2016

ACT Shop of the Month | January | The Bike Shed (Wales)

The Bike Shed is Cardiff's friendly bike shop offering sales of new bikes, parts & accessories as well as repairs & servicing by qualified Cytech mechanics.

Bike Shed Wales supplies some of the world's finest bikes from some of the biggest brands, including Trek, Ridgeback, Bianchi, Genesis, Ridley and Pashley.

Bikes can be purchased on cycle to work schemes or via Ride it away cycle finance.

With an already well-established store in Pontcanna, The Bike Shed has recently opened a new branch at Tongwynlais near Cardiff, which incorporates a £100,000 showroom dedicated to women's cycling.

It is one of the biggest showrooms of its kind in Wales in terms of the range of road bikes and equipment on display. According to John Higgins, Director of The Bike Shed, "the aim of the showroom is to ensure women get the right bike for their needs, and the confidence to get full enjoyment from it.

"This will be backed up by regular evening bike maintenance classes, and support for a series of rides for women, organised with Sport Cardiff."

www.bikeshedwales.com

 

 

ACT Shop of the Month | December | Biped Cycles

Biped Cycles are a family run bike shop located in Brecon, Powys, Wales, in the Brecon Beacons National Park. They have built a passion for Mountain Biking and Road cycling for more than 28 years. As riders themselves they can offer experienced, informative advice in a warm friendly atmosphere.

At Biped Cycles there are products available for all cycling disciplines with an emphasis on quality products that offer real value for money. Good customer service is key, as well as ensuring the highest quality in all their products.

Their products are available to buy in-store and online, with Ride it away retail finance offered to help you get the bike of your dreams by spreading the cost.
In addition to cycle sales, Biped Cycles also offer a full range of servicing & repairs in their workshop - manned by Cytech qualified mechanics - plus a mountain bike hire service.

Biped Cycles is the birth place of the Brecon Beast Mountain Bike Event, held in September, with help from small group of people, which was established in 2002. The Beast has donated in the region of £62.860 to local charities, with the help of 700-800 riders entering each year.

www.bipedcycles.co.uk

 

ACT Shop of the Month | November | TT Cycles

TT Cycles Bradford on Avon was derived from "towpath trail cycle hire" when in 1990 a "bicycle hire cafe" was opened on the Kennet and Avon canal with bicycle hire and a small shop and workshop.

Over the last 20 years TT Cycles have grown in size and knowledge of all things bike related. Whatever your dream bike, they can supply it with a wide variety of bike brands including Focus, Cube, Marin and Ridgeback covering all cycling disciplines, road, commuter, mountain bike, cyclocross and kids. The parts and accessories cover all of your cycling needs, from day to day service parts all the way up to cycle cameras from Go Pro. The TT Cycles staff have the expertise to help you with your buying decision.

Cycle to work schemes and retail finance options are available, making it even more affordable to get the bike of your dreams.

With a fully kitted out workshop and all full time staff fully Cytech qualified to work on your bike, you can be sure your bike is in safe hands.

Right on route 4 of the national cycle network, TT Cycles is perfectly located for cyclists.

www.ttcycles.co.uk

 

ACT Shop of the Month | October | Top Gear Electric Bikes

Top Gear Ltd is a privately owned family business formed over 24 years ago. Owned and run by MD Peter Williams and partner Amanda Rolleston, Top Gear now sell only electric bikes, having quickly established themselves as the largest electric bike specialists in Cornwall since setting up their shop in Penryn in 2014.

Peter's many years experience, customer service and professionalism make him a unique distributor within the electric bike marketplace and Amanda's vast retail experience make her a valuable asset to the business.

With an array of products on offer including electric step over bikes, step through models, folding electric bikes, and now the Bosch powered Gepidas, Top Gear has been the first choice for many e-bike owners.

After many years of selling various different makes of electric bikes, they now specialise in Gepida, Wisper, Batribike, Oxygen, KTM, and Freego, and have them available to view and try at their premises in Penryn.

www.cornwallelectricbikes.co.uk

 

ACT Shop of the Month | September | Langsett Cycles

Langsett Cycles is one of the oldest cycle shops in the country. It began trading around 1890 on Langsett Road and moved to the present Infirmary Road premises in 1930 and has been an integral part of cycling in the Yorkshire/Derbyshire area ever since.

