Getting to know your local bike shop opens up a whole world of people to ride with, new experiences, hints, tips and Saturday morning free coffees. (Just don’t ask for a discount – they’ll give you one when they’re ready.)
There has been a surge in the number of bike shops in the Chilterns over the last few years, meaning there’s something for everyone and a wealth of advice on offer. Here are a few of the ones we’ve picked out for their excellent services and advice:
Ten-Point Cycling, Amersham (www.ten-point.co.uk)
- On the outskirts of Amersham, Ten-Point are a cycling and running shop specialising in bike fits as well as bike servicing and building. Located on the Amersham Heritage trail and close to the Chilterns Cycleway, it’s handy to know they are there.
The Little Bike Company, Berkhamsted (www.thelittlebikecompany.co.uk)
- Established in 2012 by Beth & Simon Timlett the shop has a retail showroom, workshop and warehousing. They started the business because they were frustrated by the difficulty of tracking down a variety of good quality, lightweight bikes for children. The shop showcases the best of what’s on offer for kids’ of all ages in one place.
Lovelo Cycle Works, Berkhamsted (www.lovelocycles.co.uk)
- Opened in early 2013 the shop caters for a wide variety of cycling needs. They sell a range of bikes, parts and accessories and have a workshop doing repairs. They also offer cycle hire.
Chiltern Bike Barn, Chalfont St Peter (www.chilternbikebarn.co.uk)
- Opened in March 2014 they stock a range of mountain bikes and road bikes as well as doing bike servicing and repairs and bicycle fit. Regular bike rides also start from the shop on the edge of the Chiltern Hills.
Henley Cycles, Henley-on-Thames (www.henleycycles.co.uk)
- Situated in the heart of the town they cater for all levels of cyclists from children after their first bike, to commuters, weekend warriors and serious racers. As keen riders with many years of experience they aim to supply quality kit and servicing in a friendly atmosphere.
Bridgman Cycles, Potten End (www.bridgmancycles.co.uk)
- Far more than just a bike shop, they are a cycle centre boasting a large cycle workshop, which also offers cycle maintenance courses; a FIT room to get you set up perfectly and if you need extra motivation they also have MTB rides leaving every Saturday morning. Situated near to Potten End, they offer lots of free parking amidst beautiful surroundings so whether you are new to cycling or a bike enthusiast, pop in, they’d would love to see you!
Mountain Mania Cycles, Tring & Goring (www.mountainmaniacycles.co.uk)
- Located next to one another in Tring, the Mountain Mania shop has a selection of mountain bikes for sale with the Road Room catering to the Road and Triathlon market. Both shops also offer bike servicing and a wide range of clothing, parts and accessories.
CycleFleet, Great Missenden (www.cyclefleet.com)
- In a unique rural location just outside Great Missenden, they stock a variety of leisure, mountain and road bikes with a workshop for repairs. They are also part of Cyclescheme and offer Cytech and Park Tool maintenance courses
Station Cycle Solutions, Twyford (www.stationcyclesolutions.co.uk)
- A pop-up bike shop at Twyford train station operating every Tuesday morning for bike repairs, sales, advice, cycle hire. Leave your bike with them to be fixed while you go off to work. Limited availability at the station; bike sales and cycle hire must be arranged in advance. (Information correct as of June 2014).
And if anyone out there wants to recommend a Chiltern’s bike shop we should feature then do please get in touch. Thanks.