Cycling Quote: Do More of What Makes you Happy

Bicycle quote

Does cycling make you happy?

A study in the US earlier this year found that cyclists are the happiest of all commuters. Well that’s probably no surprise I guess. The Over40Cyclist has found a study that says just 10 minutes of cycling every day will lift your mood and make you feel happier. It all makes sense really. Get outdoors, feel the wind in your hair and forget about work and family responsibilities. We all know exercise is good for us and increases the endorphins in our system helping us to feel better generally so it’s no wonder that getting out on your bike every day will do the same.

How often do you get out on your bike?

When asked why cycling is such a good thing, Adrian Bell of Transport for London says, “It’s quick, it’s cheap, it’s good for you, it’s pretty much free once you’ve got a bike. And it’s fun! Cycling also offers a sense of independence, of being able to get up and go wherever and whenever you want. That’s invaluable.”

And it’s bound to make you feel good!

There’s even a Danish Study that shows kids who bike or walk to school do better in class. I guess many of these studies are stating the obvious but it’s always good to see it written down in a scientific way to help prove what most of us have known for a long time.

Cycling makes you feel happy! And if you still don’t believe us, check out this blogpost here that shows why cyclists are definitely the happiest people on earth. It’s a fun read.

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How to Teach your Child to Ride a Bike

how to teach your child to ride a bike

It can be one of the hardest, but definitely most rewarding things you can teach your child. How to Ride a Bike!

Before we go any further and give you some of our top tips and suggestions for further help, take a look at little Hannah mastering the art of riding her bike for the very first time!

Thank you to Emma from Science Sparks for allowing us to share her daughter’s magic moment.

How to Teach your Child to Ride a Bike:

In bullet point from here are our tops tips for helping your child master the art of cycling.

  • To start with, ensure you have all the right equipment including a decent kids’ bike helmet and that all important camera or video for capturing the magic moment.
  • Remember to not overload your child with instructions but do heap on the praise to keep their confidence high.
  • Find a flat, smooth secluded spot where they can practise.
  • Before you do anything else teach them how to use the brakes.
  • If they’ve started on a balance bike, fantastic but even if they’ve gone to a bike with stabilisers it’s no problem, there’s still a way forward.
  • Ultimately they need to learn to balance so, if they’re on a small child’s bike ensure the saddle is low enough for them to put feet flat on the floor and remove the stabilisers and pedals.
  • Now encourage them to move the bike forward, using one foot after the other to propell them forward. Let them get the hang of this, increasing their confidence and balancing ability. You may need to do this over a few sessions.
  • Once they’re feeling good about this put the pedals back on and teach them how to push off with one foot, whilst the other is on the pedal.
  • Practise this action a few times until they get the hang of it and can start to pedal. As they have already mastered balancing, it should all start to fall into place.
  • Resist the urge to hold the handlebars or the back of the seat. Instead run alongside the child with a hand on their shoulder allowing them to balance themselves knowing you are there for help if they need it.
  • Remember all children are different and will master these skills at different times.
  • Try not to lose your patience. If it’s not going well, put the bike away and try again another time.
  • Praise, praise, praise!

If you want more detailed information on how to teach your child to ride a bike, Sustrans have a fantastic ‘Ditch the Stabilisers’ guide that you can download here.

You can also find lots of handy tips and hints on the Bike Radar website too. This one is particularly good if you’re finding the whole experience a little stressful!

Image: Thierry Draus

Cycling Safety: Be Safe and Be Seen this Autumn

Be Safe Be SeenImage: Julian Menichini

With the weather changing dramatically now, we seem to be heading faster and faster towards Autumn. The nights are starting to draw in and with that comes a cycling safety concern: are you doing enough to be safe and be seen on the roads?

We all know cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy as well as being environmentally friendly, but lots of us tend to forget what we can do to ensure we stay safe on our journeys. With far more challenging weather conditions on the way, and increased hours of darkness, it’s important that you do all that you can to be safe on the roads. With that in mind, Cycle Centre has put together it’s top tips and advice to help you be safe this Autumn and Winter.

