Work Hours Change Due to Lockdown 7/25 – 8/8 & Eid Holidays

Dear valued customers,

Due to the latest announcement by Ministry of Health (https://timesofoman.com/article/3017295/oman/covid-19-oman-to-close-all-governorates), and curfew timings between 7pm & 6am, we will be closing the store at 6pm to allow our employees to make it home before lockdown.

Our hours of operation will be from 9 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm.

After the 8th of August, we will resume regular work hours of 10 am to 1 pm & 4 pm to 9 pm

EID HOLIDAYS

The store will be closed for Eid Al Adha on Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of August.

Kellys Bikes & Accessories Exhibition

First of all, we would like to thank ALL our visitors for making the Von Kellys Product Exhibition a success. Thank you for complying with COVID-19 rules as established by Ministry of Health of Oamn.

On July 4th and 5th 2020, we held our very first exhibition of any product ever… we were excited that it was Von Kellys products. Bicycles, Accessories, Apparel and more. Our little showroom lit up with red, white and black OEM parts and accessories from Kellys and colourful bicycles, helmets and attires.

The first day (4th of July 2020) was jam packed… our appointment board/calendar was full from 10:10 AM until 8:55 PM (with a lunch break in between).

What amazed us was that people showed up on time (some ahead of time) and each patiently waited their turn to come into the showroom.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

We had requested on the visit booking form that each visitor must wear a face mask and recommended gloves.

We were happy to see that ALL visitors complied.

To keep each of our visitors safe, we disinfected the bikes and anything that the previous customer touched. If necessary, we changed our mask and opened the door for the next customer AFTER disinfecting the door handles, inside and outside.

We had to measure heads a couple of times before showing the helmets…, we first disinfected the tape, with fresh gloves on, measured the customers head. Disposed of gloves and disinfected the tape again before storage.

Second day (5th of July 2020) was not as busy, but never the less there was a lot of activity!

We want to thank all of our visitors once again for your business. It was a successful event in every way possible

Of course, it would not be possible without the help of our Master Tech Vincent! And friends and supporters!

We thank our supplier Mr. Nikhil for his Generosity and making it possible for us to have product on time for the exhibition.

We also thank ALL our family members who sacrificed their time and put all efforts to help us make this a success. You are the best!

Best Regards
Management
Cycle Omania
(a holding of Abu Elyas Al Kindy Trd.)

WE’RE OPEN!

YES! We are finally open again after having closed our doors on March 24th, 2020 respecting the law established to help fight COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand that most of you seasoned riders and new riders needed a lot of help with your bikes, but we could not open the shop to conduct any kind of services in respect to the law from March 24th, 2020 until June 10th, 2020.

Now we are back open, but for your safety, comfort and in respecting mandated social/physical distancing rules, we are operating by appointments only.

All other safety protocols have to be followed. Only 1 person at a time, must wear face mask to visit. We have plenty of sanitizer, if not in sight, please ask. You can request hand sanitizer upon entry. Also we recommend you use hand sanitizer BEFORE using the VISA Card Machine AND AFTER, as well as when you are about to walk out the door.

Making an appointment for your visit, allows you to visit the store at self chosen time (in accordance with slot chosen for the service you need). During your visit, you will be the only one allowed in the shop.

If we operated without this protocol, you may have to sit in your car for 20 to 30 minutes as each person awaits their turn, and that is not a useful way to spend your time.

PLEASE NOTE: We have a small shop, therefore, it is not possible for us to keep accruing service bikes. For this reason, you must wait for your bike and take it immediately after service. The only exception is “Essential Maintenance Service” which for which the bike is dropped at 10:05 am and MUST be picked up by 8:45 pm, or else we will charge 3.000 storage fee. From our past experience, when someone does not collect their bicycle at the stipulated time, they are likely to leave it with us for a week to a month and we cannot afford to keep bikes for that long as we do not have storage space. So the 3.000 storage fee will be enforced.

We are absolutely pleased that this system has worked wonderfully well… we have had to turn away some people who were understandably upset because we would not let them in knowing that their visit required more time which would interfere with appointment that was previously set by another customer.

We have done our best to offer drop down choices for most commonly needed services by customers (after 3 months of no bicycle services). We will modify these choices by the end of the month to reflect the services normally required after most bikes on the road have been fixed.

To schedule an appointment, simply visit our website http://cycleomania.com, and you will not be able to miss the HUGE text below the home banner that invites you to create an appointment.

Or since you are already reading this article, simply >>>CLICK HERE<<<

See you soon!

How do I change my bicycle tire or tube?

How do I change my bicycle tire or tube?


