The Pedallers’ Arms is a place in Leeds to come and learn how to repair your bike in a friendly atmosphere. We run regular drop-in sessions and other bike related events. We are based on Mabgate Green. Our regular opening hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 4 – 8pm, Saturday 12 – 4pm.
Although we survive entirely from your support we are very grateful for the funding that has helped get this project started.

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August Opening Hours

Afternoon all. We’re going to be open much less than usual during August because y’know, it’s August. So, our opening hours will be as follows:

w/c 04/08: open Monday 5 – 8, open Wednesday 4 – 8, closed Thursday and Saturday
w/c 11/08: open Monday and Wednesday 4 – 8, closed Thursday and Saturday
w/c 18/08: closed Monday, open Wednesday 4 – 8, closed Thursday and Saturday
w/c 25/08: closed Monday, open Wednesday 4 – 8, closed Thursday and Saturday.

Subject to change… but we’ll post here.

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Childrens’ bikes

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We’ve got 2 kids bikes for sale, which have just been fixed up by a new volunteer. The small purple one is a ‘Reflex Trend’ priced at £25 and the bigger green one is a ‘Raleigh Max’ priced at £40.

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Saturdays in July

Our Saturday openings in July are:

12th: Closed

19th: Open 12 – 4

26th: Open 12 – 4

We’re open weekdays as usual. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 4 – 8.

You can always check our calendar to the right of the page if you’re not sure!

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Shaun Keaveny comes to our workshop

Our newest mechanic Hannah was interviewed by Shaun Keaveny on his 6 Music show before the Tour de Yorkshire.  We all had a great time watching the tour wizz by and hope that it makes Leeds a more cycle friendly place (even if it could do more to support women cyclists).  Anyway, here is the interview followed by Mungo’s HiFi Bike Rider (note: oiling your chain doesn’t stop your bike exploding 😕)

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1:1 Maintenance Sessions and Courses

mercian-in-piecesWe are pleased to announce that we are partnering with wy go:cyling to offer both free 1:1 maintenance training sessions, and free maintenance courses delivered over 4 week periods.

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Saturday shifts…

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UPDATE 06/06/14: So we won’t be opening every Saturday from now on. We will start sending an email near the beginning of each month with which one’s we are definitely going to be open on. You can also check our calendar on the right hand side; if there are initials next to a date we are open, if there are none we are not! We will keep this up to date and also put out messages about any extra Saturdays on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!

We added Saturdays to our regular opening hours nearly a year and a half ago now, because we wanted to be more accessible for people who struggled to come down on weekday evenings (because of childcare responsibilities, working night shifts etc). We enjoy Pedallers’ being open at the weekend and hope you do too, but we’re sorry to say that it has become a bit of a struggle staffing Saturday shifts and in the future it’s likely you’ll have to check the calendar before coming down on Saturdays. As you will be aware, we are all volunteers with lots of other commitments too and sometimes just need some rest!

But worry not, as we are not yet certain that we will have to reduce the Saturdays we’re open and if we do it will be exactly that, a reduction. We would still aim to be open a few Saturdays a month! This is just a heads up for now, more information to follow once we make a decision.

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Bank Holiday Monday

We are going to be open this bank holiday Mon but a bit later than usual – 5pm start (instead of 4pm).

On a separate note: in the workshop on Sat we had a very stuck bottom bracket. There are a few things we like to try if they are stuck to help remove them:

  1. make sure you are loosing not tightening
  2. esp. on Italian frames (which are right-hand thread both sides)
  3. spray lube on everything
  4. make sure that the bottom bracket removal tool is firmly in place (ideally use a crank bolt to hold it in)
  5. use a breaker bar (a long extension to increase leverage)
  6. blow torch (bit of a last resort…)

We got to step 3. with a breaker bar and applied lots of force to one of our chunky spanners.  Creak, crack, snap:

Snapped Spanner

Solution: put the bottom bracket removal tool in a vice and rotate the bike.

Bottom bracket tool in the vice

The bottom bracket (in my hand) and the bottom bracket removal tool in the vice.

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