Dead Rats Cycles is the Custom and Vintage Specialist, performing high quality repairs, servicing & restoration in Chorlton since 2009.  We also fix modern bikes though we don’t currently work on tubeless, hydraulic or electronic systems because we’re old skool.  All work is carried out by appointment with Alexander Cook, an experienced Cytech Master Technician, Green Business Award Winner and Retrobike Gold Trader.

We take great pride in making bikes look and function perfectly and our emphasis is on quality repairs, not selling you stuff.  However Dead Rats Cycles do stock very nice components you won’t find elsewhere!  Much of our stock is refurbished, restored or NOS (New Old Stock) though we also carry a small, selective range of new parts.

Regularly serviced bikes are safer, cleaner, greener and more cost effective, and we’re here to help put the fun back into cycling by bringing the best out of your bike.  Incidentally, we don’t sell coffee – but our lovely next door neighbours Our Kid do and it’s really good!





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Designed to not only meet industry recognised safety standards, but also increase riders’ enjoyment of their bicycles, the MOT takes an hour, costs £45 and must be booked in advance.  The price includes a detailed 40 point inspection, a range of essential safety and performance adjustments, and a signed inspection document.  We’ll immediately contact you with the results, a quote and recommendations based on the wear / damage found on your bike, on how much it will cost to get your bike up to our TLC standard (though unlike a motor vehicle MOT you’re under no legal obligation to proceed).  Few bikes will pass, some will fail spectacularly, most are somewhere in between.  How safe is your bike?

Our tried and tested system, especially if we’ve serviced your bike before, the TLC has served us well since we set up the workshop and is our most popular service.  Make an appointment to bring your bike in for a free assessment, we’ll supply you with an estimate and a time slot.  The TLC is basically the MOT above, but with all the necessary repairs & servicing completed to our shop standard, and the bike is cleaned as we work through all the jobs that need doing.  New parts are only fitted if necessary, unless you request otherwise, but we refuse to work with worn out parts for safety reasons.  At collection time you pay for parts & labour, and receive a copy of our notes if required.  As part of our duty of care, all customers will also be reminded when it’s time to return for a new part or more work.  Nice, simple and great value for money.


Buying a new bike online and want it brought up to our exacting shop standard?  Then the Pre Delivery Inspection is just for you.  Make an appointment and bring the bike to the shop, then we’ll assemble and put the bike through our detailed 40 point inspection.  Where necessary, we’ll make essential safety and performance adjustments, and supply a signed inspection document for your reference.  So many times we find that new bikes are simply not set up correctly, and often a professional assembly is also required to validate warranties.  Cost is usually under £45, sometimes higher if accessories are also supplied for installation.


Our highest quality service is the ProTune, the complete rebuild that brings your bike up to professional standard.  By optimising the performance of every single component, the result is likely to be the cleanest, smoothest and fastest bike you’ve ever experienced, regardless of what you ride and whether you race it or not.  Going just that little bit further than our TLC service, the ProTune is also the backbone of our custom builds and vintage restorations.  Contact us with your requirements to arrange a free quote.




As no two bikes are the same there are no fixed prices for work, though you can get an estimate here.

Instead, labour is charged at £45 per hour, calculated to the minute (eg 30 mins = £22.50).  Minimum labour charge is £5.  Customers will be contacted before work goes over any agreed budget or deadline.  Please supply your bike in reasonably clean condition or you may incur cleaning charges.  We can detail your bike to super clean condition for a reasonable extra charge.  Due to space restrictions, storage fees may be charged for uncollected bikes – £10/wk for 3 months, then we’ll sell your bike to recoup any remaining costs.




We accept cards payments and bank transfers, we can also provide payment links via SMS or email.  All payments must be made in full upon (or before) collection of completed bike.  In the event of a large cost outlay (eg frame, groupset, wheels, paintwork) we may require part payment upfront, with the remaining balance payable upon collection.




You may supply your own parts to fit for no extra charge!  Please ensure they are suitable and serviceable, as any warranty will be between you and your supplier – and we may have to source alternatives to adhere to your deadline.




When available, a temporary replacement bike can be borrowed, free of charge, for the time your bike’s in our workshop.




Custom Builds

Vintage Restoration

Retro/Modern Bikes


Paintwork & Frame Restoration

New & Vintage Components


Leather Saddle Recovering

Singlespeed & Fixed Wheel

Internal Hub Gear Servicing

Eroica Ride Preparation

Handlebar Conversions

Accessories & Paraphernalia

Bike Clinics & Repair Workshops




Dead Rats Cycles Ltd

7a Nicolas Road



M21 9LG