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Many Bikes & Mobikes

What a hectic few weeks it’s been at havebike towers. Our technicians have been run off their feet with all the ‘half price deluxe services’ on offer and Nick our Director has been working on exciting new projects and partnerships; we’ve been on the big chain ring without a chance for a free-wheel for …

The Dutch Reach

We know it’s another safely related post but… did you see the coverage in the news this week about Cycling UK’s campaign to raise awareness of ‘car-dooring’? It’s a belter!

The headline is that between 2011 and 2015 five people have died from carelessly opened car doors into the path of a cyclist. Over 3000 …

The Hire Bike Revolution

Sometimes an idea comes along that fits perfectly with where our world is culturally and environmentally, and uses technology for the benefit of the user. We think the dockless hire-bike is one of those ideas. With the aid of a phone app, you can find and unlock your nearest hire-bike, ride where you need …

I Give Space for Cyclists

I give space for cyclists… do you? Of course you do, so we are giving away free car stickers with every service (while stocks last). These stickers are part of the new initiative from The Met Police’s Cycle Safety Team. We won’t repeat it all as you can read all about it in our …

Prudential RideLondon 2017

Prudential RideLondon 2017

This weekend we were delighted to work alongside the Metropolitan Police’s Cycle Safety Team, carrying out free bicycle checks and repairs at the Prudential RideLondon event.

This amazing event is now in its 5th year and saw 100,000 people ride through the traffic free streets of London during Saturday’s FreeCycle. On the …

PRESS RELEASE – New Cycle Safety Initiative

“We can’t be everywhere, but we could be anywhere,” said Sergeant Andy Osborne from the Met’s Cycle Safety Team of their new tactic to improve cyclist and driver safety, which was launched on Friday, 21 July.

Cycle Safety Team officers from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command will go to any location, at any …

The Prudential RideLondon

London cycling’s very own Glastonbury, the annual Prudential RideLondon three-day festival, begins next week. There are many things to see and do and here are our highlights.

The Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle on Saturday 29th July, is one of our favourite day’s of the year. The 8 mile circuit is closed to traffic for the FREE …

Slipping Gears & Cable Stretch

Slipping Gears and Indexing: Derailleur Geared Bikes

Normally with correctly set up derailleurs and properly tensioned gear cables, your bicycle gears are properly indexed, meaning each click of your gear shifter will cause a single shift of your gears.

However, soon after buying a new bike, or following a bike service you may notice a deterioration …

Tyre Wear

We are often surprised to find bicycles coming into our workshop with under inflated tyres, or those with worn tyres. But what exactly constitutes worn tyres and what are the risks of riding on them?

Worn tyres?

With cars and motorcycles, the general rule is that tyres are worn when the tread is less than 1mm.

However, …

Chain Wear & How We Measure It

A worn chain means poor shifting. It will also accelerate the wear of other more expensive components and a worn chain is more likely to fail (snap!).

We often receive customers’ bikes in for servicing and find that the chain is worn. We will recommend they replace a worn chain (and more often than not, …