Whyte Bikes and the crazy world of the UK cycle market.

The bicycle market is very strange. After the financial crash it seemed that every distributor in Europe thought that the streets were paved with gold here in the UK and so their bikes arrived in their thousands. There were brands you may have heard of and many you hadn’t. The market had not grown so…

Covid-19 causes a boom in bike sales

The cycle market has exploded since the lock down. After several years of decline the market has turned around and in a big way. The ACT are reporting that there are at least 20,000 bikes ordered and paid for but still in boxes at shops without enough staff to build them. Southdowns Bikes has had…

Whyte Bikes & servicing

I am pleased to announce that I will be working with Whyte Bikes as a Click ‘n Collect Partner and service centre. I’ve been linked to the team at Whyte for as long as I have been mountain biking. Believe it or not that is 35 years. My first bike came from them when I…

Whyte Gosford – first ride

I had to ride the Whyte Gosford as the first person to try it came back disappointed. I wondered why? I decided to ride home with the dog in tow via Mount Carvey. This is a simple enough climb, not too steep, but requires effort to ride at speed. I started by riding across the…

Whyte Gisburn review

Whyte bikes were created to produce full suspension mountain bikes back in the nineties. Of course the staff and designers ride all sorts of bikes and the head designer has raced road and cyclo-cross so he does know what is going on. When he produced Whyte’s first “cross” bike it was criticised for falling outside…

Whyte S 120 C RS Review

Surpassing all expectations! Whyte, as you may or may not know, have been at the forefront of trail bike development over the last few years, in fact for over a decade. They have followed (or lead) the demands of UK riders one of which was the desire for 27.5” bikes and that brought about the…

Breaking the rules – Whyte S 150 review

For years the rule was 26” despite its poor performance. And that is why dissenters have been saying, since the eighties, that the wheel needed to be bigger. Then someone threw away the rule book and, easy, fast, comfortable and confidence inspiring riding arrived. The 29er went main stream and life was sweet. Or so…