Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Park Tool School Classes are Back

Papa Wheelies Bike Shop is proud to announce a whole new slate of Bicycle Repair Education for Winter 2015-16 season. We've developed our classes around a curriculum designed by the Park Tool Company, makers of the number-one brand of bicycle tools in the world.

 All of our bike-repair classes are taught by Ian Herchenroder, who has 10+ years of experience wrenching and teaching in bike shops. He is only a handful of credits shy of earning his Masters Ed degree from UNH in musical education, so he brings a great ability to connect with and communicate to his students. You'll learn the best ways to care for and fix problems on your road and mountain bikes using pro tools and procedures.

The course textbook for all the classes is Park Tool's Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair. It uses color photos and instructions to clearly explain the topics covered in our class and over 100 more various repairs and maintenance tasks including servicing bearing assemblies, wheels, braking and shifting systems, adjusting components, and more! We have 15 courses scheduled for December - February. Call or email ian@papa-wheelies.com today to sign up - classes fill up very fast.

Rider Essentials Class - 3 hours - $50 - Max 8 students per class
Designed for the new rider or riders that want to familiarize themselves with their bicycles. Class covers essential maintenance procedures, pre-ride safety checks, and hands-on emergency repairs. This class consists of one 3 hour session. Cost $50.
No textbook or materials required
3 Class Options: Sat, Dec 5 / Sat, Jan 9 / Thu, Feb 4

Basic Maintenance Class - 6 hours - $125 - Max 5 students per class
Back by popular demand, this class is designed for the rider who wants to learn about all of the systems on their personal bike. This class focuses on knowing how the bicycle works and when there is a problem. The course covers general mechanical principles, demonstrations of all bicycle systems, and basic maintenance procedures. The course consists of two 3 hour sessions and is customized to the students.
Textbook required: Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair (BBB-3).
Materials required: Your personal bicycle. Loaners are available at request.
7 Class Options: Tue, Dec 1 & 8 / Thu, Dec 10 & 17 / Sat, Dec 12 & 9 / Thu, Jan 7 & 14 / Sat, Jan 16 & 23 / Tue, Feb 9 & 11 / Feb 16 & 18

Advanced Maintenance Class - 9 hours - $225 - Max 4 students per class
This is a new class this season and builds on prior bicycle repair experiences. This class is designed for the rider who is familiar with basic maintenance procedures on their bike and focuses on gaining more experience. The course covers proper set-up and adjustment of major bicycle components. The course consists of three 3 hour sessions and is customized to the students.
Prerequisites: Student must have taken the Basic Maintenance Class or provide a brief statement describing their bicycle repair experience.
Textbook required: Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair (BBB-3).
Materials required: Your personal bicycle.
3 Class Options: Tue, Jan 5 & 12 & 19 / Jan 26 & 28 & Feb 2 / Sat, Feb 6 & 13 & 20

MTB Master Class - 3 hours - $50 - Max 8 students per class
Although the other classes are applicable to all bicycles, including mountain bikes, this class is uniquely designed for a mountain biker’s needs. Class covers MTB set-up including tires, suspension, and rider controls, as well as advanced trailside repair skills. The course consists of one 3 hour session and is customized to the students.
Prerequisites: Student must have taken the Basic Maintenance Class or provide a brief statement describing their bicycle repair experience.
Materials required: Your personal bicycle.
2 Class Options: Tue, Dec 15 / Sat, Jan 30

Textbooks (Park Tool's Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair) are available at Papa Wheelies Bike Shop for $24.99. Call or email to reserve a copy.

All Classes must have a minimum of two students enrolled by the first class to proceed.
*Classes are not limited to these listed. If students are interested in any other topics or private lessons please contact Ian at the shop. 

Park's Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, it is authored by C. Calvin Jones, a world-renowned bicycle mechanic. It is one of the most up-to-date resources available and it contains information on all of the latest technologies and components.

Email Ian to sign up for a session or call the store 603-427-2060

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Papa Wheelies Winter Overhaul & Bike Fit Specials

Warm Fall Greetings to you from our Bicycle Service Shop! After a very busy spring, summer and fall of keeping wheels turning, brakes working and gears clicking, we're cranking up for another one of our busy seasons, which is, Winter! Ah, winter...The time for playing in the snow, skiing or snowshoeing, fat biking, or just doing something different to balance out life and help prepare our minds and bodies for another fun riding season. Or maybe for some, forgetting about the bike for a little while. We would like to take the opportunity to let you know that now is the best time to bring in your bike! Much like lawnmowers, some people temporarily forget about bikes until the snow melts, the grass turns green then starts growing. That often builds the classic scenario, the mower needs some fixing and just when you're ready to mow. You call or bring it to the small engine shop and you're waiting a few weeks for your trusty mower to be ready. We'd like to change that thought process when you relate it to your bicycles. Trust me, we have a very difficult time communicating to folks that it's going to be two weeks before we can even touch your bike during the busy season. That's why now is the best time for us to get your bike ready to go, so that all you need to do come spring time is air up the tires, lube the chain and ride! Because really, the riding is what it's all about and when the time comes, we all just want to go out and ride.

