I took the Surly into Manser’s Bike Shop [linkie] in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia yesterday for a check up and some adjustments.
Jordan, the shop’s mechanic, went over the bike from front to rear, tightening a loose quick release on the front wheel, custom bending a fender bracket that was causing occasional rubbing, properly torquing the headset, and making some needed adjustments to the front and rear derailleurs. The bike has never shifted as smoothly as after him doing this.
All told, he probably spent an hour working on the bike, all the while chatting with me about my trip, Surly bikes, Brooks saddles, and other stuff. The shop was busy, too. He handled a couple of customers and dealt with several phone calls while I was there. I was, if you haven’t figured it out already, really impressed.
I won’t tell you what he charged me; I’ll just note that I must have gotten the long-distance bike rider discount rate. A Five-Star experience!
Yarmouth is a nifty little city, with a great historic downtown. I had some non-trip related business here that took a bunch of time out of the remainder of my day, but I’d come back here as a tourist and hang out for a few days in a heartbeat.