A Safe and Smoother Ride: Simple Tricks to Tune-Up Your Bike

August 9, 2017

Pedal Power: Making Outside Activity, Outstanding

On July 22, University District hosted a free bike tune-up event for our active community. Our newsletter subscribers were treated to exclusive invites, encouraging them to take advantage of the chance to engage with Bow Cycle’s experts and get their bikes tuned up in time for another month of outdoor activity.

We were thrilled to see some of our new homebuyers join in the fun!



Don’t miss out on another event! Sign up for updates and invitations today! 

And while it’s no secret that University District is committed to providing opportunities to remain active outside, we think it’s important for you to know that walkability isn’t the only thing the District accommodates. Bike-ability is also sewn into the very fabric of University District, which is evident by the availability of designated bike paths throughout our community.


And just like the bike paths will require regular upkeep and maintenance, so too do the bikes that utilize them. It’s important that residents keep their gear in tip-top shape before heading out for the day to ensure their fun isn’t interrupted by equipment malfunctions or avoidable delays.


Bow Cycle supported the event by generously donating their time and resources to provide free tune-ups and walk participants through some basic maintenance and equipment prep.

Marketing Director Bob Grunewald explained how taking a few extra minutes to care for your gear keeps your ride running smoothly, and ultimately prolongs its life.


Don’t let not knowing translate into ‘not going’.

There are plenty of do-it-yourself tools available to those who want to take their bike’s performance into their own hands, but like most things in life, there really is no substitute for using a professional.

Regular check-ups with trained bike gurus like Bob not only prolongs the longevity of your ride, it will help you avoid much more critical issues like failing brakes or impeded steering ability.

When it does come time for your own upkeep, remember to keep your chain lubricated and tire pressure level where it should be. And to avoid more technical issues with gears, be careful to properly shift when biking to drastically reduce the potential wear and tear that comes with regular use.

To learn more about anything to do with bikes, including upkeep and maintenance, check out our top ten list below, or visit the Bow Cycle website, or shop, today.


Don’t go hungry on your ride, check out our simple, delicious and healthy cookie recipe here!

Now that you’ve locked down a new go-to snack to keep you energized, let’s get back to ensuring your equipment is ready when you are!


OptiO showcased their new bike stand at our event, featuring a revolutionary new method for locking-up your ride. Watch Owner and Creator Dennis Little talk about the benefits of this new bike stand technology, and why it’s changing the future of bike security:

Don’t worry if you missed the presentation, you can stop by the Discovery Centre to test out OptiO for yourself! Simply bring your bike into our showroom and ask to give it a try. We are sure that OptiO would love to hear what you think!


Congratulations to Will from Calgary – the winner of our brand-new tandem bike giveaway.

If you like what you are reading about here, make sure to sign up for updates and invitations to ensure you never miss out on a fun, future event hosted at University District.

In the meantime, we’d like to know where you like to go biking in NW Calgary. Next time you are out, send us a picture by using the hashtag #UDBikeHappy!

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