Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Free ELITE Trainer Pack Worth £150*

* The following 2013 model bikes are eligible for this offer valid until 31/1/13 - or while stocks last:

CAAD8 Tiagra
CAAD8 105
Synapse 105
Synapse Carbon - All
CAAD10 - All
Super 6 - All
Slice - All

Filter Hi
Filter Apex
Juicer - All

Race Lector - All
Race Actinium - All

Speedster 30, 20, 10
Foil - All
CR1 - All

Red Zone
Zone Two
Zing Supreme

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Got Helmet ?

I was in the shop the other day . I got some winter-y gloves . First impressions are very good . ' PRO' brand . Like a lightweight ' Roubaix' lycra . Very lightweight , with tons of feel .No padding as such , with a snotwiper . Today's ride was very wet ,and a little chilly, but I wouldn't say my hands were cold . I'm sure they'd be OK on all but the very coldest of rides .
I'd take a pic , but they're in the washer .
Today's ride ....

Whilst I was in the shop , a couple came in carrying a Cannondale roadbike . The young lady has been in a collision with a car . Pulled out on her . Fortunately , she wasn't seriously hurt . She said her helmet absorbed the bang .

I'd say the bike took a fair bit , too ....

Top Tube creased.
So , er ,  got helmet ?
Get one , eh ?

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Welcome Back Schwinn

When first started selling mountain bikes almost 10 years ago now, the classic American brand Schwinn was one of the first we sold. Now part of the same family as GT, Mongoose and Cannondale we welcome Schwinn back to the fold. The following three model are our first delivery and they each retail for £299.99.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Bike Stands At Last!

We got shiny bike stands outside our shop at last, thanks Wigan Council.

New 2013 Cannondale have arrived

We are in the process of building them up as will have them on display for the weekend! Here's a picture of the first one built up. A 2013 Cannondale Trail SL2, Medium. 899.99.

2013 Kona Shred 20

Why it makes sense to buy a better kids bike: 
1. Your Kid has a proper bike to ride - so he can go out riding with you.
2. The Better Kids Bike - if looked after - will hold it value well, so much so something like this Kona 20 could end up costing you less than a cheap bike when you come to sell it. A good few years ago my buddy Tim bought a Trek Mountain Lion for his lad (not dissimilar to this), it got plenty of use over a few years then he passed it onto me and my lad who was a couple of years younger used it - then my youngest lad used it. Over that time it was looked after, Tim fitted an older XT rear mech that he had "in stock" and the bike kept going and going. It had rigid forks  and V-brakes which was the norm at the time but it has good components. From memory it cost about £225 in c1995 - after going through 3 hands we put it on eBay and it went for £180 IIRC. That works out at less than £10 a year depreciation for the 5 or so years we had it... less than the cost of a heavy supermarket bike.

In stock now (it comes in a 24" version too).

£379.99 including free UK delivery.

Click here for full spec from Konaworld.com.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

2013 Kona Bikes Are Here!

Today we got:
Mahuna 29er
Unit 29er
Paddy Wagon

More to come of course and these will be on our all-new website soon, but in the meanwhile you can see them on the Kona site.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

2012 bike clear out!

We are running out of Road bikes in our 2012 clearance sale! Come in quick and see these rediculous deals in store.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Kona 2013 Sneak Peak!

The Kona Europe rep came past the shop last week an brought in some of the 2013 Kona range. Here's a few pictures from my iPhone. We should have these in store in the next week.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Bike Sale: Scott Scale Jr 2012 £269.99

The Scott Scale Junior features a lightweight 6061 alloy frame, 12 speed Shimano gearing and a RST 50mm suspension fork. Perfect for the kids getting into mountain biking.

WAS £329.99
NOW £269.99
Layaways and Cycle Schemes excluded.

