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…

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…

Whyte Gisburn gravel bike review

A few months ago I reviewed the Whyte Saxon Cross. It was a fair review as I was riding a Niner RLT9 at the time. The Saxon was good but lacked a few key elements to make it a great gravel bike. The new Gisburn is a big step up. The once cross bike is…

Who are Whyte Bikes?

The early days in UK mountain biking Back in the day when men were men and sheep were nervous (Mint Sauce) there were less brands and the boys to shake things up were Kona (me – JP) and Marin. Those were the days! What made these two unique was the fact that the UK distributors…