Help provide free bike servicing to NHS and key workers fighting COVID-19

National Health Service

In these difficult times we are helping the country with all we have.

Many key workers are relying on bicycles to get to and from work.  The last thought on their mind after an 18-hour shift saving lives from COVID-19, is fixing a puncture or adjusting the gears on their bikes.

We’re giving you the power to help ensure medical staff get to and from the local hospitals safely. 

  • £20 will ensure a puncture free bike.
  • £60 will ensure that the bike is safe to ride and brakes and gears are fully functioning
  • £100 will allow for a full overhaul of the bike

100% of your donations go towards the cost of fixing bikes for the hospital and key workers

We are in this together

In wake of the increasing strain that the Covid-19 crisis is putting on all of us, we wanted to let you know that we are still open and more than happy to fix your bike. The government has defined bicycle shops as a key services and for a good reason. Cycling is still one of the best ways to get around and keep fit while keeping the social distancing and stopping the spread of the infection.

In order to continue working we are adopting the following steps in the workshop:

  • If you cannot come to the workshop we can collect the bike for you or do simple repairs at your home or workplace (within 8 miles from OX33 1XW)
  • If you chose to come to the workshop, knock on the door and wait outside
  • Call ahead or use the contact form
  • Phone and wait in your car if you arrive by car
  • 2m distance at all times

A puncture repair or a Di2 gear service we will make sure that your bike is back on the road as quickly as possible.

Keep calm and ride on – COVID-19

We are in unprecedented times and I never thought we would find ourselves in such a situation with so many uncertainties.

However, we at Fulcycle are still open and carrying on with our daily tasks.

We are closely monitoring the government advice on the situation and taking all the necessary measures to stop the spread of the infection. So please don’t get offended if we don’t shake hands when you come in the workshop or that we wear gloves when working or fitting you on your bike.

In our expectation bike servicing is going to remain unaffected by any restrictions and in order to avoid direct contact we can always arrange for a drop-off and collection outside the workshop or any other location convenient to you.

Currently bike fitting is unaffected by restrictions and we will advise you if any changes come into affect.

Riding a bicycle is still one of the best ways to exercise and at the moment – one of the safest. There are calls for keeping cycling exempt from any future ban:

“The cycling industry will join forces to call on government to exempt cycling from any ban, due to its strategic role in the nation’s resilience – not only as transport but a form of exercise, the Bicycle Association has said.

Italy and Spain banned leisure cycling in the last week. The industry wants the UK to avoid cycling bans, and it wants bike shops exempted from shop opening restrictions as it believes cycling has a strategic role to play in mitigating some of the impact on peoples’ lives of restrictions on transport and access to the outdoors.

This follows 30 prominent health and transport experts’ calls to protect cycling and walking plus keeping parks open, and warns of the risks of confining otherwise healthy people to their homes.

Getting outside for fresh air and green spaces could be crucial in maintaining physical and mental health in the population during these times, they say”

Whether you’re heading into self-isolation or social distancing, being cut off from the world and your cycling is nobody’s idea of fun. Here are ten things you can do if you’re stuck at home.

https://www.cyclinguk.org/blog/self-isolating-10-bike-things-you-can-do

Fulcycle sponsoring young Belgium Rider – Alex Bosley (UK)

Alex and Bryan

Alex is a young talented rider selected to ride for WAC, a professional Belgium team, is an all-rounder and is looking to win the GC for the team.

Alex started cycling at 14, transitioning from athletics, so would be best described as having a broad base and lots of headroom.  He was too late to the party to make the cut for the highest level GB squads (i.e. Junior Academy), but certainly competes strongly with the academy riders.

Bike fitting in progress

In his second year as an Under 16, he finished the year ranked 13th nationally, after some poor planning and a nasty crash end of season prevented him reaching his goal of a top 10 ranking finish.  Last year, as a first year junior, he had a mountain to climb in terms of improving his fitness and endurance, and learning how to race the longer races at this level.  Alex did improve rapidly, his main aim was to race in Europe, and he spent three weeks over there in the summer.  He did a couple of races for BC Central Region, in one of which he got 11th place.  He was also in the Johann Museeuw Classic, with the team, and he had a strong peloton finish after they got a rider in the break (peloton finished 22 seconds after break after 120 km at average 45 kph).

After a few adjustments the fit already looks much better.

This season Alex is focussed on a few main races, mainly the high status stage races.  He may do the Johann Meseeuw UCI 1.1 again for BC Central Region, and possibly the Tour of Ireland.  With his Belgian Team he has a number of races, end of season there is the Phillippe Gilbert UCI race in October, there’s the Stef van Zuid-Limberg, possibly a Czech tour, and others to be decided.  These are basically his ‘A’ races, and he’ll fill his calendar with possibly some UK National races, and UCI races and Interclubs in Belgium whenever possible.

We met Alex for a first time a week ago and were taken by his cycling talent and youthful attitude. He is a charming young man who is fully committed to his cycling goals and we are more than happy taking him ‘under our wing’ so to speak and provide the bike fitting and servicing for him and his bikes.

We wish to Alex the best of luck in his future races and are more than happy to support his cycling career.

Campagnolo Technical Training

Campagnolo
Campagnolo Technical Training with Velotech

We are proud to announce that our Principal Mechanic Kiro has completed the Campagnolo Technical Training provided by Greame Freestone King from Velotech in Stoke-on-Trent.

