How can I get my bike repaired in Leeds?
Cycling is a brilliant way to get around the city - it is quick, affordable, sustainable and great for your health!
But whether you're new to cycling, getting back on a bike for the first time in years or have been cycling for a long time, every so often you may face issues with your bike. It may just be that the tyres pumping up, or a bit of oil on the chain, or it may be that you need a more tricky repair.
This can be difficult if you don't have the right tools or don't know where to start. But don't worry, we've collated some top tips for getting your bike repaired in Leeds.
Bike repair shops and workshops
There are lots of brilliant bike repair shops and workshops around Leeds.
Pedallers' Arms - just off Mabgate, in the city centre - is an excellent community bike workshop. You can join for an annual fee (or pay as you go) and get access to all their tools - and good value reused parts. There are also volunteers on hand to help you learn how to do the repairs. Check their website for opening hours and the latest information.
The Bike Hub at the University of Leeds is also a brilliant resource get maintenance help from qualified mechanics and volunteers and to borrow tools, or even hire a bike (for staff and students). Check their website for opening hours and the latest information.
There are also plenty more options on the map below.
Buying second hand bikes
There are lots of places to buy second hand bikes in Leeds, including some excellent social enterprises like Leeds Bike Mill, The Bikes College, and Meanwood Valley Farm. Other reuse shops and charity shops, such as Emmaus Leeds and Revive (at Kirkstall and Seacroft Household Waste Sites) often have bikes for sale too.
YouTube is your friend!
We asked our Twitter followers for their favourite YouTube videos for bike repairs - and one site - Parktool - kept getting mentioned. So we've set up a playlist on our YouTube channel with Parktool videos for some of the most likely things you're going to need to sort out on your bike - including replacing an inner tube, patching an inner tube, cleaning your chain and adjusting your brakes.
More info on cycling in Leeds
We've shared all we know in this google doc - there's info on there about things like bike shops that do repairs, social enterprises selling second hand bikes, and other things like links to maps of good routes. It's a work in progress - if you've got ideas on how we can improve the document, please comment on it.
We hope to see you out on the road on your freshly repaired or newly refurbished bike!