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These are archived newsletters, so information, specifications and prices may be out of date or incorrect by now

Mudguards offer, new lock made in Bristol, free talks, and free E-bike loans


Mudguards Special Offer


Use this voucher to get mudguards fitted half price


Voucher code: WINTER14


Buy any full-price set of mudguards from us and we will fit them to your bike for £7.50 (normal fitting charge is £15). Only mudguards purchased from Jake's Bikes are eligible for half-price fitting. Terms and conditions apply, please see


Winter bike clean service

Chain cleaningDo you hate cleaning your bike? But always feel guilty for not looking after it better? Let us do it for you! We offer two levels of cleaning service:

  • £10 drivetrain clean: measure chain wear. Clean and wipe down the chainrings, cassette and front and rear derailleurs, and completely degrease the chain. Lubricate chain and derailleurs.

  • £30 bike clean: thoroughly clean the frame, fork, wheels and all other major components. Check frame and fork for cracks, dents, corrosion.

A clean bike is not only nicer to ride, it will also wear out less quickly. And during cleaning we can often spot early warning signs of potential problems, avoiding you a maintenance headache later on.

Just give us a call on 0117 329 7363 to book your bike in

Two new staff at Jake's Bikes

Two new members of staff have joined Jake's Bikes this year.

Josh Katz is a very experienced mechanic having worked in several other Bristol bike shops since the mid nineties. More recently he worked at cycling charity Life Cycle as head mechanic of their bike recycling scheme, and has done several snowboarding winter seasons in France. At Jake's Bikes, Josh turns his extensive knowledge to repairing and servicing customer's bikes in the workshop. In his spare time Josh enjoys tinkering with his classic BMW motorbike, working on his house, and has recently built his first steel mountain bike frame.

Richard Hill joined Jake's Bikes in the spring of 2014. He works on Saturdays, as well as doing holiday cover and seasonal summer shifts. He is primarily based in the shop serving customers, but having a good eye for detail, was also assigned the task of building up some of our bikes for sale. Richard originally worked as an engineer in the aircraft industry in Bristol, a job which eventually took him to the US, and then Canada. Richard returned to Bristol in late 2013. When he is not working, he enjoys reading, cycling, and messing about with his computer. He has been a keen Linux user for more than a decade; expertise which has already proved handy in sorting out a couple of computer glitches in the shop.


Free bike talks for workplaces

Slides from our free presentationsWould your workplace benefit from a free lunchtime presentation about cycling? This winter Jake's Bikes is offering talks and slideshows aimed at cycle-commuters and those interested in giving it a try.

The talks can cover topics such as bike maintenance, cycle commuting and advice on what to look for when buying a bike. Normally each is around 20 minutes long, with time afterwards for questions.

These short talks are free for local employers and organisations. Longer presentations with practical demonstrations and bike maintenance tuition are also available for our normal tuition fee.

If you would like to organise one for your workplace please just get in touch.


Special Dutch-style ladies bike for Bristol

Special Dutch-style ladies bikeWe currently have available for sale a rather special one-off bike. Built by Jake's Bikes, this unique design provides the best of both worlds: a Dutch-style city bike, but one which is lighter and easier to ride uphill than any normal Dutch bike. Based around a recycled and repainted lightweight aluminium hybrid frame, it is equipped with brand new Shimano hub gears and hub brakes to make light work of Bristol's hills.

See our website for more details


...and an exciting announcement about bikes for sale (soon)

Having not had many used bikes for sale in recent months, we will soon announce a very exciting development which will change all that... In the next few weeks we'll reveal more on our website, facebook, twitter and via this newsletter, so stay tuned!


MAINTENANCE TIPS: disc brakes or rim brakes?

For a commuting bike, are disc brakes or rim brakes best? This is a question we often get asked, and there is no simple answer, but there are several considerations to take into account before making your own decision.

The advantages of rim brakes (whether V-brakes or calipers) are their simplicity, their lower overall weight, and their lower purchase price compared to discs. The disadvantages are their slightly lower power in wet weather... READ MORE >>>


New bike locking innovation - from Bristol

Quick Caps are a new patented design of anti-theft device for quick-release wheels being developed by Bristol engineer Curtis Dorrington. Currently at the final prototype stage, the project is now seeking backing on crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

Quick Caps

The ingenious design allows the quick-release levers to be retained on the bike, and simply locked in place when needed. Fitted or removed in seconds, Quick Caps can be easily swapped between bikes as required (provided both bikes have the same type of quick-release levers).

Jake originally met inventor Curtis through a mentoring scheme for new businesses and provided him with some advice on writing a business plan and early financial projections. Curtis has now brought the design all the way to pre-production stage and simply needs the last bit of funding to get it into full production. Click here to visit the project on Kickstarter and contribute to help get this Bristol product out into the world!


Free E-bikes from the Council

Bristol City Council are offering electric loan bikes to Bristol businesses for a free 6-month loan period. The bikes are available to workplaces who wish to encourage cycling amongst their staff for work trips in and around the city, and are provided and maintained by the council without any cost to the business at all. Contact Jacob Pryor for more information - There is currently a fleet of only 10 bikes though, so if you are interested don't hang around.

posted on Sunday 12 October 2014 by Jake Voelcker

These are archived newsletters, so information, specifications and prices may be out of date or incorrect by now

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