Bike Camping Kit Test

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Bikes, Interesting Things, Mountain Bikes, News, Shop | No Comments
Bike Camping Kit Test

   Dave and I went up to the Vale Of Pickering campsite just outside Allerston a few weeks ago to test some new winter bike camping kit. We had planned to wild camp on the second night but the wind and rain rolled in so we headed to Dalby Forest for a blast around and then home.     My […]

Kirroughtree Overnighter

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Events, Mountain Bikes, News, Shop | No Comments
Kirroughtree Overnighter

The gang went to Kirroughtree in Scotland last month to check it out. I liked it but others didn’t. Stayed in the woods in our 1 man tents to minimise costs and make it easier to get up and off.

Morecambe midnight madness

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Events, Road Bikes, Shop | No Comments
Morecambe midnight madness

I woke at 11pm on Saturday night to the sound of my alarm going off and realised that the time has come to get my gear on and ride through the night to Morecambe. Now you might think ‘he’s crazy’ but you’d be wrong; there were 21 of us ‘crazies’ there. The Halifax CTC ran […]

Mech Hanger of the Week

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Bikes, Interesting Things, Reader's Rides | No Comments
Mech Hanger of the Week

What!! We see some shocking home mechanic bodges and this was no different. Need a new mech hanger? Cut it off the back of your mums old shopper and you’re off.

Mystery Old Timer

Posted by on Jul 24, 2011 in Bikes, Interesting Things, Shop | No Comments

Ok get your sleuthing caps on. This old geezer turned up last week (the bike not the fella who brought it) and we’re having trouble identifying it in detail. Click on the pic for some more. We know it dates from 1940’s France when there were numerous small frame builders for the 1000’s of touriste […]

Thurston’s Custom Cruiser

Posted by on Sep 30, 2010 in Bikes, Interesting Things, Projects, Reader's Rides | One Comment

How nice is this? *click on the photo for more images* Mate of mine Mark Thurston (and custom tool maker for the shoppe) has built this beautiful cruiser for his missis to pootle around the VW shows they frequent. Parts have been sourced from a variety of places like Ridelow in Manchester, the internet and […]

Johnboy’s Single Speed Pub Ride

Posted by on Apr 3, 2009 in Bikes, Reader's Rides | 6 Comments

I promised Baz I’d do a blog post about the singlespeed we put together. ###What’s It For? Mrs Walker and I moved out of town last year. We live about a mile from the nearest village. My vintage Bontrager Race-Lite cross-country bike is obviously entirely unsuitable for cycling into the village for milk, bread, sausages […]

Pete & Dave do africa

Two good friends of the shoppe and Team Bad members have gone to Africa to cycle 5500 miles across it. Pete & Dave set off on Saturday 10th January to Addis Abeba in Ethipoia to begin their 3 month adventure but it didn’t start well! You can learn about that and other stories from their […]

CRUNCH Pictures

Happy New Year all. We get loads of broken bikes through the workshop and sometimes they look like this poor thing: Whether mangled by the elements or chewed up by the owner there’s something about the destruction that fascinates us, it’s like rubbernecking (Generally, any act of observation in a manner considered unduly overt or […]


At last, the waiting is over. Firth Cycles now has an online store where you (yes you!) can buy lovely things for your bike. Click on the screen shot below to take you there. Johnnie Walker and I hope you like it. Its simple clean layout means it’s all about the products and not about […]