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Push bike servicing in Canberra.. Who does it best?

app_2013 26 October 2013 31

The sun’s out, the weather is warmer. I’d love to start riding my bike again and i’ve been told I should get it serviced.

So, who does it best, where would you go?

Looking at living in a big city in the next few months and plan to use my bike as my main form of transportation, so I’d love to have it in top working order!! 🙂

Cheers!!


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miaharper miaharper 2:13 pm 04 Mar 19

I’ve been to so many bicycle mechanics in Canberra and I found a guy who does an amazing job. Ken @ Amp Cycles – Mobile Bicycle Mechanic. I have a very heavy electric bike that I couldn’t transport on my own while it wasn’t working so I was so happy to discover a service that was able to pick it up and drop it back at my house. Fair pricing, fixes your bike fast and there was no transport fee (Yippee!). Here’s his details http://www.ampcycles.com.au – ph: 0403 426 137

Alistair Clarke Alistair Clarke 7:44 am 07 Apr 18

I was given a lovely Giant Mountain Bike as an early 40th present recently. Gears need to be recalibrated. Just wondering if the bike repair scene has changed much since this thread was started and hoping to receive some solid advice.

borizuka borizuka 12:56 pm 01 Nov 13

Simon @ CycleSurgery for sure.

Coming from someone that has 7 bikes between me and the wife, I do most work myself.
He has been even happy to help on the phone and answer my questions.

Mike Bessenger Mike Bessenger 11:48 am 01 Nov 13

Another vote for Cycle Surgery.

Avy Avy 2:39 pm 30 Oct 13

Definitely Cycle Surgery in Florey.

Jerry Atric Jerry Atric 5:42 pm 28 Oct 13

troll-sniffer said :

Jerry Atric said :

Another point : where can you pump up tyres these days? The fancy electronic pumps at the service stations don’t work.

Are you serious? Perhaps your education is lacking. So, let me enhance it for you. Scattered throughout Canberra are a number of retail establishments, some known as bike shops, some purveyors of general discount merchandise, such as BigW. They sell wondrous inventions called bike pumps, that with a little elbow grease and application of just a teaspoon of commonsense, will fill your tyres with litres and litres of air, such that under pressure it aids your bicycle to roll carefree and effortlessly along the highways and byways of Canberra.

Goodness! Here I am verging on having spent three quarters of a century often on a bike and I apparently didn’t know this. My bike pump was purchased in the late forties. I have changed the washer several times since then but my new bike purchased in the eighties doesn’t have those funny little clips that mean you can take the pump with you. Are you one of those cyclists that bulge out of lycra and sneer at the lesser breeds? Good luck with the next ute!

Watson Watson 12:18 pm 28 Oct 13

It’s not because you can do it that there’s no value in paying a professional to do it for you. If I had money, I’d get a cleaner too! And I take my car to a mechanic for servicing even though lots of the jobs involved I could be doing myself in theory.

I can take a bike apart and put it back together if I put my mind to it. But even replacing brake or gear cables takes me forever because I do it so rarely I don’t get enough practice to get fast at it. So I’m going to take my bike to Hackett for a first professional service of a bike I’ve owned ever! Thanks to the OP for helping me make the decision. I also need someone to adjust my seat post and fork suspension because I suspect it is adjusted for people heavier than me. And this is my first bike with suspensions…

And that will free up time for me to tend to my veggie patch and bake my own sourdough bread. Because I enjoy making stuff that I can buy for a couple of bucks in the shop! But I don’t enjoy bicycle maintenance at all…

zorro29 zorro29 11:36 am 28 Oct 13

i used to think bike servicing was a w**k till i took up cycling a number of years back. my partner and i both have very expensive bikes and an annual service (at a cost of around $100-$150) is a pretty good deal.

agree with the other comments on lonsdale st cyclery – their front end is ok but the service area are always trying to milk extra $$ from customers

the bike shop at the top end of lonsdale (near the park end) is good but really disorganised (everything is a drama there for a variety of reasons)

the guys near the BP on lonsdale are good too

Solidarity Solidarity 11:05 am 28 Oct 13

Ezy said :

Solidarity said :

People pay to have their bike serviced? WTF?

Bit of grease on the movey bits, replace tyres and brake pads when needed and you’re done!

I should start a business that “services” mobile phones. Not fixing them, but y’know, “giving the software a tune up”

Suckers.

Cool – so can I come to you to service my forks? Or bleed my hydraulic brakes, build me a new wheel set, run new brake and gear cables, sort out why the gears aren’t shifting into all cogs, replace the bottom bracket, repack the bearings in the hubs? And on top of all these – make sure that the parts you are using are the correct parts?

