Rutland Cycling opens temporary bicycle shop in Oakham

Words by David Hicks

on 19/05/2020 17:19:43


Please note: Our Oakham pop-up shop will be close on Sunday 7th June. Our Whitwell store will reopen from Monday 8th June.

Rutland Cycling is setting up a temporary pop-up bicycle repair shop and workshop on South Street Car Park in Oakham from Wednesday 20th May.

The initiative has been set up to help get residents out and about safely on two wheels to support their daily exercise.

The shop will deliver workshop services, essential products for cycling, and a click & collect service for orders placed on Rutland Cycling's website. Plus, bicycle safety checks and workshop labour will be provided free to all NHS and key workers to ensure their safe and healthy travel to and from work.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the UK government has taken steps to encourage cycling as a safe, healthy and an environmentally friendly alternative to the private car or public transport.

By ensuring people have access to bicycle repair services and essential accessories, it is hoped that more of Rutland's local community can make use of the good weather and quiet roads and hop on a bike.

David Middlemiss, Director of Rutland Cycling, said: �Rutland Cycling's purpose is to inspire more people to own and ride a bike, and we are keen to introduce as many people as possible to the personal and social benefits of cycling, such that this time of great challenge can also be one of positive transformation. This temporary shop in the heart of Oakham will provide an essential service to our local community which will hopefully encourage many more to look at the bicycle as a viable travel choice.�

Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Rutland County Council portfolio holder for transport, comments: �We have seen an increase in the number of people who have dusted off their bicycles to help them get their daily exercise - cycling is a great way to stay healthy while still carrying out essential travel.

�Like any form of transport, however, it is important that bicycles are well maintained, so they are roadworthy and safe to use. We are proud to support Rutland Cycling to establish this initiative at South Street Car Park in Oakham to support residents in ensuring their bikes are safe at this time.�

Rutland Cycling is a local, family-owned business which first opened to offer cycle hire at Rutland Water in 1981. Today, the business remains based in Rutland and is one of the UK's largest bicycle retailers with 14 stores across the Midlands including stores at Whitwell and a Giant brand store at Normanton.

The pop-up shop will open Wednesday to Sunday between 9.30am and 4.30pm from Wednesday 20th May, and will be located at South Street Car Park, Rutland County Museum, Oakham, LE15 6BG. If you wish to contact us before your visit, please call 07535 698186.

You can read about Rutland Cycling's full response to COVID-19 here.

Social distancing measures

To ensure the saftey of our customers and staff, we please ask that you follow social distancing guidelines when visiting.

  • If you can, get in touch ahead of your visit.
  • Please maintain at least a 2m distance between other people.
  • Stay within the marked customer area.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided.
  • We will ask you to pay by card or contactless payment.

How to find us

The temporary shop in Oakham is located at South Street Car Park, Rutland County Museum, Oakham LE15 6BG.