Supporting our NHS Heroes – 15% Discount!

Carbon Bike Repair Ltd are offering all NHS staff 15% off any carbon fibre repair, paint restoration and / or servicing.

The discount will be added to the final invoice. You will need to show us your NHS ID card to qualify for this discount.

This offer excludes any replacement parts or components, full resprays, courier / postage fees, and cardboard boxes.

This offer is only valid on authorisations received on the ‘final’ estimates (i.e. we have your bike in our possession and have seen the damage) up to and including 10th June 2020.

 

WE HAVE RE-OPENED!

Having considered the amount of carbon work we have on hold, we have decided to re-introduce a small team to clear the backlog as quickly, and as safely as possible. Please understand that this lockdown has, and is still, causing some lead time delays. The good news is we are back and plugging through the workload. We can also mechanically service your bike without delay.

Please call (01372 372766) or email us (info@carbonbikerepair.co.uk) us if we can help sort your bike out before we get busy again. We are available from 9 am – 3pm, Mon to Fri until further notice.

If you have to visit us at our premises please can you call us ahead of time and we ask you to remain outside and a member of staff will attend to you. Please remember to practice social distancing of 2 meters at all times.

Wishing you all good health and happy riding during this lockdown!

CBR TEMPORARILY CLOSED

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR, ROBERT GRANVILLE

Having explored every option, it is with a heavy heart that CBR will temporarily close due to the Coronavirus with immediate effect.

We will be closed for the remainder of the 3 week lockdown period as specified by the UK Government on 23 March 2020.  The most important thing is for everyone to stay safe and well.

We will still be available via email so please contact us on info@carbonbikerepair.co.uk if you would like to pre-book or ask a carbon / paint question.

Please do not travel or courier any bicycles to us as we will not be available onsite to accept deliveries.

Please be assured that if you have any outstanding repairs or resprays with us, these have been placed on hold and will be completed as soon as possible on our return.

My team members and our customers health is of upmost importance and we thank you for your continued support and co-operation.

Please stay safe and I wish you all good health!
Robert

 

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CBR DIRECTOR

These are extraordinary and difficult times for us all on both a personal and business level. However, the most important thing is for everyone to stay safe and well.

I want to reassure all our existing customers and those of you who are finding us for the first time that Carbon Bike Repair REMAINS OPEN and fully functional at this time.

We are taking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously and we are following all guidance as outlined by the UK Government and Public Health England (PHE) to help prevent the spread of any infection. We have stringent cleanliness policies in place for all staff and visitors. Public Health England (PHE) has advised that people receiving parcels are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). However as an added precaution we are disinfecting all bicycles on arrival and prior to dispatch.

We are here for carbon repairs, paint restorations and full custom resprays. Please also remember that we have a fully functional workshop with Cytec level 3 mechanics so we can offer servicing and maintenance for all your bikes.

I however, ask all customers that feel unwell or who have a new continuous cough or high fever or have been in contact with anyone who is unwell (however mild) to please NOT VISIT US at our premises! We can always correspond by phone (01372 372 766) or via email (info@carbonbikerepair.co.uk) and your bicycle can be shipped. We know many courier companies are still operating with their own measures in place.

My team members and our customers health is of upmost importance yet we remain focused on providing you with the excellent service you have come to expect from us and we thank you for your continued support and co-operation.

Please stay safe and if you can keep riding……….
Robert

MERRY CHRISMAS TO ALL!

It’s that time again, rushing about trying to finish off the year as Christmas rapidly approaches. It’s been a record breaker for us so thank you to all who came to us looking for a solution whether you are a private customer or a trade partner. We look forward to another big year in carbon repair and restoration.

Merry Christmas to all!

GCN VISIT TO CARBON BIKE REPAIR UK

For those cycle enthusiasts who follow Global Cycling Network are in for a surprise. GCN take you on a rare visit into the workings of our facility as we share useful advice on carbon repair and restoration hosted by Oliver Bridgewood. Look out for the video 2 weeks on Sunday featured on GCN Tech.

NEW RECYCLING SHOP OPEN ONLINE

Now open! Please pop over to www.cyclerecycle.cc for a browse through our online store of 2nd hand used components. We literally carry every brand. Some components are in new condition others are marked and some are sold for spare parts. We stock hard-to-find parts from expensive wheels to 1 shifter on sale out of a set of eTaps. All carbon frames are inspected or repaired with warranties so you have peace of mind when buying from CycleRecycle.

If you are looking for something which is not online please send an email to info@cyclerecycle.cc and we can look for you. Happy shopping!

 

JUST A BAD DREAM

To have your bike returned from Carbon Bike Repair is to expect to forget anything ever occurred in the first place. Was it just a bad dream that I opened my travel bag to find the chain stay snapped on my beautiful Willier Cento1…Oh yes I forgot!

ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Very. The quality and safety of a composite repair is reflected in the standard of the facilty and the engineers. Safe and complient carbon repairs require resources and training. It takes 2 years for a repairer at CBR to achieve 2 of the 3 qualification levels available at Carbon Bike Repair. The repair ‘theater’ is sealed and depressurised to prevent contamination during the repair cycle. The repair process passes through 3 QC stages before it is released to the restoration departement.  Carbon bikes can be repaired safely if there is a standard by which to measure repairs.

 

ARE GRAPHINE BIKES NECESSARY?

Like all things new in the bike world, graphene is the shiny new toy. Everyone is talking about it but is graphene really necessary? I would venture to say no. To clarify – We repair any composite construct and we have a keen interest in graphene as we learn new repair solutions.

Yes, it is a wonderful material and yes it can conduct electricity (so does carbon by the way).  Lightness and stiffness might be another motivation and repair is most likely possible but why am I not as enthused by graphene as I should be?

Carbon has taken bikes to the limit where any further weight shedding may not be in the best interests of all riders. Let me explain – Cycling terrain generally undulates creating benefits and drawbacks depending on the rider and the bike. Inertia is also a benefit so light is not always the ONLY goal.

Carbon bikes are already safely at the tipping point of weight versus stiffness. By loosing several more grams on the frame and adding more stiffness by using graphene will work well in certain circumstances but is only one element in one bikes advantage over another. Carbon is fit for purpose as GRP, Glass-reinforced plastic is for high performance boats.

Graphene is still too expensive and challenging to process. Stocks in graphene, according to Nanalyze, is not yet an invetment opportunity and as a result the prices will not drop anytime soon. However we see an increase in the use of graphene oxide powder which is used to strengthen resin. I would be intrigued to understand how robust a full graphene bike will be to surface impacts and how abrasive resistant it will be in the future. This is where Carbon is not great.

I will let this one play out.