Dead Rats Cycles is an award-winning independent workshop in Chorlton, Manchester (UK) where retro, vintage and classic bicycles are built, repaired, restored and sold.  Our high quality service is also available to customers with modern machines.

Customer service, elbow grease, passion and attention to detail are key, with each bike tuned to perfection.  Sustainability is also a priority and we try to optimise resources as well as performance, preferring to repair rather than replace where possible.

Dead Rats Cycles value timeless design, build quality and aesthetic harmony.  We’re not bike snobs, but we do have high standards!  Great pride is taken preparing builds, balancing form with function to create individual machines that look incredible and ride beautifully.

Eschewing the latest imports, quality used items are restored and combined with modern refinements to create new forms of two-wheeled alchemy.  Some bikes we build purely for fun, others for maximum practicality, but all our builds reference vintage style in a contemporary way.

We’re passionate about British, European, Japanese and American lightweights, randonneurs, roadsters, cruisers, klunkers and old skool MTBs from the 1960s to the ’90s.  We also look to 20th century art & design, classic LP sleeve artwork, Pantone colour schemes, hot rods and well-thumbed copies of Back Street Heroes for inspiration.

Dead Rats Cycles (est. 2009) operates by appointment only and is owned by Alexander Cook, Cytech Master Technician & Retrobike Gold Trader.




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Vintage Restoration

Servicing & Repairs

Retro/Modern Bikes

Custom Builds

Bikes For Sale

New & Vintage Components

Eroica Ride Preparation


Paintwork & Frame Restoration


Leather Saddle Recovering

Handlebar Conversions

Singlespeed & Fixed Wheel

Internal Hub Gear Servicing

Accessories & Paraphernalia