Gutter machine part suppliers are often the ones who provide the cheapest parts to manufacturers.
However, a study by the Bike Delivery Network found that in the UK, only 2% of the machines supplied by the firms are actually fit for purpose.
Bike Delivery UK’s data shows that in 2016, there were about 3,300 machines in use at the UK’s 2,800 bike shops.
The company also found that of the 2,300 bikes supplied, just over half were found to be defective or faulty.
So, how do you tell if your bike is a genuine machine?
First, check that the machine is a real machine.
“The first step is to check whether the machine works,” says BDL’s Mark Hill.
“If it’s a genuine model, you can then use it to check if the parts are in good condition.
It’s important to note that manufacturers often offer warranties for the components and that’s not always the case.” “
You can also check for the original manufacturing date and the factory.
It’s important to note that manufacturers often offer warranties for the components and that’s not always the case.”
In most cases, you will have to spend some time in the shop and find the original manufacturer and their warranty.
However you can still check for fitment and repair by asking about the bike and the original date the parts were made.
This can also help to verify the factory’s original quality.
“Some manufacturers offer a limited warranty,” says Hill.
If it says on the back that it will be replaced if the original has a problem, or if the warranty is valid for 30 days, then it might be worth looking into that.
But a replacement should be offered if the problem is fixed, says Hill, but it shouldn’t be a cost-prohibitive procedure.
“We wouldn’t recommend that you buy a machine that’s been sitting in a garage for a while,” he says.
Another method is to look at the quality of the machine itself. “
For most people, it might cost a bit more than a new bike.”
Another method is to look at the quality of the machine itself.
This will also be important if you are buying a refurbished bike, says Andrew Pugh, head of cycling technology at the British Cycling Federation.
“In the UK the manufacturers are very keen to provide quality products and that can sometimes mean that they have a range of machines that aren’t fit for the job,” he adds.
If you’re not able to tell the difference, the best thing to do is to call the shop, or ask the manufacturer directly.” “
Often the quality issues can be attributed to the manufacture or the manufacturer.
If you’re not able to tell the difference, the best thing to do is to call the shop, or ask the manufacturer directly.”
The second step is finding out if the machine was produced by a British manufacturer.
The first step to this is to find out what year the machine came into production.
“What we look for is the year the bike was built,” says Pugh.
“There are a few manufacturers who have production records dating back to the 1980s or 1990s.”
If this is the case, you’ll need to get your hands on a certificate of authenticity.
This shows that the maker of the bike actually made the machine.
If the certificate is dated before 1986, the machine may have been manufactured earlier than that.
“Then we look at what the factory produced,” says Toni Taylor, Head of Business Development at the Bike Service Network.
“From this we can see if they’re producing a very basic model or a very modern model, with the most modern components.”
“For a modern machine, we’ll look at how much of the original machine has been replaced, and how many of the parts have been removed.
If there are no significant changes, the original parts have probably been replaced.”
If this looks like a modern bike, you might have to ask for a repair.
“Our advice is to just ask if there are any problems with the machine,” says Taylor.
“A repair may cost more than the original cost of the replacement part, but the bike should still be able to ride again.”
A repair can cost as little as £10, but many bikes are fitted with parts from a factory that are usually worth more than £1,000.
“Many parts can be fitted for free,” says Tayler.
“So if you have a bike that needs a complete rebuild, you could have the original bike, parts from the factory and parts from other parts manufacturers.
If they’re all of a similar quality, it may be worth spending a bit extra to find the best deal.”
If the original is missing or if you can’t find a factory, there are a number of options.
“I think most people would be happy to pay £200 or £300 for a replacement,” says Andrew Hill.
For the most expensive, you may have to take out a