Cycle repair and maintenance

Urban Cycles

Convenient, friendly and fast : on-campus outside Staff House, and open all year Monday to Friday from 07.30 to 18.00. They claim to fix 90% of repairs the same day. Their website gives more details.

Mobile repair services

In addition to the repair services offered by bike shops in the region, there are some mobile repair companies who will come to you.

  • BikeManDan
    07817 925 929
    http://www.bikemandan.co.uk/
  • Cycletherapy
    07899 894 740
    http://www.cycletherapy.org.uk/
    Free collection and return in some areas, small charge in other areas.  Based in Aldridge.
  • Numbnuts Cycle Company
    07977 932 122 (Nik)
    Areas covered: Quinton, Harborne, Bearwood, Edgbaston, Selly Oak

    07900  080 250 (Darren)
    Areas covered: Acocks Green, Olton, Solihull, Kings Heath
    Any type of bike.  Most jobs done while you wait or collected and returned within 48 hours.

Cycle maintenance training

Training is available from a number of local trainers including these: 

 

Doing your own cycle maintenance

Whilst not all of us are going to be able (or want!) to strip hubs down and grease the bearings, there are simple maintenance tasks we can all do.  Here are some tips and links to useful sites:

MadeGood videos to talk you through the steps whist you watch.

Bicycle repair and maintenance from the BikeWebSite.

An excellent bicycle repair guide with text and videos from Alex Ramon. 

Bicycle repair articles from Sheldon Brown.

Repair guides and service manuals from Total Bike.

Mountain Bike South Africa has a range of technical articles including: front and rear derailleur adjustment, servicing your brakes, repairing your chain rings, lubricating and maintaining your chain etc.

The Bicycling Life web site has a good well illustrated article on how to fix a flat tyre (a common cycle maintenance task) and Bicycle Universe has another equally well illustrated article on the same topic.