With more and more people using bikes to get to work and for leisure, it’s more important than ever to ensure their equipment is in the best working order possible.
Having brakes, pedals, handlebars, gears and the chain set up correctly is key to safety, so is making sure spokes are tight and wheel rims are true.
Bikes bought over the internet arrive flat packed and unless you are competent at putting it together correctly, it’s worth getting somebody with experience to assemble it, or check over what you’ve done. The implications of incorrect assembly can be a difficult to ride bike, damage to parts which will be expensive to replace, or the possibility of an accident.
The same applies to unused or second hand bikes.
Cycle retailers Swindon Cycles Superstores and Origin Cycles will both sell you good quality bikes at great prices and get you on the road safely.
Phil Mitchell, The Bike Doctor, has over 35 years experience maintaining cycles.
And if you want to learn how to look after your bike there are six free one day courses being offered by Swindon Travel Choices.
A local business will always give personal service, but if you believe you can make a saving online, there is no substitute for ensuring the bike is safe to use.
Contact: The Bike Doctor on 01793 874873 or 07850 650956 and Origin Cycles on 01793 511442 www.origincycles.co.uk.