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Staff bikes – Chris Bush's Sabbath Mondays Child

Mondays ChildAt Cycle Art we ride what we sell. By choosing to sell the equipment we personally use and believe in, the advice we give is backed up by personal experience and an in depth understanding and passion for our products.

Sabbath Mondays ChildThis particular bike belongs to Chris Bush. Chris is our bike fit expert and has many years experience in the bike trade, as well as being an ex European and British track champion. Chris is long term advocate of titanium bikes, and one of his often-heard catchphrases is, “metal bikes are the future”. He owns a Sabbath September for commuting and training on, but for racing and summer weather rides he has this rather nice Sabbath Mondays Child (the lack of apostrophe is not a mistake – this is how it’s written apparently).

The Mondays Child is Sabbath’s aggressive race bike – in that is has a long top tube and short head tube (although custom geometry is an option). It is constructed mainly from high grade double butted, custom drawn, seamless 3AL 2.5V titanium, with the exception of headtube (which is CNC machined from a solid lump of 6AL 4V titanium to make the front end extremely stiff) and a replaceable 6AL 4V dropout. Chris loves this frame so much, he’s convinced there isn’t a carbon fibre frame that he would replace it with.

Stans Alpha wheelsSpec wise, Chris chose the 10 speed SRAM Red groupset (the bike is 3 years old), hand-built wheels, Pro Vibe finishing kit and a fi:zi’k Arione CX saddle. SRAM Red was chosen due to it’s positive shifting and low weight (a view shared by others in the shop), although he admits he’d be just as happy running Dura Ace 9000 mechanical (wouldn’t we all?). He also runs a compact chainset, showing that you don’t need a double to go fast.

The wheels, hand-built by our own wheel guru Tony Glover, are DT Swiss 240 hubs laced to a Stans Alpha 400 on the rear and 340 on the front. These are designed to be light and responsive whilst still being able to withstand the combination of Chris’ power and Northumberland’s less than perfect roads. He runs with 25mm Ultremos (standing by our position that 25mm tyres are quicker than 23mm).

In this build, the bike weighs an incredible 7.4kg (16.3lbs) making all but the most expensive carbon fibre bikes look a little bloated. You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but this bike has covered over 10,000 miles – and still looks as good as new. All in all, a super light, great handling and very nice looking bike. We’re just not sure about that gold chain, Chris…

Full gallery of Chris’ bike here

Introducing… the Cervelo Wall!

Cycle Art's Cervelo Wall

When it comes to Cervelo in the North East, Northumberland and County Durham, there is only one destination worth considering – Cycle Art in Prudhoe.

Why?

Let us proudly introduce… The Cervelo Wall.

At Cycle Art, we believe each bike we sell to be a piece of art, and none more so than a Cervelo. Each Cervelo on our wall is mounted in an oversize picture frame, creating a gallery of some of the most exotic and desirable bicycles around.

Cervelo R5 Di2 at Cycle ArtHanging up on our Cervelo wall we have the brand new super slippery P3, the ever popular, multiple Iron Man winning P2, the brand new S2, and David Millar’s ride of choice, the S5 aero road bike. The P5 and S3, the only aero bikes not on our shop floor, are on their way to us shortly too.

If lightweight is more your thing, we also have an R3, an R3 Dark, and a stunning, B#8000 Di2 equipped 2014 R5 – the same R5 frame that was used by the likes of Dan Martin and Tyler Farrar for Garmin Sharp Cervelo. A new R5, which is essentially a production version of the Rca, has already been in our shop – but it lasted 30 minutes before a customer bought it. He was pretty impressed with it, as you can see for yourself here. For more information on the Cervelo R Series of bikes, why not read our “In the spotlight…” article.

We also have a couple of R3 Darks left in stock – this rare bike is actually a 2013 R5 badged up as an R3 and built up with SRAM’s fantastic 11 speed Force groupset for a bargain B#3000 (the frame alone was B#3500 last year). We have had customers coming up from as far as London in order to buy an R3 Dark, so if you ride a 51 or a 56, we might have your dream bike waiting for you.

Cervelo R5 Di2We have more than a dozen Cervelos in stock, built and ready to ride with more being built in the workshop, and even more on their way from Cervelo. Not only that, rather than stocking Cervelo simply because we can, our passionate and knowledgeable staff actually own, ride and race Cervelos themselves, meaning we can talk to you at great length about the Canadian brand, how their bikes ride, what it is to own one, and why their bikes are some of the best in the world. So, if you’re in the market for a Cervelo, where else would you go?

To help you build the bike of your dreams, we have a large range of products from what we believe to be industry leaders including Castelli, Kask, Bont, Fi:zi’k, Mavic, Pro, 3T, SRAM, Campagnolo, Shimano, Schwalbe, Clement, ISM and many more. We take great pleasure in sitting down for a coffee with you and going through one of our comprehensive build sheets, helping you spec up your ultimate Cervelo. Furthermore, every Cervelo we sell includes a proper bike fit from our in-house bike fit expert who carries out hundreds of fits a year, as well as a free first service to ensure your pride and joy works as well as it looks.

