If you’re thinking about getting out on two wheels, here’s your guide to the very best bike shops in Leeds.
More and more of us are swapping four wheels for two to get around Leeds. Whether you’re thinking about buying a bike or need to get your old one fixed, Leeds has loads of great shops for you to visit. From small independent stores to big nationwide brands, you’re absolutely spoilt for choice. But where should you go to get the best information, prices and service? Look no further…
How can you guarantee the quality of your bikes? Simple, build your own. And that’s exactly what you can do at Lifecycles. You can get one of their custom-built and custom-painted Vertex bikes, complete with hand-built Torrent tyres. It’ll be completely tailored to you, which means less aches and pains when you’re out riding for a long time. Don’t worry, they still stock the usual brands and you can get them all delivered to your door. Got an old bike that’s deteriorating in the shed? They even offer a full restoration service to bring your old favourite back to life.
Lifecycles Leeds, Unit 7, West Leeds Industrial Park, Stanningley Road, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 4EN.
The Bikes College
The Bikes College is one of the most unusual bike shops in Leeds. In fact, it’s less bike shop, and more social enterprise – they restore second-hand bikes otherwise headed for landfill and get them back on the road. Their aim is to make sure anyone and everyone has access to a bike if they want it. Simply pop along and choose one, put a deposit down and you can come back at a later date to pick up a fully road-worthy steed. If you want to learn more, they also run repair classes at very wallet-friendly prices.
The Bike College, Copley Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 1HY.
The most recognisable name for cyclists on the high street, Halfords’ biggest selling point is the sheer choice on offer. They stock every big-name bike brand, along with a slew of accessories, parts and clothing – these guys can fully kit you out on the spot. They’ll even build a bike that’s totally tailored to you in the shop, and you can bring it back in for a health check after six weeks, with flexible finance if you need it. A wide range of repairs are catered for too, whether you’ve got a flat, the brakes have jammed or the chain’s come loose.
Halfords, Meadow Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9BX and Melbourne Park, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 6AX.
Leisure Lakes Bikes
If you find the bigger chain cycle stores in Leeds lack the personal touch, you’ll feel right at home in Leisure Lakes. Every team member at this family-owned shop is a mad-keen cyclist, meaning you can call on over 100 years of cycling knowledge for everything from repairs to the best cycling clothes. They’re happy for you to try before you buy, with a range of test helmets on hand if you fancy taking a bike for a spin – and everything is fully adjusted to your dimensions before you leave.
The Bike Shop, 78-84 Crossgates Road, Crossgates, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 7NL.
‘Something for everyone’ sums up Evans Cycles, with over 300 bikes in their Leeds shop to suit all ages. Much like other bike shops, they have a full range of repair services – but what truly sets them apart is their Fix It classes. If you’re sick of having to drag your bike in every time it needs a small repair, their fortnightly classes will teach you how to avoid the hassle and maintain it yourself. For just £15 per session, you’ll get a training manual and a set of tools to take with you and start repairing at home.
Evans Cycles, 86 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DT. The classes are currently postponed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Edinburgh Cycle Co-op
Voted Yorkshire’s best bike shop by Cycling Weekly in 2018, there’s much more to Edinburgh Cycle Co-op than first meets the eye. As a cooperative, every member of staff can become a shareholder in the company after a year’s service – so they have a personal stake in making your experience the best it can be. Forget snooty attitudes, you’ll get down-to-earth, friendly advice on everything from bike types to repair costs, with a free safety check available to everyone. Can’t fit your new bike in the car? They offer free delivery on all bikes, as well as interest-free credit on any ride over £499.
Edinburgh Cycle Co-op, 140 Woodland Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4QG.
Forget picking your bike off the rack or from a catalogue, at Leeds’ Woodrup Cycles they have a full frame shop upstairs where each one is hand-made in steel to your exact specifications. From modern all-in-one bikes to light, stainless-steel race models, they can do it all. What’s more, their repair service is so good that they currently maintain the University of Leeds’ 500-strong student hire fleet, as well as supplying and repairing police bikes for five local forces so you know you’re in excellent hands.
Woodrup Cycles, 345-348 Kirkstall Road, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HD.
Dave Rayner CycleSport
Dave Rayner CycleSport stocks a full variety of big-name bikes, but as the name suggests – their real passion is competitive sports-standard bikes. Whether it’s a road bike for events, a light bike for triathlons or a mountain bike for an MTB holiday, they’re only too happy to advise, repair and even build you a custom frame. That’s not all, they’re also a Polaris Bike Pod Pro hire centre – these large moulded plastic travel cases protect your bike when going abroad. So instead of taking up space in the garage, you can now hire and return one from their Garforth or Yeadon branches for just a fiver a day, plus deposit.
Dave Rayner CycleSport, 107 Main Street, Garforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 1AF or 154 Harrogate Road, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 6AH.
Fine Fettle Cycles
Most independent cycle shops in Leeds pride themselves on the personal touch, but Fine Fettle Cycles goes above and beyond with their drop-off service. For those of us who work during the week, you can ring shop-owner Allan to arrange a convenient date to drop off your bike, either early in the morning or late at night. He’s also passionate about safety for new bike owners, so if you’re planning on buying a bike, you’ll get a helmet, cable lock or front and backlights for free to make sure you stay safe on the roads.
Fine Fettle Cycles, 3A The Boyle, Barwick-in-Elmet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4JH.
All Terrain Cycles
Want to buy a new bike or get your current one fixed up? You’ll struggle to find a bike shop with more experience than All Terrain Cycles. They’ve been selling bikes in Yorkshire since 1907, and they’re still independent to this day. Their 9,000 square foot megastore in Wetherby has everything you could possibly need, including a dedicated section for ladies’ bikes, a range of bike shoes and a whole counter of energy gels and nutrition packs. Once you’ve picked out your bike, make sure you bring it back in after four weeks for your free service.
All Terrain Cycles, Audby Lane, Sandbeck Industrial Estate, Wetherby, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS22 7FD.
Plenty of bike shops advertise themselves as ‘by cyclists, for cyclists’, but Chevin Cycles actually delivers. Their range of bikes, clothing and accessories is enormous, and they even sell individual bike parts so if you’re up to speed on minor repairs, you can avoid the workshop costs. From Trek and Orbea to White, Canondale and Raleigh, your choice is endless and their expertise priceless when it comes to finding your perfect bike and getting all the gear you need.
Chevin Cycles, The Showrooms, Gay Lane, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 1BR.