The Golden Wrench

A blog about bicycle repair and maintenance by the mechanics at Freewheel Bike.

Monday, August 14, 2017

get some class at Freewheel Bike

Hey lovely bicycle rider!!!
There are still spots open for the Bicycle Tune Up class this Saturday from 10am-2pm at Freewheel Midtown. This class is perfect for new and experienced riders. You get to work on your own bike at the Freewheel's DIY shop, cost is $100 and will go over brakes, gears, tries, drive-train upkeep and much more. Take your bicycle education in you own hands sign up now before the last spots fill up!



Friday, August 11, 2017

Get a clean buttery drive-train

Nothing is better than having a clean drive-train on a bicycle. When the chain, cassette and crank are clean the bike rides like butter. Now is your chance to learn how to overhaul your own drive-train at freewheel Midtown on Saturday the 26th of August. Cost is only $100 for this four hour class. Come with a dirty bike and leave with a buttery bike!!!!





Monday, August 7, 2017

The best bike I've ever owned


I've owned a lot of bikes in my life from ranging in style from mountain to road, hybrid and even fixie. Out of all those bikes, there is one that holds a special place in my heart. This bike is nothing special, just an Orange steel single speed that I named Star-buck after a character from Battle-star Galactia.  I've ridden Star-buck in the rain, the snow, the heat and the wind.  I've ridden Star-buck up hills and down mountains. Together, we have zipped wildly thorough busy Manhattan street, traversed down country roads and lazily followed the Mississippi river. Star-buck has seen me at my best and worst: cross country moves, broken collar bones, brake ups, the makings of new friendships and new lives. All this time, my little orange Star-buck has been by my side. I've never owned a bike that made me feel more alive and happy. When I am riding Star-buck, I feel like a biker. 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

spots still open!!!

Hey All!
Just a heads up, spots are still open for the Tune up class at Freewheel Midtown. sign up here for this awesome hour class. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

joke of the day!

Q. How many bicycle mechanics does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A. 3, one to screw in the bulb and 2 to debate whether is it English or Italian threading.

Monday, June 26, 2017

DIY Shop up and running!!!!

Attention all Do it yourselfers!!!!
 Freewheel Bike located in the midtown bike center right off the Greenway just opened up it's DYI shop!!!



 $16 an hour get you access to a full range of bicycle specific tools, along with lubricants, solvents, cleaners, truing stands, torque wrenches and vises! 
Every thing a mechanic needs to get your two wheel steed up and ruining.
Keep in mind that this is a do-it-yourself area, there will be no professional mechanical assistance given. We do, however, offer various classes ranging from the simply flat fix to the complex overhaul of bearing systems.


So come on by the Midtown bike center and get your hands dirty!

Monday, May 29, 2017

So Much Class!!!!!


Here at Freewheel Bike we pride ourselves on having an overabundance of class!
Starting next month you too can have as much class as your friendly neighborhood bike shop.

Tune Up Class
Thursday  June 15th from 5pm-9pm
Saturday June 17th from 10am-2pm
Saturday June 24th from 9am-1pm

Drive Train Overhaul Class
Thursday June 22nd from 5pm-9pm

Wheel Building Class
Saturday June 24th from 1pm-6pm




Friday, January 27, 2017

4 DAYS LEFT!!!!!!!!

Hey All!!!!!
Just a heads up, only 4 days left to take advantage of Freewheel Bikes' Winter Overhaul Special! Now until the end of the month our Golden Wrench Overhaul is cut in half from $240 down to $120!!! 

Those prices are so low it would be insane not to bring in your bike. 


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Keeping up with your chain

Hey Dudes!!!
Just a reminder to change your chain regularly otherwise this might happen to you.
This is a chaining from one of the Freewheel employees who attempted to get through the winter on  his chain, however, the winter have other plans. As you can see, those teeth are worn down to the nub. 
As a chain wears, it will wear out the teeth on chain ring, This can be prevented by simply changing your chain regulatory.
So don't let this happen to you!!!! 
Come on by Freewheel and have your chain checked by one of our skilled mechanics.  



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Overhaul class

Hey All!!!!
Just a reminder that there are still some spots open for this Sundays Bicycle Overhaul class from 10am-2pm. This is a 2 week class, the first week we will be going over drive-train disassemble, cleaning and resembling. The following week we will dive into hub, bottom bracket and headset overhaul. Take both classes or just one by emailing alex.modic@freewheelbike.com.

Monday, January 2, 2017

First class of the year

Start your year off with a Basic tune up class at Freewheel bike. Still a few spots open for Sunday January 8th. This class goes over brakes, gears, wheel truing and more!!!