Trek Madone 2.1

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Beautiful Trek Madone 2.1 Road Bike. Size 60. Bike has been well taken care of and very lightly used. Would be the perfect starter bike for a tall person. Asking $750.

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Kids 12″ Hotrock

IMG_2263Lightly used kid’s 12″ Hotrock in great condition. Was purchased new last year at our shop. This is a great first kids bike with one of the best brands in the industry, Specialized. Asking $125. Sold originally $220

Thank You!!

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Roughly 200 cyclists turned out for the 4th Annual Hilly Hundred, donating tons of toys for our local Guardian Ad Litem program. The route had a few sprinkles of rain but the weather was great otherwise! A huge Thank You to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Department, Springstead High School ROTC, and our neighbor, Applebee’s for helping make this a successful event. Also thanks to those who donated but did not participate in the ride. A lot of kids are going to have a much brighter Christmas!

2017 Hilly Hundred

The 2017 edition of the Hilly Hundred was extremely successful! Over 150 generous riders joined us for the 3rd edition of the challenging ride through Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties. Each year we ask that each rider bring a new toy for our toy drive for Guardian Ad Litem, if they are able. This year we were able to send a substantial amount of toys to the program, who give a voice to children in the foster system. We sincerely appreciate every donation that provided! We were also fortunate to have a local photographer take pics along the course. A huge THANK YOU to Alice Mary Herden. Check out the pics online here. And check out the news article from the Hernando Sun here.

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The value of Antique/Classic Bikes

I get calls regularly from customers looking to sell bikes. I find that about 20% of the bikes are older models, 70’s and 80’s “racing” bikes. After speaking to so many of these customers, I almost cringe when I hear them start to describe it, knowing that I will be delivering bad news to them. Many of these people have been wrongly advised the bikes have significant value. But the sad truth is they don’t. Many get upset when I advise them the values of these beautiful classics are next to worthless. If any repairs are needed which usually new tires are, they have almost no value. We have seen bikes regularly sell for around $100 in mint condition. Every once in a while a bike will be posted to an online forum for $500-$600 dollars but after months of trying to sell them and continually dropping the price, they end up in that $100-$200 range. It is a sad reality of our industry. With over 10 years in the industry, we have seen 1, maybe 2 bikes that had any significant value being vintage, out of 100’s. I refer people to bicyclebluebook.com, our online bike valuation tool and also to craigslist or ebay to find a bike like theirs so they can see what they are actually selling (not just the list price, asking price or Buy it now. Actual Sold products) for. We have picked up a few of these classic bikes over the years and you can see them hanging in our shop. But the truth is, we have had so many come into our possession that we could fill our shop with them. We donate them to the Guardian Ad Litem program or other customers fix them up for their kids or for fixed gear training bikes. It breaks my heart to see so much history mean nothing, as far as value is concerned. But that’s the way it is. Unfortunately, we live in a society that generally does not appreciate them. We want newer, better, faster. We want more technology. And at the same time, we are losing the classic bikes that were a major part of our history.

Storm Tips to save your bike

We just wanted to share a few bike tips with our potential incoming weather.
Make sure your bikes are indoors. A bad storm is the perfect time to give your bike a few feet of space inside, even if you usually keep it outside.
If you live in a flood area, hang your bike up high. Salt water is very corrosive and can ruin an entire bike simply through exposure. Generally water can get into places it shouldn’t, causing bearings to rust and other metals to oxidize. Those can be an expensive repairs. If your bike does get a foot or less of saltwater exposure, rinse it thoroughly with clean fresh water as soon as possible and allow to dry. Also make sure there is no water left inside the frame. There are usually drain holes on the underside of the frame (which can also allow it to fill up!). Those holes can clog trapping water in the frame. Don’t forget to apply fresh lube. Usually we are not fans of WD-40 but it is great for displacing water. ANY water deeper than a foot, bring it in ASAP so it can be disassembled and cleaned. Basically, if the bottom bracket (where the pedals attach) or wheel axles get submerged, that requires more extensive care. It would always be a good idea to have one of our mechanics check out the bike with any amount of water exposure.
Take a picture of your bike TODAY. Try to get close ups so we can clearly see the brand and paint scheme as well as the labels on the derailleurs, shifters and brakes, if possible. Insurance companies can be difficult to deal with when it comes to how much your bicycle is actually worth. With your pics, it makes it easier to correctly value them and make that insurance claim. Original receipts help too! Also, write down your bikes serial number in case it disappears entirely. The serial number is usually located on the frame at the bottom bracket – where the pedals connect to the frame. Please don’t rely on the fact that you have had your bike serviced here. We see so many bikes, unfortunately we can not remember every one.

