Entered one of our events? Our trusty bike mechanics, Tobie and Martin, have got your mechanical needs covered.
All UK Cycling Events feature mechanical support on route. In addition, our mechanics 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!
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. Our mechanics can share their 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.
If you’re likely to need assistance from one of our mechanics, 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 mechanics 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.