A freshly ground Caffe Praego coffeeCycle Art is not just a typical bike shop that happens to stock Cervelo. In addition to a large range of Cervelo bikes and other stunning road bikes, Cycle Art has a cafe that sells freshly ground Caffe Praego coffee, home made cakes, scones and cookies and freshly made to order sandwiches. You can also watch Cervelo’s “Beyond the Peleton” video diaries on our widescreen TV whilst you eat and drink.

So, if it’s a Cervelo you are after, why go to a normal bike shop when you can come to Cycle Art?

At Cycle Art, we are Cervelo.

Cervelo S5 outside Cycle ArtSome of our Cervelo builds on Pinterest:

Cervelo R5 with Di2
Cervelo S2 with 105
Cervelo R5 with Dura Ace 9000
Cervelo P3 with Ultegra
Cervelo R3 with 105
Cervelo R3 Dark with Red
Cervelo S5 with Ultegra
Cervelo R3 with Red

Cycle Art – Meet the Staff

At Cycle Art, we’re all cyclists. Sounds obvious, but in order to best advise and serve customers, it’s important that we understand the sport, our products, and the needs of our customers. So who are the people behind Cycle Art?

Tony GloverTony Glover
Tony has been riding for 28 years, and for 21 of those years he has been racing. He is a local legend on the bcross scene having notched up over 50 bcross podiums, over 20 mountain bike wins, and has won the senior CXNE league. He has even competed in the 3 Peaks b the toughest bcross race in the world (it is essentially a fell race with a bike). He is also quite handy on the road having covered 417 miles in the National 24 hour TT, been a road race winner, and a regular top 5 finisher in TTs in the past. He has worked in the bike industry for nearly 20 years after earning a degree in mechanical engineering. Along with Mark, he has built up Bicycle Repair Man from a tiny shop in Prudhoe into the biggest bike shop in the North East by some considerable margin. When it comes to bcross bikes and bcross racing, there isnbt much he doesnbt know. Tony is also regarded as the North Eastbs best wheel builder. He currently races on 2 superlight custom Ridley X-Nights and trains on the road on a Ridley Helium SL. He also competes from time to time on his Giant XTC Advanced 29er mountain bike.
Club: Derwentside CC
Dream bike: Thomas Frischknechtbs Ritchey Swiss Cross
Interesting fact: While Tony was at university, he designed and built the first ever bVb brake

Chris BushChris Bush
Hanging up in behind the Cycle Art counter is a British National Champion jersey. This isnbt a gift or a charity auction special b this belongs to our very own track champion, Chris. Chris has been riding for over 30 years with 25 years bike industry experience and has an impressive palmares. He has 2 gold medals in the Great Britain masters points race, a silver medal in the European Masters points race, a bronze medal in the British Open Team Pursuit championship and has shared the podium with Sir Bradley Wiggins when he was part of a team that won bronze in the 1998 National Madison Championship. He is also a Level 2 British Cycling road and time trial coach, rides into work every day regardless of the weather, and is Cycle Artbs bike fit expert having carried out hundreds of successful bike fits. Chris races on the track on a Ridley Arena, time trials on a Cervelo P2, trains and commutes on a Sabbath September and a Giant Bowery fixed 64b gear, and for fun has a Giant XTC mountain bike and a tandem called George. He also trains and occasionally races on a stunning Sabbath Mondays Child.
Club: VC St Raphael
Dream bike: 80s Cineli Laser track bike
Interesting fact: Chris used to be a Samaritan volunteer

James AshberryJames Ashberry
Jamesb journey into road cycling is very different to that of Mark and Tony. Despite having been fit and active in his youth, playing rugby at schoolboy, club and county level and an avid mountain biker (he actually bought his 2nd mountain bike from a young Chris Bush in the 90s) by July 2008, James weighed over 22 stone (140kg). He was morbidly obese, struggled to walk up stairs without losing breath, and admits himself that he was heading for a life of heart problems, diabetes and quite probably an early grave. A medical problem in July of 2008 convinced James to make a life-changing decision and he bought a cheap road bike and a turbo trainer. Now 7 stone lighter, James is a regular on the North East time trial scene, he is the club secretary of a cycling club, a massive follower of pro cycling, and is a British Cycling Sky Ride Leader. He rides into work every day that he possibly can, leads his club runs on a Sunday, and is currently trying to break the 22 minute barrier in a ten mile 10. James is also trained as a barista and is a freelance graphic designer. James races on a Ridley Dean time trial bike, commutes on a fully winterized Ridley X-Bow and trains on a Burls titanium road bike. When the sun comes out, his pride and joy is a custom Cervelo R3.
Club: ClC!sico CC (was Stay Classy / Well Handled RT)
Dream bike: Colnago C59 Italia with Super Record
Interesting fact: James once chased Sir Bradley Wiggins down the Col de Femenia in Mallorca. He didnbt catch him.

