Getting serious about cycling? Discover Bristol’s Best Bike Shops

Many of us have had to make changes to our lifestyles during lockdown. And while some changes will have been challenging for all of us, others may have had some upsides.

One benefit for many people is that the pandemic has encouraged them to get out on their bikes. Cycling can boost both our mental health and physical wellbeing. Not only is it a great way to stay active, it is also a sustainable way to travel around Bristol.

Cycling is a habit that many people will want to maintain once the lockdown is lifted. If you are just getting comfortable on two wheels or a serious rider, it’s important to have a bike that is safe and suitable for you.

Bicycle shops are currently exempt from closure. And many of Bristol’s best bike shops remain open to serve the community. So whether you are dusting off the cobwebs on an old bike or looking to purchase a new set of wheels, read on for our suggestions of some of the best independent cycle stores across the city.

    

Best place to get an old bike repaired / serviced

In store or a visit to your door. Mobile mechanics across Bristol can offer a flexible, hassle-free service to get you road ready.

Chaos Cycles
Corn Exchange, Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1JQ
www.chaoscycles.co.uk

Their shop in St Nicholas market is currently closed, so Chaos Cycle’s mechanics have gone mobile and continue to service during this unusual time. Call 07966 430534 to book a mobile repair service.

The Mud Dock Bike and Servicing Repairs
40 The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB
www.mud-dock.co.uk

The Mud Dock Bike and Servicing has a reputation for quality bicycle servicing, custom tuning and professional repairs. The Workshop is open between 8am – 5pm on weekdays, but to ensure they work safely, they are operating an appointment-only basis.

For details and advice, or to book your bike in, just call 0177 929 2151 or workshop@mud-dock.co.uk

Terry’s Cycles
44 Station Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 4PW
www.bristolcycles.com

Terry’s Cycles in Yate offers a wide range of services to match your pocket from bike tune ups to servicing and even full bike overhauls. To book an appointment call 01454 318938 or visit their website.

Psyclewerx
4-6 Abbotsford Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6HB
www.psyclewerx.co.uk

With a team of CYTEC trained experienced mechanics on board, their Bristol workshop is fully equipped for all servicing and repairs. Located in Redland their opening hours have recently changed so visit their website www.psyclewerx.co.uk or call 0117 946 7946 to make an appointment.

Where to buy a new bike

Choosing the right bike can be a bit of a minefield for beginners. With such a vast range of bikes now available, speak to a local store before you splash the cash so they can help guide you to choose the right bike for you. 

Bristol Bicycles
www.bristolbicycles.co.uk/product-category/bikes

Open by appointment only for bike test-rides and purchases, Bristol Bicycles allow you to shop safely without other customers present. Keeping a 2m distance between you and staff means you will have the comfort of knowing you are in a safe place.
Email
info@bristolbicycles.co.uk to make an appointment.

Bools Bicycles
5 Staple Hill Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 5AA
www.boolsbicycles.co.uk

This independent bike shop is based in Fishponds, located just off the Bristol to Bath Railway Path. Operating a one in one out policy to comply with guidelines, wait at the door until invited in by a member of staff.

Gary Harris Cycles
Common Mead Lane, Hambrook, South Gloucestershire, BS16 1QQ
www.garyharriscycles.com

Situated just off junction 1 of the M32, this independent local bike shop stocks a range of new bikes. With the current coronavirus situation, the shop is still open but opening hours may change at short notice due to staff availability so call 07816 515082 before visiting.

Specialized Concept Store
Eastgate Road, Bristol, BS5 6XX
www.specializedconceptstore.co.uk/bristol-store/#intro

Specialized concept store in Bristol offers an excellent range of bikes and cycling accessories. Currently open for Click and Collect only with reduced opening hours. Check their website and facebook page for updates.

Where to buy a second-hand bike

Buying a second-hand bike is definitely a good idea for anyone who is new to cycling or is buying on a budget: If you’re savvy it can also be a great way to get yourself a bargain.

The Bristol Bike Project
7 City Road, St Paul’s, Bristol, BS2 8TN
www.thebristolbikeproject.org

The Bristol Bike Project is a city institution. This sustainable social enterprise not only restores and sells fully refurbished bikes, but also supports vulnerable people by providing training and skills within the local community. The Bristol Bike Project is currently closed due to COVID-19 but still offers limited services for key workers and vulnerable people.

Where to get an electric bike

E-bikes are great if you are wary of covering longer distances or heading up the city’s hills. The extra battery powered motors assist your pedalling to make cycling less strenuous. An ideal choice for those who want a little extra help getting from A to B.

The Electric Bike Shop
116 Coldharbour Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 7SL
www.theelectricbikeshop.co.uk


Providing personal service and support, their experienced staff and team members can talk you through what you can expect from buying an electric bike. Give the team a call on 0117 403 1103 before you visit as restrictions are in place for limited customer visits. 

Electric Bike Sales
35 Lower Redland Road, Bristol, BS6 6TB
www.electricbikesales.co.uk

Buying an eBike is different to buying a traditional bike. The team at The Bristol store understand those differences and specialise in finding the best bike for you. The Bristol store is open as usual with additional safety procedures in place.

Cycling is one of the best and most sustainable ways to travel around Bristol. Encouraging people to use two feet or two wheels is central to our vision to create a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol at Brabazon as well as a simple way to maintain social distancing while travelling in these difficult times.