Bike Kitchen is now open on Tuesdays, 5 pm til 8 pm and on Saturdays, 1 pm til 5 pm at our Heeley workshop.
If you want to fix your own bike then the Bike Kitchen is the place to do it.
The bike kitchen is a fully kitted-out bike workshop with mechanics on-hand to help you with your repairs if you run into any problems.
The Bike Kitchen provides a space for you to look after your own bike without shelling out on expensive bits of bike maintenance kit that you may only need to use a few times a year. You can rent a workstand and set of basic ‘common’ tools by the hour to maintain and repair your own bike. We have four rentable workstand spaces, two of which are bookable in advance and two of which are available on a drop-in basis.
Specialist tools available:
Tools for frames and forks:
- Frame alignment gauge
- Derailleur Hanger straightener
- Headset Press
- Headset cup removal tool
- Crown race removal tool
- Star nut insertion tool
Tools for wheels
- Wheel truing stand
- Dishing gauge
- Spoke tensionometer
- Nipple Driver
- Spoke keys
How do I access the bike kitchen?
As well as the ‘common’ tools, we also have the bike-specific tools required for the more complicated jobs. These will be available on request from the on-duty staff who’ll check that you’re familiar with how to use them. Our staff will be on hand to help out if you get stuck or would like a second opinion.
In order to use the bike kitchen you need to be comfortable using the right tools for the job you’re planning to undertake. If you’ve not been before or not done the particular job you have planned before then if you turn up early we can give you a free tool induction session with our on-duty mechanic. If you’ve previously attended a ReCycle Bikes or CycleBoost bike maintenance course you can skip the induction, although if you took one of our maintenance courses a long time ago and you think you may have forgotten quite a bit, then it might be a good idea for you to attend an induction session too. During the induction we’ll talk you through our housekeeping and the bike kitchen etiquette, the different tools that we have and what they’re used for.
Please be aware that the bike kitchen is not a repair shop, we won’t fix your bike for you and you won’t be able to leave your bike behind with us. Our staff are there to take care of bookings, make you welcome and offer you advice.
Opening hours and how to book…
Tuesday evenings: 5 pm to 8 pm
Saturday afternoons: 1 pm to 5 pm.
Workstand rental: £4 per hour (or part of an hour).