Dead Rats Cycles is the Custom and Vintage Specialist, performing high quality builds, servicing & restoration in Chorlton since 2009.  The workshop’s services are also available for modern bikes but not with tubeless tyres or electronic systems because we’re old skool.  All work is carried out by appointment with Alexander Cook, a dedicated and highly experienced Cytech 4 star Master Technician, Green Business Award Winner and Retrobike Gold Trader.

Taking great pride in making bikes look beautiful and function perfectly, the emphasis is on quality and safety.  Dead Rats Cycles also stock a range of very nice vintage components you won’t find elsewhere – much of which is refurbished, restored or NOS (New Old Stock) though the shop also carries a selective range of new parts.

Regularly serviced bikes are safer, cleaner, greener and more cost effective, and Dead Rats Cycles puts the fun back into cycling by bringing the best out of your bike.




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MOT (Inspection & Tune Up)

Designed to meet industry recognised safety standards and increase each rider’s enjoyment of their bicycle, the MOT takes an hour, costs £55 and must be booked in advance.  Includes a detailed 40 point inspection, and essential safety and performance adjustments.  DRC will contact you with the results – providing recommendations and a quote based on the wear and damage found – in regard to getting your bike up to shop standard.  Very few bikes pass the MOT, many fail, most are somewhere in between.  How safe is your bike?


TLC (Full Service)

Tried and tested since 2009, the TLC is the workshop’s popular full service.  Make an appointment to bring your bike in for a free, no obligation assessment.  DRC will listen to your requirements while checking over your bike, then supply you with a quote to bring it up to shop standard – and a good idea of how long it will take.  Upon collection your bike will be clean, in excellent mechanical condition and finely tuned.  At Dead Rats Cycles every full service is a mini restoration.


PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection)

Buying a new bike online and want it brought up to DRC’s exacting shop standard?  Then the PDI is for you.  Make an appointment and bring your bike to the shop (unboxed if possible).  Your bike is duly assembled and subjected to a detailed 40 point inspection.  Where necessary, essential safety and performance adjustments will be made.  Often new bikes are not set up correctly, and some warranties require professional assembly for validation.  The fee avarges around £60, more if accessories are also supplied for installation.


ProTune (Rebuild)

The workshop’s highest quality service optimises the performance of every single component for the cleanest, smoothest and fastest version of your bike.  Be it a complete rebuild or more of a reimagining, the ProTune is also the backbone of DRC’s custom builds and vintage restorations.  Get in touch with your requirements to arrange a free, no obligation quote.




Flat rate is £70 per hour, precisely charged to the minute.  Minimum labour charge is £5.  Customers will be contacted before work goes over an agreed quote or deadline.  Storage fees may be charged for uncollected bikes, eg £10 per day for 1 month then bikes may be sold to recoup any remaining costs.  The shop may be small but its usually very busy, there’s simply no space to spare!




Card payments preferred.  Bank transfers and payment links via SMS or email on request.  All payments must be made in full upon or before collection.  In the event of a large cost outlay – e.g. full build, frame, groupset, wheels, paintwork – part payment may be required upfront with the remaining balance payable upon collection.




You may supply your own parts to fit for no extra charge.  Please ensure they are compatible and serviceable or the workshop may have to charge to ensure this.  In the event of a new component failure, warranty claims must be directed to your own supplier.




DRC works on a wide range of vintage and modern road, touring, gravel, hybrid, cruiser and mountain bikes.  However DRC’s workshop policy is generally only to perform individual repairs on bikes that have been recently fully serviced here.  DRC reserves the right to refuse to work on Bike Shaped Objects, trikes, scooters, wheelchairs, prams, buggys, downhill MTBs, E-bikes, triathlon & TT bikes, tubeless tyres and electronic shifting.  Also DRC will work on bikes that are not UK road legal, or have dangerously worn-out parts for which customers are refusing replacement.