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

By app_2013 26 October 2013 30

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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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 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 11:48 am 01 Nov 13

Another vote for Cycle Surgery.

Avy 2:39 pm 30 Oct 13

Definitely Cycle Surgery in Florey.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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