Why Independent Bikeworks?
Independence comes from the freedom experienced by riding any bike. For us, that freedom has its roots in the origins of gravel bike riding in the 1970s and 80s on the 1,000s of miles of dirt tracks in the USA. These trails were where future heroes of MTB and road racing were made. Ned Overend, Greg Lemond, Andy Hampsten and true pioneers like John Tomac changed how bikes were ridden for a generation and captured my imagination, inspiring me to go out in all weathers and on all kinds of surfaces to ride as much as possible. I loved nothing better than sliding out my rear wheel in the dirt or hunkering down over the handlebars pretending to claw back those 50-seconds on the Champs Elysee. Anyone who has ridden a bike knows that freedom of expression – that sense of independence. These guys, their style, the bikes, the innovation with handlebars, set up and frame design is what Independent Bikeworks is all about. What you see and feel in the loft is the spirit of independence and joy these riders inspired in me. It’s why we stock the brands we choose, why we still seek out challenges like Dirty Reiver and refuse to take easy choices for our road rides. Lemond, Tomac et al all challenged convention, but mostly they all rode with a desire to push themselves but have fun at the same time. They were different. They were independent. And I like to think they’d be buying and talking bikes over a coffee in the loft if they ever came to Cirencester.
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The next best thing?
The new breed of gravel / adventure bikes are changing the way people can choose to ride. Now it's easy to ride "the road less travelled", explore the country and challenge yourself in new exciting ways.
Innovator, history maker, legend..
Tom Ritchey and Ritchey Design have been at the forefront of bicycle innovation for four decades. Developing new, industry leading production techniques and solutions. Throughout that time Tom has held true the belief that a bicycle frame made from steel still has many advantages to offer the modern rider.
White Roads Classic
Will Plants review of the Lapierre White Roads Classic gravel sportive. The route follows the ancient Ridgeway and combines many gravel sections with some challenging hills and amazing views. All embellished with an Italian theme inspired by the Strade Bianche.
How to thrive in the coldest months.
The UK winter is a harsh environment for both bicycle and rider. With the correct choice of clothing, equipment and maintenance there's no need to not enjoy your cycling the whole winter through.
Independent Bikeworks @ The Loft
Independent Bikeworks offer a unique approach to cycle advice and purchase.
Join us at Independent Bikeworks
How to find us.
Located in the heart of Cirencester, we're within walking distance of all central carparks and landmarks. Templar Mews is opposite Drizzle Chocolate and we're located above 'He Says She Waffles'.
1 Templar Mews, Blackjack Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2AA
Tel: 01285 238184
09:00am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday
09:00am - 5:00pm Saturday
What makes us different.
We don't just choose the same old brands as every other cycle provider, not that there's anything wrong, there are loads of great cycle component providers. It's that we like our bikes to be different, unique and technically advanced, brilliant. We like to offer something you don't find on every high street, We're independent Bikeworks.
Here's some of the key brands we work with.
From North America