Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Winter Bike Checks

At any time of the year your bike should be in optimum working condition .
But even more so when the winter conditions put more wear on components and the rider requires performance from tyres and brakes. Many riders store their good bike for the winter and buy a cheap winter bike.

"Cycling in the snow and ice is hard on your bike"


Winter Bike Checks

Winterizing 
By preparing frame and components.

Cleaning 
Give your bike a good wash before winter sets in
  • Cycle Tech UK does not recommend using a pressure washer to clean your bike or washing up liquid as it contains salt that is corrosive and abrasive. The pressure washer will force water into areas of the bike that it wouldn't normally find it’s way into eg: cable housing, frame structure, hubs, bottom bracket, headset, washing out all the vital oils and greases. You should use a bike wash like MUC-OFF which can be sprayed on the bike and mixed with hot water in a bucket, and using a brush to wash of mud and dirt. Degreaser may be used on chain and sprockets with a small brush. Use clean water in a watering can to rinse off, all parts should be dried off before lubricating. Note: Should take care with disc brakes, to avoid oils & grease on disc & pads as this will contaminate the pads and course loss of braking. These parts can be cleaned with specific disc brake cleaners.
  • Give your bike's frame and moving parts a blast of aerosol lube. Products like Brunox Turbo Spray are great for loosening rusted, stuck, or stiff metal parts but are not ideal as a lubricant for bike chains, wheel hubs, bottom bracket and headsets. DO NOT SPRAY BRAKE BLOCKS/DISCS AND WHEEL RIMS.
Tyres
By checking your tyres for were or splits will reduce your chances of flats! Running your tyres at the correct pressure will not only improve handling, but will also increase the life of the tyre and reduce punchers.
  • Over time tyres will start to wear out and need to be replaced. Remove the tyres from the wheels and do a thorough check for excessive wear, cuts, and embedded objects like flints and glass.
  • Fit only the correct tyres and size for your bike and the type of riding you are doing
  • Inflate to the correct pressure (Front & rear maybe different) and check every month or before a big ride. A little less air will also improve the tyre’s ability to absorb vibrations from riding over rough roads, so you get more comfort too.
Wheels
Some riders have a set of winter wheels they use to save the expensive wheels. 
  • Clean and grease hubs, this is also a good time to check bearings and hub for wear
  • Clean and check rim for wear
  • And wheel runs freely between the brake blocks
Brakes
  • Make sure brake pads have plenty of wear and rim brakes are properly aligned to wheel rim.
  • Check brake wires for fraying and outer cables for splits. 
  • Any rain water that can enter the cables can freeze in the winter and brakes will not operate. By placing a drop of oil (Wet lube) or grease on the ends of the brake wire where it enters the outer cable will stop water entering. 
  • Cable adjustment is correctly adjusted, 
Drive Chain
The drive chain can wear much quicker with the grit and grim that is thrown at it.
  • For a longer life of your chain, don't use de-greaser. Instead use a good quality lubricant, such as Shimano's PTFE. This needs to be applied by shaking the bottle and applied to the chain along the inside of the rollers while pedaling backwards and then allowed to dry. 
  • To clean simply wipe off excess with a rag or for dirty chains spray Brunox Turbo Spray on a rag and wipe the chain then re-lubricate the chain. 
  • Expect your chain to take a beating over the winter and be prepared to replace it after the winter season.
Mudguards
Not only to save yourself from dirt, but to protect your bike
  •  By Fitting good quality mudguards to your bike. 
  • Close fitting mudguards can clog up with slush, ice, and snow and impede your progress. Depending on your bike, mudguards that clip on the down tube and seatpost provide good protection and plenty of clearance. 
Lights
Be seen 
  • Short days and falling snow or rain can drastically limit a driver's visibility. Use a powerful, highly visible front light or flashing white LED and at least two bright red flashing LED rear lights. Most winter riders use two bright red flashing rear lights because batteries can fail in cold conditions.

Lastly don't forget to protect yourself and make cycling more comfortable 
    If you are unsure how to look after your bike, please contact your nearest Cycle Technician or book a Winter Service now.


