How we started
Northside Bikes was started in October 2014 to meet the need of affordable, sustainable and ethical bike repairs for students of Leicester and those living North of the city centre where there are little or no cycle services. Started by engineering Graduate Christopher Dee we have always been based in the St. Matthews community where cycling is second only to football.
The Bike Shop
The bike shop is at the heart of what we do, it is where anyone can come to get their bike fixed or serviced in good time and at a reasonable price. Its where you can ask for advice
and help with all things cycling, buy parts and accessories or test ride a refurbished bike or just come for a chat.
We are still mostly a one-man show with Chris doing most of the work, but with a few regular part-timers helping with community projects and a mechanic in training the team is
starting to grow so watch this space.
At with every communinty business the people are the most important thing in all we do.
In the last 7 years we have been involved in diffrent projects accross Leicester, fixed 1000's of bikes for free, run a bike shop, closed a bike shop (due to ill health), riden, crashed, laughed and looked daft on hundreds of bikes and then opened the Bike Shed. It was freezing there and very cramped so we moved to our current home at the amazing Studioname in December 2019 and havent looked back since. At Studioname we outgrew our space and went back to being a full time bike shop and have delivered over 30 free bike repair sessions across the city in the last 12 months alone!
Working in partnership with groups and organisations across Leicester we deliver projects to help people cycle from free bike repair to providing recycled bikes to people in
need. Check our out communinty projects page to find out more.