Graeme is currently the UK’s mechanical consultant and warranty manager for Campagnolo SRL, a role that he has enjoyed since 2008. His relationship with Campagnolo goes back to 1987.

Ever thought why Campagnolo components usually require specialised tools? Well, we may know the answer.

The training covered the 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 speed mechanical gear systems, the electronic shifting with EPS, hydraulic disc brakes and the G3 Campagnolo wheels.

Campagnolo may be an expensive choice to go for when choosing components for your bike, but in our opinion the quality of parts and systems is well worth the investment. We were particularly impressed with the ability to rebuild the mechanical shifters and replace the individual components instead of replacing the whole unit. This will overall lower the price of ownership of Campagnolo components and justify the initial investment.

We are now happy to receive Campagnolo equipped bicycles in our workshop.

2020 Winter Special

Winter is here!
2020 Winter Service

Give your bike a bit of TLC this winter – we are offering a special price for the winter servicing this year.

A regular service will keep our pride and joy operating smoothly will increase it’s lifespan.

Winter time is not kind to our bicycles – all grime, salt and dirt from the road is damaging the delicate parts and destroying our treasured machines.

The Winter Special service includes:

  • Full bike check and safety assessment
  • Bike wash/clean
  • Gear and brake adjustment
  • Bolt and fixings check
  • Wheel true
  • Test ride

Regular price of the above is £60 and for a limited time we offer it for £29.95. Offer valid for service booked for January and February 2020.

Contact us via this form to arrange a service.

Winter Service Special flyer

UCI Road Bike Regulations

It’s race day.

You have been training for 6 months, both on and off the bike, got everything packed the night before, drove 2 hours to the race, unpacked, did final checks, and finally left the bike off to be checked.

Through a combination of measuring jig and inclinometer, the judges find your bike non-compliant with UCI Road Bike Regulations.

Such an anti-climax! None bigger.

If only you had read the 54 page UCI Equipment Compliance document to find out if your bike is legal – not high on anyone’s agenda.

Even Thomas fell asleep the first time he read it (but don’t tell him we told you that).

We provide a UCI Regulations checking service to let you know if your bike is legal to ride or not. We can also do the necessary adjustments and recommend parts replacements to pass the UCI checks.

Caveat: we can’t check the frame and fork force standards so have to rely on the manufacturers credibility.

We can give you the piece of mind you need so you can focus on the race.

Prices start at £30 (excluding any bike fit adjustments or new parts).

Contact us on the contact form to arrange an appointment.

Bike fitting gift voucher

It’s Christmas time!

That sentence either filled you with dread or brought a great amount of joy!

If your friend or family member is an avid cyclist and you are struggling for a gift, then bike fitting is one of the best options. We will treat your loved one to a proper good 2 or 3 hour service where we will make them more comfortable, faster and riding more enjoyable. We will identify strengths and weaknesses and optimise technique.

If you are interested, please visit our gift voucher page.

Who we are

It is with great excitement that we are introducing you to Fulcycle.

Fulcycle, run by Kiro, Thomas and Bryan, will become Oxford’s premier bike repair and fitting centre.

Our aim is to provide you with a level of personalised service that you have never experienced before in Oxford. We will make you a better rider either by fitting you correctly on the bike, or making the bike zing as it rolls along the pavement after one of our premium repairs.

Kiro
Principal
Mechanic
Thomas
Principal
Bike Fitter
Bryan
Consultant
Bike Fitter

Kiro is the foreman. Our most experienced mechanic who has worked on road, MTB, commuter, e-bikes and even bamboo bikes! With the mightiest of hands and his natural bike wisdom, Kiro guides us poor mortals through every cog and crank, ensuring that all the nuts and bolts are in the right place.

Thomas is the finisher. An eagle eye for low seat posts and bad fitting saddles, Thomas loves (yes, that does say loves) spending hours laser tracking a wobbly knee to achieve that perfect knee over pedal axle position. Good for you the customer but bad for us, as he waxes lyrical about the latest cleat theory. His most cherished possession?… the workshop sizing stem – infinite possbilities?!

Bryan is the artist. Having seen over 3000 bums on saddles up close on his bike fitting turbo trainer, he silently and stealthily corrects any pain or niggle with just the slight twist of the stem, or raise of the seatpost. He wanders around the workshop with coffee in one hand, and 4 mm allen key in the other, much like a paintbrush of a master.

If you are interested in learning more please check out our services, book a service or contact us – we are a very friendly bunch and love a cup of coffee over a bike.

We have a workshop

After weeks and months of searching we have finally found the right space for our workshop and studio. Wheatley is a small and beautiful village located about 5 miles east of Oxford. There is a regular bus service from Oxford and Thame and it is easily reached by car or by bicycle.

Wheatley Business Centre
The entrance to Wheatley Business Centre

Wheatley Business Centre, where our workshop is located, is shared by a selection of small businesses and we are very proud to mention one of them – our friends at Velovixen who are the leaders in women specific cycling clothing and equipment

The centre has ample free parking for our clients and a very friendly and professional atmosphere. It is located right next to the A40 leading to Oxford, near J8 on M40.

Fulcycle Ltd.
Fulcycle Ltd. entrance

Please come and see us in our workshop. And you may have already guessed – we will be more than happy to talk bikes!