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Dead Rats Cycles

5.0 *****

55 reviews

Paul Aussenac

15 reviews *****

I just ordered parts for my old mountain bike. The parts received (a Shimano xt derailleur and the two brake+shift levers) were in impeccable condition and arrived quickly. Communication with Alexander was efficient.
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Response from the owner

Thanks Paul, great to hear

Filip Jandus

Local Guide·95 reviews·16 photos *****

Don’t go elsewhere just because of the name. This is really good place to get your two wheeled buddy fixed.
Mr Alexander is Great knowledgable dude! Helped me a lot with some bike repair and his advice. I will be definitely coming back when I need some bike stuff.
Update – I went here a couple of days ago for some small repair but Alex again took a fantastic care of my bike which is now FLYING LIKE AN ARROW.
Honestly deserved 5 star rating!

Danny J

4 reviews *****

Lent me a 6mm to fix my bike even though he had shut up shop. Sound guy!

Response from the owner

Thanks a lot Danny

Joao Rita

Local Guide·21 reviews·4 photos *****

Fantastic as always, this needs to be the first stop regardless of lead time.

Having gone around the block, I can honestly say I wouldn’t take my bike and my safety anywhere else.

In Alex we trust.

J Blackman

23 reviews *****

7 months ago

Top bike shop. Have bought a few vintage parts from here and it’s always top quality, reasonably priced and quickly delivered.

Response from the owner

Thank you J

Adam Featherston

7 reviews·2 photos *****

Very patient and knowledgeable, explaining to me the various dependencies for changing the gearing set up on my vintage bike and recommending the best parts. Will definitely use again in future.

James Hardman

Local Guide·61 reviews·337 photos *****

Recently had Alex give my bike a custom service. I know quite a bit about bikes but just did not have the time to do it myself; it would have taken me at least 3 times as long. Alex was open and honest about everything, advised parts which were not worth replacing (the value of the bike isnt huge), undertook all the work quickly and kept me up to date regularly via text. Picked the bike up and the difference is massive. Very pleased. Will drop my bikes off for future work.

Also love the older bikes for sale, I just wish I had more room for one :(

John O’Hare

13 reviews *****

Really outstanding work. Alex “flipped some thungummy around in the handleflanges” and it’s so much easier for me to ride. What a good call. Also, a terrific service and a replaced wheel.

Jo Yee Cheung

2 reviews·2 photos *****

Alex was friendly, helpful and easy to communicate with (mainly via text). My B-Twin bike is immaculately clean and runs more smoothly than it ever has before after servicing, which cost £165 for labour and parts.

Sam Hyde

1 review *****

South Manchester is fairly well served in terms of decent bike shops, but Alex offers so much more. First and foremost, Alex is incredibly friendly and easy-going, and this is complimented by a blend of knowledge of and passion for bikes that he is keen to pass on in the most straight-forward and honest of ways.

In terms of value for money, Alex stuck to his original (free) quote, despite the job turning into “a bit of an odyssey,” taking longer than anticipated. Not only that, he went above and beyond in terms of some extra tweaks that he was under absolutely no obligation to make.

Crucially, the result is that my much loved bike feels smoother, faster and safer than ever.

Nice one, Alex!

Paul Johnson

6 reviews·7 photos *****

A big thank you for fixing the broken gear cable that got trapped in my lever. Great job done and appreciate that you were able to fix at short notice so I can cycle over the holiday weekend. 😀👍

Dave Hargo

3 reviews *****

I’ve been coming to Alex with all my bikes for years now and I wouldn’t trust anyone else with the maintenance on my mechanical shifting bikes. From building custom bespoke bikes from components upwards to routine servicing he’s great. Plus he’s got some nice build’s for sale too. Check it out!

Lorna McWilliams

2 reviews *****

Alex is super friendly and full of helpful bike advice. Meticulous restoration of a Raleigh frame, I absolutely love it. Great at bike maintenance too. Highly recommended!

George Kirk

2 reviews *****

Alex is the go to for whenever the bikes not playing ball. His services are diligent and well priced. He’s also great at communicating when it comes to costs and the works completed. He takes my stingy-ness in his stride and will use parts that are not only affordable but appropriate and long lasting, even with pressure from me to use the finest cheapest option.

He also has some superb vintage bikes for sale.

James Rogers

3 reviews *****

Outstanding, personal service from the start. Alex is a great guy, with excellent knowledge. Alex was really passionate about getting my ’92 Kona Cinder Cone purring again and offered a superior custom service to source and replace the parts required. Overall, an amazing customer experience. Would highly recommend Dead Rats Cycles – the experience and service are second to none.

Joe Molloy

3 reviews *****

Alex is the best! Knowledgeable, friendly and a talented mechanic. He set my bike up for a cycle tour with no hassle, and would definitely recommend his work.

Steven Fielding

1 review *****

I can’t recommend highly enough! I don’t know what I would do without Dead Rats! Ideal for the person who (like me) enjoys cycling but knows very little technically about bikes.

Martin Ashford

2 reviews *****

Outstanding service, I took my 1956 custom Viking fixed gear to Alex because the seat post has snapped in half. Alex managed to save the frame, and then pretty much rebuilt the whole bike to a higher standard than it has ever been. It’s probably my favourite thing to be honest, and Alex really looked after it. He is always going to be my first recommendation if anyone asks.

Diana Turnbull

3 reviews *****

Fantastic care and attention given by Alex, obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about his work. Felt reassured about the safety of my bike after work done on it and felt much smoother to ride.

Chas Field

32 reviews *****

Great service

Thomas Edwards

5 reviews *****

Helene Gautier

5 reviews *****

My lovely bike feels smooth and happy after its MOT, fantastic service.

