When to Call a Bike Shop

There are many easy tune-ups you can do on your own to keep your bike running smoothly. If you need help on how to do these yourself, check out Schwinn’s bike maintenance timeline for more details on how to keep your bike clean, lube and degrease your chain, and more.

If you’re unsure how to do something, you should bring your bike to a local bike mechanic. If you ride regularly, you should bring your Schwinn bicycle in at least once a year for a full professional tune-up where complex components can be inspected and serviced properly. A bicycle in good working condition will help keep you safe on the road.

When should I call?

  • If your bicycle is making noise that is abnormal and unidentifiable
  • If there is persistent rubbing or sticking of components
  • If your derailleur isn't working properly
  • If your bicycle chain keeps slipping off the chainring
  • Once a year for a basic spring tune-up
  • At least once a year to service your suspension

Be a courteous bike owner

  • Clean your bike off before bringing it in
  • Don’t leave all of your gear on your bicycle - remove saddlebags or other cargo items that may get in the mechanic's way
  • Give the bike shop a few days to work on your bicycle, especially in the spring when shops are flooded with requests

It doesn't matter if you have a road bike, cruiser, mountain, or hybrid — bikes are like cars and need regular maintenance to function. Unlike cars, they're exposed to the elements and may need more frequent or intentional care.

Local bike shops are a great resource if you're ever unsure about something with your bicycle. When in doubt, give them a call.