Bike Shop Recommendations


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16/08/2012 at 21:01

I'm after one of those road bike thingies. 

Only I'm having trouble finding one.

I've been to Evans in Nottingham today and went to JE James at Chesterfield yesterday and neither have anything in my size . I find this odd as I'm 5ft 7 not 10ft 7, but apparently they're low on stock whilst they're waiting for the 2013 models to start arriving over the next couple of months.

I can't just order one online cos I haven't ridden a road back since I was approximately 12 years of age, hence don't really know the exact size I need and my bike knowledge is also severely lacking.

I live in Derbyshire and work in Nottingham. Can any of you nice people recommend any other bike shops I can try?

Thanking you 



M...eldy    pirate
16/08/2012 at 21:14

How soon do you need one?

They are right in as much as they will be waiting for the new stock to come in but they will also look to sell some of the older models on
If you find the correct size on line from the same company then ask them to get it in store for you
Doesnt sound like they were eager for a sale?

16/08/2012 at 21:18
Give Royles in Wilmslow a ring and see what they have of the shelves
16/08/2012 at 21:20

I don't need one straight away. I need to be able to ride 14 miles next May without embarrassing myself...I'm just being impatient 

The lady at Evans was very helpful and looked at stock at their other stores, but nothing in my size unless I wanted a really basic one or to spend a couple of grand (which would mean divorce). Even she was surprised at how few they had.

16/08/2012 at 21:21

Sorry x-post....thanks Dave

16/08/2012 at 21:22
No probs. graham and matt have built both my race bikes and do a great job of looking after them. I know they aren't close but they are open at the weekends
16/08/2012 at 23:09

There are loads of shops in Derbys and Notts Saff but ones I'd recommend are few on the ground - most are OK if you know what you are looking for in that they'll sell you it but assuming you want some guidance on what to buy then there aren't so many.

In Nottm one I haven't used but who I have heard good things about is Langdale Lightweights.    
The guy who runs Buzz Cycles in Belper should know his stuff - never been in the shop but he's a good rider who should at least have the knowledge to assist you.
Stanley Fearns in Matlock are a long established shop and quite local to you I think?  
In Derby Samways have quite a lot of stock - I wouldn't trust their advice necessarily but if you are going in let me know if you want someone to come along with you as it's local.   There are a few others in Derby too but nothing worth travelling for.   
If you are into paying for an expensive bike fit then there's a place in Derby (just moved from Langley Mill) who do the full Retul fit thing - and another place in Barton Under Needlewood is run by a well known ex pro and ex soigneur who has a very good reputation for bike fitting - though I've never bothered with a bike fit and I'm not convinced they are necessary.

17/08/2012 at 08:08
Thanks Popsy........and thanks very much for the offer of the Samways visit!

I'd completely forgotten about Stanley Fearns - doh!! You're right they aren't far from me at all and they've been around even longer than I have I think I'll pop and see them tomorrow, but I'll let you know if I need any help in Derby.
Thanks again
17/08/2012 at 08:14

There are a couple of relatively new bike shops on Chatswiorth Road in Chesterfield. Igloo Bikes at 416 Chatsworth Road, near Morrisons and Pelican Cycles at 1 Old Road.

The shops are quite small, but both struck me as being really freindly & happy to help!

17/08/2012 at 08:39

saffy I got mine here:

when I went in they didn't actually have anything in stock but they can order bikes in for you to try with no commitment (they took a £50 deposit to make sure I turned up I think which I can understand but there honestly was no commitment to buy). They were very good and did things like putting the cleats on the shoes, even went so far as to put the bottle holders on the bike for me. Very helpful and knowledgeable guys in there. If you are going at the weekend go fairly early as they get busy.


17/08/2012 at 08:50
That's fab thanks girls
17/08/2012 at 10:31

If you go to Leisure Lakes you may as well visit Tris at Long Eaton Cycle Centre at the same time as it's quite near.  And if you visit Stanley Fearns there's Zepnat in Matlock now too.  There's also Halfords for Boardman bikes which are very popular at the moment.

As it's local(ish) if anyone is interested we are planning a bike coaching session at Darley Moor race track on Wednesday 5th Sept in the evening - probably about 6.30 - just focusing on riding in a group - cost should be a couple of pounds if anyone is interested.   Be about 90 minutes split between a coached session and then a training session on the track. 

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
17/08/2012 at 12:57

TFN in Nottingham are brilliant, great service and friendly understanding staff.  I bought my first road bike (and all beginners kit) from there, also bought my new wetsuit there.

Edited: 17/08/2012 at 12:57
17/08/2012 at 13:09

I had trouble finding a bike too - I had a rough idea of what I wanted, but wanted to try some out.  I appreciate that shops can't hold stock of every bike in every size, but it was hard to find anything to try!

Evans got one in for me, for a £50 deposit (which was refundable if I chose not to go ahead).

I did buy it, but if you have alternative shops I'd look at them.  Evans staff have not proved very knowledgable post-purchase (or pre-purchase, come to that!).

17/08/2012 at 13:10

Thanks guys, I really appreciate the help.......I am a bike numpty 

17/08/2012 at 13:19

Ooh just looked and TFN are just round the corner.....I'm at Nottingham Uni. Guess where I'm going in a little while? 

17/08/2012 at 13:19

In the end it all comes down to colour anyway

17/08/2012 at 13:36
bos1 wrote (see)

In the end it all comes down to colour anyway

Hahaha......don't know what you mean 

17/08/2012 at 13:54

A choice of colour..... now there's an idea!

Rafiki    pirate
17/08/2012 at 14:23

Red ones are always faster - fact!  

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