Didn’t think so.

Yep. None of that sounds hard at all. It’d be easier than servicing a postie bike.

PBO PBO 11:04 am 28 Oct 13

Ezy said :

Solidarity said :

People pay to have their bike serviced? WTF?

Bit of grease on the movey bits, replace tyres and brake pads when needed and you’re done!

I should start a business that “services” mobile phones. Not fixing them, but y’know, “giving the software a tune up”

Suckers.

Cool – so can I come to you to service my forks? Or bleed my hydraulic brakes, build me a new wheel set, run new brake and gear cables, sort out why the gears aren’t shifting into all cogs, replace the bottom bracket, repack the bearings in the hubs? And on top of all these – make sure that the parts you are using are the correct parts?

Didn’t think so.

Sounds like you know how to do it all yourself……

Ezy Ezy 10:53 am 28 Oct 13

Solidarity said :

People pay to have their bike serviced? WTF?

Bit of grease on the movey bits, replace tyres and brake pads when needed and you’re done!

I should start a business that “services” mobile phones. Not fixing them, but y’know, “giving the software a tune up”

Suckers.

Cool – so can I come to you to service my forks? Or bleed my hydraulic brakes, build me a new wheel set, run new brake and gear cables, sort out why the gears aren’t shifting into all cogs, replace the bottom bracket, repack the bearings in the hubs? And on top of all these – make sure that the parts you are using are the correct parts?

Didn’t think so.

Solidarity Solidarity 10:29 am 28 Oct 13

People pay to have their bike serviced? WTF?

Bit of grease on the movey bits, replace tyres and brake pads when needed and you’re done!

I should start a business that “services” mobile phones. Not fixing them, but y’know, “giving the software a tune up”

Suckers.

pink little birdie pink little birdie 9:19 am 28 Oct 13

It’s coming up school fete season. Last year at the Aranda primary school fete there was a bunch of guys drinking beer and doing a basic bike service for $5.
It was totally awesome.

PBO PBO 9:04 am 28 Oct 13

Learn to do it yourself, in a case of emergency it is a handy skillset.

The state forest is on fire, the dams about to burst, the refinery is destroyed and people are rioting in the streets and the Army is powerless to stop them……PBO, what do we do?

PBO: Hmmmmm, this is a tricky one. Let me think back to my bicycle repair training………….

Ezy Ezy 8:38 am 28 Oct 13

Another on the list to check out is Monkey Wrench Cycles in Hackett Shops. They have price lists on their website and outline what you will be getting for your money. The guys that run the shop have been in the business for a long time and are super friendly. Worth giving a shot.

SomeJerk SomeJerk 10:12 pm 27 Oct 13

Cycle Surgery (Simon) has been servicing my bikes for the last few years and I’m very happy.
I’m amazed at how good his pricing is, quite often on par with overseas online stores.

Chip Chip 9:50 pm 27 Oct 13

I was very happy with the work, price and friendliness of the guys at Monkey Wrench at Hackett shops. They have all the parts and accessories but I don’t think they stock new bikes so they won’t try to talk you into an upgrade. If you want a new bike they are probably a good source of independent advice. http://monkeywrenchcycles.com.au/ Great coffee next door into the bargain.

Aeek Aeek 8:35 pm 27 Oct 13

Jerry Atric said :

Another point : where can you pump up tyres these days? The fancy electronic pumps at the service stations don’t work.

50-100 will get you a track pump. Very little physical strength required.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 8:10 pm 27 Oct 13

Jerry Atric said :

Another point : where can you pump up tyres these days? The fancy electronic pumps at the service stations don’t work.

Are you serious? Perhaps your education is lacking. So, let me enhance it for you. Scattered throughout Canberra are a number of retail establishments, some known as bike shops, some purveyors of general discount merchandise, such as BigW. They sell wondrous inventions called bike pumps, that with a little elbow grease and application of just a teaspoon of commonsense, will fill your tyres with litres and litres of air, such that under pressure it aids your bicycle to roll carefree and effortlessly along the highways and byways of Canberra.

elevendollars elevendollars 7:58 pm 27 Oct 13

PantsMan said :

Don’t go to Lonsdale St Cyclery.

+1 for avoiding these guys. I took a bike there once to get a disc brake changed over. $10 job anywhere else in canberra. I was very specific about what I wanted done and made sure this was written on the store ticket. during the day they took the liberty of changing the headset spacer without consulting me at a cost of $50! they then tried to tell me they had to do this because they couldnt let me ride the bike out of there safely without having done this. note this was over a year ago and I did get the matter sorted out by the main store manager at the time. but won’t go back to anyone who so blatantly tries to rip customers off.

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