Now entering year four, 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 3 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 2014 for the regular maintenance your bike needs to keep it tip top and giving you the performance it should.
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!"
Welcome to virtual Dave’s Bike Shed - year 4!
The real thing is run by me, David Seaman from
23 Morayvale, Aberdour, Fife, Scotland, KY3 0XE
Tel: 01383 860199
Mob: 07772 948568
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
Whats New: early 2014
Some good chat and superb photos as a result of Greg and Jenny from Sustrans visiting the shed for an interview with myself. Looking to update their Make Your Move Kirkcaldy website with some maintenance hints from myself. See the new photos at the bottom of the page and look out for other photographic revisions on the website!
Looking back on a superb 2013 I have done about 30 Dr Bike sessions, taught 5 people (aged 4 to 40 something) to ride a bike, supervised about 70 bike club sessions in Kirkcaldy, built 10+ £3k road bikes, bought and fitted about 20odd groupsets, sold 33 bikes, built 28 wheels, used about 140 new bottom brackets, bought the rolls royce of pedal spanners - a Hozan! - put some new felt on the roof of the shed and cycled only 800 miles myself. Theres a direct link between how busy I am to the number of miles I cycle, such is life!
In February I have several Dr Bike sessions arranged at Fife schools in advance of the Big Pedal. This is a superb opportunity for children to cycle to school and take part in a fun competition, its arranged by Sustrans, so as a parent you can have total confidence in the event.
I continue to build my customer base, so a special thank you to you all for using Dave's Bike Shed in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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 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.
Also had some Boardman Team mtb's in. These seem to wear out the lower pivot bearings at an alarming rate. Halfo**s don't have spares either, I understand. The pivot bolt is unique, the bearings not so, so its a simple job to replace them, although there must be a factory in Taiwan with 000's of these, why cant a simple kit be made and sold? Capitalism :)eh! Update on this, they have no interest in sorting this bike for the customer, I cannot accept that they still do business with so many, the service is shocking.
90s road bikes - ZULLO - coming soon a new Dave's Bike Shed build, Columbus tubing, Campag 8 speed, Campag Omega rims on Chorus hubs - nice. This is nearly finished in December 2013!
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.