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Shopping with Stows Cycles

Why Choose Stows Cycles

  1. Advice from keen and experienced cyclists
  2. Top workmanship & bike preparation
  3. Bike fitting & suspension set-up
  4. After-sale service
  5. Tax-free bikes, Interest-free finance, Free insurance plus Click & Collect
  6. Free customer parking at the back of the shop

Our Staff

Stows Cycles is an independent, family owned bicycle shop, so we work with the bicycle brands and products we believe in. All of our staff are cyclists.

Ian:  Long serving, he cut his teeth in the 80s & 90s, and some believe he's still there.  Master wheel builder and all around dog's body.  Owns a 1920s New Hudson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan: Experienced, knowledgeable and a bit of a joker. Well versed in all aspects of cycling. Forgets he needs glasses. Owns a Brompton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


James: Great depth of cycling expertise and passionate beyond most. Also one of our master bike fitters. Can't make coffee. Owns seven bikes, but don't tell his girlfriend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan:  Head technician, master and guru, our Polish comrade is undefeated in his technical knowledge. Customers come from miles away to benefit. We've never seen him eat vegetables & he wakes up with spanner marks on his body from the tools he slept on. Owns a Cube Crossrace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royce:  No mug, he's our American colleague. Harvard educated, Level 3 British Cycling coach & Master bike fitter. Loves to chair our meetings. Owns a titanium Seven, which he rode to Istanbul.

 

For us, working in a bike shop is more than a job, it's the opportunity to share our enthusiasm for a life-long interest. Come in for a chat, and you'll see we are much more than a local bike shop.

Workshop

We do all maintenance from basic adjustments to wheel building and Di2 service.

 

There is no need to book. You can drop your bike into us any time. We operate on a first come first served basis in our workshop, and have a very fast turnaround.

Some repairs while-you-wait. We will advise you on the time your bike will be ready when you bring the bike in.

 

Basic Service - £45 - Recommended for the occasional cyclist or for a pre-event tune up.

 

Standard Service - £65 - Great for the more regular cyclist or cycle commuter

 

Elite Service - £100 - Perfect for the enthusiast and restoring your bike back to top condition

You can find more details on our workshop and servicing here.

Buying a Road Bike

Getting the right bike design and the right frame size is only the start of setting up a bike for your objectives.  On all new road bikes, we use motion capture video to fit your bike to you, including cleat alignment on your shoes, saddle height, saddle fore/aft, handlebar reach and drop.

The optimal set-up is based on your cycling objectives, as being fast for a 10 mile time trial isn’t the same as being comfortable for a 50 mile charity ride. Our blog on bike fitting give you more information on the process and benefits.

Buying a Mountain Bike

You can have the best shock on the market, but, if it’s not set correctly, you won’t get the performance you're entitled to.

Setting up the sag, so the shock works for you on extension, and setting up the rebound, so it doesn’t compress through a series of drops, are part of the service you get from Stows with any new mountain bike priced over £600. That is the point at which your fork will be sophisticated enough to benefit from proper set-up, and we want to ensure you get the most enjoyment from your bike.

You can learn more at our blog on mountain bike set-up, or just pop into the shop for a chat and demonstration.

Financing Your Purchase

Finance is available when you spend over £400, so you can have the bike you want now and spread your payments over 6, 12, 18 or 24 months. The finance options available for each bike are described on each product page, and all but deeply discounted sale bikes have an interest-free finance option. 

If you would like to apply for finance with your purchase, you can make your choice of the credit options at check-out. That will transfer you directly to the V12 application process. V12 will collect the relevant information via their secure website, perform a credit check and then let you know if you have qualified.  At that point you complete the check-out as usual, but you only pay 10% of the total value as the deposit, and the rest of your payments will be spread out over the number of months you've chosen.

4 Weeks Free Insurance

You get four weeks of free insurance with any bike you buy, and there is no obligation to renew. You can complete your insurance activation in-store or on-line. Here is a link to Cycleplan's registration page


 

 

 

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