Like the Tin Man, bikes need to be properly lubed, or they’ll break down on long journeys and be carried away by flying monkeys. Keep biking the yellow-brick road with today's Groupon: for $24, you get a bike tune-up and wheel truing at Blackwater Bike Shop in Lynchburg (a $49.99 value).
Blackwater Bike Shop's cycle buffs apply their expert knowledge toward the building, repairing, and tuning up of bikes so cyclists can take to the trails no matter the season. The tune-up begins with a cable-lubing and thorough adjustment of the bearings and gears. Surgical calibrations are made to the tension of the brakes, ensuring riders can stop on a dime, pick it up, and buy a Chiclet without ever dismounting. Derailleurs are inspected and rebuffed to transform sticky gears into smooth shifters. Wobbly wheels then undergo a truing process to increase pedal-pumping efficiency, ease momentum retention, and keep two-wheelers from veering off into the unicycle lane. Aside from tune-ups and repairs, Blackwater Bike Shop advocates for cycling and cyclists by remaining involved in the community and encouraging others to do so as well.