but the waiting list will be shorter.

2. Discounts, Deals, and More!

The fall and winter weather may discourage riders from going out, but bike shops still need to do business. In order to draw customers, bike shops sometimes offer special pricing on different services, bikes, or parts. Additionally, lots of shops offer free clinics, demos, and presentations as well!

3. Employees can Offer their Expertise and Undivided Attention

It’s no secret that winter in a bike shop is slow. What better time to talk with sales people and mechanics? Need to know what bike type might work best for you? Is a fat bike right for you? Is that biking glove really better than the one you already have? If it’s a question about the service or adjustments to your bike, they are likely to spend more time with you and not be rushed.

The spring and summer packs the mechanics’ schedules, and their focus needs to be on completing repairs. During the winter they have much more time to spend with customers, educating them on how their bike functions.

Spring and summer for the sales staff is similar. They tend to be busy trying to attend to every customer in the shop. But in the fall and winter less people come in, so they can focus on one thing – you.

John Brown is a writer for

5 thoughts on “Bike Maintenance: Best Time to Bring in Your Bike to the Shop

  1. Taylor Bishop

    Thanks for explaining bike maintenance at shops. I actually didn’t know that it could be good to repair the bike in the winter because it could be done quicker. My brother has been thinking of getting a bike so maybe this could be good for him to keep in mind, especially if it can help a bike be ready for the warmer months.

    1. John Brown

      Hey Taylor,
      Your brother would be well served getting a bike now. He is in the sweet spot between ’17 closeout product and ’18 new models. He will also get a lot of one on one time with the shop.

  2. Jordan Curry

    That was a good point you made about during the winter months employees have more time to spend with you on your specific bike because there isn’t a lot of foot traffic then. Our new bike just got two flats so we were considering taking it in locally. Hopefully, I will get a sweet discount when I go as well as a first-timer!

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