Dead Rats Cycles is an appointment only workshop in Chorlton, Manchester that specialises in custom builds, restoring vintage classics and servicing modern bikes too…


I take great pride in making bikes work perfectly

  The emphasis is on repairing your bike, not selling you stuff

Free estimates, labour = £35 ph + parts, you’re charged to the nearest minute as no two bikes are identical

You will be charged for cleaning if your bike really dirty, otherwise it’s almost impossible to work on precisely

New/replacement parts are only fitted if absolutely necessary, unless you request otherwise

You may buy your own parts online and – by arrangement – have them delivered here

A replacement ‘courtesy bike’ can be hired for a £50 returnable deposit during the time your bike’s in my workshop

I keep in touch while working and always contact you before going over our agreed budget

To keep your bike as efficient as possible for the least cost you’ll be reminded when it’s time for a new part / work

Regularly serviced bikes are cleaner, greener and safer – plus they’re more fun to ride & save you money

I can advise you in regard to a simple bike maintenance routine

SERVICE: approx £55 + parts
Free estimate.  Thorough multi-point bike check & fault find, plus basic clean/adjust/lube gears, brakes, fittings, tyres + test ride. Recommended for any secondhand bike you’ve just bought or stored over winter, and every 6 months for light/medium use bikes. Book now

REFURBISHMENT: from £95 + parts
As above with much more time cleaning, adjusting & tidying all the parts your bike needs while servicing, eg truing wheels, overhauling bearings etc. Recommended every 6 months for well used bikes, older and / or mid-range machines… I can generally tell in a minute which is best value for your bike. Book now

I work to an accurate estimated budget after a free consutation, on a fixed hourly rate.
Contact me
for details, have a look at these links:
Vintage Restorations
Custom Builds


    • Derailleur gears full clean & service – £18 front or rear mech/£35 both
    • Cable brake full clean & service – £18 per brake/£35 front & rear
    • Gear/brake cable replacement & tune-up – £15 (more for internal)
    • Fork replacement – £30 (inc. headset service & front brake tune-up)
    • Bottom bracket overhaul/replacement – £15-20
    • Chase/tap bottom bracket shell – £15+
    • Face bottom bracket shell – £10+
    • Headset adjustment – £6
    • Headset fitting – £12+
    • Headset clean & service/replacement – £20-25
    • Wheel truing – £12 per wheel/£20 pair
    • Tyre fitting – £6+
    • Inner tube replacement – £14 per wheel (inc. tube, more for hubs gears/drum brake/chainguard)
    • Wheel bearing clean & service – £15 per wheel/£25 pair
    • Wheel bearing adjustment – £6+
    • Wheelbuilding POA
    • Freehub replacement – £20+
    • Freehub servicing – £20+
    • Re-tap frame threads (eg bottle cages/mudguard bosses) – £6+
    • Frame transplant – £100+
    • Powdercoating & re-sprays POA
    • Leather saddle recovering POA
    • Singlespeed/fixed conversions POA
    • Internal hub gear servicing POA
    • Eroica bike preparation POA
    • Handlebar conversions POA
    • Prepare mail order bike – £30+ (costs vary as bikes arrive in a variety of conditions based on who supplied it)

Need something else? Contact me a for a quote.

* Costs may increase where restoration / cleaning are required.

Sorry, I don’t work on electronics & hydraulics.