The next bike is a wee bit special, having particular sentimental value to its owner. However, sentiment only stretches so far, and it was clear that the tyres (dangerously perished) and mudguards (in tatters) needed replacing. Trying to keep as close to the original feel of the bike as possible, this Raleigh Bicycles Blue Streak benefitted from some of Raleigh Bicycles‘s own mudguards (snazzy silver numbers) whilst Schwalbe tires took care of the boots. I think it looks pretty spiffy, and so does its owner.
Next up, some major surgery required to this CUBE Bikes Agree. New Shimano-Road PressFit bottom bracket, KMC Chain chain, Shimano-Road cassette, @SRAM bar tape and a super-sticky Continental Tyres Gatorskin. Its owner was umming and ahhing about whether or not to have the work undertaken…I think it was worth it.
His’n’hers bikes in for some long overdue TLC. This seems to be a recurring theme; a son or daughter begins to enjoy cycling, so Mum and Dad see the opportunity of some quality family time together. The only problem is their bikes are almost unrideable. The Apollo was suffering from chronic material fatigue; both tyres and all four brake pads had suffered perishing having been left for so long. So, thanks to Raleigh Bikes new puncture resistant tyres were fitted along with some decent pads. The Dynatech needed much the same; new front tyre (thanks Schwalbe), new pads (again, from Raleigh), a new front mech (Shimano) and new chain (KMC, take a bow). Both bikes are now fit for purpose and won’t let their owners down.
If you’re looking for some puncture-resistant tyres for your winter training/commute, then I can recommend the Michelin Protek range. The tyres benefit from a unique compound and more grooves on the shoulders which equal more grip for you. Equipped with a 1mm puncture-resistant layer, these should keep you rolling through most of what Scotland’s roads and tracks can throw at you. Give us a ring to secure yours.
To finish off, we have a BMC Street Racer that, due to injury, had been laid up for a while. Perished tyres, a rusted chain and general neglect were soon forgotten after it received an Annual Service, new Continental Gatorskin tyres (as you can see, these are currently flying out the door!) and a KMC Chain Europe B.V. chain. Now in tip-top condition, the @Shimano 105 groupset can really do its things once more. A slight change of pace, and this Specialized Bicycles Crosstrail had mis-firing gears. Some adjustment to both the high and low stops, along with the cable tension, and crisp consistent gear changes were the result.