I noticed today that a new bike shop had opened in the craft centre at Chasewater. ChaswaterCycle offer cycle hire, parts, accessories, energy food and the like, as well as selling a range of bikes from Kona, Genesis, Ridgeback and more. Talking to the chap there (sorry, didn’t get his name) I was impressed that he was passionate about bikes and was a cyclist himself – too many people in the trade don’t ride themselves. He had some great, interesting views, a nice store with great potential, and a positive, can-do attitude. If you’re up that way, do pop in.
Cycles can be hired from £7 an hour to £30 for the whole day, plus the standard returnable deposit. I note that they also offer children’s bikes, kids’ trailers, tag-alongs and copilot seats, so there are options for the whole family. If you’re thinking about getting into cycling you could do far worse than give these guys a try.
Chasewater has been crying out for such a facility, and I wish all concerned well. I have no connection with them, I just admired the cut of their jib.