Now entering year six, Dave’ Bike Shed has established itself as a trustworthy and great value for money cycle repair and maintenance provider to Fife, Lothians, Edinburgh and beyond.
Thanks to all who continued to support the Shed in its first 4 years, your repeat business and friendship is greatly appreciated - thanks for spreading the word about Dave and his expertise and care in looking after your bike. To my new customers; my thanks for your business again, see you in 2015 for the regular maintenance your bike needs to keep it tip top and giving you the performance it should.
KB provides some feedback on my services
David offers free and impartial advice. He provides detailed quotes via email – orders and fits the parts and invariably everything is ready exactly when he says it will be, costing exactly what he quoted. My Croix de Fer has been transformed with the new drivetrain and the 105 upgrade he recommended. Well worth the journey to Aberdour for the best level of service I’ve seen. Mainstream bike shops should take note.
Fixie rebuild and new rear wheel
Hi Dave, three weeks of commuting fixed , and the bike is riding beautifully (me not so good-coff coff). Thanks again for a good job, A (Edinburgh).
A Stirling built Elrick keeps on goin!
Quick word to say thanks so much for getting my late Mum's Elrick back on the road. Been using it for my daily ride to work and its going great. So happy to be able to ride it again :-) It means more to me than you can know.
Thanks again. S J
Second Hand Bikes
Purchased a girls bike from Dave's Bike Shed for our Grand Daughter, the bike was in perfect condition and exceeded all safety regulations, but the thing that puts Dave above everyone else (including the bike) was his customer service, Dave focused on the customer (our Grand Daughter) making her feel very special on the day, he made sure the bike was perfect for her and spoke to her as a customer... We left the bike shop with a quality bike, a delighted grand daughter and a very small amount of cash from our wallet. Thank you Dave for a great bike shopping experience for all of us, she loves her bike and we all loved the Bike Shed... We certainly know where we will be going when we need all our bikes serviced or require spare parts... Your a gem..Mrs W Dalgety Bay
C and his Scott MTB hardtail find the bicycle shop and repairs to a standard and quality he couldn't find elsewhere......
Just a wee word of credit for a job well done. Had first wee birl on the Scott , 18 – 20 miles up over the Cults and have to say bike was very smooth and also very quiet. Running gear worked a treat and bike was a pleasure to ride. Did an off road 15 miler this avo and it was fun being back to basics on a hardtail. Looking forward to an enjoyable winter’s riding.
Second hand bike sales! A satisfied customer writes.....
Many thanks for the 'Giant' bike for riding on my rollers inside in this winter weather, it is now being used daily.
Dave delivered my bike fully prepped and ready to ride, he even had the saddle at the right height before he saw me!
I was on the waiting list for a used bike for about a month before Dave came up with a choice of 2 suitable bikes.
I went for a Giant hybrid with 700c wheels which has proved perfect.
Thanks again J
Sara gets her handlebar height adjusted and comfortable cycling returns:
Had the bike out for a long run on Saturday & the new handle bar stem was spot-on ! I didn't get any of the usual shoulder pain & it felt much more comfortable - it didnt even need adjusted.
Just wanted to say thanks :)
A new cyclist, appreciates their bike purchase and after care service.
Dave took time to make sure I got the bike I wanted (not just the colour I liked!) and then talked me through using it for the first time. His care during the first year of ownership meant I didn't have to worry about the bike, just concentrate on using it and enjoying it. Thanks Dave.
John McT, Aberdour says:
"Dave has been fixing my bikes for about three years now. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. There’s nothing about bikes Dave doesn’t know and he seems to fix anything! Dave takes real pleasure in his work and a pride in doing the best job for you. Service and value is unrivalled. If your bike needs anything, take it to Dave!"
More on e-commerce and internet competition. "You cant fit a bottom bracket over the Internet" Okay, its not a direct quote but the superb book "The Case for Working with Your Hands: Or Why Office Work is Bad" makes the case for the internet being unable to hammer in a nail. More and more business's are thinking local, doin the right thing by customers, here is one my examples. An Edinburgh resident, who is Aberdour born and still has family in the village makes contact, front gear changer not working and front wheel buckle. Turns out the wheel buckle is an incorrectly mounted 2.10 Conti Mountain Race tyre, sometimes they dont seat well, front changer is a cable retension and reset the limit travel screws. Ten minute job using 1 allen key, 1 screwdriver, 1 wheel truing stand and my experience and skills - charge £5 - because that makes sense to me. That the job was done on a Saturday morning while he waited, says so much more than saving £15 on a new chainset or £3 on the same Shimano cassette that I can fit for you.
I never drag my heels when going to work - now year 6 of trading!
