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.


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.....

Dave,
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 :)
Cheers
Sara


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 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

Email: dave@davesbikeshed.co.uk

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.

Rohloff


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.
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Whats New: October 2014

Sorry for the continuation of sparse and irregular updates, its been so busy all through 2014, no bad thing!  I know that I continue to meet the demands of my customers so limited time for updating on here.

Have had an intense Dr Bike season with Make Your Move Kirkcaldy and the Kirkcaldy schools "I Bike" programme.  Recently safety checked and made safe with new brakes etc 250 bikes, not bad for a 6 day work programme.

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.

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 .

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.


90s road bikes - ZULLO -  a Dave's Bike Shed build, Columbus tubing, Campag 8 speed, Campag Omega rims on Chorus hubs - nice.  This is now performing brilliantly in the 2104 sportif season, 4hr55 on the etape caledonia, will see how I get on in The Borders in August, but a truly brilliant bike and unique

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.