“Like barnacles on an old trawler, I’ve biked for 20 years under the impression that i knew how to clean, maintain, and perform minor miracles on my bike. The Spring Tune-Up Clinic expertly delivered by Derek MacNeil of www.bikeright.ca , was the hull cleaning I didn’t know i was desperate for. Derek is a master craftsman of all things bike, and for a brisk 4 hours, we were drenched with cycling wisdom, riding tips, maintenance gems, and humorous stories. His bike clinic is machined to be equally informative to bikers of all skill levels, and you will always walk away feeling safer and more confident on your ride. I highly recommend this clinic for everyone and don’t forget to bring your bike – it probably deserves a day at the spa more than you do about now!”NB - Uxbridge, ON
“I thoroughly enjoyed bike tune-up workshop put on by Derek MacNeil of www.bikeright.ca. I had no idea how to clean a bike properly nor the safety concerns if one didn’t. I filled up a small black notebook with notes from the class and gleaned a wealth of information in one short session – from everything to what type of bike to purchase, the mechanics of road bikes and their endurance based on design and materials. Tire pressure was an important topic that Derek gave a lot of insight into, as well as showing us how to actually repair a damaged tube and tire. Lots of tips like the front tire should have slightly less pressure than the back tire etc. were covered as well. I’m about to buy a road bike and he definitely gave me much more background to work with when I enter the bike shop. Also he even adjusted my bike for a problem knee and re-fitted my friend’s bike to lessen her upper back and neck problems.
I would highly recommend Derek’s workshop based on his exceptional expertise.”
My bike is relatively new so I thought “what can possibly go wrong?” After sitting through the Spring Tune-Up Clinic I learned that “a lot can go wrong”. I now understand the importance of cleaning my bike regularly, basic maintenance that will help minimize the risk of things going wrong, and what to look/listen for that could indicate a problem. I have a new sense of respect for my bike. Derek is a perfectionist who takes great pride in his work. In the words of my husband “you want someone like that working on your bike…and your airplane”.
I have already sent along recommendations to friends!!!
What a terrific day! The course went off without a hitch. And Derek was an amazing instructor.
Thanks again for putting this together, the day could not have gone better.
Everyone got something out of the course. Personally, I am a lot less nervous about getting a bit more hands on now.
We now have it, and it is all thanks to your time, patience and encouragement with Nathan. He is so proud of his accomplishment….you can see it on his face as soon as he straps that helmet on. Thanks Derek, we are so grateful. Don’t stop what you’re doing…you’ve given Nathan a whole new independence!!!!! Susan Smith and Brian Clarke
Making the switch to mountain biking this season has been a blast! Why did I wait so long? DR - Toronto, ON
For the first time in many years, my 2013 bike wasn’t well. It didn’t sound right. It didn’t feel right. It didn’t respond right. Every 2 weeks I was back in the shop with the same, or similar problem. It was a frustrating year. I don’t know about anyone else, but I hate being ‘that guy’ in the peloton that’s bike creaks and makes clicking sounds. That ended up being me and often I’d choose to drop off and ride alone (or with very patient friends).
At what point do you wonder if the regular trusted mechanics at the store are missing something or aren’t paying enough attention to the issue? I get that they are busy and are more or less a triage station. Time is money, I get it and I know they cant spend hours figuring out what the hell was wrong with my precious ride.
Finally, I had to try something else. Derek, who I have known for many many years, is a guy that hates riding with ‘that guy’ and the noisy bike. This is mainly the case because he is a bike mechanic and secondly because all he thinks about while he rides with you is what on earth is going mechanically with the bike? It should be silent, smooth, every cyclist knows what a clean and efficient bike sounds like! So finally he told me to bring it to him.
[Cue my guilt to my bike store.]
But. A week later, my bike comes back with a long explanation of what was wrong. Lots of little issues. Lots of tweaking. Lots of fine combing through the drive train.
I have not had a problem since Derek took care of it. Its humming perfectly. It’s smooth. It’s simply perfect. She deserved it and so did I.
Oh, and he charged me the same amount as what the bike store did.
I have a new bike mechanic. Nobody can beat the personal attention and expertise that Derek possesses. Plus I can now tell my friends I have my own bike mechanic! MB - Toronto, ON
I am thrilled with how the bike rides and how the bike looks. Thank you so much for working with my bike and for doing this so quickly.
Thank you, thank you, thank you … again! LB - Schomberg, ON
I was able to get out on them twice and have really noticed the difference. They seem lighter, stronger, and faster. Also the blade spoke seems to cut thru the wind. PR - Mississauga, ON
My 5 person, all female team took 3rd in a pretty competitive group of 7 teams.
Thank you for supporting my riding! LB - Schomberg, ON
Derek is a fountain of knowledge for all things ‘bike’. KM - Toronto, ON
Derek is a true master at building wheels and the time he takes to fine tune to true and tension each spoke is astounding.
I now have wheels that I can trust and give me the performance I was looking for.
“A chain every 3,000-5,000 km – really?? New cables every year – really?? Break pads are worn – really?”
In fact, I would say that most people view taking a bike into a store to be similar to that of asking someone how much money they’d like…very similar to a car repair. You don’t mind paying for great care and service but don’t want to get ripped off AND one determines good service when the “click-grind-clankety clankety” sound goes away!
Most people fix things as they break and not before hand.
While small now, I bet you your mobile service will be a real winner. As a busy person I barely have time to ride the dam thing, let alone baby it like I should. Love it.