Away from the sales, Twisted Cogs is a trusted and talented one man workshop in Bishopthorpe, who will offer honest advice and skilled repairs, no matter how big or small, to happy customers. And just off Fossgate, inside Franklin’s Yard, is Poetry In Motion, an enjoyable moniker due to the owner being called Dylan Thomas. Here, he is providing a personal and precision service repairing, customising and building bespoke bikes, and leaving you waxing lyrical about the fitting frames and wheels.
Other stores across the city are pleasingly focusing on specific people and behaviours to encourage positive action. Liv is a women’s cycling store born out of what was York’s first bike shop, now called Giant Store. Liv invite females of all levels and styles to a shop which has top facilities, equipment and information for experienced riders, and a welcoming way for the less so to get involved in cycling too. Shannon’s Cycle Centre concentrates on young bikers, mostly stocking toddler’s and children’s bicycles, including roads, mountains, raleighs and BMX.
It’s been a great place to get kids started, but they are retiring very soon, so you best visit quick! And Re-Cycle are a second hand bike retailer who can also offer services and custom builds. This creates an affordable option that particularly attracts students, or anyone else after a bargain, in a helpful and relaxed atmosphere. After the closure of York’s Bike Rescue Project a couple of years ago, Re-Cycle continue its legacy of stopping bicycles going unnecessarily to scrap or landfill, instead upcycling them for someone else’s pleasure.
There are other organisations promoting bikes as a positive way of impacting the city and the globe. United Bikes provide a free cycling service to refugee women living in York. The project has shown the power of the bicycle, in bringing people together, learning new skills, giving freedom, and improving lives. York Green Link are an environmentally friendly couriers, who move and deliver goods and documents using the humble bicycle, meaning a super efficient, reliable and cost effective service that releases zero emissions.
Two other groups are both promoting the health benefits of cycling and championing York’s potential as an ideal place to ride. York Cycle Campaign aims to improve the city’s infrastructure, claiming its flat land and unique layout should naturally make it a leading cycling city for residents and visitors. And Bike Belles are a community who encourage everyone to join in and improve health, inviting participation to their free cycling events, which are social, enjoyable, beneficial, and showcase this beautiful city and its surroundings as a haven of routes get on your bike and get out cycling.