Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Specialized Secteur Sport Road Bike Build 2011

This bike was brought on-line, "eBay" and was assembled (PDI'd) by me a qualified mobile bicycle mechanic at the customers address. See how to pdi a new bike

Bike build

Packaging with the words: WARRANTY VOID UNLESS ASSEMBLED BY AUTHORIZED-DEALER.

The customer told me he brought the bike on-line, on eBay!
When I was sizing him to the bike, I asked how did he know what size frame to order.
His reply was: "I tried the bike in the local bike shop, ordered on-line and saved money."

Sounds good to me the customer saves money and a mobile bike mechanic gets the job! And hopefully he calls me again when the bike needs servicing. I can also show him what pressure his tyres should be and sell him a pump, can of oil, spare tube, ect......

How many bikes go back for a first service? Which is recommended between 4 - 6 weeks of buying your bicycle. I gave the customer good advice and hope to see him for his bikes first service.

There is good opportunity for the mobile bicycle mechanic, to offer there service.
The question is:
Is this good in the long term for the bicycle industry?
Should bicycles be sold in a box, not built?
What does Specialized think of having there bikes sold this way?
What happens when there is a warranty issue?

The answer:
There is no easy answer. Not going to stop buying on-line. The consumer expects a lot these days.
You should always ask when you buy on-line: What are the terms when there is a warranty issue!
There are official on-line shops that offer a good customer service and sell bikes in a box that have been inspected by qualified mechanics.
Those new or back into cycling may buy the wrong type and size of bicycle. Also remember carbon frames only have 2 years warranty
I don't think bicycles should be sold, with out a pre-delivery inspection. As this could stop the consumer enjoying cycling or even have a dangers bike out on the road if not assembled correctly.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Park Tool PCS-10 Home Mechanic Repair Stand Review

I have used the Park Tool PCS 10 home mechanic work stand, since April 2009.
And is in use every day. It is stored in my mobile workshop and is opened and closed at each job!

2 Stands in use
Opens quickly
A cam-type clamp allows single action clamping of tubes 24 to 76 mm in diameter.
Clamping pressure is fully adjustable and the jaw covers are replaceable.

The work stand folds easily and quickly to 104 cm for storage and transporting around.

Composite top tube allows smooth 360-degree clamp rotation with the bike in the stand.
Quick release height adjustment from 99 to 145 cm.
Three-point leg system with reinforced centre yolk for superior stability.
Sliding retention rings lock folding legs tight against main upright when stored.
Three-point leg system with reinforced centre yolk for superior stability.
I like this stand so much I have a second one I use in my workshop.

Great value home mechanic work stand used by the professionals.
You can buy direct from me £135 + Postage

Monday, 23 May 2011

Bicycle Mechanics - Operating From A cargo Bike

Your mobile bike business working from a bike, this is very popular in Holland, Italy and Germany have a AA style bike recovery operation called Yellow Angels.

Two mobile mechanics doing this below:

Howard Yeomans. Thornbury.
www.bikesmadegood.co.uk  07948 271 763



Photographs by Peter Eland. Editor of Velo Vision Magazine © 2011 www.velovision.com


Dave Revolve MCR Manchester


Operating From A cargo Bike

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Border 100 Event

The weather was extremely poor with rain, gales and only short spells of sunshine.


Cameron Cycle Tech Glasgow






Saturday, 14 May 2011

A visit to the Saturday bike shop

Luca from Dulwich came for the day, to spend time seeing if this business is for him!
Typical Saturday jobs for Luca to get involved with; punctures, gear adjustments, removing bottom brackets and fitting accessories.

Me and Luca