Wednesday, 10 February 2010

I can't true a wheel myself......but I have at last found a proper Local Bike Shop!

1 Fixed Mavic.  Trued, cleaned, greased and pumped for a fiver!

For the majority of the ride on Sunday there was a tell tale twwwa twwwa twwwa from the front wheel as it kissed the brake pad on every revolution.  A little fettling after not enough internet research made it marginally worse so it was time to get the wheel trued properly.

Now my journey to work happens at 7.30am and all of the cycle shops near where I live open at least 2 hours after that!

Review section: LBS (home)

LBS #1:  Leisure Lakes Nottingham. (that's what they call themselves, in reality they are 8 miles away and closer to Derby, but hey who wants to say they are a sheep!)
A good bike shop that is mostly off road in its stock and specialty.  The road section has a handful of cycles from Trek and Weilier and Specialized.  The staff are friendly and the shop always seems to be packed with customers.  They also have a good selection of accessories and clothes.

My wife recently had a Trek hybrid from them and due to the sloping top tube it could not take the kiddy seat.  Took it back and swapped it for a different one and they didn't even blink!

LBS#2:  Cycle Inn, Beeston, Nottingham.  I tried this shop for the first time when I took delivery of the Planet X frame and fork.  I left it with them to fit the new headset and cut down the carbon steerer tube.  I collected the frame after they had 'fitted' the headset, and took it home.  However after unwrapping it I took it back so they could do it properly.  The headset had been slipped on and the fork crown race not pressed.  Later I discovered that they had used a butter knife to cut the steerer, judging by the state of the top of it.  I found this as I had to adjust the headset myself. - Guess what? That was my last visit to them.

So the task, to find a LBS (work).  Man these are thin on the ground around here.  (J28 M1).  However I do believe I have found one.
Google threw up 'Pro Bikes', Hucknall.  0115 956 1955 (sorry about the wonky photo)

Now this is a nice half an hour round trip from work including 5 minutes chatting whilst your there.  The exterior must be a defense, making the would be shop burglar think it is full of tat.  Inside you find a cracking collection of Pinarello, Kuota and Cinelli and more Fizik saddles and Assos socks than you would ever expect to see in one small shop at the far end of a former Notts mining town.

The chap that owns the place is very friendly, happy to chat and there is certainly no cycle shop snobbery.

So he has trued my Mavic rim whilst I drooled at the Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL's on display.

I tried to buy a Shimano chain pin for my mates bike that I am fixing up for him.  He doesn't do Shimano.  But he doesn't do Campag either so its not an Italian thing.  He says they are both crap and sticks to chain manufacturers who just make chains.  May give that one a go next time I need a chain but for now I'll stick with the Hyperglide.

So a top shop and near my work, if you find yourself in this part of the world and need a cycle shop then I thoroughly recommend long as you don't want an Italian or Japanese chain!

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