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School’s out for summer…

July 20, 2017 in Bicycles

And so indeed are bicycles!  It’s been a great summer here so far (and we can’t always say that, can we!) and we’ve heard from lots of you that you’ve had opportunities galore to take to two wheels and hit the road, the lanes and even the beach.

It reminded us of this lovely shoot we did back in the day when we first launched BEG Bicycles…. and the images still look fresh and contemporary, so we thought we’d post them again.  A lot has happened in the seven years since then – we moved our office from Catherine’s dining room table to our beautiful showroom in Cambridgeshire, we’ve expanded our accessory collection enormously and we’ve seen our bicycles shipped all over the world.

Back in 2011, Dutch bicycles were a rare breed indeed here in the UK, but as Britain embraced a cycling fervour in the intervening years, we’ve seen a flurry of new brands spring up, and a huge interest, particularly from women, in cycling again.  What has really struck us however is that whilst we saw a big trend for ‘Dutch’ style bicycles hitting the high street, with many a  wanna-be bike out there, usually made in China in great volumes, sometimes imported through The Netherlands (so as to gain the nomenclature’Dutch bike’!!!), we’re now busier than ever here at BEG Bicycles!  We’re hearing time and time aagain that people are dumping their cheap mass-market bicycles (that have probably broken – or can barely be fixed for lack of availabillity of unknown parts) and are deciding to invest in a quality bicycle, with best-in-class European component parts, long guarantees and al the details that make a high quality product such as Brooks leather saddles, Shimano Nexus gears, AXA defender locks and Schwalbe tyres.  Our classic bicycles are fully made and assembled in Belgium with real heart and soul in each bicycle.

 

We are always absolutely delighted when our customers keep coming back to us – either because their other half now wants a bike too , or they just want to treat themselves to some new accessories and we love hearing each and everybody’s cycling stories.   As a small family business (there are just the four of us here in the UK with our bicycles being made for us by a third generation family business based in Belgium, who first started in 1946), we care deeply about our products, our customer service and our ongoing relationship with our customers.

So – we’re looking forward to a busy summer ahead – and hope very much that you too will have some very happy days in the warm weather, the breeze in your face and the miles clocking up behind you!

Our colleagues in Belgium are enjoying a well-earned holiday at the moment, but we are still have our order book open and are currently working to a 6 – 7 week delivery time frame.  Do get let us know if we can help you choose your perfect two-wheeled steed by calling us on 01223 655222 or dropping us a line at hello@begbicycles.com.Wishing everyone a very happy summer of cycling!

 

 

 

 


Banish winter chills…

January 13, 2017 in Bicycle inspiration, Cycling Accessories, Enjoy the ride

Last posting dates – and a special discount!

December 15, 2016 in Bicycles

All is calm, all is bright (on a bicycle!)

November 8, 2016 in Bicycle inspiration, Bicycles, Cycling Accessories

We’ve got basketfuls of lovely Christmas present ideas for the cyclist or outdoorsy type in your life!  Or even just for yourself (sometimes matters have to be taken into ones own hands!)

We also have a new faster shipping service for bike orders!  Give us a call on 01223 655222 to find out more!

 

Head smart

October 13, 2016 in Bicycles

 

All helmets can be purchased here

Fit for an almost Queen (‘s Sister)!

October 10, 2016 in Bicycles

Look how stylish Pippa Middleton is looking in our gorgeous Sawako Black Croc helmet!  Pippa proves how great this helmet can look in summer or winter with its smart matt black finish and subtle mock crocodile skin textural detail.

Now you too can look like a royalty … and be super-safe on your bike to boot!

Sawako Black Croc helmet £85.00

Watch this space for more new news from Sawako.

 

Look at you!

July 15, 2016 in Bicycle inspiration, Bicycles

Our showroom has been out of action for a brand spanking new refurb these past few weeks, but we are delighted to say that we are OPEN, looking very good indeed and enjoying seeing so many of you for bike test rides, accessory try-outs, cups of coffee and the odd  rather nice shortbread biscuit.

