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Latest News & Updates at Balfe's Bikes

Specialized Sirrus and Sirrus X recall

Balfes Bikes | 30/06/2020 11:24:33

Please see following notice from Specialized: Dear Specialized Rider, At Specialized, our riders come first. When rider safety is compromised, we must take action. We have concluded that some cranks on certain 2019 and 2020 Sirrus and Sirrus X models may not have been installed correctly. This can potentially affect the safety of your bike..... More

All New 2021 Trek Emonda SL and SLR Road Bikes

Balfes Bikes | 18/06/2020 15:00:00

The new 2021 Emonda SL and SLR road bikes from Trek are the lightest and fastest yet: The Emonda always has been a top flight climber’s bike, but for 2021 Trek have completely redesigned the SL and SLR framesets with aero profiles, introduced new carbon wheelsets, and on the SLR utilized their new 800 series OCLV carbon.... More

COVID-19 information for customers

Balfes Bikes | 08/06/2020 11:34:00

Latest status: All Stores open every day: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm, one customer at a time Website open: Bikes click & collect and home delivery, Non-bike click & collect only Some deliveries in from our suppliers and our own processes are taking longer than usual, see below For click & collect.... More

All New 2021 Specialized Rockhopper Mountain Bikes

Balfes Bikes | 12/05/2020 17:40:00

The new 2021 Rockhopper from Specialized is a legend reborn: For 2021 Specialized has taken two platforms, Pitch and Rockhopper, and consolidated into one superior range under the long established, original Rockhopper name. They have gone all out to redraw the lines and produce a series of mountain bikes focused on performance, but with an eye on.... More

All New 2021 Specialized Diverge Gravel Bikes

Balfes Bikes | 07/05/2020 17:00:00

The new 2021 Diverge from Specialized is the ultimate getaway vehicle: Building on from a great platform, the brand new Diverge from Specialized is their most capable gravel bike yet, built for speed, control and confidence. Whether you’re into the gravel scene, bike packing into the wilderness or ripping flowy singletrack, the Diverge has it covered. It.... More

Bicycle Sizing Guides

Balfes Bikes | 03/04/2020 21:10:00

Getting the right size of bike ensures you get the most from your bicycle. There are plenty of small adjustments that can be made to the saddle height and position and handlebars, but getting the frame size correct will give you a solid foundation and a comfortable ride. Our Quick Reference.... More

Road Bike Quick Sizing Guide

Balfes Bikes | 03/04/2020 21:00:00

Road bikes as the name implies are for road use. There are a growing number of “gravel” or “adventure” bikes which are based on road bicycles, but feature wider and more versatile tyres and disc brakes, so you can also do light trail riding such as towpaths. They are also more pothole resistant! Sizing is normally.... More

Hybrid Bike Quick Sizing Guide

Balfes Bikes | 03/04/2020 21:00:00

Hybrid bikes as the name suggests are a blend of a road bike and a mountain bike. The fit is a little more precise than a mountain bike, and a little less than a road bike, so you do see a mixture of t-shirt style sizing and measurements in CM and INCHES too. The fit will be more.... More

Mountain Bike Quick Sizing Guide

Balfes Bikes | 03/04/2020 21:00:00

Mountain Bikes tend to use the T-Shirt sizing of S, M, L etc. or will have the seat tube measurement in INCHES. Why mountain bikes are inches and road bikes are CM who knows, but the part of the frame being measured is the same. As a rule of thumb if you can identify your size as.... More

Women’s Bikes Quick Sizing Guide

Balfes Bikes | 03/04/2020 21:00:00

Womens bikes, regardless of whether they are road bikes, hybrids or mountain bikes tend to use the T-Shirt sizing of S, M, L etc. but some will still have the size in cm or inches. Women’s specific bike designs will offer a little more clearance over the top tube, and.... More

Welcome to our Fulham bike shop and workshop

Balfes Bikes | 24/03/2020 17:46:00

Latest status: All Stores open every day: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm, one customer at a time  Website open: Bikes click & collect and home delivery, Non-bike click & collect only Click here for more info               .... More

Reigate Store Refurbishment

Balfes Bikes | 18/02/2020 15:32:52

Our Reigate Store is undergoing a significant renovation and refit as part of it’s transformation from Finch Cycles to Balfe’s Bikes. We have already provided a much improved and enlarged workshop area, and are now working hard on creating an inviting retail environment with plenty of space to browse and discuss all things bike. Here’s a.... More

Finch Cycles, a history

Balfes Bikes | 18/02/2020 12:03:33

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 Bell Street premises were.... More

Ride Reigate Cycle Sportive, July 2020

Balfes Bikes | 17/02/2020 09:41:19

This July we are proud to be supporting our local Cycle Sportive – Ride Reigate Ride Reigate, taking place on Sunday 12th July, is a cycle sportive event offering three scenic open road routes; 100k, 50k and a unique 25k family ride all on quiet roads through the beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside.  This.... More

Why We Stock Brompton Folding Bikes

Balfes Bikes | 25/11/2019 09:56:00

   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 see the Brompton Oratory (hence the name). Brompton Bicycles was founded.... More