Pam GloverPam Glover
An important part of the Cycle Art ethos is the cafC), and without Pam, there would be no cafC). Pam is qualified in hotel management, and has worked as a catering assistant in a country hotel, ran a restaurant in Rothbury for 7 years, has been a catering manager for 2 schools and a day nursery before becoming the cafC) manager at Cycle Art. Away from baking the best cakes in the North East, Pam is also a passionate cyclist, racing in time trials and bcross, as well as club runs and offers a unique perspective from the female point of view of cycling, which is almost unique in the North East bike shops. Pam races on a Giant TCR Advanced and races cross on a Ridley X-Fire (when it arrives).
Club: Derwentside CC
Dream bike: bSomething that will make me winb
Interesting fact: Pam originally wanted to an air hostess

Monthly Newsletter – September

Cycle Art will soon be introducing a monthly newsletter that you will be able to sign up for. You will be able to receive all the latest exciting shop news, offers and industry tidbits to your mailbox. In the meantime (whilst we’re waiting on the techy people to do their thing), we’re posting the September issue here on the website. Enjoy!

Cervelo R3 Dark2014 Cervelos
Cervelo has always made some of the most desirable road bikes available, and for a short time only they have made them cheaper too. To make way for exciting new R3 and R5 models, Cervelo have introduced a limited “Dark Edition” version of their R3. “What’s so great about that?” we hear you ask. It’s not an R3. It’s an R5 disguised as an R3. Whilst the 105 equipped bike is already out of stock, you can still get hold of a SRAM Force 22 equipped Cervelo R3 (an R5 frame with an R3 sticker on) for B#2999. Bearing in mind last year’s R5 frame was B#3499, the R3 Dark is B#500 less as a full bike! Be warned though – they are selling fast and are only available in limited sizes so if you are interested, get in touch as soon as you can.

We also have a limited supply of 105 equipped Cervelo R3 bikes using last year’s R3 frameset – these are available for B#1999.

Yellow Ticket SaleYellow Ticket Sale
It’s that time of year where all the shiny new bikes are coming through, so we have a glut of 2013 bicycles to sell. Why not get yourself a bargain whilst you can! We have a range of bikes including a high end Colnago C59 Italia with a Campagnolo Record groupset and a Giant TCR Advanced SL2 with full SRAM Red. We have a range of Ridley bikes including 2 lightweight Helium road bikes both with Ultegra groupsets. We also have a few pairs of 2012 Fi’zi:k shoes on sale including some R1 Uomo down from B#299 to B#255. For more information on our yellow ticket sale and the bikes available for sale, please visit our Yellow Ticket Sale page.

Vuelta CookiesLa Vuelta a Espana 2013
With the Giro d’Italia and Le Tour de France out of the way, only 1 grand tour remains unsettled – La Vuelta a Espana. Often seen as the poorer sibling of the Italian and French offerings, with it’s sun scorched mountain climbs and white villages La Vuelta is unique and beautiful in it’s own way. It is also usually the most exciting and demanding. More often than not it is contested mainly by Spanish GC contenders but this year, American Chris Horner and Irishman Nicholas Roche are in the running for a good position as well as the usual suspects such as Purito, Valverde and company. We’d obviously prefer if either Garmin Sharp or Lotto Belisol had a GC contender so advertising our bikes would be easier but such is life!

So, why not pop up to Cycle Art, have a freshly ground Caffe Praego coffee and home baked cake and watch the race live on our widescreen TV? Even better, why not try one of our home made Vuelta cookies which are hand decorated in either the leader’s red jersey, climber’s blue polka dot jersey or sprinter’s green jersey!

Parts Bin
Lots of exciting bits and pieces have come in including:

Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40

  • Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 full carbon clincher wheels – B#1800 pair
  • Custom carbon fibre chainrings – starting at B#45.00 each
  • Arte Selle titanium saddles, super light and very comfortable – B#80
  • Token anodised parts in various colours including skewers, head caps & adjuster barrels – starting at B#5
  • Clement Strada tyres back in stock at B#30 each
  • ISM saddles – starting at B#85
  • SRAM Red and Force 22 drivetrains

Castelli winter clothingGet ready for winter with Cycle Art
No one wants to hear it, but the sad fact is winter is looming large. If you are planning on commuting by bike, training, or riding through the winter months you need to be able to see and be seen, keep warm and dry, and have the right bike for the conditions.

Cycle Art has a range of winter ready clothes from Castelli and Mavic and a large range of lights from Lezyne to ensure you are safe and comfortable when the nights draw in and weather deteriorates.

If you’re looking for the ideal winter training bike we can build up a Sabbath September or Silk Route based on your exact requirements. If you’d prefer something that can go anywhere and do anything then we have a great range of cross bikes from Ridley including the 2014 Xbow and a few 2013 models in limited sizes. If you are needing luggage, we can take you across the road to Bicycle Repair Man!