Cycling is a very popular pastime in the Midlands probably because it has a wide variety of roads and tracks that appeal to all abilities and types of cyclist, road or off road.

Types of cycling.

In Staffordshire and Cheshire, there are hundreds of miles of quiet and relatively flat back lanes that are suitable for the occasional or leisure cyclist. You can enjoy the British countryside at a leisurley pace whilst taking in the fresh air and getting some exercise. For the keen road cyclist, Derbyshire and Yorkshire hold sway with challenging climbs such as Holme Moss and the Snake Pass. The Tour of Britain usually passes through the region for this very reason - to race the hills will separate the top cyclists from the bunch. For traffic free cycling, the Peak District probably has the most to offer with a number of converted former railway track beds dedicated to cyclists and walkers, trails such as the Manifold Track (also known as the Manifold Way), the Tissington Trail, the High Peak Trail, the Monsal Trail, Sett Valley Trail and more. These are well suited to family cycling as they are, in general, reasonably flat (the High Peak Trail at the Cromford end most certainly is not!!) and generally well surfaced. Although you don't share the route with motorised traffic, the Peak District Trails do meet and cross farm tracks and roads so it is necessary to heed the warning signs. At Cannock Chase, in Staffordshire, you can find some great manufactured trails. Since the Peak District is a National Park and has miles and miles of bridleways, you will not find any manufactured trails here. The off road mountain biking is high quality and in many cases very demanding, requiring strength, stamina and technical skills. Around the Dark Peak, you can find tough, steep ascents and descents.

Bike sales, repairs, components and accessories

Inevitably, whilst cycling in the Midlands, you may need spares for your bike or have a need for professional repairs. That is where this page will come in handy as below you can find a list of bike shops at which you can buy a new bike, buy spares or accessories for your bike or get your bike repaired or serviced in a professional cycle workshop.

Bike GarageHope, DerbyshireBike hire, repair and servicing shop plus sales of bikes, spares and accessories.
Fosters CyclesRotherham, S YorksBike sales, cycle components, maintenance and accessories.
Halfords LtdSheffield, S YorkshireBike, accessories, tools and component sales.
Hawk CyclesAlvaston, Derby, DerbyshireBike sales, spares and accessories.
Holcros LtdNottingham, NottinghamshireBike sales, cycle accessories and parts.
Holts Cycles LtdDerby, DerbyshireBike sales, cycle components, maintenance and accessories.
Leisure LakesDerby, Derbyshire
Longstaff Cycles LtdChesterton, StaffordshireBike sales, spares, tools, frame building and professional workshop.
Mercian Cycles LtdAlvaston, Derby, DerbyshireFrame bulding, custom bikes, repairs.
North West Mountain Bike CentreCheadle, CheshireBike sales, spare parts, tools, accessories and workshop.
SamwaysDerby, DerbyshireSells new bikes, spare parts, accessories and has a professional workshop.
Stanley Fearn LtdMatlock, DerbyshireBike sales, spares and maintenance workshop.

If you want a free listing for your midlands based bike shop, send us your details here. If you would like an enhanced listing, let us know here - we will be happy to do that for £25 which covers our time uploading your picture, contact details, opening times and other information.

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