Get Your Bike Ready
Get your bike tuned up and adjusted to fit you before beginning to train. Efficient position and good body alignment will help you feel more comfortable. Have a professional bike technician check your position, including the points between your body and the bike: seat, shoes, pedals and hands. Poor fit is more painful than poor training. To have your bike professionally fit, contact a bicycle shop in your area.
Schedule Tune-ups Early
Schedule a tune-up with your local shop a week or two before you leave on the ride. Make sure to have them check the condition and adjustment of brake pads, brake cables and gear cables as well as bearing adjustment in your hubs, headset and bottom bracket. Tires should be checked for excessive wear and cuts and nicks. Remember, old tires not only mean more punctures – they may also be unsafe.
If you are in the Portland area, contact The Bike Gallery at one of their six neighborhood locations. You can stop by anytime for a free “look-over” or diagnostic check. Sometimes the trained eye of the professional mechanic catches the otherwise unnoticed problem and besides, estimates are always free.
Road Bike Rentals
Bike rentals from Bike Gallery! Are you traveling for Cycle Oregon and prefer not to transport your own bike? Or do you just want to experience one of Trek’s best road bikes? Bike Gallery offers a bicycle great rental program. Bicycle pick-up and return is on-site at the Cycle Oregon weekend destination. Sizes are limited so call early for reservations. For more information, see the Bike Gallery’s website.