This write up is during 2020 COVID-19,Corona Pandemic. As all our customers are unable to visit our stores for bicycle repairs and services in Muscat, Oman. We have decided to offer multiple videos and instructions on how to do basic services and repairs at home. Our videos are in English and Arabic (basic Arabic). We hope all will benefit.

Today we tackle replacing a bicycle tube at home. The video is replacement of “rear/back” bicycle tube of a Mountain Bike. But in our write up, we will include other information.

We chose to work with the rear/back wheel because, they are harder to remove and put back compared to the front wheels.

Tools and items needed: [note that most mountain bikes with disc brakes do not need the following tools… as seen in the video]

  • Bicycle Tire Levers (to open up or close some tires with strong beading).
  • 15mm wrench (for bicycles with traditional 15mm nuts on hub axle).
  • Screwdrivers: Phillips (+) and Flat Head (-) for children’s bikes with chain covers.
  • Sockets: 8/9/10mm for releasing brakes in some kid bikes (so that the wheel can be removed).
  • Allen wrench set: size needed varies or releasing brakes in newer bikes without disk brakes (so that the wheel can be removed).
  • Pair of gloves: recommended (even though I personally do not use them, unless the bike is dirty or the chain is too oily).

In today’s video, we will learn how to change a bicycle tube on a mountain bike. We chose the back tire because it is harder to work with back tire than the front tire. Also depending on your bike, you may need to use 15mm wrench to remove the hub spindle nut. Make sure, you replace everything you remove. For road bikes and BMX type bikes, you may need to disengage or undo the brakes first, before you can remove the wheel and the tire to change the tube.

في فيديو اليوم ، سنتعلم كيفية تغيير تيوب الدراجة وبالاخص على الدراجة الجبلية. لقد اخترنا الإطار الخلفي لأنه من الصعب التعامل مع الإطار الخلفي واكثر صعوبه من الإطار الأمامي. ويعتمد على نوع دراجتك أيضًا ، وقد تحتاج إلى استخدام مفتاح 15 مم لإزالة صمولة محور الدوران. وتأكد من استبدال كل شيء تقوم بفكه. أما بالنسبة لدراجات الطرق والدراجات من نوع BMX ، قد تحتاج إلى فك الفرامل أو التراجع عنها أولاً ، قبل أن تتمكن من فك العجلة والإطار لتغيير التيوب

What is my bicycles tire or tube size?

What is my bicycles tire or tube size?


This question is also a very common even among some advanced cyclists in Oman. In an attempt to address our cyclist community in Oman which comprises of both Omani’s and expatriates/immigrants. In the following videos, we discuss how to find the information about the tire or tube size you need for your bicycle, right from the tire. Our videos are in English and Arabic (basic Arabic). We hope all will benefit.

In this video, we would like to address our local community on how to determine what information is needed in order to buy a new tube or tire for their bicycle. There is more information that could be added, but we wanted to make a short video. We hope this video will help our local cyclists especially when they visit us at the store to purchase tubes or tires

في هذا الفيديو ، نود أن نخاطب مجتمعنا المحلي حول كيفية تحديد المعلومات المطلوبة لشراء تيوب جديد أو إطار لدراجتهم. هناك المزيد من المعلومات التي يمكن إضافتها ، لكننا أردنا عمل فيديو قصير. نأمل أن يساعد هذا الفيديو قائدي الدراجات، خاصةً عندما يزورونا في المتجر لشراء تيوبات أو إطارات.

PLEASE NOTE:
The following information is directly derived from Michelin Tires / Bicycle Products website, Please click on this link >>> (Conversions Tables)<<< to see more information

Checkout Dimensional Conversions tables

Sizes are expressed differently according to the various standards or uses.

MTB and City tire sizes are given in inches. In this example: 26 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/2, the first number (26) is the overall tire diameter. The second number (1 1/8) is the height of the tire in inches and fractions of an inch. The third number (1 1/2) is the tire width in inches and fractions of an inch.

French sizes are used for Road tires. In this example: 650 x 32A, the first number (650) is the overall diameter of the tire in millimeters. The second number (32) is the tire width in millimeters. The letter A indicates that the rim is 590 mm.

ETRTO (European Tire and Rim Technical Organization) sizes are given for all tires. In this example: 32 x 590, the first number (32) is the tire width in millimeters. The second number (590) is the tire diameter in millimeters. This chart shows the conversions for all the sizes.

How much air should I put?

How much air should I put in my bike tires?


This question is very common even among some advanced cyclists in Oman. In an attempt to address our cyclist community in Oman which comprises of both Omani’s and expatriates/immigrants. We are making videos in English and Arabic (basic Arabic). We hope all will benefit.

