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Dring Dring Merrily on High…

December 21, 2011 in Bicycles


Wishing all our very nice customers, blog-readers, facebook followers, twitter tweeters, fellow bicycle industry bods and lovely suppliers a VERY happy Christmas.  We’ve had a truly amazing first year and met some fantastic people – and the year’s not yet out!

May 2012 be a year of fun, laughter, decent cycling weather and good times on two wheels for everyone!

With love

The BEG team x


Deck the hall with bikes of holly!!!

December 19, 2011 in Bike Candy

Image courtesy of {Cyclivist} via {The Bicycle is Art}

Come on in…

December 13, 2011 in Bicycles

The BEG shop is open for business right up until 23rd December, and we’re shipping everyday.  Place your order by 3pm and we’ll make sure it gets sent out that day by First Class delivery (allow 1-2 days). We strongly recommend that UK orders are placed before 20th December to guarantee delivery and for everyone overseas, best to crack on with your shopping now!

For bicycles, new stock is arriving on Monday 19th – and we will do our utmost to get your new bicycle to you before Christmas.  Please call us to discuss 0n 01223 655222.

10 GREAT reasons to cycle this Christmas

December 8, 2011 in Enjoy the ride, Joy Rides, Press

Phew! It’s been a bit of a week… Firstly, we’ve had a incredible photographer and stylist here this week taking very beautiful shots of our place, which sounds glam but has actually involved ‘magically’ making half our worldly goods disappear (ie shoved under every bed, into every cupboard, filling up the cellar to bursting… how we ever will find anything again is the worry du jour!) and a lot of masking tape.  The results are very spectacular but can’t be discussed further for some time… which is making me ache with impatience.

Then we were invited by the very nice people at British Cycling’s Sky Rides to be their first ever guest writer for their Christmas blog post, and this is what we wrote (ahem… sorry if you recognise the first bit from an earlier post.  There was a bit of judicious copying and pasting because…well… sometimes you just can’t rewrite something that turned out how you wanted it to be the first time and was still right the second time you wanted to say the same thing!  You still following…?).  You can read the whole article here.



By the way, this is a good time to say a bit more about Sky Rides.  Created by British Cycling, Sky Rides are a fabulous network of organised bike rides across Britain, open to all.  Read all about their fabulous regular events on their website, and for some great women-only rides, they have also created the Breeze network – all free, fun and guaranteed to get you hooked on cycling!


A Very Merry Joy Ride Indeed

December 2, 2011 in Bicycles, Joy Rides

We’re on a Joy Ride report roll today!  Read Esther’s review of the Christmas Joy Ride…

The last Joy Ride of the year was an absolute cracker!

A bumper group of cyclists gathered at the John Barleycorn pub in Duxford village on Sunday 20 November.  The weather has been very kind for this year’s Joy Rides, and the November ride was no exception – not a cloud in the sky!

We pedalled off on a circuitous route which took us up some hilly inclines (who knew Cambridgeshire had hills?) and behind the historic airfield of Imperial War Museum Duxford.   Following the country lanes, we passed rolling green fields aplenty before reaching Ickleton.  Here we took a spontaneous detour to The Barns for coffee next to the lake, where we made friends with the swans and ducks.   Suitably refreshed, we continued onward to the picturesque village of Hinxton before completing our circuit back to Duxford village.  Having cycled a grand total of 12 miles, and this being our last ride before Christmas, we felt that our healthy virtue deserved a treat.

There followed a fabulous Sunday lunch complete with crackers (well, you’ve got to have the bad jokes at a Christmas meal…!) and a delightfully relaxing end to a jolly day.  We were very merry gentlemen (and ladies) indeed.

With many thanks to Malcolm for the cycle route and to Dave, Siobhan, Bea, Mel, Sarah, Nick, Eileen, Ann, Jo, Vicky and Mary for making the final Joy Ride of the year so wonderful.

Thank you to everyone who has attended a Joy Ride this year.  When Catherine and I first discussed the Joy Ride concept over a large glass of wine (or two!) we had no idea it would be this popular.  I’ve had a fantastic time and met some amazing people – so thank you!

Very much looking forward to 2012 – discovering new rides, new places and new friends.


Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness!

December 2, 2011 in Joy Rides

By Esther… (but post rather overdue.  Can anyone actually remember October by now, ahem, Catherine!)

It was a truly autumnal day for the October Joy Ride – misty, slightly grey, but unseasonably warm!

Undaunted by the slightly inclement conditions, our intrepid gang set off from the Park and Ride at Newmarket Road, Cambridge, pausing only for a pre-cycle photograph under the giant bicycle sculpture.  Who could resist?

We biked along the fantastic cycle paths, enjoying the changing colours of the season as we rode.  On arriving at the stately Anglesey Abbey, we enjoyed a welcome cup of caffeine and some of the largest cake we have ever seen!  Joy Riders then took to two feet for a while to enjoy the gardens, see the working mill or indulge at the gift shop.  Esther seemed to have purchased an entire library from the second-hand book shop (recommended for all bookworms!)

All too soon, it was time to wend our way through the mist, back to the Park and Ride for the conclusion of another cheery Joy Ride.

With thanks to Dave for the cycle route.  The intrepid award is shared between Catherine and Joe, Siobhan and Daisy (who brought her lovely 1920s bicycle – complete with candle-lit lamp!) for travelling so far for the ride.

Thank you to everyone who came along – Dave, Catherine, Joe, Siobhan, Daisy, Jess, Malcolm and Keith.  The rides wouldn’t be joyful without you!