With the help of Indie Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, people, businesses, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: Kingsway Cycles.
Explore Indie Cambridge - Kingsway Cycles
One of the many great things about the indie scene is discovering a ‘hidden gem’ tucked away in one of Cambridge’s numerous side streets. One such gem is Kingsway Cycles – centrally located on the corner of City Road and the wonderfully named Paradise Street, that runs parallel to Burleigh Street near the Grafton Centre.
This family-owned, proudly independent business has been part of the local scene since 1978, when David Ouzman first set up shop. Originally catering mainly for motorbike owners (they still do MOTs for mopeds), the shop is now run by David’s son Steve and close friend Nick Barrett, both of whom have cycling in their hearts.
Alongside its range of new bikes for sale including touring, mountain, racing, leisure, folding and electric cycles, Kingsway stocks a solid range of second-hand bikes, clothing and accessories. It’s possible to hire bikes – complete with lights and locks, and the shop is also part of the Cycle to Work Scheme which enables employee to pay for a bike over the course of a year with hire payments deducted from their gross monthly salary.
With traditional independent values and a down to earth approach, Nick and Steve offer a fantastic repair service too. They open early at 8pm so bikes can be dropped off before work or after the school run, and their aim is for a same-day turnaround to ensure the cycling community of Cambridge keeps on the move.
8 City Road Cambridge CB1 1DP
Telephone 01223 355852
Discover unique boutiques and boutique hotels mingled with communities of artists and craftspeople. Sample an award-winning restaurant or thriving little café tucked away in a back street – all easy to locate via the comprehensive Indie Cambridge directory. It features hundreds of local traders, artists, makers, producers, venues and events – all of which play a part in the real life of the city and local area. Run by long-term residents with a true passion for all things indie, the site is packed with valuable insider knowledge of the local scene. And whoever you are - resident or visitor; whatever you search for, read about and choose to visit, you can be sure it’s independent!
Look out for the latest edition of Indie Cambridge's magazine, The Indie, out now - or read it online here.
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