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20% off parts, new range of recycled bikes, maintenance tips and more

Winter Workshop Offer


Use this voucher to get 20% off the price of all parts we fit to your bike when you have it serviced or repaired*


Voucher code: WINTER13


* Terms and conditions apply, please see


New range of recycled bikes from Jake's Bikes



Recycled frames, brand new components


To complement our reconditioned used bikes we've recently launched a new range, built right here in Bristol using used recycled frames and forks but new components throughout. Do you want a new bike, but one that's less flashy and at risk of theft? Or a used bike, but one that's as reliable as a new bike? These offer the best of both worlds!


With five years of servicing and repairs experience behind us at Jake's Bikes, we have a pretty good idea of what makes a good commuting bike. Using this knowledge we've chosen a package of components selected for their practicality, durability and reliability. The basic model is a £285 hybrid bike ideal for city commuting and longer trips, and has equivalent components to a £325 or £350 new bike. The next model is £345 and is also a hybrid, and has a component specification equivalent to a new bikes costing £400 or more. 


See the website for more details and to see what models and sizes we currently have in stock.



Five crafty questions to ask when buying a new bike

Are you thinking of buying a new bike this Christmas? Jake has recently posted a short article on the blog highlighting some hidden but important details. Wherever you plan on buying your next commuting or city bike, arm yourself with these questions before you go shopping!




Digital Developments

Jake's Bikes is on Twitter and Facebook at last! To stay up to date with news and developments, follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook and you'll receive our posts.


We also have a new mobile website, with exactly the same content as our main website, but optimised for use on smartphones and other mobile internet devices with smaller screens. See


Our used bike finder service works on the mobile version of the website, allowing you to sign up with your smartphone whilst on the move.


We also have several RSS feeds allowing you to keep up with the oft-updated sections of our website from your phone, tablet or newsreader software.


And look out for the new Jake's Bikes app for smartphones and tablets, launching soon. We'll send a notification out on all of the above media as soon as the app is ready for download.





NOT cycling is massively more dangerous than cycling 

Even one death is clearly one too many, and there is always room for improvement in road safety, but do you get the feeling that the media is currently slightly overplaying the risks involved in cycling? I've recently looked up a few research papers on the actual risks of cycling, and their conclusions are surprising - and very good news for cyclists.



A 2012 study of cycling in large European cities showed that the health benefits far outweighed the risks. Similar results were found by a UK paper which found that the benefits of cycling outweigh the risks by a factor of around 20:1, and a study published in the BMJ found that in Barcelona cycling was 77 times more beneficial than not cycling.


Clearly the health benefits of cycling are important therefore, but how does it compare to other physical activities? The Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation have compared a number of different sports and methods of exercise, with interesting results. Only golf and rambling were moderately safer than cycling; swimming, tennis and even fishing were found to be considerably more dangerous!


See for references and sources.


MAINTENANCE TIPS: how often should a bike be serviced?

This is a question we hear fairly frequently. The answer, as usual, is "it depends". It depends on the mileage and how heavily the bike is used, the time of year, where the bike is kept, and whether it is cleaned regularly. It also depends on the quality of the bike and the first few weeks of its life - was it assembled by a competent mechanic (or in bike shop jargon, PDI-ed), or just pulled out of the box it was delivered in? Did it have a tune-up and check-up after a few weeks' riding?

I have one bike I use for my everyday transport needs, and another for longer rides and cycle touring.


My everyday bike is a beat-up workhorse, used 6 or 7 days a week all year round, spending some time outside (when locked up) and hardly ever cleaned. As you would expect, this bike requires regular attention, as well as consumables such as brake blocks, chains and tyres. One of the best decisions I've made was... READ MORE >>>



Is this your stolen bike?

Bristol police have recently uploaded gallery of recovered stolen property, including lots of bikes. Do you recognise any of them?
Click here to see the full gallery


posted on Thursday 28 November 2013 by Jake Voelcker

These are archived newsletters, so information, specifications and prices may be out of date or incorrect by now

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