23 Morayvale, Aberdour, Fife, Scotland
(click the postcode and a map opens in a new window, its the last house in the cul de sac, white front door, park in the garage site please)
Tel: 01383 860199
Mob: 07772 948568
Restoration jobs; to date about 3 or 4 restoration jobs a year are completed in the shed. These are on older bikes that you want to keep period to use a lot or a little. Probably you have fond memories of this bike or you are building the bike you always wanted but for whatever reason never owned. I can take you through this process and arrange repainting to a very high standard and source parts that are difficult to find. 2015 ends with me undertaking a go cart restoration! Its got pedals, a chain a sprocket and 4 spoked wheels, no problems!
Many thanks for work carried out on bike, running well now chain and gears so much better and were obviously in need of attention. Front brake has never worked so well, will need to keep an eye on rear disk brake as not very effective. Hopefully get a few months running left.
Appreciate work done, picking up and delivering bike certainly added to the service. I will not hesitate using you again.
Thanks again, Dave B - Kirkcaldy
Go Tubeless and Shock Servicing
After a few practise sessions and searching out the best kit to do this, I can now offer this with confindence. I use Rubena kits and Schwalbe Doc Blue for recharges, can offer 26" for £45 and 29" for £55 and maybe able to use your current tyres, if not Nobby Nics are always in stock as my default all rounder tyre for where we live. Happy to get in your tyre of choice if you are a Maxxis or Conti MTBer!
The Rockshox Recon is by far the most common shock I see on bikes, its a UK thing, go to Germany and you fall over the excellent SR Suntour Epicon as well as Fox, Rockshox etc, but thats another story! For £50, I will change your oil (using the correct 5 and 15 weight oil), change the o rings and the wiper seals on your recon. Any other work required would be identified before rebuild for us to discuss. Its best if you can tell me the service history of the fork - you do get them serviced? - and what riding you do.
Wheel building news
I plan to always have in stock handbuilt (by me) Ambrosio rims and hubs road bike wheel sets, with Shimano and Campag freehubs, front and rear 32 spoke with stainless steel double butted spokes and retail for £350. A 36 rear, if you need it, or a 28 front and rear if you can safely use it will be options as well.
Always in stock, oil change required on your Rohloff Hub Gear? Give me a call - drain old oil, flush with cleaning oil, refill with oil - £30.
Hope brakes, wheels, headsets, bottom brackets etc etc
Welcome to you if your coming to the shed, real or virtual, via the Burntisland Buzzz or Dalgety Bay Diary and my advert therein. Dont hestitate to get in touch whatever your bike or whatever your cycling needs. Pick up and drop off for Bay residents; not a problem, a pleasure.
Whats New: early May 2016
With the closure of Spokes in Kirkcaldy, Fife is one less bike shop, and thats sad. However, as Fife's only repair and maintenance bike workshop I am as ever ready to welcome new customers from the Lang Toun and as I have no need to sell bikes to cover my fixed costs, am way better value for money on your repairs. Trek and Specialized welcome! Its 15 mins to me here in Aberdour, and as many do, get the train along and pedal back via the Jaw Banes road and home when you collect your "like new" bike from me.
Thanks for kind comments about my hair! After many years trimming it - often - its growing and looking good - so some of you say.
Been at Fife College Green Week to repair and advise our local students on keeping the wheels turning and saving on bus fares. Another successful Dr Bike undertaking.
Cycling season well and truly arrived! Despite strong winds and the need to still layer up; its on your bike season. Lots of sportif prep on bikes already, a fair few gold strip downs and new wheel builds have got my year off to a flyer. Its busy, but I can usually meet time demands if you need your a job done rapido. Bottom brackets of the hollowtech variety: I seem to be restocking these constantly having fitted a dozen in a few weeks. To be fair, they do last longer if you are a fair weather rider or obsessive about getting dirt and grit out of the crannies on your bike, but who is? Most of you (correctly) just want to ride and your hollowtech external cup bottom bracket can have rough bearings and play developing after 1000 dirty miles. In response I am going to start suggesting the fitting of Hope Stainless Steel hollowtech cups and keep in stock. These last way longer, and are more expensive about 3 times more expensive, but if you get 6 times the mileage?!? As an added bonus, when a bearing shows wear I can knock out the old bearing and press in a new one, look closely at your shi**no cups - DO NOT DISASSEMBLE - when its worn out throw the whole thing away. Oh, and you also get a free Hope sticker, always have some of those!
Wheel building; have done 6 pairs since the new year, 2 pairs of touring hoops on Keba sturdy Ambrosio rims with no nonsense sealed bearing hubs, a fixie pair, rear flip flop with lighter and fine looking Ambrosio Excellence rims and a light 28 spoke front and rear road set Hope hubs with Ambrosio Excellight, these come in around the 1.9kg weight and are robust fast road wheels. Two sets on Hope Mono RS recently, 1 onto Open Pro, the others (Red) onto excellight - better!
Greener Kirkcaldy - the seasonal bike fix/Dr Bike sessions at the farmers market, bike maintenance workshops to help folks understand better how their bikes work and attendance at galas is up and running again. Look for flyers around Kirkcaldy and Follow this to the event page and see whats being arranged. Twitter also good to keep up with where I am Dr Bike in Kirkcaldy.