Cycling Safety: Be Safe and Be Seen

  • Always wear a correctly fitted helmet that meets the British Standard and don’t forget to ensure you have the correct children’s helmets fitted too.
  • Wear high visability clothing especially a high vis jacket when cycling in poor light. Ideally you should have reflective clothing during the day, and reflective clothing and/or accessories at night.
  • Ensure that all of bike’s lights are in good working order and if they need replacing do so now. Legally your bike must have front and back lights, reflectors do not count as lights so make sure your bicycle is safe and has the correct lights fitted. You can see a good range of Bicycle Safety products here.
  • It goes without saying that you should never use your mobile phone when cycling.
  • Never wear headphones during a cycling journey.
  • Remember not to ride on pavements unless there is a sign saying that this is permitted.
  • When you’re cycling on the road, remember to keep a good distance from the kerb and stay away from parked cars.
  • Observe the Highway Code at all times and stop at Traffic Lights and Stop junctions.
  • Give your bike a service before the weather becomes more challenging. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for then take it in to your local bike shop for some advice. We’re always more than happy to help and willing to offer our knowledge and expertise to ensure you are cycling safely on the roads.

If you follow these guidelines you’ll be safe and you’ll be seen this Autumn. Cycle safety is of the utmost importance to us and should be to you. Do all that you can to make sure your journey is a safe one.


Cycling to School

Cycling to School


If you live in an urban area and you have children (older than 2), chances are you’ll be faced with doing the school run on a regular basis. There are many ways to get your offspring to school but walking or riding have to be the most convenient, with cycling being the quicker option. Even a 10 mile+ round trip stands a good chance of being quicker on a bike than it would in a car or on public transport. If you are lucky enough to live within a few miles of your child’s school then cycling has to be just about the best option there is.


With this in mind we thought a brief post about some of the ways in which you and your child can get to school on two wheels might be useful.


If you already own a suitable bike and your child isn’t old enough to ride safely to school on their own bike then a either mounting a seat onto your bike or using a towed trailer or a ‘half-wheeler’.


Child seat mounted to rack.

Want to cycle to School? A child seat mounted on a pannier rack is a simple solution


The rack mounted child seat is the cheapest and easiest way, assuming you already have a rack and a bike strong enough to carry the weight. It does raise the centre of gravity of your bike a fair amount so you do have to be wary of this. Also, if you’re child starts moving about a lot it can be a bit alarming!


Cycling Oxford

Two up. Cross bar mounted forward facing child seat allows for one adult to ride with two children, as long as one is still quite little.  (Photo credit: tejvanphotos)


A toddler trailer buggy solves the stability issue and removes any concern about bike strength. They can also be towed by any bike (although we wouldn’t recommend towing a trailer behind your £2k carbon road bike) so aren’t restricted to those with racks. Ordinarily the trailers have two wheels and a forward facing seat with a light weight canopy similar to those found on prams and push chairs. They do increase the width and length of your bike and are therefore less suited for those needing to ride on the road alongside motor vehicle traffic.




Bicycle Trailer Recall

Towed Bicycle Trailer  (Photo credit: USCPSC)


The Half Wheeler is definitely the better option if you have a child old enough to sit safely (and hopefully peddle) on a normal saddle without any security. Generally we’d only recommend this option if your child is already riding a proper bike safely. The benefit is that you don’t have to ride at their speed or stop when they do (all quite important for the school run). Although bike length is increased, width is not so you don’t encounter problems with bollards or gates etc.


Half Wheeler "is a kids bike that hooks u...

Half Wheeler “is a kids bike that hooks up to an adult bike to help teach kids to balance” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


If none of the above options is right for you or they’re just too “normal” then take a look at these two ideas. Before you ask, no, we don’t stock either of these bikes.


High street-Oxford Adult and two children cycl...

High street-Oxford Adult and two children cycling with cargo load with trailer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




A Burley Piccolo behind a triple tandem

A Burley Piccolo behind a triple tandem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


If you’d like advice on the various “child friendly” bike transport options for the school run (or any other family activity) come and have a chat with us in the Cycle Centre. If you’d like an assesment on what would work best for your existing bike, then just bring it in.


Bike Review : Forme Calver X Sport Disc

As a keen cyclist (of the road variety) I think I know most bikes when I spot them. So when I was offered the chance by the guys and girls at Cycle Centre to test a Forme Cyclo Cross bike, my first thought was…. Who are Forme? And why do I need a Cyclo Cross Bike?

Turns out Forme are a British Bike manufacturer, and have only been established for two years. Now I must admit, I was a little sceptical about a new British Cyclo Cross bike, especially when the big boys, Trek and Giant have some excellent bikes in this category.

