DIY bike repair is something that is within the reach of many people, given the right tools, a bit of guidance and some experience.
But if you’re not up for that, there are lots of local bike shops which will do the job for you.
Here are some pointers on repairs and maintenance:
Fixing your own bike can be very satisfying and can save you some money.
The national charity Cycling UK has produced a series of useful guides to repairs and maintenance, including how to fix a puncture, adjust your brakes and generally keep your bike in good shape.
On YouTube you’ll be able to find how-to videos to deal with just about any of your mechanical problems.
Buy spares from your local shop or online.
Get help to fix it yourself
If you want to learn how to fix your bike under supervision then your best bet is the Reading Bicycle Kitchen, a we-help-you-fix-it bicycle workshop. They normally open twice a week for a few hours.
Some of the details in the video, such as opening times and location, have changed.
Take your bike to a workshop
Do a search for your local bike workshop.
Here’s our handy but incomplete list:
Rotec Cycles – 9 School Green, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EE 0118 9887688
KC Sports 24-26 Barkham Road, Wokingham RG41 2XP 0118 9781712
Mobile bike mechanics
MTCycles – Matthew – 07519 684766 – https://www.facebook.com/MTcycles
Gary Neilson – Dr Bike 07882 021314
Steve Johnson, Cycle Services 07879494345