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Published on April 4th, 2011 | by Evan

Ask a Mechanic

We have an awesome staff of mechanics here at Art’s. They all have a ton of experience and a wealth of knowledge. We’ve decided to start a weekly column where our resident experts can answer your burning questions on bicycle maintenance and cycling culture.

We need to hear from you with your questions about bikes. No topic is off limits and no question is too obscure. Feel free to ask about any aspect of cycling – road, mountain, cross, fixies, cruisers, tandems…whatever. Your questions will fuel this column so don’t hold back.

Here’s a short biography from one of our head mechanics, Daniel Slusser, who’ll be responding to your questions:

“After a youth spent riding BMX bikes and frequenting the local dirt jumps I got my first mountain bike in 1992 at the age of 15. The next year I was hired at my local bike shop. Since then, I’ve worked in a grand total of 8 bike shops spanning every major category of bicycle retail including Mom and Pop operations, small chain stores, big mail order shops, small mail order shops, high-end cycling boutiques and low-end family shops.

By no means do I claim to have seen it all; I still learn new things everyday. However, during all those years wrenching on bikes, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a vast assortment of broken two wheeled machines and have dealt with many of the problems that riders face troubleshooting their equipment.

If I don’t have the answer to your question, I’ll find an expert who does and pass it along to you. So shoot me your questions and I’ll do my best to get you back on the road or trail as soon as possible.”

You can post your questions either on our Facebook page or you can e-mail Daniel directly at


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About the Author

After a stint at Art's Cyclery's sister company Running Warehouse, Evan joined the Art's staff as a buyer in 2009. Evan has a Journalism degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and when he's not on his bike, which isn't very often, you'll probably find him surfing.

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