happy days ----ESTABLISHED 2011- YEAR 10 OF TRADING!----happy days

25.3.20-COVID19 bike shops can stay open: Government guidance

I fell unwell 17.3.20, I have not been tested, writing on 28.3 I am feeling much better and I opened 30 March and have been working solid since.


 Visits will be by appointment only and travel to me is up to you to decide if essential; please leave/collect your bike from my greenhouse; I will agree work with you by phone/email; payment preferred by BACS; I will use an antibacterial to wipe down your bike when it arrives and again when i am finished with it.  I am confident of parts supply, but this may change, I currently have decent stock levels. Stay safe and healthy!

Now entering year ten, 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 9 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 2020 for the regular maintenance your bike needs to keep it tip top and giving you the performance it should.
TM - August 2019    "My wheel complete with Son 28 hub has been working a treat for a couple of months now and with the nights ‘fair drawing in’ now this will come in really handy for my daily commute and I’m pleased that this is now a ‘fit and forget’ lighting setup rather than battery powered!
Once again - thanks for weaving your golden skills on my wheel! As expected, despite the potholes on the road to work it continues to run 'as straight as a die' and I’m so glad I decided to come to a small independent outfit with years of experience in this craft (not local for me - but an enjoyable trip from Edinburgh)! This one’s built to last…"

S of west Fife (May19), "...smooth and comfortable on C'dale carbon Dave with the new wheels, many thanks."

Mr O, Edinburgh - 28 spoke, 2 cross Hope Rs4 onto Excellight rims (Oct 18)
"Dave: New wheels are everything you promised and more - fast, light, comfortable - absolutely delighted with them, many thanks again."

SS, full sus Whyte, drive train, brakes, pivots, headset etc (Aug 18)
"Love it Dave, silent and smooth.  Feels like a new bike again.  Thanks a lot."

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

Email: dave@davesbikeshed.co.uk

Restoration jobs; RaleighSmallWheels

1. On the stand.

2. Laquer paint finish over treated rust to give a patina/original look; mechanically A1.

Dawes Lady Galaxy
1. On the stand.
2. 27x1 1/4" wheels replaced with 700c handbuilt 105 hubs onto Sputniks - period and correct!

3. Full fit out, 8sp pod shifters on flat swept back bars, compact Stronglight chainset with 32 tooth rear.

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 4 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

Have moved to Miche hubs for the handbuilts, Ambrosio rims still very popular but getting difficult to source so Kinlin for me, I have an almost direct replacement for the Excellight - the XR19W - ASK ME! 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: late March 2020,

Here I am in 2020 and year 10 of trading; as always a big thanks to all my customers old and new, appreciate inviting and welcoming everyone to the shed, no matter what your bike, no matter how little or much you cycle.  I always provide good advice and full explanation of whats required. I never pitch this in tech speak.

Early doors in the year but wheels rolling out the door already.  Have found that the handbuilt debate has started up again as cyclists who were sold on the shop bought kys**** marketing spoke pattern wheels by m*vic, h*nt and others with many glossy adverts and product placement influencer chat, have decided that the 3 or 2 cross 32/28 spoke wheel thats been around since the year dot, must have some credibility.  They are trying it and are...converted.  Wheels that can cope with our roads and a wheelset that you can reply on for less than £300, to last longer than factory built? Get in touch.

Restoration work in the quieter new year period; this year a Flying Scot dated to around 1950.  Frame with gear hanger but set up as a single speed with a flip flop hub.  Stronglight cottered single chainset and of course early aluminium 27" x 1 1/4" rims that are so soft compared to more modern alloys.  Work was kept to a minimum to preserve the way the family found the bike: bearing replacement, frame polish, new tyres and cloth bar tape.  Its only going to cover a few miles a year as a family heirloom with all the memories! Photos to follow.

This year - tubeless continues to increase in popularity with more road bikes going the new wheels - "...make them tubeless rims Dave." route.  Kinlin and ryde rims are the choice here, kinlin also have no logos, some shops stick there own on there, not for me I'm afraid.  A rider of my handbuilt wheels telling their buddies how true they run even after a hard winter of potholes and climbing, is way more important than a vinyl sticker saying Dave's Bike Shed Handbuilt! but you never know.

BTW Kinlin are the largest rim manufacturer you've never heard of but see branded up by others all the time.

Disc brakes bringing there own issues, look at the wee bolt that holds the pads in; yes, its got a slot for a flatblade screwdriver to fit. If its better quality it will have a hex head. Without being a physicst its easy to see why this is crap.  Your brakes work by creating friction, this is released as heat and up through the cooling fins if you have them, the outcome of heating/cooling/heating etc as you use your brakes leads to the thread on that 3mm diameter pad holding screw being difficult to remove and the head rounding out/being destroyed.  Answer, remove and fit a split pin!  Dont, be surprised if I suggest this.

Campagnolo.  This has been my "...lowest number of campag equipped bikes in the workshop..." year.  A worrying trend, I shall say no more.

Dawes Lady Galaxy 531 tubing mixte frame, a genuine late 70's early 80's that was restored for a milestone birthday of the original owner.  This one got a full update of its braze ons, a full detailed paintjob and the union flag made in britain sticker thrown away and a saltire in its place!  Again before and after pics left.

Out and about this year Greener Kirkcaldy now concentrating on maintenance classes check events on the usual page for their updates.  Talking tandems had me teaching roadside repairs and fettling and a more advanced workshop repair based class to their sighted pilots and sight loss stokers.  If you would like to volunteer with them, get in touch with them; they are friendly bunch.  Course was a great success, if you are a community group who wants to do a similar workshop, get in touch.  its not expensive what you learn and potentially save.

10th year of trading - est 2011!  Great job and first for the shed over the new year there.  A tern 20" wheel folder, disc brakes with gates carbon belt drive and shimano 8 speed hub gear - brand new.  Customer had the hub swapped out for a rohloff.  Few technical challenges along the way with sprocket size, belt length and keeping the rear prop stand fitted; but all overcome, see some photos here, below the old hubs section.

Older and vintage parts.  You may recall me writing about older, second hand but VGC campag hubs, mavic tubular rims being in stock.  Afraid that this has not worked out as its too expensive to have a few of these sitting in a drawer, so you are very welcome to go and source these vintage bits yourself - I can rebuild hubs and polish prior to the build - and leave me to put your retro hoops together.

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.

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 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!

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.