Forme Calver X Sport Disc

Shiny new Forme Calver X Sport Disc

I picked up the bike on a dry, crisp, Spring day, and I must say, I was impressed immediately. I was expecting this bike to be heavy, cluncky, and poorly built. Turns out I was wrong. Its not much heavier than an entry level road bike, far lighter than most mountain bikes, and looking further, has a very good spec. At 6’ 3” the 58cm frame also fit me very well, and gave me a sporty, yet relaxed feel.

My first ride was one I’ve done hundreds of times before, my commute home, usually done on a road bike, the 6 miles on the road usually takes me around 20-25 minutes. Again, I wasn’t expecting any fast times. The thicker, grippier tyres and heavier frame I was sure were going to slow me down. Here’s the science bit… Using Strava to track the ride via GPS, I was actually only 40 seconds off my personal best, set on my racey road bike! So once again, I was proven wrong.

In fact, the only time I felt as though I was going slower than normal was on the uphill stretch, when the thicker, 32mm tyres really did seem to slow me down. On the flat, and downhill, this thing handles like a road bike. The aluminium frame, and carbon fork were stiff, and sharp in the corners.

Forme out

I’ve ridden plenty of mountain bikes before, but I’ve always preferred road bikes, faster, lighter, and more fun to ride. To me, mountain bikes are heavy, slow, and clucky. However I do occasionally fancy a spot of off roading. And with the Forme, you can. My second ride took me through a nature reserve, with gravel tracks, muddy fields, grassy patches, and bumpy hills, areas I would never dream of going with my roadie! But the Forme shone out here on the dirt. Again, it didn’t feel like a mountain bike, more like a road bike. With no suspension on this bike, I was also expecting to feel every lump and bump, on my hands and on the saddle. But the carbon forks and big tyres soaked up most of the bumps, giving me a nice, fast, but relaxed ride.

The Forme uses the excellent Shimano Tiagra compact group set, and I used all 20 gears. The granny gear was used when the ground got soft, I’d forgotten how tiring it was peddling over mud! I was glad the compact was there with its 28T cog on the 34T chainset, giving me the escape I needed. But back on the road, I had the gears to keep up with the roadies.

Shimano Tiagra Compact Chainset

Shimano Tiagra Compact Chainset

This bike also uses Disc Brakes, more commonly seen on mountain bikes, and I was glad they were there. As most roadies know, cartridge pads are useless in the wet, and when the weather did turn, these brakes gave me instant stopping power.

Forme disc

My ride around the tracks gave me something that my road bike can’t, the feeling of exploring. Lost in the woods, It was like I was the only person for miles, when in actual fact, I could be home in 20 minutes, by jumping back on the road for a quick sprint home.

So who would buy this bike? At £1049.99 RRP its not exactly cheap. But what it is, is fun, versatile, fast, and exciting. With its relaxed frame, its not as racey as a road bike, but it’s a hell of a lot faster than a mountain bike. This bike isn’t just a middle ground between a mountain bike and a road bike. Its in a class of its own, a bike you can take on 75+ mile on-road sportives, or take it off road and tear through the tracks.

I think this bike would suit someone who wants both the fast road riding, and the offroad ability to get into the woods and explore. The versatility makes it an ideal bike for commuting, as it will cope with anything you need it to do, snow, rain, or school run traffic. Unless you want to get into the real wilds, this will give you all the grip you need offroad, and most of the speed you want on road.

All in all, the bike looks great, handles superbly, delivers the power when you want it, is the most versatile of all bike categories, and is so simple to ride. I bet I wouldn’t even get any funny looks from the roadies in the weekend club run. With the Cyclo Cross bike, you can also change your tyres to fit your riding style. Add slicks to go faster, add spikes to ride in the snow. Its your choice.

From now on, if anyone tells me they’re going to buy a hybrid… I’ll be sure to tell them to buy this instead. It’s a great bike, I might just get one myself.

The Forme is at home on the tracks

The Forme is at home on the tracks

Giant Anthem X 29er 2: Product Review

Giant Anthem X 29er 2 (2013)

this one


Now, before I get into this review I’d just like to point out a few things.

