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Bike Maintenance

Triangle Bike Maintenance Workshop

Triangle Tri-Bike-Run store in Horsforth ( have kinldy offered to provide a bike maintenance workshop for Leeds Triathlon Centre athletes including a basic bike service for £20.  Each workshop will be organised once at least 10 people have expressed interest.  To express interest we will set up an event on our Facebook group. They will also do a basic bike fit for £12.50 plus parts if required and provide 15% off non-sale products and 33% of all services.

VeloCampus - Bike Hubs

University of Leeds

There is a fully equipped bicycle workshop as part of the Bike Hub on Leeds University Campus. You can use their workshop to fix your own bike. This is available for use by students from both Leeds Met and Leeds Uni. They will also provide you with help and guidance on how to maintain your bike so you can learn everything you need to know. They also run formal bike maintenance classes which you can book onto.  Visit their website for all the details: 

Another service they offer is long term bike hire. It's a commuting type of bike, not a race but might be worth it to have a run around.

Leeds Beckett University

There is now a bike hub in the Basement of the James Graham Building on Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus.  The hub can be accessed from the rear of the building. Similarly to the hub on the University of Leeds you can use their workshop to fix your own bike and get help and advice on maintenance.

Current opening times are Tues/Thur 12.00-16.00.

Dr Bike: Free Bike Health Checks

From 21st October 2013, Leeds Met and UTravelActive will be offering a regular mobile mechanic service for Leeds Met staff and students. Each Monday Dr Bike will alternate between the City and Headingley campuses to provide free bike checks and advice, including:
  • Free brake and gear adjustments
  • Replacement of basic parts including brake pads, cables, inner tubes (parts will be charged for)
  • Guidance on further maintenance required
  • Advice on cycling routes and signposting to free cycle training and other services
No need to book, just turn up:
  • 1st and 3rd Monday of each month outside Campus Central, Headingley Campus, 10:00-14:00.
  • 2nd and 4th Monday of the month outside the Rose Bowl, City Campus, 10:00-14:00.
Remember - as a staff or student member at Leeds Met you are also encouraged to use the Velocampus Bike Hub, a shared workshop on the University of Leeds campus open Tuesday-Thursday, 12:00-16:00.
Further information here or email

Local Bike Shops

If you are looking to buy a new bike or want more specialist mechanical support or replacement parts then there are a number of local bike shops that can help:

If you are happy buying online then the following can offer some good prices:

If you are looking to buy second hand then check out:

Be careful if buying second hand online. It's best to pick the bike up in person so you can check it over before accepting it.  Take someone along who knows what to look for.

Maintenance Advice - What you need to know

Check your bike before each ride.

Use our Bike Maintenance Checklist to help you: Leeds HPC Bike Maintenance Checklist.doc

Or if you aren't sure what you're looking for then watch this:

YouTube Video


Keep your bike clean, especially all moving parts. Not only will it ride better and with fewer problems, but it will also save you money on replacement parts in the long run. 

If you want to wash/rinse your bike and you don't have a bucket, hose pipe or jet wash then after road or cross rides, athletes often use the jet wash at the BP Garage next to St Chad's Church on the Otley Road (near Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus).  It's £1 for 5 mins and you can normally get a couple of bikes rinsed off for that.

Immediately after each ride:

  • Spray degreaser or something similar on Rear mech, chain, Front mech
  • Use an old t-shirt or bed sheet to wipe off muck
  • Remember to apply a chain lubricant immediately after.
Or if you've got more time then clean the whole thing like this well spoken chap explains:

YouTube Video

Squad members NEED be able to fix a puncture out on the road in under 5 minutes.  If you can't let us know and we’ll show you.  Or watch this video: 

YouTube Video

Other useful maintenance skills include:
  • Changing a tyre
  • Replacing a wheel
  • Indexing gears
  • Adjusting your brakes and changing brake pads
  • Changing a cassette
  • Removing your pedals
  • Changing your saddle height
  • Packing your bike into a bike box or bag to take on a plane