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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In response to new customer enquiries, we have introduced The Dead Rats Cycles MOT.  It’s designed to not only meet industry recognised safety standards, but also increase riders’ enjoyment of their bicycles.  It takes about 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, though unlike a car MOT you’re under no legal obligation to proceed.  Some bikes will pass, some will fail spectacularly, most bikes are somewhere in between.  How safe is your bike?

Customers may prefer to continue with our tried and tested system, especially if we’ve serviced your bike before.  It’s served us well since we set up the workshop in 2009 and is just as comprehensive.  First, bring your bike at our agreed appointment time for a short, free check-over and estimate.  The budget and deadline is then agreed and you’ll be contacted if the service is likely to go over.  New parts are only fitted if necessary, unless you request otherwise. 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.




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

Labour is £45 per hour, charged to the nearest minute.  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.  Payments must be made in full on (or before) collection of completed bike.  In the event of a large parts outlay (eg full groupset, quality wheels) we may request for some payment upfront, with remaining balance payable on 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 during the time your bike’s in the 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