How well is your bike running today?
If you need to find out how to look after your bike, I offer short courses in bike maintenance at all levels and for all ages.
From a cost of £25 per hour you could in the long run save much more by learning how to do various processes efficiently and quickly.
If you can get together a group of people to learn, it can be even more economical, so call up for a quote. Sessions can take place at your home/workplace or in my workshop.
Children will need to be accompanied by an adult. CRB registered mechanics.
If you are interested, call, email or text us here.
A Few Basic Tips on Bike Maintenance:
Where ever you leave your bike, be sure to lock it with a quality lock (we stock these starting at around £5) and always remove any clip-on lights - you wouldn't believe what people will steal.When your bike is not in use store it in the dry, to prevent unnecessary wear (e.g. a shed, garage or porch).
Your cycle can carry on rolling without a problem for many years if you follow the steps below :-
(If you are not sure what something is please look it up on Sheldon Brown's excellent website which has a very good extensive glossary here)
1. Keep it clean using whatever method you like (hose, brush and bucket, old oily rag, citrus cleaner, wire wool all work well). If you do this often (every couple of months depending on usage) it will reduce normal wear significantly. If you use water make sure that you don't spray inside the frame or the bearings and that you dry it thoroughly afterwards. It is advisable to also lubricate all moving parts (e.g. brake pivots, gear levers, cables, chain) after cleaning.
2. Check cables and inner wires regularly for fraying and corrosion (we stock stainless steel inner wires for all purposes). Don't forget to look under the bottom bracket and remember to check the break blocks for wear.
3. Every now and then it is good to take out the seat post and the handlebar stem (unless yours is threadless) by loosening the clamp bolt or the stem bolt and lightly brush some grease on as far as you normally have it inserted into the frame. This will help to stop the seat post or handlebar stem seizing into the seat tube or the fork steerer column and also help to keep moisture out.