Q: What kind of bike should I use for trail riding?
A:  There are many options depending on what bike "position" that you would like to ride in. You could choose a trail bike, a hybrid/fitness bike, a recumbent or a cyclocross bike just to name a few! Be careful in choosing the proper tire width! If you are riding trails with hard packed gravel you may want a 700x32 or 700x35 (or even wider) tire. If, however, you are riding the nice paved Little Miami trail than a 700x23 road tire is fine!

Q: What is the best thing that I can do for my bike to feel a difference in performance?
A:  Usually...it is investing in a nice set of wheels!

Q: I keep on getting flat tires...WHY?
A:  Another Great and very common question! Causes can include: worn tire with thin casing, tire with something still embedded in it, tube with leaking patch, bad rim tape. Remedies include: new tire, new tube, new rim tape, and tire liner.

Q: Why should I get a professional bicycle fitting?
A: Great Question! A professional bicycle fitting by a "fitter" with experience, training and the proper tools will give you a more comfortable and efficient ride. The fitting needs to be "dynamic" in order to actually see the cyclist in motion and also account for the biomechanics and anatomical soft tissue areas and also the cyclists needs and goals. You are better to be riding a properly fit and "dialed in" $900 bicycle than an ill fitting $9000 bicycle. The Fit is the Key to the enjoyment and performance of any bicycle!

Q: How often should I have a complete overhaul and cleaning?
A: If you want to get the most out of your machine and components and if you have ridden over 3000 miles since the last overhaul, then you should have your bike completely torn down and serviced! At the very least, you need to have both hubs and bottom bracket overhauled and you can always add this into any Pro Tune service package

Q: Why do I keep breaking spokes and what should I do?
A: There are many reasons that spokes break. The most common is due to an inadequately built or underdesigned (for your body weight and riding style) wheel. If you are constantly breaking spokes (usually the rear wheel) and replacing 2 or more at a time...STOP! Do Not waste your money! This is a sign that you need a new wheel and preferably a custom "lifetime guaranteed" wheel hand built by Jim.

Q: How can I stay in "bicycle" shape this Winter?
A: There are a couple of options for you: 1) many riders use their existing bicycle (or an older model so that they do not get their +$5000 bicycle dirty with road salt, cinders and debris) and actually ride it outdoors in the Winter! They usually install a wider gripping tire, fenders, a higher quality chain and some even install "snow tires" for the icy Winter roads! 2) Many and most cyclists purchase and use an indoor bicycle trainer where you mount your rear wheel or dropout onto the device which gives you resistance. You do not have to balance your bicycle (unless using rollers which is for a different conversation) and can watch TV, a workout  DVD or listen to music. We carry 2 top brands of trainers including Lemond and Kinetic.

Q: My rear derailleur is making all kinds of noise and is trying to shift to another gear by itself. What is wrong? A: It could be a number of things. Remember that this is part of the transmission of your bike. It could be the cable, the chain, the freewheel or cassette or other things. Be careful that it does Not shift into your spokes and then cause you lots of repair dollars. You should bring it into a professional shop to diagnose and repair soon!

Q: How often should I inflate my bicycle tires?
A: Your tires should be inflated to their correct pressure right before each ride. This insures that you get the best traction, wear and flat resistance from your tires.

Q: How do I know what pressure my tube needs?
A: Actually, it is not your tube, but your tire pressure that you need to be concerned about. Look on the sidewall of your tire and see the manufacturer's recommendation for your tire pressure. There might be a pressure range stated such as 110-125psi. If this is so then you need to determine what kind of surface you will be riding over along with your combined body and bike weight. It is better to err on the high side so as to protect your rims from any possible damage caused by under inflation.

Q: What is the best type or model of bicycle for me?
A: Great Question! There are many different types of bicycles. The type for you depends on many factors such as: your fitness level, your specific riding needs and goals, where you will ride, how much you will ride, how it will fit to your body, maintenance expectations and budget.

Q: How do I know if my bike needs a headset?
A: Check to see if there is much looseness or tightness in the steering of the front wheel with you off of the bicycle. Does the front wheel try to lock into the same position? Everything should feel very smooth with a nice side to side sway of the front wheel.

Q: How do I know if my bike needs a Pro Tune-up?
A: We recommend a Pro Tune-up or higher service level for anyone who a) rides their bicycle regularly (2-3 times per week), b) is having problems with any of the sub-systems such as the drivetrain or braking systems or c) wants an efficient and smooth running machine and does not like to have "issues" on the road!