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

New Bigger shop at Cycle Tech Oldham

Following our move just over a month ago to a fantastic new and bigger 1000 square foot unit in Lees, we finally have the internet working (phones still an issue but we are getting there) and starting to find parts and tools in the various boxes we still need to unpack

With the workshop being a lot bigger we can now repair and service customers bikes a lot quicker and best of all, Elliot and myself are not falling over each other when trying to work

The retail area is also a lot bigger giving us the opportunity to carry a wider range of bikes, accessories and with the extra space we are now stocking Madison clothing, Continental tyres and tubes.

We also decided to go with the Orbea Brand of bikes rather than stock lots of different makes at the new shop, we feel Orbea have a fantastic range of bikes, the warranty and back up is first class and on price comparison they are extremely competitively priced.

Bikes bought from us can be bought in many ways now, cash, card, cycle to work scheme, interest free finance over 12 months or longer terms with finance

We hope our existing  customers will continue to use us and hopefully new customers will come and see us for a look around, plus don’t forget we have free coffee and tea for all customers

Call or use the contact form below, We are always happy to give advice and talk bikes with our customers

 

 

Oldham Business Awards Finalist

My wife and I spent yesterday evening at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham attending the Oldham Business Awards  as Finalist in the Young Business Category, Although we did not win we were proud and excited to have been initially nominated by Business Growth Hub and then to actually reach the finals we feel is a massive achievement, especially as we feel we just run a small family bike shop

The event was Hosted by Actor John Thompson and we spent a fantastic evening surrounded by fellow Local business owners, Award sponsors and Event Sponsors.

We would like to congratulate all the winners, especially DB Acoustics who won our category

With some massive plans to take Cycle Tech forward over the next 12 months, we hope we will be nominated again next year and fingers crossed go home with a Trophy

 

 

Overhaul Service at Cycle Tech Oldham

This is what we do best, take your tired and worn out bike, strip it to the frame, clean everything and rebuild it, cables are replaced as part of the service and any worn out components are replaced

Its also a good time for any upgrades to be fitted

Cannondale Caad 8, upgraded worn out FSA Chain rings and BB30 Bottom bracket bearings to Shimano 105 compact chain rings and upgraded BB30’s to Outboard bottom bracket to fit 24mm Cranks,

Worn out wheels replaced with American Classic 2016 Victory Wheels

Looks like a new bike again now and ready once again for the road!


 

Contact us here to discuss an Overhaul Service and Upgrades

On Guard locks insurance approved locks at Cycle Tech Oldham

It seems you cant open a Social Media site lately without some unfortunate cyclist posting a picture of their bike asking for people to keep an eye out for it as its been stolen

With this in mind, plus our apprentice having his bike stolen at college we decided to test a few of the “cheaper” but commonly sold locks, and shockingly I cut though them with a standard set of workshop pliers very easily.

As a result of this I have removed all the “cheaper” none branded locks off the shelves as I believe I should only sell products I would use myself, especially where security is concerned!

Over the last few weeks I have been talking to suppliers, reading reviews and as a result of my findings I am now only stocking On Guard locks, which are “Sold Secure”, the Insurance Industry approved standard.

With a large range to choose from, with prices starting at just over £11.00 for a “café” basic security lock up to £28.00 for an Ultimate Security, insurance approved lock I am sure we can cater for most cyclist needs.

For any advice on locks and how best to use them please feel free to call us or call in for a chat

 

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