LOOK at me now

A LOOK 585 with a broken dérailleur and gear hanger is transformed in to a thing of beauty. With new gearing and components this bike will fly.

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Spring causes changing problems

My wife rides a nice little black carbon number equipped with a Shimano 105 groupset. She's recently been complaining that changing gear with the front dérailleur has been getting increasingly difficult. I get on the bike and can't find anything wrong! However, when she says that she's getting signs of arthritis in her left hand I start to take notice.

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TdY TV gremlins

You may have been as disappointed as me when the Tour de Yorkshire TV coverage failed on Saturday. It's a miracle of technology that we get the pictures at all! The TdY TV coverage was provided by the same team that brings us the Tour de France coverage. This excellent article explains how the pictures reach your screen - http://cyclingtips.com/2013/07/eyes-in-the-sky-how-the-tour-de-france-is-broadcast-to-the-world and the video above, although in French, is worth a...

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The Workshop client area is launched

"The Workshop" is available to clients by logging into our website. All clients receive an invitation by e-mail to create a user account. Once logged in you can book a service, track your bike service and, as long as you've set up your mobile phone, you will receive an automated SMS message when your bike is ready to collect. You can view an example overview page here.

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We've re-opened!

Following a major workshop refit The Cycle Mechanic is back in business to serve the needs of serious road cyclists in north Lancashire and south Cumbria. From fixing a puncture to a full strip down and service, The Cycle Mechanic can help keep your bike on the road. As an added benefit to our clients we maintain a full service record for your bike which you can access online whenever...

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It's the wrong grease Grommit!

Yet another bottom bracket assembled using the wrong type of grease. In addition the bottom bracket had not been serviced for some time and was seized. Of course this one used plastic cups both sides and the plastic had deteriorated and lost its strength. So, cups drilled and cut out, threads re-cut and a new bottom bracket fitted - with the right type of grease of course!

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You'll be having a cup of tea?

No it's not an April Fool! You'll be very welcome to a brew of your choice when you visit The Cycle Mechanic as every problem is aided by a cup of tea. The cat's not part of the deal though! We aim to reopen within the next two weeks.

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Workshop refurbishment nearing completion

It doesn't look like much has happened here but good progress has been made with the refurbishment. The workshop has been insulated and decorated. The floor was repainted today. A new heater and dehumidifier have been purchased. The Perfo board for the most used and accessible tools has been fitted. The floor paint has to cure and we're awaiting the arrival of a full workshop kit of Var tools.

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