Just to let everyone know that the workshop and bike fitting studio will be closed on Tuesday 22nd March 2022. See you all at the Core Bike!
We are happy to say that our fantastic mechanic Kiro has successfully completed the Cytech technical e-bike course and we are now equipped to service e-bikes in our workshop.
Weather you like them or not, electric bikes are becoming more of a common place on the roads and trails. The sales are booming and there are projections showing that soon e-bikes will overtake the sales of the old school, human powered machines.
All new bikes are electrically assisted pedal cycles (aka pedelecs or EAPCs) and do not use a throttle. The assistance is limited to a speed of 15.5mph and the power to 250W and they are particularly popular with commuters and mountain bikers. There are also some electric road bikes on the market, but the low top speed and relatively high weight are a limiting factor not favored by many riders. But watch this space – there is a talk that the legal speed limit will be raised at some point, which will make these pedelecs a lot more attractive and useful for road riders.
The two major players in the e-bike marked are Bosch and Shimano with most of the e-bike manufacturers subscribing to one of these two brands. The Panasonic and Yamaha are also very popular, while Brose is only installed on Specialized bicycles. Fazua is a practical modular system which combines battery and a motor which can be easily removed from the bike frame. And finally Mahle X35 system is favored by road bike manufacturers and makes climbing hill feel like a breeze.
As with any bikes, e-bikes need regular servicing and we are more than happy to do this for you. Mechanical, electric or electronic – we can do it all.
We now sell Vittoria road and gravel tyres in our workshop. The range we stock includes Corsa, Rubino, Zaffiro and Terrano.
The top of the range is the Corsa and from experience we can say it’s the best tyre we’ve ever ridden. The 320tpi, 225g, 4c tyre is light, fast and grips well in the corners. It uses cotton casing – a unique feature which gives it more adherence and comfort. It comes in three variants – regular Corsa, very fast Speed and extra grippy Control. If you are looking for a racing tyre – this is the one you need.
The Rubino is next in the range and it is comparable to the competitors top of the range products, yet it comes at much lower price. The Zaffiro is a long lasting tyre and it’s ideal for training or commuting.
We also have in stock the Terrano, which is excellent for gravel riding and depending on the conditions it comes in four different variants: Zero, Dry, Mix and Wet. If you like riding tubeless, these tyres work best with Air-Liner inserts, which improve the handling and reduce the damage to tyres and rims when riding at low pressures.
Drop in to see us in the workshop if you need tyre advice or just want to have a chat and a coffee.
On Monday, 17th January 2022, the workshop and bike fitting studio will be operating by appointment only. Do call us if you would like to arrange an appointment.
The workshop and bike fitting studio will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 20th December to 9th of January. If you need urgent repairs or bike fittings, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to help.
Give us a call or send us an email to arrange an appointment and we will meet you at the workshop.
Alex Bosley, the young and talented rider sponsored by Fulcycle is now in Europe taking part in numerous races and sportives.
Before heading off, Alex popped into our workshop to say hello and collect his bike after the last service. He was looking forward to the trip and ready to give it the best he’s got.
The first race of the season for Alex was hill climb trial Le Revard. It has around 1,350 of vertical ascent over 22.4km. This hill climb is actually the final and toughest stage of the Tour de Savoie and amateurs are allowed to ride it just before the professionals do it. After the race, Alex was a bit disappointed as he finished roughly mid field, though the majority of athletes who beat him were either pro triathletes, or elite racers. He did beat one of the pro tour riders who came up after the amateurs.
The day after finishing his hill climb trail, Alex took part in France’s toughest sportive – Cyclosportive De La Madeleine. It’s 120 km, with 3,300 meters of ascent, including the notorious HC cols of Croix de Fer, and La Madeleine.
This race was a different story. By half way, Alex was only a few minutes behind the winner. By the end, we were delighted to learn that he placed second overall and first Junior. Fantastic result after the grueling hill climb the day before and the 30C heatwave during the sportive!
Alex will be staying for an extra couple of weeks in France. He’s joining the local junior team and getting a new French race license and will be competing in a French national race on the 22nd and 23rd August. He also has a German National Climbing race championship in September, and the Philippe Gilbert UCI 2.1 race in October.
Good luck Alex with all the races and hope your bike is running smoothly and trouble free all the way to the finish line! We will be watching and cheering for you from our workshop.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
Please come and see us in our workshop. And you may have already guessed – we will be more than happy to talk bikes!