1. robgul

    LBS closing - tools, bikes, accessories - SALE

    The LBS I manage in Wellesbourne (near Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon) is closing at the end of November 2019 and in addition to some bikes* and accessories some of the tools are for sale - major tools are listed here, also a lot more small specialist tools too numerous to list (predominantly Park...
  2. mikeloveshisrockhopper

    LBS and Torque Wrench

    Hi all, On Saturday, I had a need to use a bike shop outside of my area while visiting family. The shop has a fantastic reputation in the area. While I was there, I asked him to chuck some carbon grease on my seat post and I was surprised to see him NOT use a torque wrench when tightening it...
  3. livpoksoc

    LBS in Bedford area?

    My brother lives near Bedford and looking at getting his first road bike. I've advised him to try LBS to see if there are deals to be had. Can anyone recommend/advise which to avoid of shops in the area? Not turning our nose up at the chains etc., but his budget is £700 and so reckon he may...
  4. helston90

    LBS test ride etiquette

    This is going in the beginners area so no chuckling at the back. So I have some (personal injury) money and the nod from Mrs to spend £1.5k on a new toy, for this amount of money I wanted to test ride a couple to make sure I'm getting the right thing for me. My LBS is a Giant branch which...
  5. beatlejuice


    I when to town to buy a new 1/8"inch chain and some bike grease for my Shimano 8 speed hub geared bike. First though was to go to my Local Bike Shop, didn't have either item. So I when to the other side of road to Halfords. Guess what, had both! I did tried shop responsibly!
  6. PeteXXX

    My LBS closed today

    My LBS closed today. The Bike Shed, Northampton, has gone :sad: They tried to sell it, to no avail. One potential buyer, but, apparently, a derisory offer. Liz and Roger are retiring to ride bikes and play golf. Good luck to them and I wish them well, but it’s a great shame. Lovely people...
  7. Welsh wheels

    New wheel fitted by LBS - now it feels like I'm riding through treacle.

    Rear wheel was worn so paid too much money for a new wheel including labour at my LBS. New wheel was a bottom end of the market Shimano wheel (about 70 quid), but still supposedly better than the old alex rims wheel. Since then, it has felt much harder work cycling. My average has gone down and...
  8. GlasgowFinn

    Can you recommend a good LBS in Milton Keynes?

    As title really. My daughter wants to get my grandson's bike serviced and given a quick safety check. Can anyone recommend someone? Cheers
  9. Glow worm

    Can anyone recommend an LBS in the Cambridge area?

    The wonderful folks at Ben Hayward Cycles near Cambridge have decided to call it a day and will soon cease trading. They have given me superb service for some years now and I'm gutted they're closing. I hope very much the staff there will be quickly snapped up by other outfits (they certainly...
  10. B

    Online retailers vs Lbs for buying a bike?

    I've bought from both in the last couple of years and I must say the online support I received was better than the local bike shop. A special mention must go to Cell Bikes who were an excellent bike shop when I shopped there last and even provided unlimited free servicing for a year. Wish I...
  11. Dec66

    Another LBS lost?

    Le Bicycle, round the corner from me in West Wickham. I'd wondered what was happening, as the opening hours were becoming more and more random; now there's cardboard up on the windows. Sad, I like Alex and the shop is in a place where you'd think it would do well. Anybody know the circumstances?
  12. gavroche

    Best LBS.

    I think my LBS qualifies for the best one in my area. It is at the East end of Colwyn Bay, next door to Stermat. The lady who runs it and does all my maintenance and repairs is ace. A few weeks ago, she changed the gear cables on my Specialized Allez, cost: £10. Today, I have asked her to put...
  13. gbs

    LBS near Basingstoke

    My son is about to start hospital doctor training in Basingstoke. Long hours and the nature of hospital doctor accommodation will will exclude any signiificant maintenance work. So, he will need the support of a Shimano competent LBS. Any experience out there?
  14. S

    Another LBS bites the dust.

    Found out yesterday that Specialised Cycles of Connaught Road, Norwich has ceased trading after forty years. :cry:Their niche market was road bikes and tourers and they also did a lot of restoration work on older models. I went in there once and spied a beautifully restored Curly Hetchins; oh, I...
  15. Fifelad

    Disaster averted by LBS

    So Mallorca bound on Saturday with the trusty steed new chain, cables, brake blocks, headset, everything running beautifully until about 2 weeks ago the left hand changer was feeling stiff every say 2 times out of 10. LBS owner said it may have to go back to Shimano under warranty as it was not...
  16. Smokin Joe

    In The Window of My LBS

    Peugeot PX10 as ridden by Merckx, Simpson and Roger Pingeon and others. My all time favourite colour scheme, I spent half an hour drooling over it this morning. Looks to be original with Mafac Racer brakes and Simplex gears. I didn't note out the chainset but it looks like a Stronglight which...
  17. Ben Reeve

    Another Win For The LBS

    I've never really used my LBS that much as they don't carry much stock, and I do alot of my maintenance at home However I set to work yesterday trying to work out what the creaking was from the bottom bracket of my bike, and as feared, it turned out it was the bearings. My Cannonade has BB30...
  18. Oldfentiger

    LBS lied to make a sale - why so short-sighted?

    When I can, I like to build a relationship with local businesses and support the little guy. Last April, the Missus and I decided we would like to buy our first proper road bikes. Went round all the usual haunts - some large chains and some local independents. The wife had less choice because...
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