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These are archived newsletters, so information, specifications and prices may be out of date or incorrect by now

Bristol Pedicabs!

Bristol Pedicabs

Jake's Bikes has just started work on repairing and servicing a fleet of 20 cycle rickshaws which recently arrived in Bristol. Previously owned by London Pedicabs, they have been bought by Bristol-based charity The League of Adventurists who have set up a new company, Pedal Walla, to manage and run the pedicabs.  


Initially they will be used at festivals and events, but The League of Adventurists are in talks with the City Council about licensing and operating the pedicabs as proper cycle Taxis in Bristol.

See for more information. 


Bike Kitchens

We have recently agreed to run a series of bike repair sessions for socially disadvantaged groups and people on low incomes in conjunction with Life Cycle UK. Funded by the Council as part of Bristol's Cycling City programme, the sessions are designed to allow people to come along and use our workshop facilities and tools for free as well as having easy access to low-cost spares and consumables.

The evening sessions will take place every Thursday evening until 24th June. Doors open at 6pm and no prior booking is necessary, but we will limit numbers to 5 people.

Although aimed at people on low incomes, the sessions are open to all. If you feel able to make a donation to Life Cycle UK the money will go to their Two's Company project which enables visually impaired people of all ages to go on tandem rides in and around Bristol.


New prices for servicing and repairs

We have recently revised our prices for servicing and repairs. Some prices have gone up and some have gone down, and we now have a longer list of standard prices for specific jobs.

The tune-up & check-up is now called a Basic Service and includes frame and fork check as well as brakes and gears adjustment and comprehensive safety check.  


The standard service is replaced by the Full Service and now includes adjustment of the headset, bottom bracket and wheel bearings in addition to a full brakes and gears service, drivetrain degrease, cables and brake blocks replacement, wheel truing, and replacement of tyres and inner tubes if required (all parts prices are extra). 


Click here to download the new price list as a PDF document to see what's included in each level of service.


Courtesty bikeCourtesy bikes

We now have two courtesy bikes available for customers who rely on cycling as everyday transport. They are folding bikes which are highly adjustable to suit almost any size of rider, and each has a luggage rack. Please let us know beforehand if you would like to make use of a courtesy bike whilst yours is in the workshop for repairs and we'll do our best to make sure that one is available.


Jake's Bikes featured in Boneshaker magazine

Jake's Bikes was profiled in the first ever issue of Boneshaker, Bristol's new bike magazine. See below for more details of the magazine, or click here to read the online version of the interview with Jake


New Tip Sheet available

A new information sheet is now available to download from the Free Advice section of our website, detailing the longer-term maintenance considerations for your bike. A basic maintenance tipsheet aimed at beginners has been online for some time, and the latest addition supplements it with information and advice about bike care over several years of ownership. Click here to see all the free tip sheets available from Jake's Bikes.


Tip of the month: are your brakes damaging your tyres?

All brake blocks wear out with use and must be replaced periodically. However, brake blocks sometimes need adjustment even if they are not worn out:

Brake blocks which are positioned too low down are less efficient and will eventually wear crooked, making them difficult to adjust and necessitating replacement. Brake blocks which are positioned too high up are dangerous because if they come into contact with the tyre they will quickly rub a hole in the sidewall, probably leading to a loud explosion as the inner tube blows out!
brake blocks have worn a groove into the tyre

Normally this happens as a result of the brake blocks being badly adjusted from the start, but on some brakes the position can change as the brake block wears down, so it's important to do a quick visual check of your brakes fairly regularly.


Guest Feature: Boneshaker Magazine

Boneshaker, a new Bristol-based quarterly magazine published by some of the same people behind the Bristol Bike Project, is a collection of articles, stories and anecdotes about people and projects doing great things with bicycles. Full to the brim with photography and illustration, it will both inspire and entertain, raise awareness and bring a smile to your face… and appeal to both bike-heads and to those who may not yet even have experienced the true joy and freedom that can be found from our two-wheeled friends. And we're famous: issue 1 features a profile of Jake's Bikes!



Boneshaker is in the shops now, priced at £3.50 and current stockists in Bristol are the Arnolfini, Here shop, Howies, Jake’s Bikes, 'Shop', Bristol Bike Workshop, Strada, Kebele Infoshop and 'Bike'. Outlets in London, Cardiff, Brighton and beyond will follow shortly. See for more info.


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

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