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       Words by JDCAdmin

       on 07/05/2014 11:00:00

    Ilkley Cycles. The past, the present and the future.

    Ilkley Cycles was founded in 1990 by husband and wife team John and Ruth Hargreaves as JD’s Bicycle Workshop. John grew up as a cyclist and working in his father’s shop (Now Chevin Cycles) on Gay Lane in Otley. John’s father (Jim) retired and took his hobby to the upper floor unit of premises on Nelson Road in Ilkley. John transformed Jim’s hobby into a business – JD’s Bicycle Workshop. As the name suggests, in the early years the shop was just that, a bicycle workshop, JD being John David Hargreaves. Ruth as a driven sales and business minded woman took the business from strength to strength.

    Current director of Ilkley Cycles James Myers started working for John & Ruth as a Saturday lad around 1996 and progressed to working during the holidays. After school James went on to do Mechanical Engineering at college, still working in the shop during the holidays and at weekends. After finishing college James joined the business on a full time basis – predominantly based in the workshop. James progressed to managing the workshop and also as a partner in the business.

    In 2012 John and Ruth sold the business to allow them to develop their tandem business (JD Tandems, now the UK’s leading tandem manufacturer and retailer) JD Cycles was bought by passionate cyclist and business man Adam Evans who with James turned the business into what it is today.

    On the 3rd of February 2014 JD Cycles moved to the new flagship premises where we are today and became Ilkley Cycles.

    The shop now spans some 3000 sq ft over two floors, the ground floor giving home to our extensive range of bikes, accessories, clothing, The Fuel Station café and Back Country UK (Ski touring specialists.) The first floor homes our flagship state of the art workshop manned by our expert mechanics.


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