Just a heads up really regarding supporting local bike shops over the evils of the interweb . Anybody in the local surroundings to Oxford or Abingdon ish area that needs anything should check out either Rides On Air in Wallingford or its sister shop. Behind Bars in Abingdon . Really cool guys who know their stuff .Lee is top bloke and Dan the mechanic in Wallingford is really switched on . Mention you know Ed the jeweller and you will probably get a deal .
It's not what you know it's who you know .
They have built all my my bikes and Lee particularly knows whats what ,whether it was my Cannondale system six or more recently my tricross singlecoss they are the man . They will look after you .
The Wallingford shop is my local bike shop, I've only really used them for things like Clif bars (mmmmmmm!) so far but they seem like a nice bunch. I'm considering getting one of their jerseys or gilets as I need more kit.
moar kit mmmmmmmmm is it even remotely possible to have too much kit?
I would just like to add avoid cycle king. They are basically a false economy, they sell dirt cheaps bikes that will break instantly, no I know has had a good experience with them.
Agree with Rides on Air post. For those of you who just need tools / some advice this place is genius http://bsbcoop.org/. £60 for a years membership. Unlimited workshop use from 11-5pm Friday to Sunday. (like a fiver per visit if you want to try)
I joined like 6 weeks ago and after 4 visits I now have three bikes up and running that have been sitting in my shed for far far too long (and the guys in there have taught me a lot).
I've recently been going to Warlands on Botley Road more. Seem very helpful every time I visit. Used to be a Walton Street Cycles person, but thought I'd try somewhere different after they had their re-shuffle of staff and that new place opened up a few doors down.
Ok, best bike shop in Oxford? Opinions again please? Warlands, Walton St, Beeline, Bike Zone (Summertown / St Michael's St) or somewhere else? A place which will take time and not do a rush job.
Does it have to be in Oxford? Shop or just a mechanic?
Steve Avery at Bike Zone on St Michael's, there is not a better mechanic in Oxford
Yep. I don't drive so local is best. Mechanic would be ideal, but I guess they'd work at a shop. Someone who wouldn't mind we watching and learning would really be perfect...
Go to the Broken Spoke Bike Co-op if you want to learn how to work on bikes.
Alan at http://bikeops.co.uk/ is very good. He knows his stuff and is very thorough. He probably won't want you hanging around but normally explains exactly what work he's done or going to undertake on your bike. Good guy all round.
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