Specialist bike shop Evans Cycles has announced that it will open a brand new store in Cheetham Hill this Friday.
Over 17,500 ft in size, this will become Britain’s biggest bike shop – signalling the growing strength of cycling in the UK.
The new Evans Cycles store is located in Cheetham Hill Retail Park, just a few miles outside of Manchester city centre.
Home to the governing body, British Cycling, Manchester is steeped in cycling history.
With many of Britain’s current and future Olympic athletes living and training around the city, customers of the new Cheetham Hill store are likely to share nearby lanes, trails and cycle lanes with some of the sport’s biggest talents.
Covering 17,554 square feet, the UK’s biggest bike shop will stock over 400 bikes covering road, MTB hybrid, electric and kids bikes, from well renowned brands such as Specialized, Cannondale, Trek, Brompton, HOY and Raleigh.
Clothing and accessories are also available from brands such as Endura, Giro, KALAS and Shimano.
The store will also serve the local community with a fully equipped workshop where customers can get their bikes serviced or repaired by an expert mechanic.
On Saturday 26th February, Evans Cycles will hold a launch event at the store, attended by six time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy from 1pm to 4pm.
As well as getting the opportunity to meet cycling royalty, the first one hundred visitors to meet Sir Chris Hoy will also receive a signed copy of his bestselling book, How to Ride a Bike.
“The last few years have been extremely challenging for so many up and down the country, but one silver lining has been the rise of families who have taken to two wheels,” said Sir Chris.
“As the key retailer for HOY bikes, I understand the knowledge and expertise that is passed on through physical bike shops like Evans Cycles.
“Access to stores like this play an important part in developing the next generation of riders, and I look forward to meeting some of these on Saturday!”
In-store customers will also be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive deals, including a special opening day offer which will see all in-store bikes discounted by 10%.
Attendees also have the opportunity to book a free Bronze bike service in the store’s fully kitted out Shimano Service Centre, as well as the chance to win a Brompton Electric worth over £2,800.
“We are thrilled to announce the opening of the UK’s biggest bike shop in our new Cheetham Hill store,” said Matthew Atkinson, Evans Cycles.
“Manchester is a very important location for us and this will be our third store in the city.
“With over 400 bikes on display, the new store comes equipped with a TRI UK area showcasing time trial bikes plus swim and run zones, a dedicated E-bike area, a fitting studio from BikeFitting.com, plus a dedicated colleague training hub where all full time colleagues will be trained to Shimano Service Centre standards.
“Over the past few years, we have seen a huge spike in interest from new and returning riders and are responding to our customers’ requests for more access to the world’s best cycling brands, high quality advice from expert staff and mechanical support through in-store workshops.
“We look forward to helping Manchester’s cycling community to Enjoy the Ride”.
The new store will open on Friday 25th February at Unit A1 Cheetham Hill Retail Park, M8 8BB.