Friday, November 13, 2009

The Bicycle Clinic - Bring the repair shop to you

Despite the mechanical simplicity of the bicycle. They all still to need to receive some periodic TLC. So what do you do when your bike needs a new part or the gears adjusted? Most load up their bike on the car and drive to the local bike shop.

But what if kids, work and any of life's other multitude of commitments don't allow the time to go to a bike shop? Your sweet ride ends up sitting in a corner of the house or shuffled around in the garage until you can find the time.

What if your bike is your only source of transportation and you can't live without your bike for a couple of days. Most people can't, and your local bike shop sure as hell ain't in the business of giving out service loaners.

This is where the Bicycle Clinic mobile bike repair shines. Alex Milicic grew up in Croatia and later moved to Germany where he spent several years learning the trade of bicycle repair and maintenance before immigrating to Jacksonville. After moving to Jacksonville, Alex spent a few years working with a local bike shop where he saw a need for mobile repair after repeatedly listening to customers complain about their trials and tribulations with getting their bikes to the shop for repair.

One thing that really stood out for me upon meeting Alex is his commitment and love of bicycles. And unlike certain local shops, you will not get an attitude if your bike happens to be a POS from one of the big box stores. Alex will happily put it in top condition. "A well tuned bike is a safe and happy bike" is all you'll hear from Alex.

His prices are more than reasonable. He will come to your home or place of business and do a complete $45 tune up that includes:

  • Inspection and adjustment of all components to assure they functioning correctly

  • Inflating tires to proper pressure

  • Lubrication of chain, hubs, headset (if needed)

  • Adjustment of brakes and gears

  • Inspection of Cables and housings

  • True wheels
And should your sweet ride require replacement parts you pay only for the part. All labor is included at no extra charge. And don't think Alex is limited to just basic tuneups. The Bicycle Clinic mobile shop is equipped to handle everything from the simplest flat repair to the most complex frame build up.

And here's the kicker, The Bicycle Clinic is available 7 days week from 8 am to 8 pm. And also offers after hours emergency service.

To help introduce Alex and his great service he will be setting at the Riverside Arts Market Bike Valet (Which is free by the way) to do free bike checkups this Saturday (11/14) and the following Saturday (11/21). Come by get your bike some love.

You can find more information and contact Alex and The Bicycle Clinic through his site.

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