Bike Expo 2017

Bike Expo and Tri Expo 2017

We will be at the Bike Expo and Tri Expo this weekend at Event City, Manchester with our friends from Orbea Bikes.

We have also been making some big changes at Cycle Tech Oldham in 2017

  • New bigger workshop facility which will enable us to offer maintenance classes and turn bike repairs around a lot faster.
  • New Dedicated Fork and Suspension service area. Our aim is to turn repairs around within a few days.
  • New Bike Fit room.  Using the Torke fitting system we are offering full bike fits, Cleat Fitting and bike sizing.

Come and see us at Event City for a chat

 

Orbea Orca M20I at Cycle Tech Oldham

Happy customer collecting his new Orbea Orca M20I at Cycle Tech Oldham

We like happy customers at Cycle Tech Oldham, especially customers who are picking up their new Orca Dream Machine.

The Orbea M20i is an amazing full carbon, 11 Speed Ultegra Di2 weighing in at just over 8kg.  With a choice of four colours to choose from.  Or upgrade to Orbea Myo and you can paint it the colours of your choice.

If you are looking for a new “Dream Machine” then you wont go wrong choosing a bike from the Orbea Range

 

 

See the full range here at Orbea.com

 

Contact us to Order Your new Dream Machine

 

 

Bike and Accessory sales at Cycle Tech Oldham

Bike Sale

With our exciting plans for 2017 we need to make some space by cutting down our bike, accessory and clothing stock.

  • 10% to 50% off all bikes in stock
  • 20% off all accessories in stock
  • 25% off all Madison clothing in stock
  • 10% off Elite turbo trainers and accessories
  • Extra discounts for multiple purchases

Call up for a look around and get a bargain!

 

Workshop

  • Winter service, full inspection, gear and brake tune for just £19.99
  • Overhaul service for £99.99, full strip and rebuild with new cables (and brake fluid where required)

 

Contact us to find out more

Happy Christmas from Cycle Tech Oldham

Happy Christmas

We would like to wish all out Customers a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year

With still having a few kids bikes in stock, our bike Sale will start on Wednesday 28th December.  Massive savings on all bikes in stock

 

Contact us to find out about 2017

Note:

Cycle Tech Oldham, the next step

Cycle Tech Oldham, The Next Step!

Now 2016 is almost over I have had time to reflect on the past couple of years, taking the big step of moving into a “Bricks and Mortar” shop. Then moving again into a bigger shop just over a year later.  The customer feedback as been fantastic and I think everyone likes the new shop.  I am not the type of person who likes to sit still, so what next, where do i take Cycle Tech Oldham in 2017?

I hope 2017 will be as exciting as 2016 as we will be adding Bike Fitting and Maintenance training to what we currently do, of course this will mean taking on extra staff, hopefully Elliot will be starting full time when he leaves College next year and we will be looking for a full time apprentice.  On a personal level I want to give something back to the local area as its the local customers who have helped me build up Cycle Tech Oldham, therefore we will be offering works experience placements to local Schools and Colleges.

Another way we are giving something back to our customers and the local community is that we are launching a Crowdfunder Project in early 2017.  The Crowdfunder Project will be to fund building a Training room for the Maintenance classes and building a dedicated Bike Fit room.

I am still working on the rewards (any ideas are welcome) but hopefully they will be rewards that potential supporters will want and want to get on board with the new project

On a final note I want to say a Big Thank you to every customer who as been into Cycle Tech Oldham over the last few years, wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year

 

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like any further information on the Crowdfunder project the please contact me below

 

Contact us here

 

Open Sundays up until Christmas

We are open Sundays in December

At Cycle Tech Oldham and Tameside we like to listen to our customers and as a result we will be Open Sundays until Christmas

Our Sunday opening hours are 10am till 2pm

The workshop will also be open for any quick repairs you may require sorting on the day.  Or drop your bike off for a repair or service to be done in the week.

