XbikeX Workshop - Cycle Servicing and Repair - Burgess Hill

XbikeX rider Ben on hols!

My son has just got back from a rather extreme mountain bike holiday in the Alps. Let's just say that he returned slightly less broken than his bike, which was in need of more than a few new parts, and an awful lot of spanner-time.

His trusty Lapierre Zesty 714 did perform pretty well - with only superficial (if wide-ranging) damage - but then that's what you expect when you repeatedly throw one off a mountain.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 April 2016 22:47

SRS events B2B Sportive - 27th Sept 2015

The next SRS sportive is at the end of the month, on the 27th.

Starting and finishing on Brighton & Hove's iconic seafront, the Brighton to Brighton cyclosportive is in its fifth year. Five excellent routes with the longest having six feed stops available should you need them.

Get your entries in now to avoid disappointment! There's a route for everyone.

The routes are :-

Classic Route 107 miles (172 km)

Challenge Route 87 miles (140 km)

Tour route 54 miles (87 km)

Grande route 36 miles (58 km)

Pequeno route 20 miles (32 km)

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2015 15:30

Workshop refit in progress!

These are exciting times here at the workshop. We're upgrading and expanding our workshop facilities, having a serious clearout of older stock bikes & parts and installing a new 5 metre workbench. This will have custom electrical trunking and more power points than even we can use, along with loads of new storage space for additional stock parts and specialist tools.

We're also adding a second workstation, laying on some fresh paint, better lighting and improved security.

It's been on the cards for quite some time, but we've finally bitten the bullet and the work is well underway. As you can imagine, it's a big upheaval and we've had to set aside several days to get it completed, but when it's finished it will be a more productive and altogether more professional and pleasant workspace.

Please cut us a little bit of slack whilst this work is in progress, and we'll soon be back to full capacity. In the mean time, we're still performing all servicing and repair work, but as storage space is at a premium, I'm afraid we can't purchase any bikes or store customer bikes for any longer than necessary.

Thanks for your understanding, and here's to a new era for XbikeX!

Berni, XbikeX

Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2015 22:04

Burgess Hill Bike Ride Report

Whilst we're waiting around (for all the lovely photos to upload to Flickr, for your post-ride enjoyment) here's our report on the 2014 bash.

So, the event organisers must have been rubbing their hands together when they awoke this morning. The most beautiful, warm and sunny day of the year to date! Perhaps the attendant medics weren't quite so upbeat, because the Burgess Hill Bike Ride is now a large and complex undertaking logistically speaking, and resources could possibly have become stretched if the heat had been turned up much further, later in the day.

Fortunately, most riders seemed well prepared, with drinks bottles and CamelBak-style hydration packs at the ready.

There were certainly plenty of volunteers on hand to marshal the get-away (from both the Rotary Club and the Lions, amongst others) and the start was extremely well coordinated, with riders being released in three large waves.

With such a monster entry, this was a sensible plan - as opposed to drip-feeding cyclists out onto the main road over an extended period. Motorists were basically forced to respect the large blocks of emerging riders, with the youngsters able to tuck in, protected by the many experienced adult outriders. Within 15 minutes, the Oakmeeds Community College car park was totally devoid of cyclists!

The route itself was well marked, and following the general direction of the course by car was straightforward too. Several times on the way out of Burgess Hill however, the course detoured from the main highway, and took a more rural route. Now, I don't wish to be too negative, but on at least two occasions I personally witnessed situations that were less than ideal with respect to this.

The first was where Gatehouse lane has been split by the more recently constructed Jane Murray Way, and riders had to dismount to negotiate crossing this very busy road. Likewise (and soon after) where the A2300 had to be crossed between Bishopstone Lane and Job's Lane. The former was pretty uncomfortable to watch, with a seemingly disorganised marshal station failing to adequately slow the fast-moving traffic to allow groups of cyclists to cross safely. The A2300 situation was even worse, with traffic routinely speeding toward the Triangle, and leaving their braking late on approach to the roundabout. Marshals were of course doing their best to ensure these hazards were mitigated, but frankly, they were putting themselves at risk as much as anyone else.

I really would like to see these situations addressed before next year, as it's an accident waiting to happen. I saw very little Police presence throughout the day, and the event could have used a lot more traffic management assistance from Sussex Police. There was just one marked car in evidence (parked up, at the start/finish) and it just wasn't enough.

Anyhow, I moved onto Ditchling to grab a few more pictures, and was rewarded with some amusing images of Superman at the Garden centre, plus a lasting memory of one crazy lady who seemed to think she was posing for page three. Brilliant. You'll have to check the photos for yourself, because I can't really explain either scenario adequately with mere words.

Our final photo-stop was to catch the 40-milers re-entering Burgess Hill at Ditchling Common, which yielded some very pleasing shots with the South Downs as their backdrop.

All in all, a great day. Well done to the organisers, and let's hope Burgess Hill can find a way to help promote cycling and cyclist safety above speeding motorists before we go again next year.

Ooh, and the photos have just finished uploading. Perfect!


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 22:14

Back to the Future

Just when you think that you've seen every type of bike, encountered every kind of mechanical challenge and test-ridden every flavour of bike on the planet, when you come to believe that nothing can truly surprise you in the cycling world, something will turn up to challenge those assumptions. Usually when that happens, it's something brand new.

When this Giant MCM Team arrived for a pre-season shakedown, it didn't look great. It hadn't been nursed into a pampered off-season lay-up. Rather, it had finished it's last ride of 2013, and been garaged. Covered in mud, punctured, and generally suffering from post-trail depression.

However, a good soak in some warm, soapy water, followed by several applications of Juice Lubes 'Dirt Juice Less Gnarl' and I discovered a gem of a bike.

I believe that it dates from around 2000, but it's still sporting the older style Hope C2 hydraulic brakes with the positively vintage-looking 'Pro' levers. These stoppers are really starting to look dated now, but all that CNC-machined billet ally from Barnoldswick still does it for me.

The excellent RockShox SID SL's still functioned perfectly, and had even held their pressure in both positive and negative air chambers.

The rear derailleur was beyond rescue, and was replaced with the ubiquitous XT M772 shadow which freshened the gear changes up no end.

The rear brake lever main piston seal didn't survive its period of inactivity, and gave out on first use. No great surprise there though. By the by, if you ever need to replace a C2 Pro lever piston 'O' ring, I couldn't find one - but I did manage to get a complete kit for the Hope XC4, which also uses the 'Closed Pro' lever. Save yourself the extra expense though. The seal you need for the piston is 20mm OD, 15mm ID and therefore 2.5mm dia. Available from all good 'O' ring suppliers.

The big shock with this bike then? Well, it was riding it! So light, so well mannered, and so easy to propel uphill. An absolute joy to ride. OK, so it has some extra light bits fitted, such as the Monkey Lite's & the saddle/post, but it also has those hefty brakes, and the not-so-trick LX cranks - so you could easily score further in the weight-saving stakes.

Great bike, and the frame is well ahead of it's time. Not so very different from some of the entry-level carbon hardtails of the current era. Well worth snapping up if you find one forgotten in the back of a garage and going for a song.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 01:04

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