road.cc is a small company and we’re feeling the pinch like many other businesses; but unlike many in the cycling industry, we operate online and like to think we have a strong voice in the industry, so want to make use of it to help if we can.
So, we’re putting out a request for you to give a shout out to a business near to you or that you love. Maybe you own a bike shop yourself, or are offering a cycling-related service - a coach switching your business online, for instance. We want to help you let people know that you’re open for business and what you can offer.
If you see something that you like then if you can, do something to help them along. That could be booking a bike fit for when we all get back to normal, or getting a gift voucher.
We already put out a call for suggestions on Facebook, and here are the businesses that you've told us about so far...
You can nominate on Facebook here, drop a link in the comments below or email us at info [at] road.cc
“We are following government guidelines to ensure staff and customer safety. We ask you visit the store for only for essential items. We would kindly ask you not to come in to browse during this time, or to try on any soft goods, as these are especially hard to sanitise following contact.
Our website and dispatch centre are fully operational and we are keeping to our same next day dispatch target for all online orders.”
“It’s a very difficult time for everyone on the planet at the moment. By partially opening on essentially a mail order basis we want to keep staff & customers away from risk. Thank you for your continued support.”
Store is closed but Medical/Care workers can contact for repairs
Facebook: Urban Bikes UK
“We do ask that no more than 2 customers enter the shop at one time to ensure social distancing. If you arrive and there are already 2 customers in the shop, could you please wait outside.”
“We are open but with more restrictions in place. We now have a smaller area for customers. Anyone bringing their bike in, please leave it in the stand. For any products, we will bring them to you. Please call on 01584879288 for service work. We are still doing servicing on bikes we already have and taking bookings but we are not storing bikes for future bookings. Anyone collecting a bike, please call beforehand and we will get the bike ready for you.”
They’re still open for essential repairs and parts sales. NHS workers can bring their bike in for a free check.
The shop is closed to the public, but critical workers can book an appointment via email.
email: info [at] bristolbicycles.co.uk
“If you’re a Key worker and need your bike for work or commuting, we are offering you a Priority Workshop Service.”
“We ask that you kindly PHONE or EMAIL the store first and we discuss how we can help you in the safest way possible and talk you through how we are now operating step by step.”
“Offering bicycle servicing, repairs and builds. And free repairs/ servicing for all NHS staff during this pandemic.”
“Remaining open and has launched a collect, repair & return service throughout zones 1-2 of London. We'll also be doing some online maintenance classes in this period.”
“Offering free bronze servicing to all essential workers (Emergency Services – Healthcare, Police and Fire)”
“offering key workers free bike services and is always an absolute wealth of knowledge and expertise.”
“Repairs & Servicing only during this virus time. NHS and Essential staff go to the head of the queue.”
“Our workshops are open as are the shop floors albeit with customer volume restrictions. We are happy to collect and deliver in the Oxford, Aylesbury, Didcot, Witney areas via our fleet of 6 mobile service and collection vans. We also have stock of Tacx Neo turbo trainers if anyone is considering some indoor training”
“Open for repairs/services (pre-booked on 0161 637 3160)”
Expert cycling coach and road.cc contributor Ric Stern is giving back during the crisis, making a Facebook group offering free help for cyclists, triathletes and endurance athletes to keep fit during the pandemic. Ric told us:
"CycleCoach will be providing motivation, support, chat, training advice, workouts, and Zwift group rides to help people through this situation. I may provide some more in-depth coaching, at a later date, which would be donation-based."
The Facebook group is now over 900-strong, and CycleCoach is continuing to offer support on their main Facebook page and website.
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 9am-5:30pm Sun Closed
“Doing out best to keep the wheels turning. We have lots of bikes to help you enjoy the great outdoors from Frog Bikes - the lightweight kids' bike, Pinarello, Ridley, Reilly cycleworks, Cérvelo, Forme and more.”
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm Sat/Sun Closed
“We have just finished a workshop heavy rebuild and re-brand weeks ago which has taken a lot of investment, but it has allowed us to run the workshop at a higher capacity, while now operating a drop off / pick up service from the car park with contactless interaction and payment.”
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 10am-4pm Sun Closed
“Servicing, repairs, new as well as refurbished bikes. We are a bike shop and bike recycling workshop based in Haggerston, East London and we’re also part of the Hackney mental health charity, the Centre for Better Health.
As a social enterprise, we provide trainee placements for adults recovering from mental ill-health, forming part of their supported recovery process. Our well-equipped and welcoming workshop, staffed by our team of five friendly Cytech-qualified mechanics, offers a range of quality bike services to the general public.”
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm Sun Closed
“Devon's premier road specialist.
The very best in bike builds, fitting and mechanics. Main stockist for Pinarello, Orro, Kuota & Orbea.”
Open: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30am Sat/Sun Closed
“Bike repairs, servicing and upgrades. Road bikes are our speciality but equally at home servicing suspension forks, brake bleeding and wheel building.”
Open: Not Stated
“Online training plans, to give you more endurance, power and climbing strength, we will help you achieve more through structured plans tailored to your individual goals.”
Open: Not Stated
“Not only do we offer access to the very latest bike fitting technology to give us great feedback on your position we offer you a fitter with a complex understanding of how your body works on the bike making sure you end up with the perfect fit.”
Open: Mon-Fri Sat Sun
Lockdown Offer: “If you’re in a lockdown zone due to Covid-19 it can be tough making a transition to indoor training. I can help you with an individual V&V indoor training plan. This is aimed at helping to prevent loss of condition, working on neglected aspects of your fitness, ensuring nutrition meets your needs and also adding mental skills to your daily training routine if necessary. These plans are custom designed for any level of fitness or experience and a 20% discount applies.”
Open: See Website
“Supporting the local cycling community best we can and operating safely. Stay safe people and do the right thing by following the social distance policy as best you can.”
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.