Frame: Scott Racing 20“ Junior, Alloy 6061 P.G., Pressed D/out
Fork: RST Capa T20, suspension fork 50 mm, softer spring setup
Headset: VP-A71 black
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio, RD-M410, 12-Speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-M190A
Shifters: Shimano SL-RS35-6, Revo Shifter
Brake Levers: Tektro JL510 - TS
Brakes: Lee-chi 209 P, For Kids-Bikes
Crankset: Lasco double 42x34 T, 140mm
BB-Set: TH M-1
Handlebar: Junior Flat Bar, 540 mm
Stem: HL-TDS-C41-8, 1 1/8“, 15°
Pedals: VP-570, BMX - Type
Seatpost: Scott SP-252, 26.8mm
Seat: Junior Racing VL-50610
Front Hub: JY-433 32 H Nutted
Rear Hub: JY-434 32 H Nutted
Chain: KMC Z-51
Cassette: Shimano MF-TZ 20, 14-28 T, 6speed
Spokes: 15G UCP black
Rims: Alex C-1000
Tires: K-832, XC- Type, 20 X 2.0
Weight: 10.90 kg / 24.01 lbs

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Bike Sale: Scott Metrix 20 2012 £699.99

The Scott Metrix 20 2012 Hybrid Bike features a lightweight 6061 alloy frame, an alloy fork, a flat handlebar, durable 27-speed drivetrain and disc brakes to let you roll the way you want to. A perfect road & canal commuter or weekend bike. Size Medium.

WAS £849.99
NOW £699.99
Layaways and Cycle Schemes excluded. 

Frame: New Metrix Disc-Brake, 6061 Alloy, FlatBar specific Geometry
Fork: Metrix Disc Brake
Headset: Ritchey OE Logic Zero, semi integrated
Bars: Scott Hot Rod, T shape Flat, 600mm, 9° bend
Stem: Scott Alloy, 31.8mm, 4 bolt
Speed: 27
Front Mech: Shimano Alivio, FD-M430, 34.9mm clamp
Rear Mech: Shimano XT RD-M592 SGS
Chainset: Shimano FC-M431, 48x36x26T, w/ chainguard
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-ES 25 / 68-118mm
Cassette: Shimano CS HG 50, 11-32T
Chain: KMC X9
Front Brake: Shimano Deore, BR-M446 disc, w SM-RT53 center lock rotors, 160mm
Rear Brake: Shimano Deore, BR-M446 disc, w SM-RT53 center lock rotors, 160mm
Rims: Alex Race 28, 32H, CNC
Front Hub: Scott Comp Disc CL
Rear Hub: Shimano FH-RM 35 CL
Spokes: Stainless black, 15G, 2mm
Tyres: Continental Ultra Sport, 700 x 28C Front Continental Ultra Sport, 700 x 28C Rear
Seatpost: Scott Alloy, 27.2/300 mm

Size = Medium.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Bike Restoration is not a Crime...

but it should be .
 I just wanted to thank Alan for helping with the project .

I haven't contributed much to this blog , of late . I've just recently been restoring my old Muddy Fox Courier . That's a mountainbike , kids . I thought I'd ' blog ' it . For posterity .
It all came as a bit of a shock really .

I've had the Courier for about 5 , maybe 6 yrs . Time flies . I didn't think it had been that long ' til I thought back . I picked it up off Ebay . I'd been kinda browsing for one for a while . I'd bought one in 1987 , off Alan . It was such a new sport , that I'd mention" Mountain -Biking" to people , and they'd be , all like ...  " Mountain ? Biking ? "
 Seriously . People had never heard the two words together in the same sentence .
We took to it with  gusto . Soaking up every bit of information . Not much in those days . It seems incredible today , but there was no internet . None . There wasn't even a dedicated magazine . It did not come on the telly .
But still , we rode .
Alan had ordered me a courier saying if I wanted one , he'd get one too . We waited soooo long for them to come .

