Frequently Asked Questions
- What areas of Ottawa do you cover?
- What is your minimum service charge for a visit?
- What if my bike needs parts? Do you carry them with you?
- What should I use to oil my chain? Can I just use WD-40?
- What is the proper pressure to put in my tires?
- How often should I get a tune-up on my bike?
- Bikemobile covers the immediate Ottawa/Gatineau region. We are willing to travel to the outskirts if the job is big enough to make it worth it.
- We generally have a $30 minimum labour charge for each visit, but this price can be a little more or a little less, depening on how we can fit you into our schedule.
- We carry a large selection of parts and accessories. You are welcome to visit Bikeman.ca to see a full selection that we may already have in stock or can order for you. You are welcome to email us pictures of your bike for a reference point.
- It is best to use a good bike lubricant but motor oil is okay as long as you make sure you thoroughly wipe off any excess. WD-40 is better than nothing but it will not last very long at all. WD actually stands for Water Displacement so it is very effective to use it on a chain that hasn't been oiled but is now wet from the rain.
- The recommended pressure is almost always written on the side of the tire in raised lettering. For Mountain Bikes it is usually 40 to 60 psi. For Hybrid Bikes it is usually 60 to 70 psi. And for Road Bikes it is usually 90 to 120 psi and as high as 160 psi for some tires.
- When a bike is brand new it should be tuned up within one year at the latest, to make sure everything is tight. After that it mostly depends on how many kilometers you are riding it, and in what kind of conditions. A bike that is rarely used will not need a tune-up for several years, while a bike that is used constantly, and especially during the winter, should be tuned up a few times a year.
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