Campagnolo – what’s all the fuss about?

When we talk to students and other cyclists about components, be it groupsets or wheels and the iconic Italian brand is mentioned, we get the usual reactions… expensive, difficult to work on and you need lots of special tools. Well to some extent that is true but these are not good reasons to shy away from understanding this manufacturer of beautifully engineered cycle parts. As you may guess from this introduction, I ‘m a ‘Campagnista’, Read on >>

How do you learn virtually?

Back in the spring as the National lockdown ended we prepared to welcome students back into our premises in Appleby, Cumbria. Having recently introduced a new structure of our Theory and Foundation course (one month virtual) and Intensive Practical Qualification week (one week onsite) we caught up with one of our students; Nigel Murphy on how he experienced blended learning. Time to learn it myself “My bikes had got to the point where they needed Read on >>

Doing it for The Dambusters!

You may be aware that the Bike Inn was recently involved in the organisation and running of a rather high profile charity sportive event. Now that the dust has settled and organisers and participants have had time to rest and recover, we’d like to look back on what culminated in a very successful weekend for all involved. The RAF Benevolent Fund’s Dambusters Ride took place on Saturday 3rd July in honour of the last surviving Read on >>

Industry Spotlight : Pandemic Survival

We are proud to have been approached recently to contribute to an ‘ask the Professionals’ article published this week in Cycling Industry News. The feature looks into the impact that scarce stock availability of parts has had on the cycling industry during the worst of the Covid19 pandemic, and how businesses have responded. Here at the Bike Inn we felt the effects of this pressure on the supply chain, both for ourselves as a business, Read on >>

Student Spotlight : Harvey Tye Is Beardyman Bike Repairs

As the third nationwide lockdown is looking likely to come to an end soon, and as we prepare to open our doors to students once again, we have taken the chance to catch up with another of our Bike Inn graduates: one Mr Harvey Tye… …now trading as Beardyman Bike Repairs. Harvey had been working as a skilled carpenter and joiner for 38 years, when he had what might have been called an epiphany – Read on >>