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What helps you have a great ride?

The services we provide are all geared toward offering you the best possible ride considering what you want to do on a bike.

Professional Fitting

Our professional fitting services are top notch and consider you as a rider. We start with the position of your cleats and work up from there considering every aspect of your position on the bike and each point of contact. We are confident your ride will be markedly better after a professional fitting with us. All new bike purchases include a Professional Fitting; it’s that important to us that you have one done when getting a new bike.

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 Bike Service

RSC services all types of high-end bikes. Our exceptional Pro mechanics take each bike very seriously and gets to know each bike and customer individually to provide the best service possible. Our primary focus is providing you with the best ride possible and keeping you riding.

Nearly every day something interesting and innovative is happening here. Today we’re retrofitting a race bike for electronic shifting Di2 components. Tomorrow we might be building a wheelset made to travel the globe. Or it’s very likely you will find us building a new bike for a very excited customer!

 We offer many services; here are some of our most popular.

Comprehensive Rebuild

This is our most comprehensive service. We strip the bike down to the frame–and once realigned–we rebuild the entire bike.  We’ll make your bike ride better than new.

Professional Overhaul

Your bike will feel like new with more than 3-hours of skilled maintenance and attention to every detail.

Performance Package

Your bike deserves periodic tune-ups by a professional mechanic. Your bike will perform better, it will ride more quietly, and future problems can be stopped before they begin.

Clean & Detail

We’ll perform a 7-point safety inspection–and the appropriate adjustments–on your bike, clean and detail the machine, and make recommendations for improvements, if you like.

RSC Service Overview

Service LevelPerformance PackageProfessional OverhaulComprehensive Rebuild
Clean & DetailYesYesYes
BrakesAdjustRemove & lubricate cablesReplace cables & housing

Replace pads
GearsAdjustRemove & lubricate cablesReplace cables & housing
Chain & CassetteClean & oilDegrease & lubricateReplace
Wheels"2D" Truing"3D" Complete Truing"4D" Re-dish Alignment
TiresInspect, fill to appropriate air pressure, cleanInspect, fill to appropriate air pressure, cleanInspect, fill to appropriate air pressure, clean
Bearings & BushingsAdjust AllReplace or repack
Frame & Fork9-step alignment, inspection & improvement
Ask our staff for more details.
These services do not include parts; pricing is for service labor.

RSC Inspection Points

Service TypeInspection TypeInspection Points
Clean & DetailBasic Safety Inspection1. Brake safety
2. Fork integrity
3. Quick release safety
4. Handlebars and stem integrity
5. Wheel integrity
6. Tire wear, cuts, damage
7. Proper air pressure
Race-Ready Tune-UpHigh-speed safety & performance8. Brake pads: check wear & toe
9. Wheels: "2D" trueness
10. Headset integrity & wear
11. Derailleur over-shift
12. Wheel bearing adjustment
Professional OverhaulPrecision & optimization13. Wheels: "3D" truing
14. Faces & threads of head tube & BB
Comprehensive RebuildPerfection & confidence15. Wheels: "4D" truing & re-dish
16. Frame & fork: Crack & defect inspection
17. Frame alignment: BB alignment
18. Frame alignment: Rear axle spacing
19. Frame alignment: Head tube
20. Frame alignment: Wheel plane
21. Fork alignment: Fore-aft
22. Fork alignment: Axle width
23. Fork alignment: Steerer-to-axle plane

RSC Popular Ala Carte Services

All service prices are for labor work; no prices include parts or materials.

Bike Build – $280-$413

We professionally assemble all frame brands and kit types. Price varies depending on the complexity of the build.

Wheel Build – per wheel $60

Professionally hand-built wheels

Install Tubular Tire – per wheel $65

World class skill in the ancient art of tubular installation. One of the most difficult bicycle mechanic skills to learn. Done perfectly, the result is rolling nirvana. Tubular tire prices range from $60-$160.

Box Your Bike – $90

Includes labor and box, does not cover shipping charges. RSC can take care of shipping and return service, too, if you’d like.

Un-Box Your Bike – $90

We’ll make your bike ready to go.

Replace a Tube – per wheel $12

Tube replacement. Tube prices range from $7-10.

Replace a Clincher Tire – per tire $12

Includes installation and labor. Tire prices range from $25-85.

Replace Cable & Housing – $18

For either one brake or one derailleur; includes tuning the derailleur or brake. Parts range from $15-30.

Replace Chain & Cassette – $25

Includes installation and tuning both derailleurs. Average parts prices range from $55-115.

Because of our limited space we can’t service every type of bike. So, we don’t work on children’s bikes, BMX bikes, or recumbents. There are some local shops that focus on these markets.

Service Requests

In an effort to be as efficient as possible and keep you on your bike longer we request that you schedule your bike in for service. You can do this via email, phone 339-970-0187 or simply by stopping by and letting us know. We realize that not all bike needs are planned events. If you come upon some misfortune unexpectedly, please bring your bike in and we will be happy to get you up and running as quickly as possible.

Indoor Customer Bike Parking

We have ample indoor parking so you don't need to bring a lock or worry about watching your bike. We can also do simple service while you're at the cafe. But, if you want to leave your bike outside we also have loaner locks--just ask.

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