Sunday, 24 March 2019

New bicycle shop with workshop (and charity coffee)

New bicycle shop with workshop (and charity coffee)

A NEW bicycle shop has opened in Henley.

Henley Cycles, which is based in the former Henley Studios shop in Duke Street, sells a range of bikes for all ages and levels of experience as well as accessories.

The bikes cost from around £700 to electric bikes and specialist racing models valued at up to £10,000. There is also an on-site workshop where customers can have their machines repaired.

The shop also sells coffee in aid of the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Greys Road, Henley.

The venture is run by Jason Acock, of Queen Close, Henley, who was previously road department manager at AW Cycles in Henley Road, Caversham, and his business partner Gary Truman, from Woking.

Mr Truman, who works for digital media agency Clear Channel, became friends with Mr Acock after having his bike repaired at the Caversham shop and offered to invest when he learned Mr Acock wanted to start his own business.

The pair drew up their business plan late last year, then signed a lease on the premises before spending about three months fitting it out.

The pair have employed mechanic Dom Stewart, from Bracknell. Mr Acock, 49, who lives with his wife Julie and children George, 12, and Sophie, 11, said: “We’ve had a tremendous amount of support from people in Henley as well as our suppliers.

“This is a dream that’s been softly spoken about for a long time and we’re very excited to be here for the community.

“We cater to everyone from children to elite cyclists and welcome complete beginners who are looking to get into cycling.

“As this was just an empty shell of a building, it has been a fairly smooth process getting ready to open and we’re looking forward to becoming a part of the community.” Deputy Mayor Ken Arlett, who attended the opening with fellow councillor David Eggleton, said: “It’s great to see another independent business opening in Henley.

“Cycling is becoming more and more popular and the town council is looking to create more cycle routes as part of the neighbourhood plan so they’ve picked the perfect moment.”

The former Henley Cycles shop that was in Reading Road has no connection to the new business. Owner James Miller closed the shop after nine years in January last year, blaming reduced footfall and competition from the internet.

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