Other good things last year were several adults and about a dozen bairns benefiting from my skills as a cycle trainer. I fit this in when asked and if you are not as confident on a bike as you would like to be or you can't go a bike, get in touch. Investment of around 2 hours of my time and a few more of you practising on your own in a quiet area will have you cycling in no time. We can then progress to on road skills: and off you go.
Bikes in boxes bought online - for £25 I will unbox and carefully unpack your new internet purchase, put it on a workstand, inflate your tyres to the correct pressure, not what feels just right, build it and check everything is A1, then test ride your bike. You can even have it delivered to me and then collect your brand new bike safe in the knowledge its working perfectly. I can fit you to the bike, and supply the essentials if you want to top up the tyre pressure, repair a flat etc. This service is aimed at making your life simple and you getting on your bike straight away without faffing and potentially riding an unsafe machine. Remember all work is guaranteed and you will be a happy customer of Dave's Bike Shed. This service has taken off and its 6 weeks till the giving and receiving, get in touch as soon as and get your booked it to be built properly.
Recent price changes on parts I supply for 8, 9 and 10 speed cassettes, as 11 becomes more common, the big Shim reduce the wholesale prices on fewer cog cassettes - I pass this on to you!
Also started fitting more new cartridge bearings on headsets as I have secured a great high quality supplier, often better than those fitted originally. If I can I will fit only the bearings as the crown race and the cups are often perfect, any doubts I replace the whole assembly.
Rear derailleur hanger or removable drop out. My supplier now has an incredible 450 listed, what this says about the bike industry...you decide! Anyways they are precision machined from quality alloy and often way better than the cheap, poor quality original fitted to many frames. Even if you think yours is not bent, replacement with one of these can tighten up gear shifts that are inconsistent and sloppy. I do (of course) have a high quality Campagnolo made hanger alignment gauge to check this for you!
"I haven't gone to a bike shop yet. just searching online."
Oh dear!!!!!!! The above was something I heard more and more last year and as a result I then spend 10 or more (free) minutes dispelling rumour, myth and just wrong information. Everyone loves the internet, imagine if it closed tomorrow? By all means do an online search for info about a component or remedy to something gone wrong with your bike; avail yourself of others opinions and comments, but then come to me and get an experienced and expert opinion - face to face - and free!
Had the (good?) fortune to be quoted and mentioned in a debate on active travel in the Scottish Parliament! I and my views about how important cycling is for us as a country are now a part of the official record.
A continuing and growing demand for my pedal thread repair service, the volume of these is growing year on year as owners realise a new chainset £60+! is not required due to the pedal thread being damaged.
A busy time for bike building from the box and more childrens road bikes as Dads new hobby he took up a few years back enters the family leisure activities programme! Its great to see this and if its not an Islabike, Raleigh and Moda make good quality ones that are not toys. Overall Christmas bikes are still a "thing" I remember getting a BSA in gold metallic, chromed handlebars, cottered chainset, white wall tyres and mudguards/chaincase when I was 8!
Avid juicy three and five, sorry but I have stopped rebuilding these (can still bleed them but....), the alloy metal on most is now corroding and its impossible to get a satisfactory seal on the reservoir. Piston return is also problematic - no worries why not get a new set of Deore Shimano brakes, supplied and fitted with hoses shortened to suit your bike. As always a keen price, usually £110ish a pair.
BB30 as they have been around for a while now, most are starting to wear out. Always have the bearings - the correct quality bearings for bottom bracket use, not industrial bearing supply sourced alternatives - to keep your cranks spinning free and smooth. Also GXP Sram system using genuine equipment cups, have seen differing results with the sleeved insert.
HOPE TECHNOLOGY - I love Hope brakes and hubs, they are quite simply the most affordable well engineered brakes and hubs available and they are all designed, manufactured and distributed here in the UK. I am now an official Hope Dealer and can supply you with everything they make. I have an immense selection of spares for hubs - bearings, pawl springs - and brakes - all seals, O rings, caps, olives etc - and a full Hope tool kit to correctly remove and replace all your worn components; no oddly sized sockets used to knock out bearings - thats not the way to do it! Get in touch to discuss overhauling your brakes - Mono Minis! superb!!!- and hubs.
Remember if you replace your chain before its totally worn out you should get at least 2 chains to 1 cassette, thus saving you money in the long run. How many miles does a chain last for? This is dependant upon how clean and how well lubricated you keep it. The cleaner the better and oil only into the rollers, chains covered in oil just wear out more quickly as they pick up all the dust and grit. Let me sell you a chain checker, so when you return to me for cassette replacement, you have had 2 or maybe 3 chains on one cassette, 10 speed cassettes that we all be riding in the near future! are retailing £50+, avoid this cost with my advice and expertise.