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The long road ahead

Here at Balfe’s Bikes, we do not just sell bikes, we enjoy riding them. We are no different to anyone else who has slung a leg over a bike and been bitten by the bug. With a semblance of normality beginning to return the prospect of taking part…

As you may know by now, our Fulham manager Barry Godin loves a good adventure, but we thought his latest excursion was particularly cool. A few weeks ago Barry ventured off to the Chilterns in search of some dark skies, loaded up with his Astrophotography kit! Read on…

Cover image: @digidavesphotos Cyclo-cross might not be familiar to everyone. Seen as a mix of road cycling and mountain biking but ridden on a road bike with grippier tyres, oh and takes part on a course with obstacles. For those old enough to remember, it might sound like a round…

At Balfe’s we’re all passionate riders across a wide range of disciplines, so you can guarantee if we’re not in work we’ll be off doing something fun on two wheels! Barry Godin is also an avid bikepacker, with a brilliant YouTube that you can follow here. Read below…

Many of us have ridden a bike. Covid restrictions and lockdowns saw a boom in cycling as people took to two wheels to explore their local area and get a dose of fresh air. But how many of us have ridden a penny-farthing? Not your average velocipede, yes, they…

Finch Cycles was founded in 1897 by Bertrum Finch, and was originally located in Doods Road, Reigate. The shop later moved to the High Street before finally settling in its current location in Bell Street, occupying both numbers 41 and 43 until number 41 became a restaurant. The…

Andrew Ritchie was working as a landscape gardener in London during the 1970s when he came up with the idea for his folding bicycle. As an engineering graduate from Cambridge University, he used his knowledge to build the first prototypes in his bedroom – from which he could…