If you're getting an old bike out of the garage, or just want to make sure your bike is in good shape, this page will provide you with the resources to fix your bike so you can start cycling.
Check our event pages for free bike maintenance sessions throughout the academic year!
Do the 'M' check
It's important to get in the habit of checking your bike regularly – simple checks and maintenance can help you enjoy hassle-free riding and avoid repairs. The M check is a simple way to make sure your bike is safe to ride, see Sustran's video on how to complete the M check.
Getting your bike fixed at the shop
It can be intimidating to enter a bike shop, however it is important to note that every one was a beginner cyclist once, and that mechanics are bike enthusiasts keen to get more people cycling.
Some bike shops are booked up in advance due to the recent increase in cyclists, however ringing in advance will allow you to find out when they can see you. If it is a small fixture such as tightening your break pads, popping in towards the end of the day might mean that you can be seen immediately.
Open Bike Shop Finder is a registry for bike shops that have confirmed they are open. Please note others may be open, so it’s worth contacting other local shops.
Free Bike Checks
Halfords offer free 32-point bike checks, including checking for wear, damage and ensuring your bike is safe to ride. Find out more here.
Free Bike Maintenance
Dr. Bike offer free bike maintenance throughout the year. They have been temporarily postponed/cancelled due to Covid-19, however this is a useful resource once it is up and running, find out more here.
Fixing your bike yourself
Fixing your bike can sound challenging, but with most things, there are lots of useful tips and tricks on YouTube. See out top resources below:
Download simple maintenance guides from Cycling UK.
British Cycling have step by step video guides for maintenance and repairs on YouTube.
BikeRide list maintenance videos guides.