Martin Burnett

4 reviews *****

Alex was great. Set expectations from the start and clearly knows what he is doing. I know very little but I never ever felt like he wanted to overcharge me for anything. I had a brake fixed but he also cleaned my bike up, took bits apart and cleaned them, a general MOT and brake fix and very reasonable price. This guy knows his stuff, highly recommended 👍 thanks Alex

Josh Longthorn

1 review *****

Chain snapped and Alex fixed awesome service and a lovely little shop

Stephanie Jansky

7 reviews *****

The only place I go for all of my bikes needs – friendly, professional, knowledgeable. Thanks again!

Simon Ward

11 reviews *****

Fred I

11 reviews·1 photo *****

The best bike shop in Manchester, super friendly and knowledgeable.

Dave Lynch

2 reviews *****

Top Banana.

Sam Pendlebury

Local Guide·23 reviews·1 photo *****

Andy Gordon Wilson


Peter Shelley

Local Guide·161 reviews·127 photos *****

Without doubt the best care your bike is likely to receive, Alex is an artist and a top human to boot. Really wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.

TheGet BackBeats

118 reviews·9 photos *****

What should people know? Only that we are lucky to have the perfect bike shop in the world in Chorlton, south Manchester. Genuine, efficient, friendly service.

Kieran Evans

Local Guide·36 reviews·31 photos *****

Knowledgeable guy to say the least!

James Medd

5 reviews *****

Jonny Blake

1 review *****

Alex is highly knowledgeable, generous and a genuine enthusiast. Top rated little bike shop, the antidote to Halfords/Evans/Cycle Republic!

Kai Heron


Francisco Dematos

2 reviews *****

Jane Stirrup

16 reviews *****

Great service from Alex. Changed my chain, and fitted a basket and kick stand. Very knowledgeable friendly and helpful. Highly recommended!

George Atkins

4 photos *****

Ian Carroll

7 reviews·1 photo *****

I took my 5 years old sons bike into the shop because the crank and back wheel was stiff and within 5 minutes Alex I think his name was fixed the problem and didn’t charge us was a very nice gesture would definitely recommend dead rats cycles thx again.

Mike Corcoran

4 reviews *****

Alex King

2 reviews *****

Dead Rats Cycles is an absolute gem. My bike has always been a little off kilter, after a very reasonable MOT, it is now going in a straight line. The service is quick and efficient, the workshop very cool and very eco friendly. Highly recommend, and booking in husband’s bike later this month.

Kathryn Shuttleworth

2 reviews *****

A brilliant job done to give my bike a new lease of life. I was almost going to give up on it and start again but Alex gave it some serious TLC and it’s back to good as new. Great service, communication and ethos. Thank you!

Yasmin Green

Local Guide·44 reviews·30 photos *****

Alex really knows his stuff. Fantastic bike service, great value and a really nice guy to deal with.

jay baron

6 reviews *****

Alex was really helpful. Explained everything, Worked within my budget and provided a great service.

Edie O

2 reviews·6 photos *****

Revamped my 1980’s Peugeot shopper… Fantastic, bespoke and personalised service. Really good value for the effort that was put in. Can’t recommend enough 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽

Richard Rounding

1 review *****

Great restoration service. Took my grandad’s 1940s bike in for a complete rebuild and Alex did an unbelievable job. The end result was spot on, with some great advice on the best options for keeping it authentic and still maintaining some day-to-day practicality. He managed to source some authentic pieces for replacement too where parts were beyond repair which was a bonus. Kept me update on timeframes and costs throughout. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Alex for this sort of job.

James Corwin

4 reviews

Got me out of a bicycle jam!

Kate Lagan

15 reviews *****

Picked up my bike today after arranging a well overdue service. Rode it home and it’s the smoothest ride I’ve had on my Raleigh in a long time!

Friendly service, reasonable price, lovely finish and attention to detail. I’m lucky I discovered this independent cycle shop in Chorlton where the owner obviously cares about what he does.

If you’re thinking about getting a repair or service I would highly recommend you drop by Dead Rat Cycles.

Andy Hick

Local Guide·51 reviews·223 photos *****

Incredible local bike shop, perfect service and standard.

Outsiders Store

1 review *****

4 years ago

Ace little store and workshop, Alex really knows his stuff.

louise tomkow

1 review *****

Alex serviced our bikes at a great price and with a real careful eye for detail. He took time to talk us through the essentials in a warm and welcoming way. He noticed a really dangerous fault with one of our bikes, which we had missed – pretty scary (!) An absolutely brilliant addition to local Chorlton services and I will 100% be back.

Katy Ashworth

7 reviews *****

Riding my bike after Alex had given it some serious TLC was like riding it brand new. He did the best job possible at a great price!

Sarah Humphries

Local Guide·15 reviews *****

My bike seat and post got nicked so I thought I’d give dead cycles a try. As it was the nearest one. Lovely guy sorted it out for me in no time using second hand parts. Very affordable and excellent service. Would go back and recommend to friends. Xxoo

John Williamson

Local Guide·25 reviews·16 photos *****

My cube road bike was needing some serious love and attention. I’d been riding it through the winter on a fixed gear as the cable had broke.
Even though the shop has not officially opened he took on the job of replacing chain and various bits that I’d ruined as I did not change the chain. He’s also pimped up the bike with white cables, new bartape and fitted new brake pads and spent hours on making my 5 years old cube ride like the wind again.
You get a nice feeling going into the new shop and Alex is a guy who really cares about the customer and the bikes.

Response from the owner

Thank you John, was a pleasure to have you and your bike in the new shop. Happy riding and see you again.

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