Buying a Bike

Things to consider when purchasing a bike

Please note: All deposits taken on bikes are non refundable.

Is the cost of the first service covered?

Having your bike serviced regularly not only makes your bike more efficient and therefore, more enjoyable and easier to ride. It also maintains the safety of your bike and helps the components to last longer.

The average cost of a bike service is around £45.00. At life on Wheels we include a complimentary first service with ALL our New bikes.

Has the bike been specifically fitted to you?

An ill fitting or wrongly sized bike can cause back, knee or hip problems or all three! It can make your bike inefficient and uncomfortable, especially on longer rides.

At Life on Wheels we are highly skilled in expertly fitting the bike to the you. With our 2-stage fitting process; Firstly, ensuring the bike is correctly sized for you then, where necessary, adjusting controls, brakes, saddle and handlebar height/reach to perfectly fit you. This 2-stage fitting service is included in the cost of your bike.

Do you need to assemble it yourself?

Most bikes require some assembly and every bike bought from the internet will require assembling after delivery. This could take up to 2 hours. The incorrect assembly of you bike could lead to costly damage or worse still safety issues. Gears and brakes are tricky to set up correctly and need expert knowledge to get this right. We regularly repair bikes that have been purchased elsewhere and have been incorrectly assembled.

With Life on Wheels your fully assembled and checked bike will be ready to go as soon as you are!

Has your new bike had a pre-delivery safety inspection?

All cars and motorbikes have a pre-delivery inspection as a matter of course but this is not always the case with bikes. They can often be sent out without any sort of safety inspection, we regularly set-up or repair bikes purchased elsewhere that have been sent to customers with the following assembly and safety issues:

  • Brakes incorrectly fitted or set
  • Gearing incorrectly adjusted
  • Loose wheels / wheels incorrectly fitted
  • Tyres on wrong way around
  • Loose headsets or Bottom Brackets

At Life on Wheels you can ride off safe in the knowledge that your (or your loved one’s) bike has been assembled and safety checked by our experts to ensure your ride is safe, efficient and enjoyable.

As cycle enthusiasts ourselves, we are always happy to discuss your requirements and to offer our expert advice and a free measuring service. Just telephone 01352 715716 or call in at the shop any time during open times.


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