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        BELLS BY THE SEA — Bells Bicycles

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        Bells Bicycles is the best bike shop in Hastings and St Leonards!

        I've always wondered whether one day we would have a secret shopper posing as a customer. I've hoped they wouldn't catch us at a bad time, as a huge delivery arrives, as a tired child throws a tantrum, when I've popped out for a coffee, the possibilities are there and not that uncommon. Luckily when Bike Biz (top trade cycling magazine) visited Bells none of the above were happening.  It seems as though after visiting all the bike shops in Hastings and St Leonards, they liked us so much they awarded us the Best bike shop in Hastings and put us forward for the Star Store award - the best bike shop in the UK! 

         

        They loved the style and ethos of the shop. They were very pleased with the service, even though it was a very busy day. But most importantly, they loved the bikes! Especially the beautiful Tokyobike CS which our sneaky shopper took out for a test spin and by the end was sold. 

         

        I really hope everybody who shops at Bells has such a good experience, our main aim after all is to make a bike purchase fun!

         

        Jack in the Green @ Bells Bicycles

        Every year the majority of Hastings (and beyond) dress themselves in green. They decorate their homes and shops in ivy and head to the Old Town where they watch a man dressed as a large bush lead a prosession through Hastings consisting of woodland imps and morris dancers. Then everyone seems to get very drunk. This occasion is called Jack In The Green and represents the start of spring for many south coast dwellers.

        This year at Bells Bicycles we wanted to capture the spirit of Jack In The Green by holding a free portrait studio in the shop. People popped in wearing varying degrees of green finery and then vanished into the crowds for a day of sun, sea and celebrations. 

        This is a glimps into Jack in the Green 2013:

         

         

          


         


























        Herschel rucksacks at Bells Bicycles

        Bikes and bags seem to just go together, especially rucksacks. They both embrace style and practicality: our two favourite things at Bells Bicycles. Our new love is the Herschel range, cool colourful and comfy. 

        They are the perfect bags for cyclists, when we say bags for cyclists we are referring to well made, structured, comfortable bags that are great for carrying your things when on the move. They don't attach to the bike, they are so comfy they don't need to! 

        Our chosen pieces from the Herschel range have to be the Little America for its modern twist on the old mountaineering rucksack.

                  Herschel Little America grey                  

                      Herschel Little America grey

                    The Herschel Little America (grey) £78


                Herschel Little America blackHerschel Little America black

                  Herschel Little America (black) £78


         Herschel Little America blue    Herschel Little America blue

         Herschel Little America (blue) £78

        You can find more of the Herschel range in our bags for cyclists section. 

        25% off spring services - The best bike repair in Hastings.


                                                           

        At Bells Bicycles we understand that a lot of us are fair weather cyclists and that's fine! Your bike may have spent more time than usual in the shed these past months but that doesn't mean you can't get straight back into it now spring is here. Dust off your bike this March and pop down for a spring service. Our friendly and qualified mechanics will go through exactly what needs doing and you'll be at one with your bike once more. See you soon!

        Basic service: 

        Complete inspection, adjustment, and external lubrication of your bicycle. 

        £25.00

        Full service:

        An internal lubrication of all moving parts plus adjustments and replacement of faulty parts. 

        £40

        Complete Overhaul

        Full reconditioning of your bicycle. We completely disassemble your entire bike. We hand clean all components, re-lube them, re-install them, and re-assemble your bicycle. Then we perform a tune-up. An overhaul gives a dirty, well ridden bicycle a new life and greatly reduces wear and tear on all of its components.

        £70.00

        Pick ups

        Having trouble getting your bike to Bells? We'll pick it up from your home/work for just £10

        There is no need to book your bike in for a service at Bells, just pop down anytime.

         01424 716 541     hello@bicycleinfo.co.uk                        

         Bells Bicycles, 4 George st, Hastings TN34 3EG


        Small Is Beautiful - The Bronx Epic and the Tokyo Bike Bisou

        Did you know that 1 in 3 women in the UK are under 5'2"? And yet the choice when choosing a bicycle is shocking. Everyone who falls into this group can understand the frustration when looking for a bike. Do you teeter on tip toes on a full size ladies frame or settle for a childs bike complete with flames and streamers?

        So we at Bells have taken it on as our mission to find beautiful, fun and practical bikes to be enjoyed by cyclists tall or small.

        Studies suggest that taller people are more likely to partake in and be better at sports so more money is pumped into bicycle manufacturing for this group. Well, not only do we think this is unfair but we will proudly declare that Bells Bicycles isn't about sports. So let's consider all sizes equally. 

        For those wanting a traditional ride the Bronx Epic is perfect. The upright positioning allows for upright posture while the 6 speed derallieur gears mean it is surprising good on hills. 

         

        Plus it's gorgeous! It comes complete with wicker basket pannier rack and large ding dong bell all for £295 which we think is excellent!

        It has a 16" frame which is slightly smaller than the smallest current ladies frame (17") The beauty of the Epic is how adjustable it is it due to the extra long seat post and a decent gap between the saddle and handlbars. It can fit anyone from 4'10" right up to 5'6"!

        If your looking for something more light weight and speedy, the super cool TokyoBike Bisou is fabulous. Designed with Japanese people and narrow Tokyo streets in mind the frames come in slightly smaller sizes. So this 16" frame is perfect for anyone from 4,10" up to 5,4".

        TokyoBike is a small independent company who own a beautiful shop in Shoreditch London. They have been kind enough to let us introduce Tokyo style to Sussex. See our ladies bike section for the amazing range of colours. These are two of our favourites.

        So there we have it, any one with other suggestions for small cyclists would be much appreciated.

        Bells By The Sea: over and out.