We have a wide range of bikes for all ages, Bumper, Raleigh and Frog bike for kids.  Orbea and Raleigh for bigger kids (or adults as we are sometimes called)

If your looking for a Turbo trainer we have the Elite range in stock, complete with training mats, wheel blocks and lap top stands

We have a large range of accessories.  Madison clothing, lights, helmets, mudguards and many more items that make great stocking fillers.

 

Contact us here

 

Used Bike repairs at Cycle Tech Oldham

Used Bike Repairs

Bought a used bike for a Christmas? and why not there are some fantastic deals to be had out there.  But, how do you know its safe to use and won’t fall apart the first time you use it and as a result cause an injury.  You have to remember that someone as sold that bike for a reason.  It could be its too small which is very common with Chrildren’s bikes.  However there could also be an issue with the bike which you can’t see.

At Cycle Tech Oldham we understand the issues with buying a used bike.  This is why, to give you peace of mind, we offer a Used Bike inspection for just £25.00.  A qualified Bicycle Technician will carry out all inspections and repairs.  Pre Book your inspection and we will do it whilst you wait.

Inspection Includes:

  1. Correctly position bars, stem and tighten to correct torque settings
  2. Adjust bar levers position
  3. Pedal thread Torque
  4. Ensure tyres seating correct and fitted with correct rotational direction
  5. Inflate tyres to correct pressure
  6. Check spoke tension and wheel trueness, ensure wheels are securely attached
  7. Wheel hubs rotate freely and no side play
  8. Check and adjust headset free play
  9. Ensure seat and seat post are adjusted to rider and secure
  10. Check crank bolts, where applicable
  11. Check chainring bolts, where applicable
  12. Set front and rear derailleur limit screws
  13. Adjust cable tension to ensure smooth indexing of gears
  14. Set up brakes in line with manufacturers recommendations
  15. Check brake pad wear, alignment and adjust as necessary
  16. Check cables for smooth running, lubricate, as necessary
  17. Any suspension bikes correctly set to rider’s weight/style and pivot bolts torqued
  18. Torque all additional bolts to correct Torque
  19. Test ride and riding position fine tuned, any functions explained

If your bike requires and further repairs or parts fitting, we will advise you with the costs before carrying out any work.

 

Book your Inspection here

 

Bike building at Cycle Tech Oldham

Bike Building

Buy your new bike online and have it fully assembled by a professional Cycle Technician.

If you have bought a bike online It is very important to have your new bicycle built/set-up correctly, for safety reasons, for brakes and gears to work correctly/smoothly and to give you years of enjoyment. 
Many bicycles are now brought on the Internet and are delivered in a box.  Some require more building up than other, we have come across road bikes that require the handlebars taping and bikes with brakes not set to UK standards.
Cycle Tech Oldham recommends bike building is carried out by a Trained and qualified Bicycle Technician, as our staff are to British Standards 6102

Cycle Tech Oldham Bike Build Service Includes: 

  1. Remove bike from box and put bike in work-stand-Dispose of the box and packaging
  2. Correctly position bars, stem and tighten to correct torque settings
  3. Adjust bar levers position
  4. Pedal threads greased and fitted
  5. Ensure tyres seating correct and fitted with correct rotational direction
  6. Inflate tyres to correct pressure
  7. Check spoke tension and wheel trueness, ensure wheels are securely attached
  8. Wheel hubs rotate freely and no side play
  9. Check and adjust headset free play
  10. Check cable routing (with UK brake position)
  11. Ensure seat and seat post are adjusted to rider and secure
  12. Check crank bolts, where applicable
  13. Check chainring bolts, where applicable
  14. Set front and rear derailleur limit screws
  15. Adjust cable tension to ensure smooth indexing of gears
  16. Set up brakes in line with manufacturers recommendations
  17. Check pad alignment and adjust as necessary
  18. Check cables for smooth running, lubricate, as necessary
  19. Any suspension bikes correctly set to rider’s weight/style and pivot bolts torqued
  20. Fit reflectors and bell
  21. Fit and adjust any additional components, as necessary
  22. Torque all additional bolts to correct Torque
  23. Fit Bar tape if required
  24. Test ride and riding position fine tuned, any functions explained
  25. Manual / tools / instructions presented and bike signed for

 

PDI Check Sheet on completion, that you can save for warranty and service history. 
PDI conforms to BS6102 Part 1 & 2 and the relevant EN safety standard, as applicable.