The first is, I’m not a professional mountain bike rider, not even a keen enthusiast anymore. I don’t even own a mountain bike, having sold my lovely Cube to fund a more child carrying friendly hybrid. I did however ride mountain bikes a lot in my teens. Back then, suspension forks were state of the art brand new on the market and only available on the very best bikes. Full suspension was in it’s infancy. So this bike is the first full suspension bike I’ve riden in a proper off road environment. I should also like to point out that I’m in a peak state of physical fatness (not a typo) at present, with all the associated aches and pains of a man approaching forty. So, I’m probably not going to be typical of the kind of person considering this bike for purchase. However, as I have no previous experience in the full suspension world but I do know how to ride off road (it’s true, you never forget) maybe this review will help a biker keen to upgrade to full suspension or perhaps someone looking to experience the thrill of dowhhill off roading and would like a proper bit of kit under them.

£1799.00. To me, this is quite a lot of cash to spend on a bike. So, it had better be good I thought. Then I checked the range of what a person could spend on mountain bikes from The Cycle Centre and as it turns out £1800 is pretty good value! That said, I don’t believe that anyone but the very wealthiest casual rider is going to fork out nearly 2k for this sort of bike. No, it is only going to be the already addicted off-roader looking to upgrade or the very inspired looking to invest wisely in their new found passion. But, after a few hours in the mud and the snow, I may have to revise that presumptious statement.

anthem 3

I took the Giant Anthem up to Thrunton Woods, a long time favourite place of mine for cycling, walking, running and even photography. The properly sunny day in what feels like years seemed ideal for a spot of off-road bike testing. Little did I know that there’d be quite a lot of snow and ice still on the higher ground. No fear, thought I. I was properly dressed and I had a great looking bike on the roof. What could go wrong?

anthem 2


First Impressions: This bike looks the business. Even before touching it, there’s a lot ot indicate that it is a quality machine with potential. In the day’s when I did venture off road on relatively regular basis I’d always shied away from full suspension because they were very heavy. So it was more than a pleasant surprise to find out just how light The Giant Anthem was. I don’t know the exact weight but I’d be surprised if it was much more than 13kg. As the name would suggest, one of the [visually] distinguishing features of this bike is the 29 inch wheels. If you  have not ridden an XC bike with rims of this size and are used to the more common 26 inch wheel size then I strongly consider you ride a big wheeled bike before making a purchase. More on that in a bit.

The frame is a nice looking white, grey and black that I really liked. Not too flashy, but not boring either. Both the front and rear suspension can be adjusted to control the rebound. or how much flex there is. I set it to maximum squishy and left it at that.

antham 4



The only other thing that stuck out was the lack of a chain ring. There are only two cogs on the crank! I’m very used to bikes having three these days. The rear cassette had ten gears, making this a 2×10 (or 20 speed) bike.

On board (and off-road): The first section of the ride was all uphill (cue impending heart attack) so all I got to do was test the granny gears for half a mile. Well, not quite, the shifters were a pleasant surprise. The whole groupset is SRAM. I’ve never ridden anything other than Shimano. But I have to say the changes were slick and easy, even under pressure. It uses what I like to described as a push-push shifter for front and rear mechs. I’m very familiar with indexed shifters that utilise the thumb to shift one way and the fore finger to shift the other. Using just the thumb to press for any gear change took a little bit of getting used to. After a short while I realised the huge benefit of this system – you don’t weaken your grip on the bars during a change as all eight fingers say where you want them – steering and braking. On any other sort of bike I doubt it would matter too much, but on a bike you could be hurtling down a rocky path at break neck speed on I think any system that enables you to retain your grip is worth it’s weight in gold.

Then to the first bit of downhill, a sandy-gravel covered forest trail with big ruts created by rainfall runoff easily wide enough to snag a front wheel and send you in the nearest pine tree. Almost immediately my confidence soared. This bike just floated over everything, completely stable and controllable. The ruts and loose surface just didn’t bother me at all. I’m certain on my previous mountain bike I’d have had to slow down if not endure considerable levels of discomfort. This brief bit of excitement was closely followed by more hill climbing. Upon which lung busting section I discovered the joy of a two cog chain ring – getting into the granny gear is a lot easier! Simply put, this meant that I could carry my momentum forward and not have to worry about crunching gear changes.

The trail then flattened out a bit. Relief. But wait, what the heck is all this white stuff ahead? Oh, it’s snow. This should be interesting. And it was. Nothing could stop me. Icy puddles, rutted mud, snow covered rocks, you name the Giant just kept on rolling. Confidence levels increased yet again.

