Complete Bike – Strip and Rebuild

One part of what we do at Watford Cycle Hub is to take donated bikes, strip them down and rebuild them for sale. 

Stage 1: AssessmentThe first thing that we do, in preparation for reconditioning our bikes is to measure the frame using a ‘Frame Alignment Gauge’ in order to ensure that it is straight and safe to ride. 
Stage 2: Strip Down We then assess the components on the bike to determine which parts can be reused and which will need to be replaced; then we strip the bike down in order to clean and rebuild it to the best possible standard.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Stage 3: Clean and Prep FrameWhen necessary, we prepare the headtube and bottom bracket using specialist cutting tools to ensure that the components will fit correctly.
Stage 4: Rebuild With New/Reconditioned Components as RequiredNow that the frame has been prepared, we clean up, re-grease and re-fit the components that we are going to reuse.
 Next, the bottom bracket (in this case a new one) is applied with anti-seize and tightened in place using a torque wrench.
 More components are fitted and the wheels get trued so that they run as straight as possible.
Stage 5: CablingThe chain is measured to size and fitted; new cables are lubed and fitted.
Stage 6: AdjustmentsThe brakes and gears are adjusted and fine tuned to the best possible performance for the components.
Stage 7: Finishing Touches and Test RideFinally, the finishing touches are added and the bike gets a full test ride to ensure that it is ready to go.

The average bike strip and rebuild takes around 6 hours to complete. Where possible we reuse as many of the original components from the bike as we can; every bike gets new inner cables, outer cables and brake pads, and other components are replaced if the original components are no longer fit for purpose. This particular bike, in addition to the new cables and brake pads, had new wheels, tyres, drivetrain, bottom bracket, rear dérailleur and pedals. Doing all this means that our fully reconditioned bikes leave Watford Cycle Hub as good, if not sometimes better, than new!