Watford Cycle Hub
The Pavilion

Chaffinch Lane
WD18 9QD

01923 223 994


We are open 6 days a week including Saturday and Sunday, and will take in donations:

Mon. Closed
Tue. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wed. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thu. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri. 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sat. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Dacorum Cycle Hub
Sports Pavilion
Cupid Green Playing Fields
Redbourn Road
Hemel Hempstead

07927 726716

Mon. Closed
Tue. Closed
Wed. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu. Closed
Fri. Closed
Sat. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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: Assessment The 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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  
Stage 2: Strip Down  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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 Frame When necessary, we prepare the headtube and bottom bracket using specialist cutting tools to ensure that the components will fit correctly. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Stage 4: Rebuild With New/Reconditioned Components as Required OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Now that the frame has been prepared, we clean up, re-grease and re-fit the components that we are going to reuse. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  Next, the bottom bracket (in this case a new one) is applied with anti-seize and tightened in place using a torque wrench. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA More components are fitted and the wheels get trued so that they run as straight as possible. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Stage 5: Cabling The chain is measured to size and fitted; new cables are lubed and fitted. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Stage 6: Adjustments OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The brakes and gears are adjusted and fine tuned to the best possible performance for the components. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Stage 7: Finishing Touches and Test Ride Finally, the finishing touches are added and the bike gets a full test ride to ensure that it is ready to go. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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 derailleur and pedals. Doing all this means that our fully reconditioned bikes leave Watford Cycle Hub as good, if not sometimes better, than new!