At its inception in 2011, British Bike Hire didn’t even have the name it does now, nor did it hire bikes! But after a short period of selling wheels, bikes and all things cycling, the idea for a bike hire company sprung to mind, and thus British Bike Hire was born.
After a year of dealing with corporate clients and hiring bikes at events around the South of England, the bike servicing side of the business really began to take off, the company all the time under the watchful eye of Tony Houben.
In January 2013, the Service, Repair and Renovation Workshop was opened in Woking; from here Tony helped maintain a wide range of customer’s bikes, whilst also catering for our ever expanding list of hire clients at events around the South of England. 2013 and 2014 saw two more years of growth, with expansion into events such as the Palace to Palace bike ride, Prudential RideLondon and of course our long term partners Human Race. These two years also brought in the introduction of our hotel hire packages; working with local hotels in the Berkshire area we were able to provide a range of bikes for hire, as well as servicing bikes for their clients.
2015 was a year of transition for the company, we moved into a warehouse in Ascot to store our bikes as well as to continue with the the bike servicing; this transition was led by a change in management, as Mathilda Barker came on board. We undertook more events including diversifying into mountain biking events such as MudMan, IceMan, and the Samworth Brothers charity triathlon challenge. Though because of all these extra bikes, our Ascot warehouse quickly became too small… And so in January 2016 the bikes found a new home, in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
The new warehouse looks to be much more of a permanent home for British Bike Hire, with ample space, as well as housing the company’s sister – Mansfield Cycles, through the shop you’ll be able to buy a range of ex-hire bikes through British Bike Hire, as well as brand new bikes from our supplying brands, and of course get your bike serviced by one of the most experienced full time
mechanics in the Mansfield area, Stuart Marriott.
2016 also saw us push our Pop Up Bike Hire scheme to more hotels, holiday parks and campsites, one such avenue was the Farm Business and Innovation Show, which led to us meeting more potential partners as well as being put forward for the Enteprise Award. The judges liked the scheme so much, that we won!
We write this at the start of 2017, even more events have been added and Mansfield Cycles is beginning to really take off in the local area. Plans are being made for partner stores to pop up around the UK, and our hotel bike hire scheme continues to grow, with a further two hotels coming on board, and more on the way.
2017 sees us search for franchise and partner stores around the UK, with an aim to having as many locations around the country as possible, if you’d like to become a part of the UK’s quickest growing bicycle hire company, don’t hesitate to give us a cal