River Valley Cycle & Snowboard

Edmonton's exclusive Kona bike shop

Maintenance Tips


It is that time of year again! When nippy spring rides bring you home happy but MUDDY and WET! RVC knows a clean bike is a happy bike and investing a few minutes to keep things clean will save time and money down the road. When cleaning your bike, make sure the build-up of mud & crud on your pulley wheel (inside the rear derailleur) is removed.

This helps smooth out the shifts from one gear to the next. It can be done simply by laying a small flathead screwdriver alongside the pulley wheel and slowly spinning the wheel until the caked-on debris comes off.

Remember! The best way to clean your bike is a spray on degreaser with a quick wipe down. NEVER use a power washer to clean off your bike because the high pressure will force water into places you really don’t want it, forming rust.

Once you’ve air dried your baby, lube the chain and pivots. Wipe off any excess with a clean rag. Now go have a beer, you’ve earned it!

It’s come to our attention that some of you show no love to the bike that gives you so much. Complete overhaul courses now available for mountain and road bikes. An overhaul should be done every year if you ride as much as you say you do. Call for pricing & registration.
Bicycle Repair Course Dates
Sign up and learn to give your ride the pampering it deserves! We put on the following specialized courses – Disk Bleed, Overhaul, Beginner, Intermediate and Triathlon specific.

Courses start in February – call to sign up*!
*Minimum 3 students for a class to take place. Beginner and Intermediate classes will generally alternate weekly as demand warrants. Bleed, Overhaul and Triathlon classes will generally run once per month and only take place with minimum student levels.

Road and Triathlon Maintenance
Like an outline of what needs to be done for maintenance on your road or triathlon bike?
Learn to Bleed your Hayes brakes. Hands on clinic where you will bleed your own brakes. Bleed kit included ($32.95 value). Call for details. Have a group of 3? – We’ll put on a class just for you!

Five point pre-ride check

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me ‘what should I do to take care of my bike? I probably wouldn’t be working here anymore. Of course as the years go by bicycles are getting more complex and so working on them requires knowledge and experience, but here’s a short list of quick steps that will keep your bike safe and sound between tune-ups.

  1. Check your stem bolts. That way you won’t slip a bar.
  2. Check your seatpost bolts, wouldn’t want that saddle moving around on you.
  3. Check your pedals. Well, you can imagine.
  4. Squeeze your brakes; after all, what’s stopping you?
  5. Lube your chain. It’ll stop the squeak.

Remember that with every new bike purchase you get a lifetime of free service checks so bring your ride back as often as it needs it.

This course is designed to help the beginner cyclist do basic trail maintenance

– Flat repair, without tools
– Proper use of quick release mechanisms
– Proper chain repair methods
– Basic wheel truing principals
– Brake adjustment
– Brake pad installation
– Principals of gear adjustment
– Gear cable installation
– Basic sizing set-up
– General maintenance

Throughout each course the student will gain a feel for proper torque specifications. The student will bring their own bike. All parts required or replaced will be supplied to the student at a discount. After course completion all bikes will be inspected and graded.

At the completion of this course the student will be able to determine wear, install parts, and make adjustments to their bicycles. The student must have a basic knowledge of topics described in the Beginner repair course.

– Drive train wear analysis
– Proper removal of components for inspection
– Bearing group adjustment and wear analysis
– Principals of wheel truing
– Comprehensive brake adjustment, and cable install

Throughout each course the student will gain a feel for proper torque specifications. The course will be conducted on the students own bike. All parts required or replaced will be supplied to the student at a discount. After course completion bikes will be inspected and graded.