Welcome to Doug Scott Cycles. I'm Abi Scott, cyclist, shop manager, and business owner. Here at Doug Scott Cycles we supply high quality bicycles and accessories, and deliver servicing and repairs for people in the Hull and East Yorkshire area.
As I sit here updating this page, the opening ceremony of the 2014 Tour de France is starting at the Leeds Arena. In a couple of days the race legs will start, with the first leg on the 5th July going from Leeds to Harrogate. The route takes in the gorgeous scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, and should not only attract short-term tourists but also raise the profile of the UK as a place to come and enjoy cycling. To learn more about the 2014 Tour de France, you should go to the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 website. There's a wealth of information for you, about the race, the leg routes, places to see, where to watch from, and much more.
Yorkshire and Hull is a great area for cycling. We have a fairly flat landscape in East Yorkshire, ideal for easy rides. To push yourself, North, south and West Yorkshire have more challenging terrain, but with that comes glorious vistas. Hull has many cycle routes, clearly marked, that help you to feel safe whilst travelling. Many of the large student population of the city move around on bikes. Cycle maps are available from us and from council offices and other bike shops. You can download a copy of the cycle map here.
The Commonwealth Games: The 20th Commonwealth Games will be held in less than three weeks (as I type this) in Glasgow. There are a large number of cycling events, split into four main cycling groups. The track cycling events will be hosted at the newly built Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow's East End, whilst the Mountain Bike competitions will utilise the purpose built Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails. The Road Race and Time Trial events will utilise public road circuits in Glasgow City Centre and North Lanarkshire respectively, with both starting and finishing at Glasgow Green.
Hull Sky Ride 2014: It's been confirmed that the Skyride will be starting in Hull on the 17th August. Starting in Queen Victoria Square in the town centre it's a one-hour, five-mile ride suitable for all the family. The route is open from 10am to 3pm and takes in some of Hulls iconic sights and buildings. There'll be lots to see and do, with entertainment, cycle-skills demonstrations, and much more, so pop down and have a look. Better still, bring your bike, bring your friends, bring your family, and take part!
Now that the summer is here, many of you will be dusting off the cobwebs on your bikes and looking forward to rides in the sun. Before you set off on your first ride of the summer, I want to take a moment to ask you to pay attention to the noises your bike makes. There should be no unexplained squeaks, grinds, or groans. These noises shouldn't actually be there at all, even if you know what is causing them. If your bike has started making noises, call and see us as noises are an indication of a (potentially fatal, potentially expensive) problem.
It's also important to make sure your riding position is correct. A poor posture can cause all sorts of physical problems, which really goes against the idea that cycling is good for you! We've a small article about it on our articles page, but if you want us to set up your bike for you simply give us a ring, ask if it's convenient, and pop in. For only £5.00 we'll set up your ideal riding position for you.
We carry out servicing on all types of bikes, and our Cytech trained mechanics will make sure your bike is running smoothly. A full service for your bike can cost as little as £25.00 (plus any necessary parts), so there's no excuse to not service your bike. A well-maintained bike is a safe bike. I'm sure you'll agree, it's better to be safe than sorry.
While it's probably true that not many of you will be competing at the sort of level of the Tour de France or Commonwealth games, cycling is a great sport and a better hobby. On road, off road, if you're fit, if you're a couch-potato - it is something we can all enjoy. Call us today on 01482-851134 for all your cycling needs. We offer new bikes, essential accessories, non-essential accessories, and servicing for all types of cycles.
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[UPDATE] The sun is definitely starting to shine again. That big yellow ball in the sky makes cycling so much more enjoyable. It brings it's own danger, though. Even when the sun isn't glaring down upon us, it is still putting out enough UV to damage unprotected skin. Don't forget your sunscreen!
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