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    I have a bike that needs fixing. Nothing too serious, it's just been locked outside for a few months and needs a general check-up, pumping, tightening, oiling, probably a few bits and bobs changed before I can use it again.

    I know several bike shops in Cambridge, but I've heard that they were very different in quality. For example, I distinctly rember hearing someone say "I had my bike fixed at X, what a rip-off, that's £10 more than Y"... So, could anybody recommend a good bike shop that won't take advantage of my ignorance and rip me off?

    Thanks :redface:
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    Halfords :P
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    (Original post by J4GGYBoss)
    Halfords :P
    It closed last year in Cambridge, but thanks for the relevant advice anyway.
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    The one on Mill Road? It seems good.
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    I had Cambridge Cycle Centre on Botolph Lane recommended to me (it's off Trumpington Street, near Pembroke Street). I went there myself with a problem with my brakes which was fixed by them changing the brake cables. Seemed quite honest to me - they looked at the problem, told me how much it would cost me to fix it, I returned the next day to pick up my bike and it was sorted. Done. I've been there since to fix a problem where a brake cable needed to be changed and I'm pretty sure they also put new brake pads on said brake too which was nice of them.

    However if you go into any bike shop unsure of whether you should have X done to your bike they will invariably say you should.
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    Did you buy your bike in Cambridge? If you bought it from a shop, they'll often fix it for you cheaply or even free within a year.
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    I've seen a flyer for a new bike shop on Lensfield road which you could have a look at. As Fish said, there's a bike shop on Botolph lane (which is up the little passage to the left of Fitzbillies) and there's another one on Trumpington street just after Ede and Ravenscroft.
    No experience to offer, as I'm happily bike-free
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    Or go to a car dealership and get something far superior that the bike, preferably get a range rover.
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    (Original post by The West Wing)
    The one on Mill Road? It seems good.
    There are several on Mill Road. Even if you just restrict it to the town side of the bridge, IIRC. Did you have a successful trip to one of them?
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    I can recall walking past one but the name is beyond me.
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    Don't go to the Bike Man on the market. I got charged 34.90 for getting my bike serviced :eek:. And they took longer to do it then they said they would. :rolleyes:

    King's Street cycle shop are helpful, though I've never had anything major done there. I think your best bet is just to ask around, tbh - ask them what they'd charge for the average servicing.
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    Do it yourself for free...?........................ :confused:
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    I've had the opposite experience of the guy in the market - he quoted me a reasonable price and was pretty quick. I would say don't go for ben haywards (by catz/the anchor), because while they know what they're talking about and do things on time, they are also rather more expensive...
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    (Original post by Elementric)
    Do it yourself for free...?........................ :confused:
    Buying even basic tools would be at least as much as what I'd pay, and I don't want to miss something important or waste time.

    Thanks for your replies everybody, I guess I'll just shop around and avoid the bike man
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    (Original post by groovy_moose)
    I've had the opposite experience of the guy in the market - he quoted me a reasonable price and was pretty quick. I would say don't go for ben haywards (by catz/the anchor), because while they know what they're talking about and do things on time, they are also rather more expensive...
    Oh thanks! Ben Haywards, that is the one shop I heard was a lot more expensive than another.
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    Ben Haywards (Catz)- About £10 more expensive than the market
    University Cycles (Victoria Avenue)- no idea, seems to be full of sit-up-and-beg new shiny bikes for newcomers to Cambridge
    Light Blue Cycle Centre- Nice, friendly staff, good selection of bits, not had repairs yet.
    New Cycle Shop on Bridge Street- it's new, no idea
    Cycle shops of Mill Road- Loads! Cycle King, another new bike shop, and at least one or two others. I think Mike's Bikes is closed; most are on The Wrong Side Of The Tracks (over the bridge)
    Cycle shop on St. Andrew's Road (Opposite the Lloyds TSB on Lensfield Road junction)- new bikes, bits, don't seem to do servicing.
    Cambridge Bike Doctor- widebeam boat, by Jesus Green swimming pool- A nice guy, reasonable prices- will come to you!
    Cambridge Station Cycles- reasonable, but seem to do most business in hiring bikes and selling special offer deals to new students.
    Market- DON'T. They've tried to rip me off, twice- quoting one price (£20), then trying to charge £30. Luckily both times I had them write down their initial price... £34 odd quid for a service, including parts.
    Bike Doctor, downstairs in car park by the Maypole- BRILLIANT- the best I've found yet. A wonderful Irish dude who charges VERY reasonable prices.
    Outspoken cycle couriers are about to go into the bike maintenance business too. They're also good- but then, several friends work for them, so I would say that!
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    (Original post by Craghyrax)
    Uh yeh. Have you been to Cambridge? :eyeball:
    Why don't you shut up. Plus Cambridge is more than suitable for driving around.
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    Oh no, not negative reputations points.
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    (Original post by Tintin and the Picaros)
    Why don't you shut up.
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    Plus Cambridge is more than suitable for driving around.
    :rolleyes:
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    Well I'm not sure if it's too late, but University Cycles is really good, I get all my bike stuff done there and Colin (who owns the place) is lovely. Really cheap also is the aptly names 'Bike Shop' on Green End Road. Further away but really cheap, and they do things well.
 
 
 
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