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 […]

Show Time!

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Events, Interesting Things, News, Shop | No Comments
Show Time!

Myself, Ryan, Jon Dean and Retro Dave headed down south last week to check out trade shows Core Bike and The Bike Place Show. It’s a rare treat for us to be able to chat face to face with suppliers and discuss and play with new products. We loved this full carbon Salsa Beargrease XX1fat […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dave does it for CHARITY!

Posted by on Jun 21, 2008 in Bikes, Events, Interesting Things, News, Reader's Rides | No Comments

Close friend, former colleague, all round nice guy and fellow mountain biker Dave ‘Dangerous’ Mitchell is giving up his time to cycle from Riga in Latvia to Tallinn in Estonia in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. He’s doing it at the end of August and needs your help to raise some vital funds. The […]

Smashed Bianchi 928 CARBON L

Posted by on Mar 23, 2008 in Bikes, Interesting Things, Road Bikes | No Comments

Click on the photograph for more… A sad set of photographs of a beautiful Bianchi 928 CARBON L that kissed the front of a car at about 30mph. The rider (and still riding) suffered a broken back, several weeks in hospital and some metal pins to add to his biological mix. He avoided being speared […]