After a mile or so of this there came the big decent. Approximately four miles of it. Initially a steep rocky narrow path, then sweeping foresty trail. Words can not describe how much I enjoyed riding this bike down this particular trail. So I won’t try. But there was quite a lot of whooping and yelling involved. Again the stability, grip and brakes all combined to boost my confidence as I pushed my legs to drive me faster than I would have deemed safe on a front suspension frame. Awesome. Not me, the bike and the descent. For one brief, glorious, moment on that sunkissed, snowswept Northumbrian hillside, we were one, that Giant and me.

Back at the car, as I rested my feet on my temporary trusty steed, I pondered the answers to following –

Value for money (rrp £1799.00): Before riding the Giant Anthem, I would have made a snorting sound and dissmissed this price as “ludicrous”. My last mountain bike was a £700 Cube and it was great. Was this Giant £1000 better? Well, after getting truly filthy on it, I believe it actually is. I’ve never encountered a bike that boosted my confidence so much that I’d take on the tracks that I did at the speed that I did. This is definitive proof of the adage “you get what you pay for”. If I had £1800, some where to store it safely and a body that could cope with it, I would buy this bike in a heart beat.

Style: Worked for me. There is only one frame colour choice, so if you don’t like it, tough. The frame itself had a big chunky downtube with tapered top tube, which I liked. I can’t see any self respecting XC rider being embarrassed to ride it based on the paint job. The rims, fat tyres, distinctive wide bars all add to the presence of the Giant. 4 out of 5.

Function/design: Brilliant. This bike was made to go off road and down hills fast. And it does. Even with a fat, middle aged bloke on it.  5 out of 5.

Quality: I doubt the frame on this bike would ever let you down, short of riding off a cliff. The groupset felt very well made and didn’t give me any cause for concern. In fact the only problem I had was the bolt that secured the saddle to the post kept working it’s way loose. 4.5 out of 5

Paul’s Yard 2 in 1 Boomer Bike

This week’s Guest Blogger is our friend Henry Aarvold.  He and his daughter have been trying out the Boomer Bike:

Paul’s Yard 2 in 1 Boomer Bike

annie boomer bike

Now, obviously this is a child’s bike so I can’t exactly test ride it myself. My daughter is only 3 1/2 years old, so she isn’t quite up to writing this review for me either. So, I will review the Boomer from the only useful perspective:- as a parent, looking to purchase “the right bike” for their own child.

A word on balance bikes.

If you’ve not seen these two-wheeled wonders before then I strongly urge you to check them out before investing in a ‘proper’ bike with stabilisers. The concept is simple really: riding a bike is all about balance. Until a child learns to balance on two wheels, riding any bike is impossible. In the day’s of my youth the only solution was to use stabilisers to keep a bike upright until the user grew enough to make the transition to two wheels. The logic behind the balance bike is that by making things smaller and less complicated (i.e. no pedals, crank or chain) a child can start learning from as young as three (or even younger if your little one is physically capable). The technique is simple too. Adjust the saddle so your child’s feet are flat on the floor, allowing them to hold themselves and the bike upright. Then they just walk whilst steering. I doesn’t take long before they graduate to a sort of gliding run, lifting their feet clear of the ground and, yep you guessed it, balancing. This builds confidence much faster than the old “stabiliser way” and allows your child to begin enjoying the world of cycling earlier and on their own terms. My own daughter took to her first balance bike from The Cycle Centre very well. Within a matter of weeks she had got the hand of steering and moving herself along. Six months on and she can easily out pace a walking adult.

So, in short I’m a huge fan of the balance bike and the philosophy behind it. It worked for my child, I believe it will work for yours!

But what do you do when your child is ready for the next step, or pedal in this case?

The Boomer aims to solve this problem for you with a bit of clever design.

First Impressions

Mine own – It looks like a mini-BMX (I’ve found memories of this class of bike as it was my first ‘proper’ bike I owned as teenager), which is no bad thing. Chunky frame in a bright metallic paint, chrome forks and handle bars, big chunky tires with black rims. Very cool I thought. Shame I can’t actually test ride it.

My daughter’s first impression – WOW. I love it. Can I ride it now?

I then noticed a few of the differences the Boomer has over a normal balance bike:- an extended seat tube section that stops where a crankset would be and additional drops outs for the rear wheel…. interesting.

boomer bike 2

The Boomer solves the problem that us [balance bike favouring] parents face in having to decide when to buy the “proper” bike with pedals because it comes with the parts (and tools) required to convert it from a balance bike to a mini-BMX.

