Don’t have a bike? No worries. In Skipton, we’ve got you sorted with a range of different cycles to get you around the Yorkshire Dales at your own speed.
So whether you’re a lycra-clad pro looking for something speedy, a beginner who needs hills assistance with an electric bike, or even a couple after a tandem – Skipton has a hire shop just for you.
Most of those shops also sell gear and nutrition, and the town has specially trained sports therapists, just in case you get injured and need a little TLC.
Dave Ferguson started his first bike shop in a small lock-up off Gargrave Road back in 1990. At the time, he was undertaking small repairs and offering the odd custom-built bike, but he has now grown the shop into one of Skipton’s go-to cycle hubs.
Dave offers a wide range of bikes to buy from the like of Claud Butler, Genesis, Merida and Moda, as well as a host of accessories and nutrition, so if you’ve forgotten something, this is the place to go.
More importantly, you don’t have to bring your own bike to Skipton thanks to Dave. The shop offers road, mountain and hybrid bikes for hire by the day – and they can arrange drop-off and pick up too.
Where’s the largest supplier of tandems in the UK based? Why in Skipton of course (well, in Gargrave, just outside but we’ll claim it).
JD Tandems offers a huge array of bikes that mean two people can have double the fun. The shop stocks everything from traditional models to recumbent and electric-assisted options as well as accessories such as parts, car racks and travel cases.
For those wishing to find out if a tandem is for them, JD Tandems also offers a free try-before-you-buy service, as well as hire. The company provides all training, from gear changing to breaking and essential lingo – to help riders communicate. A rack pack for valuables and route maps, for finding your way around, are also included. And if you go on to buy a tandem, the company will refund the hire price.
Chevin Cycles is an award-winning small local chain of shops that originated in neighbouring Otley but has a strong presence in Skipton thanks to this store, jam-packed with bikes of all shapes and sizes.
They also stock a wide range of gear: helmets, clothing and accessories and have a workshop for any visitors whose bike needs a tune up (this would have to be booked in advance as it does get busy).
Perhaps, more importantly, for those looking to cycle and take it easy or manage to keep up with fitter friends and family, they offer electric cycle hire. Simply jump on and, when your legs are too tired, let the electric motor take over. It’s a great way to beat some of the challenging hills around Skipton.
So you’ve arrived in Skipton to take on some cycling in the Yorkshire Dales and picked up an injury just before you were about to leave. No fear. The Roadside Therapy Team has you covered.
Based in High Corn Mill, but originally set up in South West London in 2014, this multi-disciplined sports therapy clinic offers a variety of treatment types to get clients moving again.
Principle therapists are Tierney Maude, Lead Therapist and Director of Roadside Therapy, and her brother Luke Maude – and the pair of them really understand cycling and sports injuries, purely because they take part in so many sports themselves.