Bike sales have going through the roof recently, as people seek to avoid public transport. And just last week, the government began actively promoting cycling as a way of keeping healthy – even launching a new scheme offering £50 vouchers to fund bike repairs. But where should you go to buy a bike? There are, of course, big companies like Halfords, but here we present five independent stores that you can support instead. Please note: each shop has COVID safety arrangements in place, so if you’re planning a visit, please see the respective website for details.

Keep Pedalling

This small company in the Northern Quarter strives for the feel of a classic bike shop. It specialises in both utility and adventure models, so there’ll be something to get you across town or to the back of beyond. Even in these trying times, it’s still offering a range of amenities – including custom builds. Bookings are available for servicing, although there’s currently a three week wait. Shop visits are by appointment only, so be sure to ring or email first.

23 Hilton Street, Manchester, Northern Quarter, M1 1EL, Tel: 0161 222 6015

Another Northern Quarter store, this bike shop is based in the The Lucky Building, which is second only to Afflecks as the area’s alternative shopping venue. The company offers online shopping with free home delivery. There’s a massive range of bikes to browse through on the website, plus a whole host of parts and accessories. They also have products in store that are not online, so give them a call and they’ll be happy to talk you through what’s available.

27-29 Church Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1PE, Tel: 0161 834 5788
Harry Hall Cycles

Housed under a railway arch, this family-run business has been operating since the fifties. It has new and pre-owned bicycles for everyone, from first timers, to racers. In the 3000 square foot store you’ll find over 100 on display and a large selection of clothing and other accessories. There’s currently a clearance sale on, with big savings on in-store bikes. You can also order online, with the option of delivery or a click and collect service. Finance is available on new products.

67 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5WQ, Tel: 0161 236 5699
Cookson Cycles

A little further out of town, Cookson Cycles has a rather smart looking shop in Whitefield. One of its specialities is electric bikes, and you’ll find road, mountain, and hybrid varieties. These can be somewhat more expensive, so thankfully 0% finance is available allowing you to spread the cost out, from six months to two years. For extra peace of mind, insurance is available, too. Along with the E-bikes, you’ll also find a large selection of pedal cycles, plus parts, accessories and clothing.

195 Bury New Road, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 6GE, Tel: 0161 0766 2633
Dead Rats Cycles

As you may have guessed from the name, this place is somewhat out of the ordinary. A bijou shop in Chorlton, it specialises in repairing and restoring the classics. It also has a small but perfectly formed range of vintage and retro bikes for sale, too. For example, there’s a 1980 Peugeot on offer, but you’ve just missed out on a 1978 Raleigh Grifter. They’re all in good working order and the majority come with a six-month guarantee.

7A Nicholas Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9LG, Tel: 07779 012 292
Tue 4 Aug
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Sat 8 Aug 2020