Celebrating 45 years...
Family-run Bury St Edmunds bike shop Micks Cycles is preparing to celebrate its 45th anniversary.
The retailer is staffed by three generations of the Hailstone family and was started in 1970 by Mick Hailstone. The shop started life as Micks Mopeds, operating from a yard in Victoria Street before moving to a shop in Out Risbygate.
Over the years, as the demand for mopeds fell, the business decided to concentrate on bicycles and it became Micks Cycles around 25 years ago, moving to its current premises in St Johns Street in 1993.
Mick Hailstone sadly passed away in 1991, when his son Derek took over the shop and now Mick’s granddaughter Chloe had followed him into the business too. Mick’s wife Jessie is also very much involved with the business and can still be found behind the counter from time to time.
Chloe said: “There has been so much interest in cycling recently – especially with the Women’s Tour finishing in Bury St Edmunds last year and again this June. We had a stand on Angel Hill for the day and it was an absolutely fantastic atmosphere, its great to see the sport and especially women’s cycling getting so much positive coverage.
“We want to continue that feel-good feeling around cycling which is why we thought we should mark our anniversary in some way and we hope customers old and new will come and see us on the day.”
The business recently expanded to include a Bike fit studio and modern workshop facilities with qualified technicians specialising in repairs and servicing. Meanwhile the retail range is spread over two floors, 5 showrooms, and also has an extensive range of clothing, shoes and accessories alongside the bikes themselves. The shop offers customers 0 per cent finance.
“We like to think that we can cater for every type of cyclist from those who want a serious competition bike to cycles more suited to family leisure inclusive of childrens, and offer a range of leading bike brands which include Specialized, Marin, Merida, Frog, Claud Butler and Whyte.