In this video, make it very simple to find out how much air pressure to add to their tires based upon their weight, intended use and riding conditions. This video is intended for bikers in Muscat, Oman. We get asked by local Omani’s as well as expatriates/immigrants, very often as to how much air they should add to their tires. We hope this video helps everyone.

في هذا الفيديو ، اجعل من السهل جدًا معرفة مقدار ضغط الهواء الذي يجب إضافته إلى إطاراتها بناءً على وزنها والاستخدام المقصود وظروف الركوب. هذا الفيديو مخصص لراكبي الدراجات الهوائية في مسقط ، عمان. يسألنا العمانيون المحليون وكذلك الأجانب / المهاجرون ، في كثير من الأحيان عن مقدار الهواء الذي يجب أن يضيفوه إلى إطاراتهم. نأمل أن يساعد هذا الفيديو الجميع.

Identifying and distinguishing bicycle pedals

Identifying and distinguishing bicycle pedals can be a challenge some times.


In an attempt to address our cyclist community in Oman which comprises of both Omani’s and expatriates/immigrants. We are making videos in English and Arabic (basic Arabic). We hope all will benefit.

In this video, we explain in very simple language how to identify left and right pedals of different types, how to install bicycle pedals and which way to turn the pedal in order to tighten it (opposite would be to loosen it)

من خلال هذا الفيديو نشرح بكل بساطة طريقة تحديد الدواسة اليمنى من اليسرى لمختلف أنواع الدرجات الهوائية أهمية معرفة ذلك تكمن في تجنب اتلاف الدواسة والمحافظة على سلامة قائد الدراجة الهوائية

Riding into the future after COVID-19

Riding into the future after COVID-19

At #cycleomania we know that our future success is based on #overcomingobstacles that are pressing upon us now. Our store has been closed for almost 3 weeks now. However, we have been #workingsmart and #workinghard from home.

When #covid19 is behind us and we open again, we are delighted to announce that our website will be 100% #ecommerce functional. Every single product we sell will be online with full description (as before) and stock information. Customers in #oman can order online and expect delivery to their preferred location. In addition to this, we expect to be able to move to a bigger location which will allow us to operate our #sales and #service departments independently. Not only that, but we also are targeting to set up a #bikefitting room for professionals. The #bikefittingroom will also serve as a 360 image capture room for bicycles so that our customers can see bikes in 360 degrees.

We aim to be the most advanced bicycle shop in the whole of the Middle East providing most services at affordable prices so that #omanis and residents of Oman can enjoy #cycling. Welcome to the future of business and #customerservice. Cheers. (Image not mine, but from #slideshare depicting future customer service)

COVID-19 Store Closure Directive

COVID-19 Store Closure Directive

Good day to all of you!

First of all, please allow us to thank you deeply for your support so far, without your business, our business would not exist!

As you are aware, the government directives as of last evening are for all business (except 4 categories) to close until further notice. In compliance, we are closing our store starting today March 24th, 2020 until further notice.

The directives and closures are to help curb the spread of the Corona Virus which has taken the world by storm. We totally support this decision. Even though it may be detrimental to our “small” business.

We pray for the safety of your families, our employees, our families and the safety of Oman as a whole.

We hope that when we return you will continue to support us so that together we can enhance the sport of cycling.

In the meantime #stayhome, #staysafe, #stayhomesaveoman from COVID-19 by following ALL the rules in place. Please do not take it lightly. The longer it takes for EVERYONE to comply, the more small businesses are hurt and may have no chance of recovery.

2020 Cyclist Information Dissipation Agenda

Good day!
We are excited to notify you that this year we have plans to publish many posts to help new cyclists and seasoned cyclists at the same time. This is our new 2020 Cyclist Information Dissipation Agenda.

Intended topics for discussion include but are not limited to the following;

  • What to consider before buying a bicycle in Oman
  • What bicycle to choose and how not to waste money
  • What can break or wear on your bicycle and how to prolong the life of components
  • What to do on the first 2 (few) rides
  • What tire pressure is good for “you” individually based on your use
  • How to avoid punctures and preventive measures to take if you are in a puncture prone area
  • How to avoid/prevent rust on your bike – a very common problem in Oman
  • How to wash your bike and not worry about damaging any parts in the long run
  • How to preserve your tires when you travel and leave your bike behind (including the 2 weeks on / 2 weeks off desert working guys)
  • Who should get rid of the sports bike saddle/seat and who should not
  • When to do maintenance and how to keep your maintenance cost low
  • How to do maintenance by your self
  • Things every rider should know to do by themselves

We will add to, or modify the above topics and may include topics that you suggest as a reader. But everything will be pertaining to riding in Oman. This is because the conditions here are very different even from our neighbouring country the UAE!

We plan to have video series too and welcome new and seasoned bikers to help in creating this content.