Today, I took my bike in to Lunar Cycles to discover what goes in to a bike service. Something that has always been a bit of a mystery to me. This is the service frequently used bikes should have at least once per year.
Lunar Cycles charge £65 for this service. Alternatively, for £80 they will also supply a new set of cables. Beyond this, I also needed new handlebar tape and I wanted to take out the bottom bracket to see if it solves some knocking sounds coming from the bike.
I need to stress here that a service from Lunar Cycles is very thorough, experiences may vary depending on where you take your bike. However, this should be a helpful guide.
Stripping components off the bike
The first stage is to remove the components off the bike.
This is when we discovered some of the bolts on the front chainring were loose. This can sometimes be the source of creaks.
We also discovered some water in the frame once the bottom bracket was removed. This can cause problems. The water probably got in via the bottle cage bolts that were missing.
Cleaning the bike
The wheels are then cleaned using Muc-Off.
Followed by the frame.
Components such as the chainring are then thoroughly cleaned using degreaser.
Inspecting the bike frame
Some rust was also discovered on the bike frame so that was promptly dealt with. Once the rust had been scraped away, a clear satin polyurethane was added on top to prevent more air getting to the rust.
The frame is then polished using Miracle Shine. This is definitely not something most bike shops would do but it adds a great touch and protects the frame.
With the frame looking shiny, the components are refitted to the bike.
Once it has been greased the bottom bracket is re-installed. This was an extra from the service I had requested.
The chainring (or chainrings depending on your bike) are then added and tightened. Along with the crank arms.
The pedals are then greased and firmly tightened in to position.
As part of the Lunar Cycle service, wheels are also trued and, this is really special, they are also plucked to check the tension is spot on.
With the brakes re-installed they are then toed in slightly by placing some sandpaper towards the back of the brake. This should keep them running silently.
Finally, the chain is lubricated using Prolink and the seat post is greased.
Overall, I’ve been really happy with the very comprehensive service at Lunar Cycles. It was nice to be able to observe exactly the work being done so that you get an appreciation of quite what goes in to it. The end effect is that my bike rides better than it ever did!
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