 I'd meet him up near his mum's on the canal , and from there , without any plan as such , we'd ride the local spots . Some would be old BMX jump spots . Or we'd even go to the track. We'd explore the local woods . I'd ridden BMX as a ' street kid ' . Alan was the celebrity racer . But it worked well . I fancied myself as a bit of a trials rider type . I'd done ' freestyle ' . Tricky dicky front wheel spinny stuff . Balance and poise . Ha . It carried over well , descending short steep drops in the Haigh Plantation , or Borsdane Woods , I'd love exploring the limits of control . Weight back . Still the same today .
 I guess Alan still craved the competition from BMX , and we soon ended up doing the odd race . Again , very early days . There just weren't any MTB races . So we did Cyclo-cross .
Insane really . We were at a huge disadvantage , weight wise , and with the fat tyres , but we did it anyway .

So , then we also had a few trips away . I can't remember exactly the order in which we did this , but we went up to the Lakes for a ride , and there was the first ever national champs weekend in Telford . That was good . It was a weekend event , with a ride on the Saturday , and a race on Sunday . I'd been ill in the week , just a bit offside , but despite my mum's protestations , I went anyway .
The Saturday ride was ace . Farther than had been suggested . Probably 30 odd miles around the Wrekin .
I can remember loads of mad bits . An impromptu hill climb . A crazy french guy getting a puncture . The Independent newspaper took our picture and ran a story . ( i'd love to see that ) . Bunny hopping , without toe-clips !!! We were so rad .
 The ride finished in Ironbridge . Kinda going dark . The van was in Telford , like , 7 miles away . No one had told us . So after a big day in the saddle , we rode some more .

And then we couldn't get food .

By now we were riding with Andy , and one or two other guys . Andy had come along , with ' 602 ' , his mate .( 602 was his bike . He had no name )  Andy had done some freestyle BMX also , riding for Alan's Torker Trick team , partnering up with Julian Parkinson . It was all just BMX , but with bigger wheels .
Imagine my horror , when my mum's concerns about my health were correct . I awoke on the Sunday , feeling properly ill , full of spots , and pebble dashing the bog . Not good . It turned out I had measles.
I spent the whole day in the van , partly hallucinating , whilst the others did the race . I vaguely remember waking up at Keele Services on the way home . I was really ill for a good 3 weeks . The illest I'd ever been .

Here . A pic . Lakes ride ( I think this is ' later ' ( '88? ) Alan has a Fisher , and proper shoes ).....

So now I know Andy , too .Around this time , although again , the exact date / time / order eludes me , Myself , Alan and Andy , did a ' big ride ' to the Peak District . Alan's Dad dropped us off in Stockport , and we rode to Edale , stayed over , and then rode home .  A big adventure .
 We did some riding together those first few years , but then two things I suppose . I got married , and we had a baby , and Andy went away to Uni . Either way , we lost touch for a good while . I never stopped riding . Even through the ' Dark Ages ' . Early 90s . At some point in the later 90s , ( '96 / 97  ? ) Andy was out again , and we've been riding ever since . There's a healthy scene nowadays , and with the internet , and all kinds of messaging capability , it's easy for us all to keep in touch . Through Andy I met another group of guys , and it's great . Good friends . Good times .

Courier resprayed yellow already . Must be '88 . Elf hat . Brand new .

Andy . '88 , then . 

In very recent times , it's been maybe less - healthy . Lots of reasons . Some guys have done the baby thing . I know how that is . Life / work / etc . Things get in the way . We had a regular thing going on , with big rides every month . It's all kinda petered out . It is what it is . I'm as guilty as the next man . I got a bit pissed off with loading up the car , driving to ride never appealed , and by degrees , we all just stopped meeting up , except maybe the odd time .
I don't think anyone has totally hung up their spurs , though . A few guys have road bikes now , and do a bit of that . Sportives , and such . Roadbikes are great for just GRABbing and GOing , so make a ton of sense if you only have limited time .
I've been riding with another old BMX er . Tony . I guess we met through Alan , but I remember him as a local BMX celeb'. We've been riding from local mostly , no car , up to Rivington and district . Like I always did . Good challenging rides . Sometimes it's just like it was in the 80s , messing about dropping through the woods . Whatever . It works . I'm often transported through time .

