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Cycle Service?

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August 03. 2012
Alexander Ford

Due to the recent successes with TEAM GB in the Olympics and La Tour.  I am  getting a flow of emails asking what to expect out of a standard Cycle Service. (Apart from the raise in interest in our cycle2work scheme)

Has anyone got any advice? either on what to expect? ie Tightening of wires, replacement of brake blocks, etc.. How Much? Is their a benchmark for services given?

Thank you for any information given 






August 06. 2012
Lee Carter

I get mine serviced at my local bike shop (Highway Cycles in Stevenage http://www.highway-cycles.co.uk) spring and autumn, and checked for roadworthiness: brakes, cables, chain, gears and tyres are all checked for wear.  Parts are replaced as necessary (they ask first before doing anything expensive).  The cost is £25 plus any parts.  It's probably possible to get it cheaper, but I trust these guys! 

Halfords used to do a one- or three-year service plan for a fixed labour charge payable in advance, but I haven't looked into it since moving to this area because the store location is inconvenient.

August 06. 2012
Phil Williams

The Halfords care plan is actually a good deal...

... providing you are happy with the standard of mechanics at your local shop.

I'm lucky that mine are very competent. This can vary from branch to branch although their reputation is improving from where it was.

 For £20 a year (£40 for 3 years) you get one major service in 12 months which not only covers the drivetrain and brakes, but they also service (grease) your hubs and headset should it be required etc.

Also, you can take your bike in as many times as you like during the year for any small jobs like disc brake or gear tweaking that you might not be able to do yourself, or have the tools to do, for no additional cost.  


August 14. 2012
Mathew Stephenson

Ive always done my own service as and when it need something doing and learnt initially by trying to save money. Bike shops can charge £40/hour before parts.

You could probably save a small fortune over time by buying a good manual and trial and error. There isnt really much that can go wrong on a bike if you contstantly look after it and if it isnt broken, dont mend it.

Tools can be expensive for specialist jobs like bottom braket removal but are generally unnecessary as most have sealed bearings these days. I have only ever had one go and it turned out to have worked loose rather than the bearings break.

There is much more satisfaction to be gained knowing you have maintained your steed! happy riding

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