My Bike Needs A Tune-Up

Wed Sep 12, 2007 5:20:43 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, Health, Tools and Tricks, a little about life

I just got a postcard from REI saying my bike needs a tune-up. I am not sure if all bike shops give out free tune-ups after some set time period on new bikes, but REI does as part of the warranty. Does anybody know if this is standard?

I am wondering if they will fix my bike given the condition it is in. I should go in and tell them I think the wheels are out of alignment.


  1. Jeff

    Yeah, your bike definitely needs a tune-up! If it is still under warranty, why not take it in and see what they say? It would be worth a good laugh, if nothing else.

  2. Brandon

    All they’d need would be a wrench and a crowbar. You’ll be good as new in no time!

  3. James

    That’d be funny! Make sure you take the post card in with you.

    All new bikes need a tune-up after a month or so of use. They go through a break-in period where the cables stretch a little bit and the parts seat, so shifting tends to get finicky and some fasteners may loosen up. Nearly all bikeshops include this first tune-up as a free service.

    You definitely want to get the tune-up done, even if you don’t notice any problems, so they can’t claim any in-warranty problems were the result of lack of maintanance.