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The Bike Gallery

The Bike Gallery is a Local Bike Shop in Charlotte, NC

The Bike Gallery was founded in 1974 and has been in business for 37 years. We are a family-owned-and-operated business that is a first and second generation-run company. Our dedication to providing excellent service is unrivaled. We appeared on the B.O.B Awards (Best of the Best) as the best old-fashioned bike shop in Charlotte.

Everything you need to know about Disc Brakes

Trickling down from the motocross world, disc brakes have now become popular on off-road bicycles. Discs provide powerful and reliable braking in all types of weather and terrain so they're ideal for trail riding. Plus, unlike rim brakes, discs aren't compromised should you hit a hole or land hard and bend your wheel.

There are significant differences between discs and rim brakes, however. So here we provide an overview of how discs work, the different types, and basic maintenance instructions.

disc brake rotor

Disc brakes generate amazing stopping power even in the worst conditions because they utilize rotors (photo) attached to the wheel hubs, and calipers attached to the frame containing specially designed pads (also called "brake shoes").

How To Commute by Bike

Avoid traffic delays by Commuting to work by bike

Are you tired of sitting in traffic for hours?  Tired of paying high prices for gas?  Have you thought about Commuting by bike! It's fun, fast, easy, saves money, reduces global warming, and keeps you healthy and happy. Even with ample motivation, the idea of pedaling to work can seem daunting. But if you know some good tricks of the commuting trade, it doesn't have to be a scary idea.

Your Bike
The great thing about bicycle commuting is that just about anyone can do it and on any bike.  Regardless of what kind of bike you have, you want to avoidmechanical breakdowns when commuting and the easiest way to do so is keep your bike good working order. If you aren't sure your bike is commuter ready, bring it to the service departement of one our stores and our bike mechanice will let you know if your bike needs any work.  Besides being more reliable, a clean, well-tuned bike will be easier to ride and more fun, too.


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