In hopes that you will get on board with our thought process and as an incentive to get your bikes here, we are again running our ever popular Winter Overhaul Specials from now, right through February 15, 2016. This is the most extensive service we offer. We strip the entire bike to the frame, clean every inch of the frame and fork, soak and scrub your drive parts, open up your hubs, headset and bottom bracket bearings and add new bearings and fresh grease. At the same time, most bikes need common wear items such as a new chain, gears, chain rings or brake pads and we also will remove, install and adjust these items at the same time. Parts needed are extra costs of course, but the labor to remove, install and adjust is all included. As an added value to this service, we replace all your shift and brake cables and respective housing, at no additional cost for these small parts. This is a $45 dollar value. So normally you would pay $250 labor and $45 parts at a minimum with just cables and housing. We're cutting the labor charge by half and complimenting that with fresh new cables and housing. So the Overhaul is $125 which includes the new cables and housings! 

The service I describe above is the most common scenario we encounter with the winter overhauls. Other services we offer are more specific to the particular bike and intended use. We do sometimes customize services on a case by case basis, such as with full or front suspension mountain bikes and disc brakes. Suspension and hydraulic brake service is very often an overlooked part of the bike. The old thought "If it works, don't fix it" can not apply here! Suspension shocks and forks provide us with maximum fun while out on the bike, but we need to treat them nicely and service them at least once a year under normal riding conditions. At the same time at least once a season or every other season, folks running hydraulic disc brakes should have the brakes serviced and mineral oil or DOT fluids replaced and replenished to ensure longevity on your investment and ability to maximize fun time. 

This year, we are adding another value added service to make your cycling experience better. Now you can overhaul your bike and get your fit on said bike overhauled too! If your back hurts sometimes, or you suffer from subtle knee pain, numb hands or other bicycle fit related issues, you can get a Full 3d Fit from our Fit team. Using every advantage you can to better your performance or comfort while out enjoying the ride. In conjunction with our Service Special you can now get the Full Fit at half price ($125) right through February 15, 2016.

We're here for you all year long with a variety of services to cover all your cycling needs! We currently have one of the most experienced and knowledgeable bicycle service departments in the greater seacoast and southern Maine area, with a combined 95+ years experience servicing and riding bikes. Please come visit or call to book your service or fit appointment today.

Thanks for reading,
The Papa Wheelies Team

Thursday, November 12, 2015

We are Charge Bikes Dealers - Papa Wheelies Bike Shop

Photo courtesy of Robbie Jenkins Photo

Another bike added to our fat bike universe the Charge Bikes Cooker Maxi 1. This bike is killer and at $1200.00 it's a absolute bargain. Come on in to the shop to see it in person and take a spin.

Monday, November 9, 2015

SABR Open House Night

We've been big supporters of SABR since we opened our doors in 2001. SABR does a lot of good things for riding, from infrastructure like the Pease pedestrian bridge to putting on events and making other events financially possible, like Bike/Walk to Work Day, much of it behind the scenes.
SABR is holding an Open House this Thursday night, November 19th at 3S Artspace where they will be highlighting everything they do and all kinds of volunteer opportunities. There will be free appetizers and a cash bar. Come on out - we'll see you there! There will be a Bicycle Benefits ride at 4:00 pm, then the event will run 5:30 - 7:00pm

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Papa Wheelies Bike Shop - Sala Fat Bike Demo Day

How exciting is this? Ever wonder what this whole fat bike thing is all about? Well here is your chance to come on out hang out with the @papawheeliesbikeshop crew and ride some awesome bikes! The @salsacycles dirt demo will be @strathamhill off route 33 between the hours of 10am - 4pm on November 15. With a plethora of fat bikes both full, front, and rigid suspension as well as some awesome gravel grinding warbirds, and the new salsa mariachi it should be a day full of fun!! Got any questions don't be afraid to give us a ring @ 603-427-2060, we hope to see you out there! @salsacycles @qualitybike ‪#‎fatbikes‬ ‪#‎fatbiking‬ ‪#‎salsademotour‬ ‪#‎portsmouth‬ ‪#‎nh‬ ‪#‎demofatbikes‬ ‪#‎salsacycles‬ ‪#‎ridenh‬

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Papa Wheelies Bike Shop - Lifetime Tune Policy Change

Papa Wheelies Lifetime Tune Policy Change

Effective 8/1/15

We have sold a lot of bikes over the years and every new bike we sell has always come with a life time of free of service, which by the way is pretty awesome! Due to the increased demands over the past two seasons it has been difficult to turn around service work in a reasonable time during our busy spring/summer months, and for this, we apologize. Because of this we have had to re-examine what "Lifetime" service really means. What it means is we want to continue to offer our valued customers the best and most beneficial service to go along with their new bike purchase. Going forward all Papa Tunes will be abolutely free during our slower months (August 1st - Febuary 28th). You can still bring your bike in anytime for a tune up, but in March, April, May, June & July you will have to pay a $25.00 surcharge. We thank you for your support and your business, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to us at 603-427-2060 or by email

So please, bring your bike in when you are ready to hang it up for the season, let us tune it up for free and it will be ready to roll come Springtime!

Papa Wheelies Service Department