So here we are . So it goes .

Andy phoned me a few months back . Just yacking . He said did I realise it was 25 yrs since that big ride in the Peaks ? Well , I did .
And that we should " do something for it " .
On vintage bikes .

Ooh me 'ead .

I occasionally do this type of thing anyway . Look in this blog archive for ' vintage ride ' for instance . I'll take out that aforementioned Courier , or the Axis , or that Carrera , or ....
My modern bike's , like , 10 yrs old anyway .

So , obviously , I'm up for that.
It was on the back burner of my mind for a while . I thought I'd just grab one off the rack on the day , y'know ? And I would've done , too , BUT , what happened was this ...
 Late one night I was browsing that addictive ' Retrobike' forum . A guy on there had restored a Muddy Fox . Some other guy on there had done his stickers . So , I asked could I have some .
They came , following a transaction , and I skipped to the shed .
The phrase , you cannot polish a turd , springs to mind . Whilst my Courier was perfectly passable , and functionally OK , the stickers were brand new . And looked it .

I realised I would have to , at least , give it a lick of paint . Which I did .
Here is the story of that ....


I'm lending Andy the Carrera . It's a '90 model . ish . Saved from the scrap heap . The bike , that is .
Here .
Andy . Not '88 . 

The 25th anniversary ride is this Saturday . Hopefully there'll be a good turnout . Guys from more recent rides , I've not seen in a while .
Hopefully , we can all get together a bit more often . It's difficult sometimes , and I still get pissed off not riding out of my back gate , but , hey , it's mostly worth it .

Thanks for the memories.


Sunday, 12 August 2012

The Intense Tazer is Done!

Finally after a few spec changes, the Tazer is finally done. The chain guide we are going to change otherwise it's good to go. Price and full spec to follow.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Scott Scale 80

The Scale 80's 6061 alloy custom butted frame, Shimano parts, and proven geometry provide a great ride for any mountain biker. 

Frame: Scale alloy 6061 
Suspension: Suntour XCR LO, 100mm 
Group set: Shimano Deore / Alivio
Brakes: Shimano BR-M446 disc

Tuesday, 24 July 2012


We are proud to announce that we are now an official Kona dealer. Should have a few 2012 bikes within a week with 2013's to follow soon.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Kinesis Crosslight Build

The Crosslight FiveT frame is a true all round performer, it’s a superb ‘crosser with many of the features of the EVO4. Its got clearance for 3 rings, twin bottle mounts and rack and mudguard eyelets, the ‘Crosslight3’ and ‘PureCX’ forks have eyelets too, should you want to take it touring or commuting.

Order your choice of frame size/colour and fork option, built up with our new spec. high quality build kit below.

Bike Build List
Crankset: Shimano Tiagra 50/34
BB: Shimano Tiagra
Levers: Shimano Tiagra 10sp
Rear Mech: Shimano Tiagra
Front Mech: Shimano Tiagra
Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 10sp 12-28
Chain: Shimano Tiagra 10sp
Wheels: Shimano R500
Tyres: Maxxis RAZE 700x33C DK 60TPI
Headset: FSA Orbit
Brakes: Tektro CR-520 Black (Frog Leg style)
Saddle: Selle San Marco ‘Ponza Power Lux’
Handlebar: FSA Vero Compact 31.8 420mm
Grip: Black Cork Tape
Stem: FSA OS 190, 31.8, 100mm
Seatpost: K-UK Alloy 27.2 350mm.

Online Reviews and Articles Below

Lots of fun and change from £1,000
The Kinesis Crosslight FiveT is billed as an all-rounder. We’ve spent a month in its company, so what did we find?

The frame is well thought out…the top tube flattens at its junction with the seat tube for easy shouldering, a feature that may prove as useful to urban users carrying bikes into apartments and offices as to cross-ers.

