Our bike mechanics are all highly skilled individuals and nice folks too and are happy to ensure that your bike is in tip-top condition and ready for action. There’s no need to worry about asking a seemingly daft question or delving into their knowledge base for advice. Whether your bike is in need of some well overdue TLC, you simply want to find out what the annoying squeak could be or just fancy a natter about anything ‘bikey’ they are there to help. We don’t always expect you to be in need of us, so here are a few pointers to make sure you keep yourself on the trails or out on the road in between visits. Don’t be afraid of your bike! It should give many, many years of trouble free pleasure providing you give it a small amount of general routine maintenance. This should also reduce the risk of any large, eye watering repair bills when it does come in to the Hub for its regular service.
• Keep your tyres at the manufacturers recommended pressure. …there are the recommended pressures on the walls of the tyre – just like a car. If your bouncing around then maybe they’ve too much air in and if soft and sploggy there isn’t enough.
• Apply a good quality chain lubricant to your chain at regular intervals. Not only will this increase the lifespan of the chain but it will also reduce the wear on the sprockets and chain set, increasing their lifespan as well! Orange chains aren’t cool and rust isn’t the new black!
• Check all nuts and bolts for tightness regularly and check the crank bolts for tightness EVERY ride. If you can hand tighten anything, then for sure it isn’t tight enough.
• Do not use a pressure washer to clean your bike (even though it is very tempting and good fun too!!) as the water will get into the bearings and potentially remove the grease, increasing the potential for wear.
• If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident on your bike, do get it checked out by a good specialist bike shop. There may be damage, which could cause you injury at a later date, which is not immediately obvious to you but which a good cycle mechanic may be able to spot. Better safe than sorry.
• Lubricate your cables with a light machine oil or specialist lubricant regularly to ensure the correct action of both your brakes and gears…Like deodorant …a few more sprays doesn’t do any harm does it!!
If you are unsure what to do then give us a call or pop in for a cuppa and a chat : Tel : 0191 276 7250
Basic Service – Gear Or brake service from £15.00
Standard Service – We recommend this service to be carried out once every year. A good servicing routine for your bike, particularly if you use it regularly, would be to have a basic service in the Autumn and the full standard service at the end of the winter. We spend more time looking at all the nooks and crannies on your bike. Cost: £45
• Set and adjust gears.
• Check and adjust brakes.
• Check and inflate tyres.
• Adjust headset and hubs.
• Check torque of all components.
• Lubrication of chain and associated gear components.
• Diagnostic checks for signs of unseen troubles.
• Check for signs of wear or damage and advise of any further work required – NO extra work will not be carried out without gaining your approval.
• Road testing where required.
• Parts required charged at extra cost.
We recommend this for the keen cyclist, to be carried out before and after the Winter period. Especially if you race, this will make your bike work like new again, and ensure that it is fully race-prepared and will not let you down. We generally spend three to three and a half hours carrying out this work. Cost: £85
• Complete strip down and components check.
• All components degreased and cleaned.
• Bicycle reassembled with new grease and bearings where possible.
• Brakes reassembled with new inner wires for improved performance.
• Gears reassembled with new inner wires for improved shifting.
• Wheels tensioned and trued.
NB – this does not include work on front or rear suspension – but any suspension work will be carried out at half price. The cost of additional parts required over the included cables will be brought to your attention before any work is completed.