During the 1980's Langsett Cycles were at the forefront of the BMX revolution. In more recent times Langsett Cycles were again at the forefront of the sport with a combination of top brands and riders.

Langsett Cycles have a very friendly and loyal workforce that have all worked in the shop for over 15 years. Whether it be a bolt for your kids stabilisers or help setting up the suspension on your new mountain bike, they'll be able to assist you.

The large shop means they are able to stock and display all kinds of bikes for all ages and needs.

They also have a large display of clothing and accessories including a new ladies only department.

Langsett Cycles are a Shimano Service Centre and have a fully equipped workshop with fully trained Cytech mechanics that can carry out any repair you have, including work on suspension units, disc brake systems, wheel building and truing all at very reasonable prices.

www.langsettcycles.co.uk

 

ACT Shop of the Month | August | Cyclesense

http://albumizr.com/ia/f9c12f87343d6c68deb6c3022d73a49c.jpgThe retailer, located on Tadcaster's High Street, was born in 1991 when owner David Stainthorpe, who always aspired to own his own bike shop, started repairing bikes in his garage and trading on Dewsbury Market with just £600 worth of stock.

Cyclesense moved to a small shop in Tadcaster in 1995 but soon outgrew it and moved to its current location in 2001.

Since then, Cyclesense has evolved into a ‘destination retailer', attracting customers from across the north of England due to the quality of service and wide range of bike brands it sells for all cycling disciplines, including road, mountain and especially touring and expedition.

"It only seems like yesterday that we opened our doors, but all these years later we are still here in Tadcaster and going from strength to strength, says David. "We've had tough times along the way, more recently caused by the floods and closure of the bridge, but Tadcaster is our home, customers visit Tadcaster because of us, and we want to carry on bringing business to the area for another 25 years and beyond!"

Cyclesense is the main dealer in the UK for premium Dutch manufacturer Koga, and the UK distributor for Extrawheel trailers and FollowMe, a unique parent-child tow-bar device which converts a child's bike into a tandem. It also stocks leading brands such as Giant, Van Nicholas and Cannondale.

The kids store, located just around the corner on Westgate, is one of the UK's only lightweight kids' bike dedicated stores, and stocks a wide range of bikes of all sizes for children including brands such as Frog, Dawes and Micro Scooters. "I believe our success can be put down to the simple fact that we can cater for every type of cyclist, from serious competitors to more leisurely riders who see cycling as a way of spending time with the family," adds David.

"Buying a new bike is a significant investment. At Cyclesense, our two showrooms provide an unrivalled choice for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Customers can try and test bikes of all price ranges from different manufacturers and we back this up with friendly service by staff that live and breathe cycling."

www.cyclesense.co.uk

 

ACT Shop of the Month | June | Skyline Cycles

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/gHmeA7dre3IBeef9M7gN24PwQKWjvA4TSp4voTDgtRW10-tz2e_BVtHAwrmCymk7gswacjlGLipIVp7fgPHlPFCipFfldRbT6aKd9penSxBLgL2an0Ocr0MEAo7YwbVa4jkmcYi4Wo8Ou0hU4rdqQ-wCI3gAYYi6PlM7=w244-h160Set up in 2004, Skyline Cycles is situated at the trail head of Afan Forest Park in Port Talbot.

Supplying the best quality and best value equipment and service to trail riders visiting the area, the shop, demo and hire centre boasts a fully-fitted workshop manned by Cytech qualified mechanics.

The shop stocks top range bikes from brands including Orange, Santa Cruz and Genesis, specialising in custom-builds.

All new bikes are available on 0% finance via the Ride it away scheme.

Skyline Cycles are one of the largest demo centres in the UK offering a variety of different bikes seven days a week. They have over 50 hire bikes available to be used on their very own way-marked trail.

They also stock parts, clothing and accessories from an array of top brands at competitive prices.

www.skylinecycles.com

 

ACT Shop of the Month | May | Hewitt Cycles

http://www.hewittcycles.com/images/jlgallery/medium_IMG_0106tn.jpg?b47tlhHewitt Cycles first opened in June 1994 and within a short period of time established itself as a shop that could fulfil the needs of various types of cyclist.

Starting from an extremely small shop - less than 600 sq.ft, several favourable magazine reviews and the success of the Cheviot range of touring cycles led to a move to their current, larger premises on Preston Road in Leyland, Lancashire.

