Don’t let winter bum out your bike! Snow days don’t shut out bicyclists on Haywood Road. Even after a foot of snow, West Asheville’s cyclists an be found riding the corridor looking for a snowball fight, a brew or just commuting to work. But moisture and salt from winter roads can mess with your bike, corroding steel frames and gumming up components. Regular bike maintenance can protect your ride through the winter, says Epic Cycles West manager Randy Collette. “If a bike is well maintained, it does have lubrication to protect it,” he says. “The best thing you can do is gently rinse that salt out of there and bring the bike inside to dry.”
Collette says the big rush for tune-ups typically comes in the Spring, but there’s no need to wait for warmer weather to get your bike serviced.
“We can go ahead and do the same tune up we do in the spring and beat out all that rust and corrosion,” he adds. “We can get everything ready now.”
The shop also provides treatments for steel frames that prevent interior rusting. “A lot of what we do is preventative maintenance, and we can show you what you should be keeping an eye on,” Collette says.
Epic’s 800 Haywood Road space opened just over a year ago in the below Odd’s Café, and is smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest sections of West Asheville. The surrounding residences, restaurants, retail shops, neighborhoods and a thriving bicyclist community were a big part in the decision to expand from the main Black Mountain location.
The shop recently reopened after some remodeling following flooding in December, and Collette says there are plans to expand the selection of tools as well as offer a series of free maintenance clinics, starting with an intro clinic on February 20, 2016. “We want to show people what they can do themselves,” he says. Follow their Facebook page for more details on upcoming clinics.