We were pleased to see a set of Shimano R500 wheels rather than a generic brand. They rolled smoothly and met any challenges thrown their way

Kinesis UK supply two sets of tyres with the FiveT, for road and cross. On the tarmac, the Ryder Freedom rubber was comfortable… The Maxxis Raze 33c cross tyres were excellent on grass, gravel fire roads, and rutted tracks of hard packed dirt.

Full marks to Kinesis for a full Tiagra drivetrain on a £999 bike. The compact bar quite made the bike for us; the final piece in a jigsaw begun with the high fork crown and short head tube. Its shallow drop offered comfort and was perfectly adequate for the limited need for aerodynamic positioning when riding off-road.

We had a lot of fun on the FiveT, which easily met the limited off-road challenges presented by fields, fire roads, and dirt tracks….billed as a bike on which to ‘commute now, and cross later’, and if you’re seeking a machine that will accommodate a little off-road action on the ride home, it’s hard to beat…. for traffic-cheating short cuts on the way home, and options for something more adventurous, it’s just the ticket.
Hard to have more fun with change from a grand, we’d say.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Kinesis bikes in build

We have CX and road bike in build right now, ready next week.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Friday, 18 May 2012

Bike Spotlight: Scott Scale 60 2011 Sale Bike

2011 Scale 60
We've got another bargain sale bike available! This time it's a 2011 Scott Scale 60 in SMALL only.
Based around Scott's superlight Scale series, this bike will not disappoint!
Spec is as follows:
Scott Scale Alloy 6061 Custom butted superlight tubing D-Forged CNC machined Dropouts Delta SST bridge / Integrated HeaDTube
Rock Shox Recon Silver TK Alloy Steerer / Coil Spring / remote Lockout Rebound adjustable 100 mm travel
Front Derailleur:
Shimano SLX / FC-M 660-10 / 34.9mm clamp
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XT / RD-M773 SGS Shadow Type
Number of Gears:
Shimano SLX/ SL-M660-10 Rapidfire Plus 2 way release/ with gear indicator
Shimano FC-M552 / 2-piece Design
42A x 32A x 24T
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano ES25 Octalink 68-121mm
Shimano SLX / CS-HG81-10 / 11-36 T
Shimano CN-HG75
Wellgo C128
Front Brake:
Shimano BR-M445 Disc with 180mm rotor
Rear Brake:
Shimano BR-M445 Disc with 160mm rotor
Brake Levers:
Shimano BL-M445 Disc
Scott Pilot 18 Team 18mm rise / 640mm
Scott Comp / 4 bolt Oversize 31.8mm 1 1/8" / 6 degrees angle
Ritchey OE 1 1/8" semi integrated 44/50mm
Alex XC-44 Disc 32H/ Eyelets
Front Hub:
Scott Team Disc CL
Rear Hub:
Shimano FH-RM65 Disc CL
Stainless Black 15G/1.8mm
Front Tyre:
Schwalbe Rocket Ron 26 x 2.1 50EPI / Active Line
Rear Tyre:
Schwalbe Rocket Ron 26 x 2.1 50EPI / Active Line
Scott racing
Scott Comp / 31.6mm
1 only rrp £850 - sale price only £675

Contact us on 01942 826598 or lee@alansbikes.com for details!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Spotlight: Scott Aspect 10 2011

Aspect 10 2011

We have 1 Scott Aspect 10 2011 remaining in stock! It's a medium and has an awesome spec:

Product details

Aspect Alloy 6061 Double butted Performance geometry Integrated headtube
Rock Shox Tora TK / Alloy Steerer Pop loc lockout / Rebound adjustable 100 mm travel
Shimano Deore shifters / Shimano Deore front mech / Shimano XT rear mech / Shimano M430 chainset, 44/32/22 tooth chainrings / Shimano HG50 11-32 tooth cassette / 27 gears
RRP £899 Alans bikes price - only £675

Contact us on 01942 826598 or lee@alansbikes.com