Getting Your Bike In Shape

If you haven’t ridden your bike in a year or more, before going out for that first ride, put your bike in the car and head first to your local bike shop and have a qualified mechanic give you a tune up. Because the bike is a complex machine with many moving and integrated parts, there is an increased risk of injury when using a machine that is not in proper working order. even if you’re mechanically inclined, there are many subtle and not so subtle adjustments an experienced mechanic will make that will not only improve your overall experience on the bike, but will increase your speed and efficiency. It’s relatively easy to recognise a flat tyre, but far less easy to determine a loose and dangerous a loose and dangerous bottom bracket or head tube. And many components on new bikes have very specific tensions and torques where over tightening could lead to dangerous failure or cause stress cracks and fractures.

Depending on the condition and age of your bike, expect to pay between £30 to £80 for a tune up, which can include adjusting or replacing cables and housings, overall cleaning of the entire frame and cassette, chain, cogs, lubrication the chain, overall inspection to adjust shifting and braking ability, replacement of brake pads, handlebar tape, or cracked and worn tyres.

A tune up will typically take a few days, and should never be overlooked or substituted. care will also be given to use proper lubricants specifically designed for bike parts; common household lubricant is neither intended for nor useful in cycling applications.

Taking good care of your bike will result in your bike taking good care of you.

Tool Club – Christmas Coupon Offer!!!

We are launching our Tool Club in the new year

 The response has been very positive. So much so below are some of the questions we have had with the answers.

  • How does it work?
    • Once a month (initially) we will open our doors to you and give you access to use our tools. As we are starting off our tool range is enough for most general maintenance jobs, but the aim is to invest in more specific tools giving you the ability to tackle any repair or upgrade job on your bike. All you need to bring along is the knowledge and your new bike bits.
  • How much does it cost?
    • You can pay by the year with a one off charge of £25, or turn up on the night and pay £5 per hour. Again as we are starting off we have dedicated 1 evening a month to the Tool Club, but as the demand grows so will the club. Our goal is to open up on a Weekend morning for once a month as well.
  • What tools are available?
    • We have a comprehensive list on our website, which we are adding to all the time. 
  • Do you have a list of the dates so we can plan our bike repairs?
    • Again the list is on the website.
  • Where is the tool club being held?
    • All we can confirm at the moment is that it will be on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.
  • How do I join the Tool Club?
    • Simply purchase the annual membership at £25, and adds you to our system. When you come along the first time bring your purchase receipt and we will give you your membership card which will be valid for 12 months from the first Tool Club after your purchase date.


But as its Christmas…… our Tool Elf has been up to his tricks again….

He has created a  coupon code giving the first 10 people a £10 discount when they join the Tool Club meaning it will only cost you £15 for 12 months membership.

Add the Tool Club to your cart and then on checkout add the code:



Once you have joined the club we will email you the details that you need to know before the first night which is January 19th.

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. We hope that 2016 has given you all you hoped for and that you are as excited as we are for 2017.

If you are reading this then you have already discovered our new website and our pre 2017 launch of ‘Bike Hub’.

Bike Hub will see us expand our teaching portfolio from offering the ‘Mountain-bike Instructors Award Scheme‘ and their MTB Leaders Award and Search & Rescue Award. To now adding maintenance courses as well as a few spin off ideas that will be a great success we hope, as the new year progresses.

Your feedback has been encouraging so far and we thank you for all your comments and words of advice.

Have a great Christmas, don’t eat to much and if you do over indulge just grab your bike out of the garage and bash out a couple of hours, because that is what I will be doing.

Thanks for your support.

See you on the other side.


What a Brillllllliant weekend

Absolutely freezing. but we all enjoyed a great weekend.

Most of Saturday was spent around Birches Valley with a mixture of Classroom work, Skills coaching and Risk Assessments with a bit of route planning to finish. Then on Sunday we all headed out for the assessment ride. It was cold, foggy and to be honest the trails were horrible. A mixture of sticky wet mud with frozen ruts underneath. I think we all had challenges along the way, with plenty of spills, mostly from a frozen rut throwing you off balance. No major injuries, apart from the odd bruised ego.

Just want to thank all the guys who attended for making the whole course fun to deliver. I almost forgot I was assessing you as it felt like we were just out for a group ride.

Joe Easter, a pleasure to coach, took everything in your stride and do it all with ease. A great asset to the British Army and a cracking ambassador for MIAS. Congratulations on achieving your Level 2.

Scott Pretty, again a pleasure to coach, had a couple of big spills, which is only testimony to your always have a go attitude, another asset to the forces and MIAS. A Level 2 awarded and well deserved.

Both Joe & Scott are going to be using their qualification within the Army.

Amy Dennis, it was so rewarding to see your confidence grow over the 2 days. Amy did really well in all aspects of the course and only really struggled with a bit of confidence. So we worked on it and on the assessment ride Amy cracked it on the longest, rooted descent of the course. You should be proud of yourself Amy. A Level 2 in the bag, well done. Amy is shortly heading up north to the Lake District to work in the outdoor pursuits arena.

And finally, Jojo. Really nervous about attending the course and told us of her epic fall of a bike where she broke or bruised almost everything. So again she had a bit of a confidence issue.  Jojo pulled it out of the bag and her confidence grew with every 100 yards we rode. She tackled everything and stayed in the saddle, apart from the one time, but we won’t mention that. Jojo is heading off abroad again to Greece where she will be making use of her Level 2 MIAS qualification.


So congratulations to you all, 4 more MIAS Leaders at level 2. Which is now 21 all together so far this year. To see a few photos of the weekend take a look on our photos page.