Sean Kirkwood

Professional cycle mechanic, specializing in classic cycle restoration

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Shop: Inside Market Hall, Colne, Lancashire

Services: Classic cycle restoration, repairs, upgrades, bike-in-a-box assembly, safety Checks, cycle event mechanic, part ordering and fitting, servicing

My name is Sean Kirkwood. Having retired from social work, I retrained as a professional cycle mechanic. I recently opened a little bike shop locally, within the Colne Indoor Market Hall in Lancashire. I have long held a passion for cycling and a deep seated love for the glory days of the sport’s past. I have been an enthusiastic touring cyclist since the early 1970’s, being a long time member of the Cyclists Touring Club, now known as Cycling UK. Recently I have completed numerous sportive rides including the 2017 Fred Whitton classic in the English lake district. In the distant past I competed in numerous marathons and triathlons. Also climbed the Munros, all the Scottish peaks of more than 3000ft. I have worked as a cycle mechanic in Spain and been involved with many sportive bike ride events organised by locally-based Pennine Events.
As music aficionados yearn for vinyl. There are many and a growing number of cyclists who hark back to the glory days of the hand built steel frames before carbon fibre took over. My aim is to keep beautiful steel made bikes from this bygone but golden era of cycling in circulation. I admire the values of past cycling, my sporting hero being the great Eddy Merckx. I want to reconnect others to the heritage of the beautiful enamelled and lugged steel bike. Not only road race bikes, but touring and leisure town bikes. There is a romance in cycling and in particular, riding a steel framed road bike of the past, embraces the values and ethos of sustainability. The beauty is that most of past hand built steel frame can be restored. They can be stripped down, repainted and completed with authentic decals of the period and brought back to their former glory.
I have a specific interest in renovating Classic used bikes and parts which date between the 1960’s to the early 1990’s. I have a limited stock of bikes, frames, components and accessories. I also offer a custom build service where you can a have a steel frame built up with parts of your choice. However, I undertake repairs and services to ALL bikes, from simple replacement of parts to full overhauls and everything in between. If you are unsure as to what work needs carrying out. I will happily look at your bike and give you a free estimate.
Feel free to drop your bike off with me within my opening hours, or you can always give me a call or an Email to book your bike in before dropping it off.

Below are the services I offer:

Safety Check-up - £15.00

I will give your bike a full safety check, a bit like giving your bike an Mot. Perfect if your bike has been hibernating over winter or endured heavy use.
I systematically check your bike including brakes,gears tyres & tyre pressurers. I will diagnose any issues, and provide you with checklist to take away so that you know what additional work I recommend.
If further work is recommended and you choose to upgrade to a standard service with me. I will refund the cost of your safety check-up

Standard service - £30.00

Tune up and safety check
Visual inspection (Check for damage/wear)
Check torque settings(or general tightness of bolts)
Cranks and pedals
Wheel true(on bike)
Pressure in tyres
Tune breaks
Tune gears
Replacement of brake blocks if necessary at no additional labour charge
*All parts are chargeable and fitting will incur extra labour charges (Except brake blocks)

Full service - £60.00

This is the full overhaul, your bike will be stripped back to the frame, Deep cleaned and reassembled. All bearing assemblies will be serviced and any new parts fitted without incurring additional labour charges. All parts are chargeable and the service of hydraulic brakes or suspension will incur an extra charge.

If you use your bike regularly it would be a good idea to have a full service at least once a year(more if you use your bike in all weather conditions), this will help keep your bike in good running order.


Hub service – £15.00

Freehub replacement – £5.00

Wheel True – £10.00

(plus  £5.00 tyre removal/replacement)

Spoke replacement plus true –  £15.00

(Plus £5.00 each tyre/disc/cassette/freewheel/removal/replacement)

Build Wheel-Price dependent on specification

Fitting new tyres – £4.00 each

Fitting new inner tubes – £3.00 each

Gears and Drivetrain

Tune gear- £8.00 each

Straighten mech hanger – £10.00

Fitting new chain – £5.00

Fitting new Chainset – £15.00

Fitting new cassette/Freewheel – £5.00

Replacing gear shifters – £15.00

Replacing derailleurs – £15.00

Bottom bracket service/replacement – £20.00

Fitting new gear cables plus adjust – £10.00 each


Fitting Brakes – £10.00 each

Bleeding brakes – £15.00 each

Fitting new cables – £10.00 each

(plus adjust brakes/gears)

Tune brake – £4.00 each

Fitting new brake blocks – £8.00 Per pair

Fitting new disc pads – £10.00 per pair


Headset service or replacement – £15.00

Fitting general accessories – £5.00

Fitting full mudguards – £10.00

Fitting a cycle computer – £10.00

Fitting grips – £ 5.00

Taping handlebars – £ 10.00

Cleaning bike – £ 10.00(Bucket wash)

Drivetrain clean – £ 15.00

Professional Bike Fitting service

Including alterations/fitting but all new parts as required extra – £50.00

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