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    BELLS BY THE SEA — Vintage bicycles

    In with the new

    In with the new
    Over the month of Feb, we at Bell’s Bicycles HQ, have been up to our ears in wall filler, grappling with a lone hand held sander, and painting. A lot of painting. With help from our friends  - an electrician and a carpenter - we turned our bricks and mortar shop into a modern, clutter free store!

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    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.

    Restoration at Bells

    Though we love the light weight sleekness of our modern brands, preservation and restoration is still in our hearts.

    This is a 1926 Raleigh All Sports which has been in the same family since new. Now it's finished it will make the long journey to Australia!

    Our brief was to keep as much of the original bike as possible, we managed bar a couple of tyres and cables.

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    If you have a bicycle in need of restoration, please contact us at hello@bicycleinfo.co.uk

    We will happily take a look and supply you with a free quotation.



     



    My Tokyo and I - on the Cuckoo trail

    From the cool streets of Shoreditch my new Tokyo C S set off towards Hastings. Tentatively leaving the big smoke, stick and handkerchief carefully balanced, it made the journey across the Weald and into Sussex. 

    Despite having owned alot of bikes, I've never had a new bike..... so the arrival of my lovely Tokyo C S was an absolute treat! One of the happy perks of shop keepering is showing your support for the products you sell by owning them yourself. I was thinking of this responsibility as I ordered both my Ally Capellino rucksack and my Tokyo CS!

    The 8 speed gears are perfectly ratioed for my daily commute across St Leonards into Hastings Old Town (tackelling some serious hills and bracing sea winds along the way) and the sleek mustard frame with straight bars look great againt any urban back drop. So, having conquered Hastings hills I thought it high time I took this city cycle into the countryside. 

    Cuckoo trail, here we come! 

     

     (Just to make it clear which way we were headed)

    The Cuckoo Trail is a really popular local ride which gained its name from an old Sussex tradition of releasing a cuckoo at the Heathfield Fair. My first observation was how beautiful the Cuckoo trail is at this time of year. The low lying winter sun lit up the surreal landscape beautifully. With the morning dew still present, it was perfect weather for a winter ride. 


    I'm still not sure if this is country side humour or a genuine road sign?

     

    My Tokyo bike and I putting on a brave face at the top of a really steep climb. The trail runs through a mixture of broadleaf woodland, open grassland, and pasture with verges full of vetch and willowherb. Along the way are dramatic sculptures and carved wooden seats to stop and rest.


    Cuckoo riding chum