Now entering year seven, Dave’ Bike Shed has established itself as a trustworthy and great value for money cycle repair and maintenance provider to people from Fife, Lothians, Edinburgh and beyond.

Thanks to all who continued to support the Shed in its first 6 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 2017 for the regular maintenance your bike needs to keep it tip top and giving you the performance it should.
CB, following a midwinter service (Jan 18)
"50+ miles and 3000+feet yesterday on the newly serviced Intenso. Run like a sweetie!!! Thanks again for a top service."

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!

Hi Dave,
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 on Sunday, 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:

Hi Dave
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.

S, Aberdour

John McT, Aberdour says:

"Dave has been fixing my bikes for about six 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.

Welcome! Have a read through, find out a bit about me, what I do and prices.  Chat and advice - a pleasure; always happy to help!
(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.  2017 ended with me completing this Holdsworth, Campagnolo Nouvo Record throughout with high lange hubs onto Freshtripe supplied PBP shiny shiny rims from Velo Orange!

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? its the future!

For me tubeless is now more than 3 years old. After a few try outs with different kits I use mostly Zefal or Schwalbe tape, valves and sealants. These cope with air from a pump or CO2 from your canister; some fluids deteriorate with CO2 which you dont want.  Customers getting their tubeless tyres changed shows me up to 7 or 8 sealed puncture holes; thats up to 8 tubes not changed or patched, think of the time saving, never mind the cost.  If you wonder if your rims can go tubeless, get in touch, its more to do with the tyre, we can discuss, advice always free.

Wheel building news

Moving to Miche hubs for the handbuilts, Ambrosio rims still very popular and very good value (both quality and cost) against Mavic.  Am using more Ryde rims too.  Shimano 105 and Ultegra here as well if you like the BIG S cup and cone!  Coloured hubs?  Lets go Hope, I can supply.  Disc brakes and assymetric are now commonplace as it allows each side of the rim and spokes to be more evenly tensioned.  Your new disc bike of the last 2 years most likely has assymetric, again - advice is free if you want an upgrade to these or want to replace hub and/or rim - its all possible.


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
  • HOPE Technology, fully equipped to overhaul all Hope brakes and hubs, also can supply all Hope products.
  Hope Spares Boxes!

  • Is your crank arm cross threaded or the thread stripped out at the pedal? With a chainset costing from £35 to £600 this problem would normally result in these parts going to the recycling. Not any more! Let Dave’s Bike Shed repair this with a Helicoil insert that will allow a pedal to attach to your crank and for you to save the cost of a new chainset. See prices and maintenance page for full details.
  • Do your disc brakes consistently squeal? Despite cleaning rotors and changing pads your disc brakes need to be set up correctly to ensure they operate effectively; where the calliper mounts to the frame has to be absolutely square, let me make sure this is the case with my specialist tool. Details on the maintenance page.
  • Bought a bike from the internet and marvelled at the cost savings but despaired at the customer service and then having to set your bike up? Identify a broad range of bikes, in your price range, and ask me to quote. Not only will I seek to supply the bike, I will make sure its set up 100% safe and ready to ride and that it fits you. I will even deliver it to you locally and supply it fitted with any accessories you wish. I can supply new bikes from a number of manufacturers. Click here for further details.
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: January 2018,

SEE WHEELBUILD PAGE high quality 8/9/10 sp wheels for £280ish - £350ish, very light, handbuilt!

After a slowish start to the year its picking up again.  8th year of trading - est 2010!  Lots of wheelbuilds as folks think of upgrades for the coming season/spring or hopefully summer.  Also dropper posts for repairs, the eldest must now be 4yrs old at least, cable, fluid I can do them all and find that wear in hoses and sticky inner cables are the most common faults,easily rectified.  

Older and vintage parts.  This year I am going to endeavour to keep older, second hand but VGC campag hubs, mavic rims, tubular rims in stock.  Supply and stock are bound to be haphazard so if you are thinking of early or nouvo record, 36 hole old clincher or tubs rims, give me a call; I may just have it in stock.

Reynolds 531 frames, I currently have 3, one a Dave Yates audax, fast tour in very good condition, ready to be built up, the others are resprayed/painted over but are certifiable as 531. One has campagnolo front fork drop outs, both have grease ports on the BB shell so this dates them

Campagnolo Potenza, this is the Italian passion filled alternative to the Shimano Ultegra set up and is the groupset of choice this year; and its in 11 - 32 ratio cassette form gets you up the hills.  You know I love Campagnolo - simple, have fitted 4 this year even to Campag newbies, it works well, is solid and (especially the bottom brackets) harder wearing than alternatives.

Full suspension bikes having all frame bearings replaced seems to be working out at around £55ish for bearings and £30 for labour; pivot bolts are supplier prices so vary a lot.  Getting this done does transform the handling of your bike, especially on the downhill gonzo sections and keeps you safer with controlled handling restored.  Phone me and have a chat about this, if your bike is 2 years old and used a few hours/week, it does need done, play is there.

Out and about this year doing Bikeability training with Fife Council; Midlothian Council Dr Bike events; Greener Kirkcaldy as always farmers market and galas also with the increasingly popular maintenance classes check events on the usual page for their updates.  Even got along to a Kirkcaldy venture scout group for a session on keeping the bike sweet - dib dib dib - Dob.

Wheel building; In addition to the list of hoops always being built as a matter of course, E Bike hubs and failing spokes and failing rims are more common.  Ask me to show the section of destroyed rim if you are in.  New additions to the wheelbuilding hub and rim list are Rigida and Miche.  Andra and cargo bike rim perfect for ebikes and the racing box (road use) and Syntase (tour and multipurpose use) great robust, well finished hubs.

Done 4 older MTB rebuilds, all aluminium hardtails, all 8 speed, all perfectly sound and ready for another 20 years use, all got hollowtech chainsets and uprated derailleurs, hub rebuilds and only 1 needed forks.  If this is you budget £240 - £300 without forks.  Better to recycle than shell out £600 on a new model?

Thanks for kind comments about my hair!  After many years trimming it - often -  its growing and looking good - so some of you say.

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.

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 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.