Hewitt Cycles are suppliers of top quality, race bikes, touring bikes, Audax bikes, time-trial bikes and mountain bikes. They are suppliers of products and services to some of the UK's top racing cyclists, amateur and professional, at all levels from local through to national, world, commonwealth and Olympic champions.

The Hewitt Cycles workshop is capable of repairing, or building any make, model and type of cycle, with Cytech qualified staff on hand to service & repair to the highest standard.

To assist customers in buying the bike of their dreams, Hewitt Cycles offer a range of cycle to work schemes as well as Ride it away retail finance.

www.hewittcycles.com

 

ACT Shop of the Month | April | In Gear Cycles

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0186/4208/files/2016-01-22_11.47.51_grande.jpg?15063161113959956414In Gear Cycles was established in Uckfield, Sussex in 1994. After 20 years in the same location, In Gear relocated to a larger premises and are now open 7 days a week. In Gear have been bike fitting since 1998 and will have a new state of the art studio up and running by spring 2016.

In Gear stock a range of road, hybrid and MTBs from Trek, Specialized, Cervelo and Pinarello with entry level bikes starting at £600 for the beginner and come with a complimentary bike fit to set you on your way. The shop has a successful race team, but also opens the club up to all abilities and ages.

Enjoy complementary coffee in front of a large plasma screen TV featuring tour and classics footage whilst browsing the full range of bikes in-store. To help you make your decision, In Gear have demo bikes, saddles and wheels available to try before you buy, and offer cycle to work schemes to help you buy the bike of your dreams.

www.ingearcycles.co.uk

ACT Shop of the Month | March | Gateway Cycles

Gateway Cycles is a family run business based in Abergavenny South Wales and provides people from all walks of life the 'Gateway to Cycling' through their passion and experience of the sport.

Operated by husband and wife team, Richard and Claire Bowen, who are both competitive cyclists along with sister Jen, the store is keen to deliver a one stop experience for all potential cyclists. The shop offers a range of bikes from Giant, Ridley, Scott and more, made more affordable with the option of buying through Cyclescheme and Ride it away retail finance.

Their location in the foothills of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons with excellent trail centres such as Cwmcarn, Afan Forest and Glyncorrwg near by, means they are ideally situated to offer a fantastic playground to demo bikes both on and off road.

The Gateway Cycles workshop offers full bike servicing, plus bespoke bike fitting is available, aimed at both road and mountain bike users.

www.gateway-cycles.co.uk

 

ACT Shop of the Month | February | Wet Rock N Ride

Wet Rock N Ride are a family run business in Hartlepool.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/eXrWrWXYjiBeeffzTsMVsB0ng6SztnTCJcIIdWqkXPMi7R7_UbgsAfJBh2BwgpwLSdLzHG5Lw9jOAwZGV2e4JxAuhcfOMMmXtakugc4UJAnGWbx_C-Re372ZAggysIwlhailLMbXa0mfz0op97Do7F-Pv7S-UgQ=w213-h160The rider owned, rider run business stock a wide selection of bikes from Whyte, Merida, Marin and Wilier made more affordable with the option of buying through Cyclescheme and Ride it away retail finance.

With a range of female specific bikes, Wet Rock N Ride is proud to be a Female friendly bike shop. They offer professional, friendly, free advice to all riders. All of bikes are sold with a full service and a pre-delivery inspection.

The workshop offers full bike servicing and bespoke qualified wheel building from qualified Cytech mechanics.

Wet Rock N Ride offer group rides by qualified mountain bike leaders, Scottish mountain bike leader association and the OTC technical leader qualified.

www.wetrocknride.co.uk

 

ACT Shop of the Month | January | Team Cyles

Team Cycles opened its doors on July 1st 2013 in the North East servicing Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland.

Offering bikes for every type of cyclist, Team cycles range of brands includes Whyte, Lapierre, Marin, Wilier and Kinesis.

They also offer a vast range of clothing brands including Zero RH+, Altura, Pearl Izumi, Showers Pass, Troy Lee Designs and their own Team Cycles clothing made by champion systems, plus footwear by DMT & Shimano.

The Team Cycles Service Centre is run by Shimano Di2 trained mechanics offering a comprehensive range of service options. Once you've purchased a bike from Team Cycles you'll receive discount on any future accessory purchases for life as a reward and a thank you for your business & loyalty.

To help you buy your new bike, Team Cycles have a range of payment options available including cycle to work schemes and interest free credit available through Ride it away retail finance.