Cycle shop gears up for new premises

Cycle Gear opens at new premises on Horton Street, Halifax.'Owners Stephen (left) and Bob Peacock
Cycle Gear opens at new premises on Horton Street, Halifax.'Owners Stephen (left) and Bob Peacock
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A cycling shop in Halifax is gearing up for a new era after moving out of the premises it used for the last 106 years.

Cycle Gear, which is owned by brothers Stephen and Bob Peacock, has moved from its old location on Prescott Street to a new shop on Horton Street.

Copy of of old Cycle Gear shop on Prescott Street, Halifax - circa 1940.

Copy of of old Cycle Gear shop on Prescott Street, Halifax - circa 1940.

Stephen Peacock said: “There can’t be many cycling shops in the country that have a history like us where we’ve been in the same premises for so long so it’s a big move.

“We’ve been in the premises since 1986 but our business was started in Sowerby Bridge in 1970 by our father.

“But the building was unsuitable, we’d outgrown it and we had to move. I don’t know how we managed to keep going there as long as we did really.

“Our new premises are a completely state-of-the-art, modern showroom.

“It’s something that we needed to do. We’ve invested about £50,000 into fitting it out and working on it for a month or so. It’s been very exciting because we had a blank piece of paper so rather than adapting to what was already there at the old shop, we’ve been able to design our new one from scratch.

“We’ve had a steady flow of customers so far and the reaction to it has been good. We’ve also got a prize draw for a brand new bike for all our customers.

“Our ambitions are to make it a destination for everything to do with cycling and one of the best cycling shops in the country.”

With the Tour de France coming to Calderdale next July, Mr Peacock added he expects cycling to become more popular in the district.

He said: “It’s going to generate such a massive amount of publicity and that’ll have a big knock on effect I’m sure.

“We’ll certainly be doing something to try and benefit from the tourism it’ll generate and the cyclists it will bring.”