Friday, October 26, 2012

Allegro Referral Rewards

Referrals are the backbone of any successful and reputable business and a huge part of how I find new people to help. I consider it a giant compliment that my clients are satisfied enough to recommend my services to their friends and family.

I want to reward you for sending someone my way. Here's how the program works:

  • Have your friend or family member call me or send me their contact info.
  • They complete a repair or fitting appointment of any level or value.
  • I contact you with a referral bonus.
Simple, right? That's how it should be.

The rewards are as follows*
  • 10% off any product that I or my suppliers have in stock (that's right, special orders are eligible too).
  • 20% off labor pricing of any repair, overhaul, or fitting service (seasonal specials included).
Let's build this thing together and get you what you need to truly enjoy your cycling experience!

Thanks for the referrals, everyone!

*Reward values do not accrue with subsequent referrals. You have one reward bonus available until you use it regardless of the number of referrals - so use your bonus quickly so you continue to receive rewards! Program subject to change.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bicycle Assembly

There are a variety of reasons you would need professional bike assembly:

~ You found a bargain online that will be shipped to you but don't have the time to assemble it your self or would prefer to have someone else do it to insure the job is completed properly.

~ You have been travelling with your bike for vacation or an event and need it reassembled after shipping it home.

~You found a great deal on a collectible frame set on craigslist and have a period-correct build kit to put on it and want it done right.

The proper assembly of your bicycle - according to manufacturer specifications - is the most important factor in assuring it consistently performs and lasts a long time. Correct torque values, bearing adjustment, spoke tension, and simple pride in workmanship all work together to deliver an enjoyable riding experience for many years.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Dura Ace PD-7900 Pedals - First Impressions

A quick update before the weekend. Shimano’s latest pedal offering arrived last season – the new Dura Ace PD-7900 in carbon composite.  Now that we've had our hands on them and they've seen some miles; here's our thoughts. Published weight is 248 grams per pair (124 g. each) which officially enters Shimano into the light-weight pedal game.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Worn Tires and Flatting

This post also appeared on my blog - but I figured the audience there is a little more broad and it's a good topic; so I'm sharing it here as well.

This time of year I seem to more commonly be addressing common causes of flat tires and how to prevent them.  A frequently overlooked cause worth talking about is worn-out tires.

As your tires wear their flat protection is reduced because there is less rubber on them to resist sharp objects as you roll over them.

Additionally, tires do age: and not very well at that!  Cracking in the tread and side-wall of the tire is a good indicator of a worn and weakened tire that is ready to be replaced.

Finally, tires also get cuts in them which weaken the tire and make it more prone to flatting.  Anything bigger than 3/16" (4 mm) really ought to be addressed.

All of these symptoms are exceedingly common.  How common?  All 5 of the flat and worn tires pictured below came into the store on one Saturday last year!
Good, round tire
Worn, "flat-top" tire
Vanished tread or wear indicators
Large cuts through tread and casing
Cracking/"cross hatch" in sidewalls
Cracked/separated tread
Tire worn through to casing
More worn tread through to casing