Workbenches For Bike Shops
Whether we’re talking about a shop that sells bikes or repairs them, bike shops have to contend with cosmetic and mechanical work on a daily basis. This makes choosing the right workbench incredibly important.
You ideally want a workbench that is durable enough for your work and long-lasting, so you don’t need to replace it in a year’s time. But it also has to be comfortable to work on and be big enough to handle whatever you throw at it.
There are only two materials suitable for bike shops: wood and metal, so we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of both below.
Wood top workbenches
Wood top workbenches are ideal for bike shops because they are less noisy than metal and they can be sanded down to remove damage. They are also warmer to the touch, so they’re more comfortable to use in unheated workshops.
There are no real downsides to wood top workbenches since they can have the same load rating as metal workbenches. However, they are less suited to heavy mechanical work since wood is softer than metal and easier to damage.
Metal top workbenches
Metal top workbenches are noisier to work on than wooden top workbenches, but they are far better suited to heavy mechanical work. Hand tools and mechanical components will not damage a metal top other than superficial marks.
Although steel workbenches are colder to work on, you can always use a mat, such as a cutting mat or tool mat for certain tasks. You can make a metal top work for you, no matter the kind of work you intend to undertake in your bike shop.
Which is the right workbench for my bike shop?
If you do not intend to perform heavy mechanical work in your bike shop, then a wood top workbench will benefit you most. They are less noisy and warmer to the touch.
If, however, you intend to perform heavy mechanical work, then a metal top is a better choice because the surface is more durable overall.
If you have space, you might like to purchase one of both. This will give you the best of both worlds and maximise your productivity.
Also, before you go ahead with a purchase, make sure to measure the space in your bike shop properly to ensure your new workbench will fit.