When you rely on your bike to get around, you also need to find a great bicycle repair shop. What should you look for?
Not only do you want to find a place that’s affordable and reliable, but they should also have the necessary skills to perform repairs and maintenance. How do you know whether a bike shop fits the bill?
Here’s how to tell whether a bicycle repair shop will be dependable:
- Gets great reviews: One of the best ways to find a good bicycle repair shop is to ask your fellow bicyclists where they like to go. Most people are more than happy to share when they’ve found a gem. If you don’t know any bicyclists in your area, use online review sites and local message boards to see who gets great recommendations.
- Treats customers professionally: When you visit a bicycle repair shop, your impressions of the staff can go a long way. Do they seem helpful and knowledgeable? Do they treat you professionally? Do they speak to you in plain language? These are signs that a bike shop is focused on providing excellent service overall.
- Treats bikes respectfully: Whether you bought your bike for $20 on Craigslist or you own a brand-new, top-of-the-line model, a good bike repair shop will treat all bicycles with respect. Note how the repair staff treat and talk about the bikes. They should talk to you objectively about the bike’s condition (e.g., what repairs they suggest and why) without judgement or unnecessary commentary.
- Gives quotes clearly: Make sure that any potential bicycle repair shop can give you a clear quote based on the services provided and the parts needed. It’s okay to get a ballpark estimate such as, “Our tune-ups typically cost this amount, but I think you may also need these new parts, which will cost an additional $100.” As long as you know what to expect and they’re willing to provide an itemized list, that’s a good sign.
- Offers a complete solution: Your mechanic should be able to provide you with the repairs you requested, but great bicycle repair shops will offer suggestions to completely optimize its condition.
- Describes their diagnostic and repair process: In addition to walking you through requested and suggested repairs, a good bike shop will describe how they diagnose bicycle issues, their approach to repairs and why they use certain methods.
- Offers warranties or guarantees: Once you’ve agreed to repairs, the shop should be willing to stand behind them. Ask the staff whether they offer any warranties or guarantees in case something goes wrong or isn’t quite what you expected.
- In a convenient location: Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of a convenient location—or a bike shop that will perform house calls.
Now that you know what to look for in a bicycle repair shop, why not give Bicycle Doctor House Calls a try? We bring our mobile bicycle store to your door, so you get repairs and service performed at your convenience. Call us today to learn more.
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