First proper run out on the bike this year, just short of 8 and a half miles, putting the new back wheel and mech through it’s paces after having it all rebuilt by “Steel Town Cycles”, who did an absolutely brilliant job.

Got up to 30mph on some points, felt good to be able to put it into top gear again without wondering if anything was going to break 🙂

If your cycling through the area on the coast to coast, or just need some work on your bike, steeltown will give you an honest assessment.

Peter Shaw – Consett

March 2019

Peter Shaw’s beloved Barracuda.

Steel Town Cycles were asked by Stuart to prepare his bike for the Keilder Chiller 24hrs MTB marathon.

Ready for 24hrs of riding

He asked if we’d check the bike for anything that would prevent him from finishing the event. In particular he was concerned about a noise and strange feel to the suspension fork. At Steel Town Cycles one of our favourite jobs is building custom bikes from the frame up. The advantage being a customer gets the exact bike he/she wants with their choice of components.

So for Stuart’s bike we stripped down the bike to the frame and meticulously cleaned everything, degreased the drivetrain and front derailleur. We performed an inspection of the bottom bracket and Headset and reassembled with fresh grease. We then got on with a full 200hr fork service checking and replacing any worn seals and reassembling with appropriate fluids.

Now we had a clean drivetrain this was restored to the bike. Spoke tensions on the 27.5er wheelset was checked and adjusted as required. The bike was nearly back together now. On completion a coat of polish was applied to finish the bike off

Here is what Stuart said on completing the event with a fantastic 13th place in the solo class.

Stuart’s 24hr steed. – Orange Clockwork 120

I can thoroughly recommend Jonathan at Steel Town Cycles. He gives sound advice and a great service. I called in for chat about appropriate tyres for my hybrid for an upcoming ‘ride the night’ through London. There’s no attempt to ‘upsell’, just good, honest advice. After our chat I had no hesitation for Jonathan to do the work required. I dropped my bike off the next day and had a call within a couple of hours to say the bike was ready. Couldn’t feel more confident that my bike will do the business. Thank you!

Jan – Consett, April 2018

Jan’s Specialized Globe Hybrid


I am bowled over by the knowledge and cycling joy Jonathan has. As a novice I was a little nervous but I was offered, promised and delivered a great service of my “new” old bike so that I can now have no excuses not to go for a “ride” for the first time in 35 years. Dont be shy do get in contact with him for any cycling needs

Richard – Leadgate, April 2018

Richards Teen Machine

IMG_2442I found out about Steel Town Cycles from Facebook and thought I’d pop down after my gears started to jump and slip. Supplied and fitted a new chain, cassette and cable to my mountain bike. Friendly and helpful advice with different price points suggested for replacement parts. Back pedalling again now, thank you! – Gordon, Consett – November 2017

Gordon’s Cube LTD Race