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Echelon’s Road Bike Maintenance Schedule

A lot of people ask us how to best maintain their bikes, and it's a great question!  The better you take care of your equipment, the longer it will last, and the fewer problems it will give you when you're out enjoying your precious riding time.  Here's our recommended maintenance schedule, all recommendations are based on averages, do not replace parts if they aren’t worn. Extreme use (regular stationary trainer riding, and winter riding) requires more frequent service. 

Before Every Ride   

-Wipe down chain until silver      -Check air pressure in tires     -Check brake & wheel alignment

 

After Every Ride

-Lightly lubricate chain, allow it to soak in overnight/until next ride

 

Weekly

-Wipe off pulleys & chainrings    -Check tires for cuts, remove any embedded debris

-Wipe down bike to remove sweat and drink mix   

 

Monthly       

-Charge Di2 battery (internal)                -Degrease and detail drivetrain, lubricate

 

Every 3-4 months - Great time for a tune up!

-Check chain wear, replace if necessary        -Remove cassette, degrease

-Tune derailleurs and brakes                -True & check tension on wheels

-Check all bolts for proper torque and corrosion    -Charge Di2 battery (external)

-Inspect tires for tread wear, replace as needed, esp. before events

-Tire rotation: put the new tire on the front wheel, toss your worn rear tire, and move your lightly worn front tire to the rear.  A flat on the front wheel is more dangerous than one on the rear.

-Check cleats for wear/cracks   

 

Every 6 months

(everything from the 3-4 month check) PLUS

-Replace rear derailleur shift housing loop       

-Check rear brake housing and cable, replace if there is any drag

-Replace bar tape, check/replace aero bar pads

 

Yearly

-New cables & housing

-Replace brake pads (bleed hydraulic fluid for disc brakes)

-Service wheel hubs

-Check all bearings (wheels, headset, bottom bracket, pulleys) replace as needed

-Remove seatpost, clean, check and grease seat clamp bolts, grease/carbon paste post

-Overhaul headset and bottom bracket/crank interface

-Check and update firmware for all electronics (GPS, Di2, powermeter)

-Inspect helmet for damage, age (replace every 2-5 years), replace helmet pads


 

Every 2 years

-Replace chainrings & cassette             -Replace headset bearings

-Replace derailleur pulleys                -Replace most pedals

-Replace most saddles

We're Hiring! Part Time Sales Assosciate

We are looking for a part time sales associate to join our team!  Echelon Cycle & Multisport is a high end bike and triathlon shop with extensive attention to detail and very friendly customer service.  Interacting with people should top the list of things you like to do at work.  Love of road, triathlon, and mountain bikes, and their latest developments, is essential, as we strive to always have the latest and greatest products available for our customers.  As a small business, you will be an essential part of our success, and a reinforcement to our values of quality, service, and integrity.

Qualifications:

  • Available to work Saturdays, and two other weekdays (TBD)
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent sales skills
  • Bike shop experience, and knowledge of current high-end road and mountain bike equipment
  • Basic mechanical skills including pedal installation/removal, and flat repair
  • Self-motivated to stay on task, and be productive

Job duties: 

  • Greeting and helping customers
  • Ability to understand customer’s desires and goals in cycling, then connect them with the products that will benefit them most
  • Answering phones
  • Light social media management
  • Assist with non-sales related tasks as assigned
  • We are a small business, so flexibility is important.  Job duties will change and adapt to what you're best at, and what needs to be done


Compensation: Wages based on experience.  Bike fitting, bike repair, and e-commerce (eBay, webstore) skills are a strong bonus, and will garner a higher wage. 

Benefits include: health insurance, paid sick time, race/event reimbursement, employee discounts, and pro-deals.

Saturdays are required, but we're closed on Sundays, so you'll always have a weekend day for a nice long ride!   

Please email your resume to echelon@echeloncycle.com, if it seems like we might be a good fit, we will contact you for an interview.

Sales Associate Position - FILLED

We are looking for a full-time sales associate!  Echelon Cycle & Multisport is a high end bike and triathlon shop with extensive attention to detail and very friendly customer service.  Interacting with people should top the list of things you like to do at work.  Love of bicycles, and their latest developments is essential, as we strive to always have the latest and greatest products available for our customers. 

Basic qualifications:

  • Available to work 4-5 days a week, including Saturdays
  • Bike shop experience, or knowledge of current high-end road and mountain bike equipment
  • Basic mechanical skills including pedal removal/installation, and flat repair
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Retail sales experience
  • Self-motivated to stay on task

Job duties: 

  • Greeting and helping customers
  • Sales
  • Understand customer’s desires and goals in cycling, then connecting them with the products that will most benefit them
  • Light social media management
  • Assist with non-sales related tasks as assigned


Compensation: Wages based on experience.  Bike fitting and bike repair skills are a strong bonus, and will garner a higher wage. 

Benefits include: health insurance, paid vacation after 1 year of full time employment, race/event reimbursement, industry discounts.

Saturdays are required, but we're closed on Sundays, so you'll always have a day for a nice long ride!   

Please email your resume to echelon@echeloncycle.com

#STAFFPICKS for the holidays!

Endurance Athlete on Your Gift List?

The people that have pretty much everything in the shop already, pick their favorite things.

Gift giving is hard, we get it, you don't want to give someone something they'll never use!  Here's a few fun things we've got our eyes on #STAFFPICKS

All these products are in stock and ready for purchase!

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PHIL

Endura MTR baggie shorts, to use once Annadel dries out of course.

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KEVIN

The new Cervelo S5, "oh SNAP."

MARIKO

The amazing new Fly6 tail light with an HD camera. Safety First!

ADAM

Camelbak CHARGE LR (lumbar reservoir) so when he catches mad air on his MTB, he's not top heavy.

BROOKE

Garmin 920XT multisport watch, so she can go see just how fast she's going when she races Vineman.

DAVE

Giro Synthe helmet, it's compact, stylish, and "it fits my dome."

KOA

Bonk Breakers - Peanut Butter and Jelly please!

LUCA

DZ Nuts InHEAT Embrocation for those *ahem cold wet days...