Sheffield has a lots of bike shop, they all have good workshops and lots of stock, but let’s keep things independent to begin with.
Langsett Cycles on Infirmary Road lays claim to being the oldest bike shop in Sheffield, tracing its roots way back to 1890. It must be really old because it was Steve Peat’s first race team alongside his mate Will Longden and the beginning of his success. To the north of the city it’s in close proximity to Parkwood or on route to Wharny and Greno.
Another mainstay of Sheffield’s shops is JE James Cycles on Bramwell lane, just down the road from United’s ground. They’ve been going for nearly 50 years and also have shops over in Chesterfield and Rotherham. They’re really good at price matching in store so it’s worth asking if you’ve seen it cheaper elsewhere.
A relatively new shop on the block and catering specifically for the mountain bike market is Wide Open DH to the south of the city in Eckington. They’re keen diggers and have been trying to legitimise building and riding in their local woods by working with the land owner. Keeping true to their downhill roots they have a shop team who are competing in the British Downhill series this year.
Many riders will head out in to the Peak District from the city and a favourite destination is the Hope Valley. It plays home to two more independent shops, Eighteen bikes in Hope and The Bike Garage in Bamford. The latter also offers a range of hire bikes and both will get your out of a sticky situation should it arise half way round a day long epic.
Testament to Sheffield’s outdoor capital city status and love of cycling, it is also home to the big bike chains that have large stores selling a wide range of bikes and kit. Evans is on Queens Road, five minutes from the train station, and Edinburgh bike Company is in Heeley on Broadfield Road.
The one to pop in for a look though is A.E. Butterworth on Abbeydale Road. Run by the grandson of the original owner Albert, it's been around for over 80 years and the shop doesn’t seem to have changed in all that time. The staff are brilliant and very knowledgeable. Whether they would have the stock required to fix a modern mountain bike is another matter, but it’s really worth going in just to find out.