Testing Impressions

Because of the clearance necessary for pedal arms and a crank the Boomer is a little bit larger than a standard introductory balance bike. Specifically the framer is taller and the handles bars wider and higher up. That said, the saddle has plenty of adjustment and a proper quick release pin, so it was no trouble to adjust it to fit my daughter. After a freezing half hour of balance type scooting about we decided to try it with the pedals and chain set fitted.

There are four additional components that need to be fitted in addition to having to remove and relocate the back wheel from a balance bike position to a pedal position. The bike actually comes with a multi-spanner tool and two allen keys, so you can fit the extras even if you don’t have any bike tools yourself.

boomer crankset 4

These are, theoretically, all you need to fit the pedal bits. In reality a bit more “persuasion” was needed to get things to fit. The instructions that came with the bike were relatively easy to follow but I do a fair bit of bike maintenance these days so I expect it might be a bit more intimidating for someone who hasn’t ever taken a socket wrench to a wheel nut before. I’m certain that the guys in the Cycle Centre would do the conversion for you if you needed them to.

boomer crankset 3

Twenty minutes of tinkering saw the crank and chain fitted with pedals attached. The Boomer was transformed.

This would be my daughters first attempt at a proper two-wheeled only pedal bike. Initially there was some trepidation, as you’d expect, and some confusion about which way the pedals go round. The Boomer has a neat feature in that the rear hub permits freewheeling but back pedalling will act as a brake. As the Boomer only comes with a front brake this is to be commended, as I find the one thing my daughter struggles to grasp at the moment is the concept of slowing down before hitting something or indeed someone. Brake levers are tricky for a three year old. Applying a little back pedal pressure is not so tricky, so it would seem.

Value for money: At the full r.r.p of £130, this is definitely an investment when compared to the price of a 12″ wheel stabiliser bike at around £90. But when you consider that a balance (or scoot) bike is a better bike to start on and these can cost anything from £60 to £160 and would only last around two years (if you’re lucky) before a pedal bike is “demanded” and the cost of that new bike, £130 is a bargain. 2 bikes in one is quite a big saving over two new separate bikes. 4 out of 5.

Style: Great looks. Definitely appeals to it’s intended user, even though this one wasn’t pink! It does come in pink by the way and red and blue. 5 out of 5.

Function/design: Brilliant idea. Can’t fault it, apart from the [possible] fiddle of putting on the pedals and crank etc. It’s the perfect solution for any parent looking for a ‘first bike’ for their young child. 5 out of 5.

Quality: The Boomer does appear to be put together well enough to stand up to the onslaught of a nursery age child. The frame is chunky, as are the tyres and forks. The wheel rims are plastic and definitely were a little bit out of alignment but this means they are light and probably fairly durable. 3.5 out of 5

Recommended: I would recommend this bike without hesitation. Definitely a better idea than a bigger bike with stabilisers. This bike grows with your child at a pace that fits them, helping their confidence and allowing the transition to “big bike” to happen at the right time without any added expense. If the pedals are fitted too soon, they can always be removed until the time is right, a feature which shouldn’t be underestimated when it comes to the mind of a three year old!

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The Avocet Cool- One of Our Favourite Kids Bikes for This Christmas, and On Sale.

Avocet Cool from £99.99

One of our favourite childrens bikes for this Christmas is the girls’ Avocet Cool BMX.

We think its a good value, single speed girls’ BMX that looks great.

We have ours on sale at the moment: 

  • 16″ is at £99.99 reduced from £104.99
  • 18″ is £105 down from £114.99
  • 20″ is down to £110 from £120

Unbelievably, it’s only 10 weeks until Christmas already!

Pop in to see our super friendly staff who can help you choose your child’s bike this Christmas.  We have a fab selection of bikes for the little ones and a range of hemlets and accesories to match.

Join our Christmas Club…

…… reserving your bike for £10 today

Pay off the balance as and when you like until 1st December and collect by 16th December.

All bikes are built and safety checked by our mecahnics.

As with all bikes purchased from us:

  • Your first service is free within 3 months.
  • Your next service within a year is half price.
  • Reduced rates on future services.

We are always on hand to give you help and advice to ensure you keep on enjoying your bike for years to come!

Call in to see us to check out our range of kids bikes and goodies for this Christmas.