Cycle shop which replaced abattoir expands

Bucks Free Press: Cycle shop which replaced abattoir expands Cycle shop which replaced abattoir expands

A CYCLE shop set up nearly twenty years ago with just £5,000 at a former abattoir is expanding and taking over a prominent empty building.

Saddle Safari is moving from its lower key base in Crown Lane to Dean Street, taking the place of the unit, which was once Computer Caravan.

The unoccupied unit is just around the corner from Spittal Street, on the entrance to the town, which has been criticised lately over its appearance due to empty shops.

The business, which has created two new jobs already this year, could be set to employ more staff when it moves on December 1.

Former Olympic bronze medallist, cyclist Willie Moore, works at the store.

Owner Andy Rackstraw who began the fledgling company after a loan from the Princes Trust in 1993 said: “I wouldn't have imagined it could be so successful when I started out.”

The current store was Marlow Abattoir before he took it over and the meat hooks were still used to begin with to hang stock from.

Mr Rackstraw said: “Our existing shop is quite cramped and it's a case of expanding to deal with the demand for bikes.”

Following the London 2012 games, sales at the shop shot up but there has been a longer term increase in interest in bicycles, he said.

“The Olympics are the icing on the cake but people have been getting on to their bikes increasingly over the past decade and it shows no signs of abating,” he said.

Mr Rackstraw did not want to say how much would be spent on redeveloping the new store but described it as a “significant investment”.

The shop, which has eight staff, will continue trading on Crown Lane until the move is completed.

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12:25pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Ivor'sbestfriend says...

Good luck to them.
Good luck to them. Ivor'sbestfriend

12:40pm Wed 21 Nov 12

holtspurman says...

They must be back in what was the old Hoares Bikes shop or very close to it.
Good luck to them.
They must be back in what was the old Hoares Bikes shop or very close to it. Good luck to them. holtspurman

12:48pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Fit2drop says...

I think you will fid it was Computer Cavern not "caravan". I know they get every where but that is spell check scary.
I think you will fid it was Computer Cavern not "caravan". I know they get every where but that is spell check scary. Fit2drop

12:48pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Fit2drop says...

I think you will fid it was Computer Cavern not "caravan". I know they get every where but that is spell check scary.
I think you will fid it was Computer Cavern not "caravan". I know they get every where but that is spell check scary. Fit2drop

2:33pm Wed 21 Nov 12

communityspirit2 says...

Well done Andy.
We need more people like you -showing initiative and doing whats necessary irrespective of the hurdles in your way :-)
Well done Andy. We need more people like you -showing initiative and doing whats necessary irrespective of the hurdles in your way :-) communityspirit2

5:02pm Wed 21 Nov 12

J B Blackett says...

communityspirit2 wrote:
Well done Andy.
We need more people like you -showing initiative and doing whats necessary irrespective of the hurdles in your way :-)
I hope nobody tries to put a spoke in his wheel. Good luck.
[quote][p][bold]communityspirit2[/bold] wrote: Well done Andy. We need more people like you -showing initiative and doing whats necessary irrespective of the hurdles in your way :-)[/p][/quote]I hope nobody tries to put a spoke in his wheel. Good luck. J B Blackett

5:45pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Lividov says...

Well done Andy - how about stocking some bikes other than Trek which are a bit pricey and also American. I know cost doesn't matter too much with many of your clientele but you would bring in some of the lesser pecunious cyclists if you did.
Well done Andy - how about stocking some bikes other than Trek which are a bit pricey and also American. I know cost doesn't matter too much with many of your clientele but you would bring in some of the lesser pecunious cyclists if you did. Lividov

7:51pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Marmite XO says...

Lividov wrote:
Well done Andy - how about stocking some bikes other than Trek which are a bit pricey and also American. I know cost doesn't matter too much with many of your clientele but you would bring in some of the lesser pecunious cyclists if you did.
Great point. Let's see some English bikes. Although Trek is very good for the super morbidly obese as it's built for septics.
[quote][p][bold]Lividov[/bold] wrote: Well done Andy - how about stocking some bikes other than Trek which are a bit pricey and also American. I know cost doesn't matter too much with many of your clientele but you would bring in some of the lesser pecunious cyclists if you did.[/p][/quote]Great point. Let's see some English bikes. Although Trek is very good for the super morbidly obese as it's built for septics. Marmite XO

11:44pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Drew70 says...

Lividov wrote:
Well done Andy - how about stocking some bikes other than Trek which are a bit pricey and also American. I know cost doesn't matter too much with many of your clientele but you would bring in some of the lesser pecunious cyclists if you did.
At the risk of sounding a cycling snob, try Halfords, my mountain bike is a Trek, and it oozes quality, although not manufactured in America, my road bike is Italian, a Pinarello, again, purchased because of its build quality. Sadly there are no (as far as I know off) English manufactures of good quality, inexpensive bikes any more, even Raleigh has been sold, the Land Rover range is made by a Chinese company under licence, even Pashley, although built in the UK, or rather assembled, is owned by the Chineese. A sad state of affairs.
[quote][p][bold]Lividov[/bold] wrote: Well done Andy - how about stocking some bikes other than Trek which are a bit pricey and also American. I know cost doesn't matter too much with many of your clientele but you would bring in some of the lesser pecunious cyclists if you did.[/p][/quote]At the risk of sounding a cycling snob, try Halfords, my mountain bike is a Trek, and it oozes quality, although not manufactured in America, my road bike is Italian, a Pinarello, again, purchased because of its build quality. Sadly there are no (as far as I know off) English manufactures of good quality, inexpensive bikes any more, even Raleigh has been sold, the Land Rover range is made by a Chinese company under licence, even Pashley, although built in the UK, or rather assembled, is owned by the Chineese. A sad state of affairs. Drew70

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