Pricing:

  • Childs bike- Single Speed, upto and including 20″ wheel – £15.00
  • Adult Bikes, MTB, Hybrid & Commuter £30.00
  • Road Bike (to include bar tape wrapping if required) £30.00
  • Electric Bikes – POA
  • Di2 equipped bikes £40.00

 

If you pre-book your bike build in with us, we can normally do it whilst you wait or have a look around the local Village town centre

 

Bicycle Maintenance Courses at Cycle Tech Oldham

Bicycle Maintenance:

Having a well-maintained bike can lead to hours of cycling enjoyment. Unfortunately the enjoyment of cycling can disappear immediately with a few strange sounds and a loss of momentum. A properly maintained bicycle looks, sounds, and feels like an extension of your body. At Cycle Tech Oldham we offer our Park Tool School classes to help the novice or experienced cyclist understand the basics of bicycle maintenance.

The Park Tool School at Cycle Tech Oldham is a bicycle maintenance class taught by a qualified Bicycle Technician based on the curriculum of the Park Tool School manual. The manual is Two-hundred and fifty four pages of bicycle information that covers everything to know about your bicycle.  With excellent diagramming most often seen in the automotive field. The manual provides the overview for the class but the experts teach you, the “how to” that can’t be learned from a book.

The first course we will be offering is a “New Rider Maintenance” course.

What To Bring:

You dressed clothes you don’t mind getting a bit mucky as the course will be very hands on

Tools will be provided! No need to bring your own.

Course Content:

  • Wheel removal
  • Tyre and tube removal
  • Inner tube inspection
  • Inner tube repair
  • Installation of tyre and tube on wheel
  • Drive chain wear and damage
  • chain cleaning
  • chain lubrication
  • sprocket inspection and cleaning
  • gears indexing / adjustment (rear)
  • Wheel wear, damage and repair
  • Brake pad and rotor wear
  • Brake adjustment
  • Frame damage

Course Fees:

New Rider Maintenance courses are £15.00 per person, courses are run in the evening and they should last around 2 hours (maximum of 6 people per class)

The Big Blue Book of bicycle maintenance will be available on the day for just £20.00 , (Normal RRP is £24.99)

If you wish to order any tools on the day, we offer 10% discount on all products

How to Book:

Send us a message below stating your interest in attending the New Rider Maintenance course and we will contact you with the available dates

 

Contact us

Winter Bike Checks with Cycle Tech Oldham

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 cheaper winter bike.

“Cycling in the snow and ice is hard on your bike”

Winterizing:

 By preparing the frame and components.

Cleaning:
Give your bike a good wash before winter sets in

  • Cycle Tech Oldham does not recommend using a pressure washer to clean your bike.  Or the use of 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, therefore washing out all the vital oils and greases. You should use a bike wash like Dirt Wash 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: You should take care with disc brakes, to avoid oils & grease on disc & pads as this will contaminate the pads and cause loss of braking. These parts can be cleaned with specific disc brake cleaners.
  • You could also use a Bike Shield to protect your brakes when you are cleaning the drive chain.
  • Give your bike’s frame and moving parts a blast of aerosol lube. Products like Brunox Turbo Spray or TF2/GF85 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 OR WHEEL RIMS.

Tyres:
By checking your tyres for wear 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 punctures.

  • 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 their expensive ones.

  • Clean and grease hubs, this is also a good time to check bearings and hub for wear
  • Clean and check rim for wear
  • 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 correct.

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

  • Fit 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. We do recommend caring a spare front light in-case of failures.
Lastly don’t forget to protect yourself and make cycling more comfortable
If you are unsure how to look after your bike, please contact us at Cycle Tech Oldham to book a Winter Service now.
Cyclist who live out of the Cycle Tech Oldham area email: service@cycle-tech.co.uk and we will reply with a mechanic within striking distance
In addition this article first published by Cycle Tech UK