Posts in the Bicycle Maintenance Category

How to Winterize Your Bike

Snow Covered Bicycle

Winter is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. For many people that means it’s time to put the bike away for the season. However, there are those of us who hate the subway so much, who prefer the freedom of a bike over app-tethered ride-sharing to such a degree, that we are willing to keep riding our mighty bicycle-shaped steeds through the black-slush-lined streets of a New York City winter. We, the year-round commuters and cyclists, are entering the time of year when it is necessary to take a long, hard look at our bicycles and decide — is my bike ready for winter?

That’s exactly the question that this blog post has come to answer. What do you need to do in order to winterize your bike? What gear do you need, and what tips and tricks are there to keep your bike reliable and functional all winter?

Every bike and every rider is different, so the process for winterizing bikes will vary depending on you and your bike’s specific needs — but...

Get $20 Off Your Next Tune Up

A bicycle mechanic's work bench at Bicycle Roots

Did you know that if you ride your bike regularly, it needs to be tuned up twice a year? Regular tune ups will keep your bike running smoothly and safely. At Bicycle Roots, we offer a comprehensive tune up package priced at $75 for multi-speed bikes, $55 for single speed bikes. Now, for a limited time, you can get $20 off your next tune up by using the coupon below. That means we’ll tune up your multi-speed bike for $55, and your single speed bike for $35.

What To Do When You Have A Flat Tire

So You Have A Flat Tire

We’ve all been there. All you wanted to do was ride your bike, but you can’t, because you have a flat tire. Flat tires are the bane of any cyclist’s existence. And yet, they are ubiquitous. Why?

Modern bicycles roll on pneumatic tires, which were invented in 1887 by our friend John Boyd Dunlop. Pneumatic tires are seated on a bicycle wheel. They hold pressurized air, which is what allows them to roll smoothly, comfortably, and with minimal resistance. The bike is literally floating on a cushion of air! The air is the trick here. If pneumatic tires have no air in them, they’re useless, and you have a flat.