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. Fend off the advances of aerial anthropoids with today's Groupon: for $45, you get an Advanced Plus bike tune-up at Volker Bicycles (a $100 value).
Volker’s bicycle mechanics keep two-wheeled steeds primed for the road with meticulous tune-up services. Technicians clean cables and the drivetrain before serving up an oily aperitif that lubricates components so that they won’t grind to a halt at the worst possible moment—while you show off no hands to your ma. Brakes receive a methodical adjustment and tensioning to allow for precision stopping before derailleurs are fine-tuned for fluid shifting. Volker's mechanics true both wheels to ensure an unwobbly ride and thoroughly scrub away suds caked on grit and grime from cycles, making them feel as proud as the day they dropped their training wheels. Once suitably spiffed up, bikes can bring their owners along for a group ride hosted by the Volker crew.
The cycling pros at Volker don't just sell new rigs and fix up busted wheels—they make sure their customers have a good reason to keep riding. One and all are welcome on twice-weekly group rides—Saturday morning's cruise sets an ambitious pace of 18–24 mph, while Monday evening's recovery ride takes a more relaxed pace. Bikes that need a little TLC before embarking on any adventure can be treated to such services as basic tune-ups, full overhauls, à la carte repairs, and new tires.