Bike ’n Gears - Knutsford
Bike ’n Gears has been in Knutsford for twenty-five years and is a bit of an institution for cyclist’s in the area, many of us living in Knutsford probably got our first bicycle from the very business Paul Bonner now owns.
Paul Bonner who is a very successful business man, had been running a motorcycle outlet known as Ducati - Bristol for a period of ten years and was getting anxious to start his own business. Paul and his wife, Deanne, decided to take the plunge and become self employed, so five years ago they started their hunt for business opportunities in Knutsford. Paul is passionate about bicycles and cycling and simply believes you have to be passionate about what you are selling and we at So-Knutsford couldn't agree more. Both Paul and Deanne only viewed the business, Bikes ’n Gears, once but in their hearts they were sold and had to make an offer to the existing owner as they knew there was potential to develop a fantastic small business on the high street. Paul’s hands on approach with his own business has stood the test of time and he believes that the motorcycle business he worked at in Bristol gave incredible grounding as it has certainly developed his business skills over the years.
Paul commutes daily in and out of Knutsford on his bicycle and whenever possible, he enjoys spending his weekends heading out to the Peak District or Wales which has dedicated mountain trails. Paul feels this brings balance between his work, family life and most importantly, his passion. Paul is very excited for the Tour of Britain and hopes the event will encourage people from all walks of life to take up cycling as an alternative mode of transport as well as cycling to keep fit and healthy.
The Tour of Britain and how Knutsford is involved:
The Tour of Britain is a yearly race, covering most of Britain over a seven day period. This year’s race will begin in Glasgow and come to an end in the centre of London. With the Tour of Britain being the UK’s highest ranked cycle race on UK roads, it is only understandable that Knutsford is excited to be a part of it. There will be a pop-up cycling village on the Heath comprising of a big screen so guests and residents of Knutsford will be able to watch the event, along with many food and drink stalls promising a relaxing and enjoyable outing for all. We are also happy to report that there will be a number of bike stalls so that people can view a few bike manufacturers and have any questions answered. Family, friends and children are most welcome and we look forward to seeing you there. A huge thank you to Local Council and Tatton Estates who have allowed for this event to happen. What is so exiting is the cyclists will pass through the town twice on the 6th of September as they sprint towards Tatton Park to end that Stage of the race.
For more information including the rolling road blocks please view www.knutsfordtob.co.uk