We have the full BEG collection on display, bikes in all colours, models and sizes – and the entire BEG accessory oollection for you to prod, poke, try on and try out!

We like to see our customers individually so we can give you plenty of attention and information, get a bike ready for you and tell you where to go in our very scenic village for a jolly nice test ride, so please do give us a call in advance and we can set up an appointment for you.  We all live close by so can be quite flexible regarding times of appointment, although if at all possible we like to keep it to office hours and Saturdays!

We’re based in the beautiful riverside village of Hemingford Abbots, 13 miles north of Cambridge and just off the A14.  We’ve got miles of  lovely cycle routes around us and two award-winning pubs, so come and try the bikes, have a very scenic test ride and finish up with a shandy in our local!

Call us on 01223 655222 or email hello@begbicycles.com  - we look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

Got Wanderlust?

July 8, 2016 in Bicycles

Introducing our stunning new collection of accessories:  WANDERLUST.

Comprising a carefully put together range of bicycle bells, saddle covers and bike pannier bags in different styles, Wanderlust evokes the essence of cycling with style: ultimate practicality combined with a beautiful aesthetic.

We love the creativity of this print – it almost has a hand-painted feel about it, particularly on the gorgeous matt painted bells.  Subtle detailing like reflective strips for added road safety and a smart waterproof fabric make the Wanderlust collection a smart choice in every way!

The only decision left is – where will your Wanderlust take you?

Find Wanderlust here.

 

Quality counts

June 20, 2016 in Bicycles

Cambridge Blue

May 18, 2016 in Bicycle inspiration, Bicycles





You can find Bea here!

Christmas Posting Dates

December 15, 2015 in Bicycles

Glad bike things we bring….

December 9, 2015 in Bicycles

For Outdoorsy Types…

December 7, 2015 in Bicycle inspiration, Cycling Accessories, Press

With thanks to the Evening Standard Magazine

Tea for Two leather Flask £49.40

 

 

Baby, it’s cold outside…

November 24, 2015 in Bicycle inspiration, Bicycles, Cycling Accessories

 

 

We’ve been thinking long and hard about cycling in the colder months here at BEG, and considering ways to make your ride all the more pleasurable, whilst being practical and useful.

Autumn and winter cycling has many charms but a chilly backside on an icy cold saddle or frost-bitten fingers certainly isn’t one of them!  Check out are latest snuggly products for the cosiest rides.

Fur real!

 

 

Sherpa Fleece Hand Warmers £29.50  Sheepskin style mittens that cover your hand, brake cable and gears, keeping your mitts nice and warm on chilly winter rides!

 

Fur-lined Chapka Hat and Helmet £85.00  

Never let chilly ears put you off winter cycling again! This has got to be the warmest (yet coolest?!) cosiest cycling helmet ever! Or should that be ‘hatmet’?

 

 

BEG Sheepskin saddle cover £19.95

Be kind to your behind, with these luxurious, beautifully-made covers that give a really toasty, very soft and comfortable ride. They also work a treat if you are breaking your new Brooks saddle in, and finding it rather hard-going!

 

 

 

Hello Autumn!

November 18, 2015 in Bicycle inspiration, Bike Candy, Cycling Accessories

Remember, remember…

November 5, 2015 in Bicycles

 

 

… Not gunpowder, treason and plot… but rather to be careful on these dark dark nights whilst you are out cycling.

Be safe. Be seen.

 

 

All accessories available at BEG Bicycles. 

Country Homes and Interiors – Way hey!

July 13, 2015 in Bicycles, Press

Ah – how nice!  A very BIG thanks to the team at Country Homes and Interiors for such a fabulous article.

 

 

Christmas Gift Guide / .14

November 19, 2014 in Bicycles, Bike Candy, Cycling Accessories

We’ve picked out our favourite items from the BEG Collection for your nearest and dearest!  From stocking fillers to bicycles, we’ve got sackfulls of fabulous Christmas present ideas.

 

The Big Chill – Don’t banish your bike to the shed yet!

