Sunday, 30 December 2018

Ealing Cycles Closes


After 46 years running Ealing Cycles, John Hoskins closed the shop for the last time on Saturday 29th December 2018. After nearly half a century of serving Ealing's cyclists, he has decided it is time to retire. Back in 1972, John bought the Ealing Cycle Centre from William Hinds, and started Ealing Cycles.

Ealing Cycle Centre in the 1970s

The first shop was in the old Hinds premises at 16 Bond Street. In 1989 John moved the business across the road to 9 Bond Street. Sadly the store will no longer be a cycle shop; the premises have been taken over by a company specialising in child education.

Since John's wife, Therese, announced on Facebook that the business was closing, they have received many messages of support. Rupa Huq MP said: "Always sad to see small business fold. My best wishes to owners as someone whose used the shop for repairs and parts myself."

Ealing Cycling Campaign would like to thank John and all the staff at Ealing Cycles for their service over the years, and we wish John a long and happy retirement.

Sadly, Ealing Cycles is not the only local bike shop closing down. Following the sale of Evans Cycles to Sports Direct, it was forecast that some branches would close. On 8 December, the new owners announced that the Evans store in Brentford would be one of the first to shut. Earlier this month, Mike Ashley, the new owner of Evans Cycles, told MPs that there should be a 20 percent tax on online sales to help save high street stores.

You can see a list of existing bicycle shops in Ealing on our Bike Shop page.