The Golden Wrench

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

Friday, December 16, 2016

Sunday Class

Hey All!!!!!
Still one spot open for our Bicycle Tune Up Class this Sunday at Freewheel midtown. The temperature may be falling but come let your bike knowledge soar this Sunday, hurry up before time runs out!!!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Winter Overhaul Special (Winter is coming!!!!)

The white walkers are on the move, the king of the north has been crown and Freewheel has started its Winter Overhaul Special.

 Our tune up packages have been slash. The Golden Wrench Tune-up plus normally $140, is now $100 and our Golden Wrench Overhaul normally $240 is now only $120!!!!  That's $120 for a complete overhaul of your bike not including parts. Stop by any of the three Freewheel locations to get your bike ready for winter riding or as a finale once over before retiring your faithful steed for the year. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Freewheel University

 Get ready for the fall by signing up for Freewheel University. Freewheel U is a three week bicycle mechanic course that will go over everything you need to know in order to be the master of your bicycle. The first week October 9th will go over the basics, brakes, gears, wheel and drive-train. This will be followed by the Bicycle Overhaul class on October 16th and 23rd. The overhaul class will dive deeper into the hubs, headset and bottom bracket along with a full overhaul of the drive train! sign up now before its too late.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sunday class

Still spots open for the class on Sunday. sign up here. Also, plenty of slots open on the 28th

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Rock and Roll

 With all that's going on in the world today, it's good to just know that this exists.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Tune up class

Hey All!!! There are still slots open for the Bicycle Tune Up class this Sunday at 10 am at Freewheel midtown. Sign up now before its too late.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Mural

Hey all!! Come by freewheel and check out the new Mural. I't not done yet, but the painter has been working really hard on it and I think it's looking really cool.
Come on by and tell us what you think!!!!!!

Monday, July 18, 2016

New Summer Classes

Summer is in full swing so what better time to get your learn on with some Freewheel Bike tune up classes. I just up some classes up on the schedule and I'm supper excited.

First we have the  Bicycle Tune Up Class on July 31st and Aug 7th this class with give you a basic understanding of how to maintain your bike. Next is the Bicycle Overhaul Class. This class will make you the envy of your group ride, one week you'll overhaul your drive train the next you dive into the hubs, headset and bottom bracket. Sign up today before the classes fill up.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tune Up Class

Still one spot open for the tune up class on Sunday the 19th. Sign up here.

Bad Joke of the day

Question:What is the difference between a Congressman in tuxedo riding a bicycle and a farmer in overalls riding a tricycle?

Answer :Attire

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bike class and Selfies!

Had a great seminar on bike repair last week with Awesome turn out at Midtown Freewheel Bike Center!!!!!! Over 60 people from Allina Health crammed into a small room to hear me pontificate about bike repair. Thanks to all the people who showed up to learn more about bikes. And sorry I made you all take a selfie with me.

Monday, May 30, 2016

School Is In

Hey all! There are still spots open for the Bicycle Overhaul Class starting this Sunday. This two week course covers bottom bracket, head set and hub overhaul as well as how to completely take off your drive-train, clean it and reinstall. Be the envy of all your friends with the knowledge to work on your own bike. Sign up here.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Get Some Class at Freewheel

There's still time to sign up for Freewheel's famous Drive-Train Overhaul class. In this class you'll learn how to take apart you entire drive-train, clean it and properly assembly it back on the bike. Class is on Sunday, March 20th from 10am-2pm at the Midtown bike center. Come get your hands dirty.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Notes from a Wrench: Caffeine and Bike grease

This week a member of Freewheel Bike decided to order some brand new cold coffee drinks to sell to costumers. We put the 12 illy brand cafe iced coffee cans in the front cooler along side the Coca-Cola and Power-Aid ready for the public.
Sure enough, two days later the mechanics in the back had consumed every last one. Just goes to show you that if you wish to bribe a bicycle mechanic nothing works better than beer or coffee.
And that's the way it spins
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Notes from a Wrench: Magnets!!!!!

Our friends at Zipp have come out with a brand new spin (pun intended) on free-hub bodies. I know what you're thinking and no it't not one of those Fabian Cancellara motors. Zipp Wheels have come out with a rear hub body that uses magnets to eliminate drag. That's right magnets!!!!! And as the philosophers and poets of the Insane Clown Posse once said "Magnets how do they work", the Zipp Cognition rear hub is just as mystifying.

The hub works by "disengaging the ratchet mechanism when coasting" this reduces drag and make the wheel more efficient. And for only $3,800 a set it could be yours. I think the product is too new to really have a proper option on it's future in the bike industry, but I know if you don't like the hub you can always hang it up on your refrigerate with your kid's homework. But like Moonpies and the inter-web, I think this is going to be a game changer. Check out the hub online and tell us what you think.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Get Some Class

One week left to sign up for the basic bicycle tune up class. learn brake, gears, tire and much more to keep your faithful steed  up and running. $100 gets you one on one guidance from one of our skilled teacher, along with access to all the top notch tools you'll need. Sign up today before slots are filled up. And don't for get to take a look at all the other classes the Freewheel offers!