November 7, 2014 in Bicycle inspiration, Bicycles, Enjoy the ride

Crikey.  It seems like a while now since we were gaily pedalling along, the sun (on occasion) beating down on us, full of the joys… and whether it was Kentish lanes or Kentish Town, it felt like we owned the road, as we congratulated ourselves on the abundance of benefits we as cyclists had over those poor POOR people shackled to their steering wheels…  But then those feelings of gay abandon and the spontanaeity of it all became just a tiny bit less forthcoming as certain, shall we say, ‘challenges’ decided to present themselves in the panniers of our cycling euphoria….

Getting up at the usual time but it feeling like the dead of night, a bunch of car keys glinting at us in an alluring way by the front door, once crisp jewel-coloured leaves creating a carpet of treachery, and those oh-so lung-aching temperatures… Our love affair with two wheels feeling like we may have hit the seven year itch.

Winter cycling indisputably has more ‘challenges’ than the throw-a-leg-over-and-go style of cycling that summer allows.  But we’ve got some tips to help you get the most out of your bicycle and your winter rides, be they your daily commute, dashing out to the shops or a Sunday morning joy ride.

 

1. Your mother always told you, but it’s all in the preparation!  Book your beautiful bicycle in at your local bike shop for a full annual check-up.  You can get away with it in summer, but winter really is the season for servicing. Your bicycle should ideally have a thorough clean to ensure that all parts are grime-free, some good all-weather lubricant should be added to the chain, cables and parts where metal meets metal and a thorough check-over of all working parts to ensure that bolts, brakes and gears are all adjusted and tightened correctly.  They’ll check your hubs for wear and tear, make sure the lights are functioning correctly and that your tyres have sufficient tread, are the right pressure and dont show signs of damage.  A veritable luxury winter spa retreat for bicycles!

2. Be seen.  We’re big advocates of getting noticed on your bicycle, but it’s never more important than in the darkness and gloom of winter… And we’re talking about safety, not style for once!  Beg bicycles already have several clever bits of kit to make sure you are seen… Our bicycles are all fitted with German-made top quality, powerful Busch und Muller Lumotech front and rear Senso halogen dynamos – reliable and powerful halogens that not only feature a sensor so will switch on automatically as soon there is a hint of dusk, but which will remain illuminated, even when at a standstill.  And all of our bicycles have Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tyres as standard which  have reflective sidewalls for added visibility at night.

3. Now is the time to make sure that you yourself are as visible as possible on snowy days and dark nights and that doesn’t mean letting all your sartorial principles go out the window…. There are some fabulous cycling specific wardrobe staples out there these days including these specialist raincapes from Otto London, stunning hi-viz vests from Vespertine and look out for some exciting new reflective products arriving at BEG in the next few weeks.  We love the ingenious reflective pin-on buttons from SpotMe too…

4. Keep warm as toast! Our new super-cosy His ‘n’ Hers Chapka Helmets (£85.00) will banish chilly ears from winter cycling and keep your head – as well as your sartorial reputation perfectly intact!  We’ve also got dashing  Tweed flat cap helmets and super-elegant ladies hat-mets  (both £85.00) in our helmet shop.

 

5. Even SNOW shouldn’t be a hinderance to a journey on two-wheels.  No special gear is require beyond bundling up warm.  Simply let a little bit of air out of your tyres for better traction, and adjust your riding position.  Relax your arms and wrists and put your weight back in the saddle.  Make big turning circles when changing direction and allow plenty of time for gentle braking.  Only brake facing dead straight forward to avoid (highly embarrassing) skidding!.  And don’t forget enjoy the wonder that is a snow-transformed landscape. So much nicer to be a part of it than stuck behind a windscreen!

6. And whilst we advocate cycling ALMOST 24/7/365, if it really is blowing a snowstorm out there, there is always the bus, hideous as it is! And still better than the car!

 

Stay warm – and safe – on your wheels!


Autumn. / 14

September 20, 2014 in Bicycle inspiration, Bicycles, Enjoy the ride