Steel Town Cycles – Here to Serve

Steel Town Cycles is small independent bike shop based near Durham in the north east. We set up as a bicycle service and repair shop. Though we are now in our fifth year, our mission has remained very similar. To deliver the best in service and repair County Durham.

We are a small operation, but aim to treat every bike like our own. Due to this we may have longer turnaround times than most shops, however we are not a typical shop.

We provide the best advice that we can to help you get the most out of your cycling, wether it is helping you to choose the right tyres up to helping you to build up your own bespoke bike. We are by no means an elitist experience. All bikes no matter what brand or type are serviced.

We are working towards sourcing sale bikes, though this may not be in 2021 as many of our suppliers are out of stock or have long lead times. Preparation is the key at the moment. If you want a new bike for this year plan ahead and be prepared to wait.

We have a fully equipped workshop and can do most bike servicing and repairs. We are fully insured to work on your bikes. This is critical to ensure that you, the customer, have confidence in leaving your pride and joy with us. We are also members of the trade body; the Association of Cycle Traders and have Cytech Accredited shop status. We have an in-house wheel builder and we can supply all the parts for your perfect custom wheel set, whatever your requirements may be.

One of the services we offer is custom building of a cycle. We help you select the perfect build for yourself, depending on your requirements. It could be the ideal commuter bike, road or gravel/adventure bike. We can build any bikes. Though we specialise in Road, Gravel and Hybrid bikes. Mainly due to the area we live in and the scope of terrain on offer.

This is one our latest projects, a Kinesis Tripster ATR V3.

The customer supplied some well loved Campagnolo parts, a particular favourite of ours. We run Campagnolo on one of our own bikes and have 15 years + experience of working on and repairing this high end manufacturers equipment. This was quite a high budget build, however the spend is entirely up to you. We’ll make our recommendations and then build to your specifications.

So, wether it’s a bell you want, a puncture repair, getting an old treasured bike back in working order, a full refurb or a custom built masterpiece. Steel Town Cycles are here to serve our community and beyond. Go on treat your bike well this year.

More information can be found at our website https://steeltowncycles.co.uk/

What’s new at Steel Town Cycles?

Degreasing at Steel Town Cycles

I’d like to tell you a little bit about this big green monster. As it says on the tin, its a bioremediating parts washer.  What does it do?  Well…….. it cleans very dirty, greasy parts and brings them up like new.  Why is that interesting?  Well…………..  for those who have visited the bike workshop in Blackhill, you’ll know how I like a clean drivetrain and am only too happy to do this for you.  This is good for everyone, whether you’re an occasional family, regular commuter /sportive/ or racing cyclist.  Having a clean drive train, put quite simply, reduces wear on those components.  It means you are able to oil the chain – I’ll get onto that later – and keep the rest of the drive components relatively clean.

I am gathering some before and after pictures to demonstrate how impressed am I with this machine, keep an eye out for our posts in the coming weeks.  It makes my job easier, as I do like to return a bike clean.  When we clean a bike, by hand is the best way, we’re removing the soil that, when mixed with oil and general road/track debris, forms a grinding paste which assists in the wear of chains, sprockets (gears at the rear), chainrings (gears at the front),  rims and disc rotors, as well as many other parts of the bicycle.  When we clean and lubricate the bike, we are reducing the speed of that wear.  Where my parts washer excels is cleaning in those hard to reach areas.

Cleaning the bike to a reasonable level after a wet or dusty ride doesn’t have to take a long time – 20-30 minutes is usually enough.  You can go further but I’m trying to encourage you all to give it a go, get the kids involved.  If cleaning your bike isn’t a part of your usual routine after a ride, then bring it to us and we’ll do it for you, and if you want to learn a bit more about keeping your bike in good nick, we can give you some tips about doing it yourself.  There are lots of bike specific cleaners and spray degreasers on the market; I have tried quite a few and have my favourites, so please ask for more information and try them, they do work well.  The main message is that we believe that cleaning your bike, as well as regular service, should be part of your maintenance schedule, and it is an effective and efficient way to keep your bike rolling along for longer.

When the chain is cleaned, lubricate it with a good quality chain lube.  Again there are lots of brands to choose from.  You won’t need to use a lot in one application – a little goes a long way.  Re-apply regularly, especially after washing or a wet ride.  Wipe down your chain after every use by using a sponge or oily rag – this will remove most of the debris that has stuck to the chain.

Of course, as with everything, a bike won’t last forever, but with regular care and maintenance, it will last a bit longer.  I have had to tell a few people that their bikes/components are beyond economic repairs;  we are open and honest and would never recommend keeping the machine if a new one is now the best option.

Steel Town Cycles are at 46 Durham Road, Blackhill, near Consett and very close to the Sustrans cycle routes in and around Consett and of course the C2C as it crosses through our beautiful County.