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Local Bike Shop Day

Local Bike Shop Day

Local Bike Shop Day, the industry-wide initiative managed by the Association of Cycle Traders, is returning on Saturday 30th April to once again celebrate bike shops across the nation! Since Local Bike Shop Day was first introduced to the UK over 4 years ago, the cycling industry has united in showing their support and working towards making it a household-recognised national event.


Supporters have consisted of a marvellous mix of retailers, suppliers, government organisations, TV personalities, Olympians, show organisers, cycling clubs, MPs, mayors, councils, non-cycling organisations, trade associations and of course thousands of cycling enthusiasts across the UK!

Let’s be honest you won’t receive a service better than at a local bike shop. Like minded people who are passionate about bikes and cycling.

On Saturday 30th April 2022 Ride St Albans will be celebrating this day along with many other bike shops around the UK.

We will have offers running this day. 

 

Free kid’s helmet with every bike purchased.

 

Free ‘M-Check’ for anyone who brings their bike into the Ride St Albans shop on Saturday 30th April.

 

 

#supportyourlocalbikeshop

What is an 'M-Check'?

1. Rear wheel

It should be tightly fitted and the quick-release lever is secure in the closed position. 

Not all wheels will have quick-release levers. If the wheel is not quick release, check that the nuts on both sides of the wheel are secure.

 

2. Spokes

Should be of equal tension and not loose. Pluck each spoke with your finger.

The sound from each spoke should be very similar.

 

3. Tyres

If the tyre is soft, then attach your pump to the valve and pump up.

 

4. Saddle

Check your seat post isn’t loose and that you haven’t exceeded the limit marked on the seat post.

Once you have checked these, use an Allen key to tighten the seat post clamp.

Check the seat is secure by giving it another check once you have finished.

 

5. Chain

Should be clean and oiled. Keeping your chain clean and oiled is important for the smooth running of your bike.

Note: Don’t use too much oil as this will pick up more dirt and make the chain more difficult to clean.

 

6. Pedals

Make sure they spin smoothly and that your cranks are on tight, spin smoothly, and don’t creak. 

7. Stem

Check that your front wheel and stem do not move independently, and that your handlebar clamp bolts are tight.

Perform this check by standing in front of the bike, holding the front wheel between your knees, and twisting the handlebars.

You can prevent any movement by tightening the stem bolts and the handlebar clamp with an Allen key.

 

8. Headset

Check if there is any rocking or clicking in the headset. 

Perform this check by firmly grasping the head tube with one hand and applying the front brake with the other hand.

This will steady the front of the bike so that you can shake the headset to establish any rocking or clicking in the bearings.

 

 

9. Brakes

Ensure that the front and rear brakes are working properly.

If the brake lever pulls against the handlebar grip, the brake cable needs adjusting.

This is done by loosening the brake cable anchor bolt, pulling the cable tighter, and tightening the anchor bolt again.

Both sides of the brake mechanism should move when the brake is applied.

 

 

 

10. Frame

Look for any cracks or damage. This check requires a particular focus on the area where the frame joins the head tube.

 

 

11. Front wheel

It should be tightly fitted and the quick-release lever is secure in the closed position.

Not all wheels will have quick-release levers. If the wheel is not quick release, check that the nuts on both sides of the wheel are secure.

FREE Kid's Helmet

Lazer Helmet with every kid’s bike purchased.

Get your kid’s away from their electrical items and enjoying the great outdoors. You can also relax in the knowledge that they will be safe wearing their Lazer helmets.

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