About Us

We’re BikeShak

A family of keen cyclists, bike experts and flat white addicts who love nothing more than sharing our passion and knowledge with our fellow riders. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning – that and the call of the quiet morning roads… and the aforementioned coffee, naturally.

We champion great bikes, components and clothing, and are here to help make sure you get the right set-up for your riding style, budget and ability.

We all know how hard finding the right kit can be, especially with an Internet full of reviews and mixed opinions. That’s why we thoroughly test each and every product so we’re perfectly placed to recommend from first-hand experience. And we’re not going to lie – we love the testing part.

While we stock top brands (the kind you won’t find on Wiggle et al) – we’re definitely not cycling snobs. We embrace all riders: old, new, returning… commuters, racers, roadies. Middle-aged and in lycra? So are some of us!

We’ve saddle stories to rival the best, so as well as making sure you walk (ride) away with the right kit, we’ll hopefully also inspire you to get out as much as possible, find some new roads, conquer some new climbs, and really make the most of your purchases and passion. After all, it’s the best passion in the world.

That’s us. From here on in it’s all about you.

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Whether you ride to work or work to ride – we’re here to help.

THE TEAM

Anthony Ball, Owner
What do you do at Bikeshak?
I look after the numbers and hand-pick our brands. Big responsibilities! (Definitely prefer the latter).

What’s your cycling background?
I’ve twice completed the Etape du Tours and conquered many a climb in Mallorca. These days, you’ll mostly find me out on the hills around Lancashire and the Ribble Valley – we’re spoilt for choice up here. Then at the weekends it’s the local country lanes with my cycling-mad son on his first bike with gears. It was always going to happen.

What do you ride?
S Works Tarmac with Campag Super Record and Zipps, and a Condor Fratello. Two’s enough right?

 

Ben, Shop Manager

What do you do at Bikeshak?
I make sure the shop is performing as best as it can, I also look after the social media side and make sure Luke never runs out of Tea

What’s your cycling background?
I learned to ride at 3 and never looked back! My main focus is cross country XCO and endurance events with cyclo-cross thrown in for good measure but I’ve also dabbled in time trial, road criterium, enduro and 24 hour events! Basically if it hurts I’m in!

What do you ride?
A Scott Scale 30, Scott CX Team, Genesis Flyer and my beloved Barracuda XC400 that I’ve had since I was 14 now in its 15th build I think! I also have an unhealthy collection on classic road bikes that we won’t go into…

 

Simon, Shop Assistant

What do you do at Bikeshak?
I handle customer sales & enquiries. Also look after making sure the shelves are stocked with the finest parts in the land.

What’s your cycling background?
Disclaimer: Simon has a vivid imagination…
I was born in Uzbekistan in the Autumn of 1908, the son of a circus performer. By the age of 18 months I was proficient in unicycling along the high wire whilst breathing fire. But I grew weary of the tyrannical reign of the evil ring master & escaped to the bright lights of Altrincham where I was offered refuge in a friendly cycle shop where I have remained ever since, sleeping inside a bike bag.

What do you ride?
A Genesis Equilibrium 853, Specialized Tarmac, Trek Crockett, Genesis High Latitude, Genesis Flyer, Genesis Tour de Fer, and Specialized Turbo. Not at the same time.

Luke, Workshop Manager

What do you do at Bikeshak?
I Keep the workshop running smoothly lending my expert eye to any and all bikes that find their way into my work-stand whilst drinking enough Tea to keep Taylors of Harrogate firmly in the black!

What’s your cycling background?
I cut my teeth racing downhill mountain bikes before the transition to cross country mountain biking and endurance events including the odd 24 hour, I’m a bit of a masochist.

What do you ride?
For trail duties a Hai-Bike QFS 27.5 and I’m in the transitional phase for a new XC race bike, I’ve got my eyes on a Genesis Mantle to build into a proper XC weapon! Watch this space…

 

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