Meet our Lezyne Angels

Entered one of our events? Our Lezyne Angels have got your mechanical needs covered.

Say hello to our Lezyne Angels, Tobie and Martin, your on-site, friendly mechanical support at UK Cycling Events.  

All UK Cycling Events feature mechanical support on route. In addition, our Lezyne Angels are always on site before every ride with maintenance advice and tips, mechanical know-how and practical assistance for minor tweaks, adjustments or small, last-minute emergencies - and of course a handy assortment of tools should you need one!   

A little Lezyne magic  

Let’s face it, we’ve all been caught out by a last-minute puncture, an unexpected wobble or a strange sound which wasn’t there before. Lezyne Angels can share their mechanical magic to help you problem-solve those last-minute mechanical conundrums and ultimately ensure you’re safe to ride.

But there are problems which can be avoided with a few simple checks before the day. 

Your sportive experience is going to be far more relaxed and enjoyable if you're organised and self-sufficient. It will also mean you're not putting yourself or other riders at risk.   

In practice, this means checking your bike is fit to cover the miles well in advance and having equipment ready, including bottles, food, tools, inner tubes, and directions in place before the day.   

What if your bike needs repair?

If you’re likely to need assistance from one of our Angels, please don't turn up at the event expecting a full service or repair - and do expect a lesson on how to look after your bike!

Our Lezyne Angels can support you, but it's not their job to replace cables or components from general wear, repair any damages or supply new parts to your bike. It's your responsibility to ensure your bike is fit enough to ride.  

As a guide, follow these helpful tips from our Lezyne Angels in partnership with our Official Bike Care Partner, Muc-Off.

Getting your bike ready

Start with your bike and check whether it's all working smoothly or requires attention. At the very minimum, it will probably require a basic clean or a quick adjustment which can be done the day before.

Wash your bike with a bucket and sponge as this will force you to take a close look at your bike. Thoroughly degrease and re-lube your chain, rings and sprockets.   

Our Official Bike Care Partner, Muc-Off, has some top products to make bike cleaning and maintenance easy. Check out their handy cleaning guide.  

How to bike check

1. Start by checking the essentials - gears, brakes and tyres.

After re-lubing, run your bike through the gears to check they're shifting smoothly, without any skipping or jumping under load. Nobody wants to be caught out on the climbs!

Check out this video to ensure your gears and chain are fit to ride with.

2. Ensure your brake pads are clean. Remove any gunk or residue resting on the pads. Check the pads aren't worn and there's no slipping when you brake. Clean your wheel rims of any brake dust or dirt. 

Check out this video to make sure your brakes won't let you down.

3. Wipe any excess dirt and residue off your tyres. Check them for perishing, cuts or abrasions, which might allow stones or debris to split the tyre and risk causing a puncture. Carefully check around the sidewall and tread for any bulges, this may indicate the outer skin of the tyre is comprised if the tyre is not seated properly.

Ensure your tyres are fully inflated to your ideal pressure. Make sure your wheel quick-release adjust properly. Check your week fastenings are tight (nuts, quick release or through-axle).

4. Visually check your frame for any damage. Look for cracks or ripples in the tubing, especially near joints. Check carbon forks for signs or damage or delamination. Check all bolts are set to their correct torque setting paying attention to any which take more stress - like around your cranks. Check bottle holders aren't loose and bar tape is secure.

A good general rule of thumb is not to change anything drastic the night before the event. If you must swap bars, cassettes, chains, saddles, chainsets, always make sure you've tested it thoroughly while riding first. Whatever changes you make, you'll want to be completely comfortable with it.

Things to bring

We recommend a saddle bag for storing essential items, so you can keep pockets free for fuel and emergency supplies. If you attach tools to your bike, such as pumps, ensure they're not likely to fall off over unsmooth road surfaces.

  • Mini pump (track pumps will be positioned by all bike stations on the day)  
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Tyre levers  
  • Repair kit
  • Multi-tool

DON'T FORGET

  • Plenty of kit to suit the weather conditions - a spare set of gloves, arm warmers, overshoes and buff are always handy just in case.
  • Water bottles  
  • Nutrition - check out the Cycling Nutrition Guide from our Official Nutrition Supplier, Science in Sport.