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Fifth store in university city for Oakham-based chain

Rutland Cycling, which last year bought Cambridge chain Station Cycles, has opened its fifth store in the city, located in the new CyclePoint bike park adjacent to the railway station. The store will provide a full sales and maintenance service, as well as cycle hire.

Open seven days a week, brands stocked include Brompton, Specialized, Trek, Brompton, Pashley and Whyte, and the shop will also provide a click-and-collect service for orders purchased through rutlandcycling.com.

Station operators Abellio, who commissioned the 3,000 space CyclePoint, said: “We're pleased to welcome Rutland Cycling on board to provide the important retail element at the UK's largest and most prestigious station cycle park.

“We always envisaged a strong link with a local cycle retailer at Cambridge CyclePoint, and we are sure that Rutland's knowledge of the local market and commitment to high standards of service will be a real benefit to our customers."

Rutland cycling directors David and Sally Middlemiss both graduated from the University of Cambridge. They said: “We feel privileged and very proud to be part of this great cycling city once again.

“As an independent, family-run business, it’s really important to maintain a physical retail presence. We believe passionately in going the extra mile for our customers, whether that’s offering them a free courtesy bike while we’re carrying out repairs; fitting their car rack while they wait; putting on regular maintenance classes; or inviting folk to join us on our free led rides.

“These are exciting times for cycling and we’re looking forward to being part of the Cambridge cycling scene, helping inspire even greater participation,” they added.

One of Rutland Cycling’s other branches in the city, The Giant Store, was in the news earlier this month when a thief tried to make off with an £8,000 bike – but was unable to pedal away on it since it wasn’t fitted with pedals.

> Cambridge thief takes £8,000 bike ... but can't ride off due to lack of pedals 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.