Cheltenham Cycles is recommended because for non-lycra wearing cyclists, a cycle shop can often be an intimidating environment. Often there are bearded men in deep conversation about frame and crank sizes, looking up resentfully when you pop in to ask if they have any red bikes. On the other hand, it’s good to buy a bike from someone friendly who knows what they’re talking about.
The solution is to find a friendly shop run by enthusiastic cycle experts who are cool enough to welcome all-comers. A quick chat with our cycle correspondent and he mentioned Cheltenham Cycles immediately. They are all keen cyclists and have a lot of experience within the different disciplines of cycling: mountain biking, touring, racing, cyclecross… you name it. They are also a real deal local independent bike shop, so they get to stock what they like.
Recommended if you’re looking to build up a personal relationship with a cycle retailer who knows their stuff. Cycling is a great hobby and there are amazing routes through the nearby Cotswolds, Malverns and Forest of Dean. The chaps at Cheltenham Cycles will even point you in the right direction (literally) to help you find great cycle tour routes to match your ability, fitness and stamina. There are some great accessories in this shop too – we love the retro brass Lion bells, made in England.
If you’re looking to buy a town bike off the shelf without too many teckie questions, it’s also worth checking out Williams Cycles nearby.