Polkadot Cycles are based in Sedbergh at the foot of the Howgill fells and in the western part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. James has held a City and Guilds qualification in bicycle maintenance since 2008 and specialises in bespoke wheelbuilding. We don't sell bikes but we do service and repair them and we keep a small stock of service parts
If you want wheels for specific purposes such as cyclocross, track, hill climbs, touring or downhill then we can build them to order with the drillings, spokes, nipples, lacing and hubs that you want. We can also service or prepare your bike or wheels if you need them tweaked before an important event or tour.
For touring we supply hefty rims with suitably strong lacing to tough hubs. For the sportive rider or triathlete we build lighter wheels.
Budget conscious riders can choose from Ambrosio or Joytech hubs and Rigida or Remerx rims.
We can build lightweight but strong tubular or clincher rims with a classic profile built onto Sturmey Archer hubs to minimise maintenance, and for the ultimate vintage bike we can build wooden rims from Cerchio Ghisallo either laced to your own hub or to a classic-looking Miche or Campagnolo set. Spokes come from Alpina, Mach1, DT-Swiss and Sapim but we also have a stock of chromed spokes by Union Berg for classic fans.
You can choose brass or alloy nipples and several colours are available. We build and true all our wheels using DT-Swiss tensiometer checks to ensure consistent and long-lasting results.
Finally when you've ridden a pair of our wheels for a week or so, bring them in and we'll check them over for you for free.