Looking for a great bike that won’t break the bank? Check out our “Used Bikes” Page for great deals on our inventory of used bikes. There is something for everyone so check it out today!

Giant TCR Carbon Road Bike

IMG_0589Giant TCR full carbon road bike. Size Large. This is Giant’s Race Geometry Road Bike. Bike is in excellent condition with low miles. Offers Great handling, comfort and efficiency. Set-up with Shimano Ultegra crank, derailleurs and shifters with 105 brakes. Bike now has Mavic Ksyrium SSCSL’s and new tires.

This bike is a bargain at $1400. $1200

Brooksville Cycling Classic 2017

Crank Works Bicycles was the official race mechanic for the Brooksville Cycling Classic for the 5th consecutive year. There were relatively few crashes and incidents at this years race but the downtown criterium was still full of fun and excitement. Several hundred cyclists sped through the old brick streets of Brooksville providing hours of entertainment. This year saw a fitness festival added to the event with plenty of activities on the courthouse lawn and Main Street. This event continues to grow each year so mark your calendars for next April!

Maintenance Part 2 – Basic Care

Almost every person who purchases a new bike from us asks about chain lube. But chain lube is only piece of the puzzle. Regular care of your bike will keep it running smoothly and even extend the life of your equipment. That translates into a faster, more efficient ride.

One of the most important (and sometimes overlooked) parts of bicycle maintenance is the tire pressure. Almost all tires have the inflation pressure embossed on the sidewall. Every tire is different so make sure you check to see what your specific tire pressure is before adding air. Depending on what psi your tires require, determines how often you should air them. Long gone are the days of airing your tires a few times a year. Today’s rubber tubes leak air pressure much more quickly causing most tires to require inflation a minimum of twice a week. Higher pressure tires (ie road bikes running 120 psi) will leak air much more quickly and will need to be inflated before every ride. Do NOT over inflate! It may seem like a good way to extend time between airing up, but you can potentially burst the tube or even blow the tire completely off the rim. Not to mention, over inflated tires make for a very stiff, uncomfortable ride. Make sure your tires are free from debris and that the rims are straight, the rubber is in good condition, does not show any cracking and has plenty of tread. Many smooth tread tires have wear indicators to show when the tire is actually worn out. If there is belting or cloth showing or bulging in the rubber, replace the tires immediately.

Take a look at your brake pads. Some brake pads are marked to show wear. But if there is any type of metal showing in the pad, it is well past it’s expected wear. Squeeze the brake levers and make sure the pads are contacting the rim, not the tire. Check that the brake lever does not come all the way back to the bar. There should be about an inch of space between the bar and the brake lever when it is fully applied. Also make sure the cables seem to move freely in the cable housing and are not binding.

The drivetrain of the bike (front and rear gears and pedals) should be free from debris. Grass, pine needles, moss, etc. can all cause your chain to skip. Check the shifters to make sure they twist or compress and that the cables are moving freely. You can see the derailleurs move when you shift the bike. Just make sure to shift them back to the gear you started in before you ride the bike again.

The chain on the bicycle should be lubed with a bicycle specific product. Do not use WD-40, Vasoline, cooking oils, etc. These products can actually cause damage to your drivetrain. We once had a customer who used vasoline to lube the chain and regularly rode the bike on limerock roads. The drivetrain was so badly caked with gunk that it barely moved. WD-40 will do the opposite and completely strip the lubricants off of it. We generally suggest applying chain lube when the chain starts making noise. Depending on how often you ride, that could be once a month or as little as a few times a year.

Some clipless pedals have exposed springs that need to be lubed a minimum of once a year depending on your riding conditions. If the springs do not move easily, clipping the cleats in and out of the pedal will become extremely difficult.

Generally bicycles should be kept clean and free of debris. More on cleaning in Maintenance Part 3.