    Monday, 11 August 2014

    Mobile Bicycle Repairs Moray

    Business Name: Cycle Tech Moray T/A bikespokes
    Phone Number: 07801 365710 
    Contact: Kevin 
    Email: fixme@bikespokes.co.uk 
    Web: www.bikespokes.co.uk


    Specialising: Servicing and repairs to all types of bicycle, including Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Commuter Bikes, BMX and Folding Bikes. I can come to your home or work to save you the hassle of getting your bike to a shop and am fully equipped to carry out everything from a puncture repair to routine servicing, or even a full rebuild. I carry a comprehensive range of spare parts in stock to ensure your bike is back on the road as quickly as possible.


    Qualifications: City & Guilds Level 2 + Advanced Wheel Building and Hydraulic Brakes


    Locations: Inverness, Culloden, Nairn, Forres, Findhorn, Elgin, Burghead, Hopeman, Lossiemouth, Fochabers, Aberlour, Grantown-on-Spey and Carrbridge.


    Kevin & Mobile workshop


    Saturday, 12 July 2014

    Mobile Cycle Repairs Felixstowe

    Business Name: Cycle Tech Felixstowe
    Phone Number: 07881587196
    Contact: David Smyth
    Email:
    Web:

    Specialising: Mobile servicing and repairs to all makes of bicycle, including Mountain Bikes, Road bikes, Commuter bikes, Folding bikes, BMX, single speed bikes and specialist bikes.

    Qualifications: City & Guilds Level 2

    Locations: 15 miles around Felixstowe

    Cycle Tech Felixstowe

    Saturday, 5 July 2014

    Mobile Bicycle Repairs Oldham Lancashire

    Business Name: Cycle Tech Oldham
    Phone Number: 07504954249
    Contact: Paul Smith
    Email: paul@cycletecholdham.co.uk
    Web: www.cycletecholdham.co.uk

    Specialising: Mobile servicing and repairs to all types of bicycle, including Mountain Bikes, Road bikes, Commuter bikes, Folding bikes, BMX, single speed bikes and specialist bikes.
    Qualifications: Cytech Level 2

    Locations: Saddleworth, Oldham, Shaw, Littleborough, Milnrow, Rochdale, Heywood, Bury, Bolton, Middleton, Radcliffe, Farnworth, Prestwich, Swinton , Salford and surrounding areas

    Cycle Tech Oldham

    Thursday, 22 May 2014

    Mobile Bicycle Repairs Shrewbury Shropshire

    Business Name: Cycle Tech Shrewsbury
    Phone Number: 07712183148
    Contact: Mark Fairhall
    Specialising: Mobile servicing and repairs to all types of bicycle, including mountain bikes, road bikes, commuter bikes, BMX and folding bikes.
    Qualifications: IMI Level 2 Cycle Maintenance & Repair (VRQ). Level 3 in June 14
    Locations: Shrewsbury and the surrounding area. Including Church Stretton, Minsterley, Montford Bridge, Bomere Heath, Clive, Shawbury, The Wrekin and Cressage. For more details see the website.
    Cycle Tech Shrewsbury Mobile Bicycle Repairs 
    Mark Fairhall Mobile Cycle Technician 

    Wednesday, 7 May 2014

    Mobile Bicycle Repairs Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire

    Business Name: Cycle Tech Bedfordshire
    Phone: 07763854778
    Contact: Mike Hanham

    Specialising: Cycle Tech Bedfordshire carry out service & repairs to all makes of bikes. From our fully equipped mobile workshop to you, at your home, work, school, college or university. Alternatively we can collect and return your bike to fit around you.

    Qualifications: EAL Levels 2 & 3

    Locations: Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Tring, South Bedford, Berkhamsted, Luton, Ampthill, Toddington, Flitwick, Woburn, Bletchley, Barton-le-Clay, Clophill, Wooton, Elstow, Stanbridge, Houghton Regis and surrounding areas.


    Mike Hanham Cycle Tech Bedfordshire and the mobile bicycle workshop

    Tuesday, 1 April 2014

    Mobile Cycle Repair For The North East

    Business Name: Cycle Tech Middlesbrough Ltd 
    Phone: 07967634996 or 01642 937301
    Contact: Peter Lillie

    Specialising: Cycle Tech Middlesbrough Ltd will come to you at a time and place that suits your needs offering a range of cycle repair services and advice.

    Qualifications: Cytech 1,  First aid level 2, level 2 mountain leader. With over 17 years of experience in cycle repair

    Locations: Hartburn, Stockton on Tees. Middlesbrough and North East