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History

Townsends was established in 1895 by John Albert Townsend in Cambridge. He made his own brand of "Light Blue Bicycles" in the workshops in Norfolk Street. After the Great War, the original production of Light Blues ceased and Townsends evolved into retailers of other leading brands. Many locals may recall the Townsends shop in Burleigh Street in the 1960s and 70s as being a popular mix of bicycles and toys.

In the 1990s, Townsends purchased the old established Ison's Cycles (Established 1893) and re-focused back to the bicycle business with the opening of Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre.

After nearly 122 years of servicing Cyclists in Cambridge, Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre now offers a complete range of bicycles from Children's "pedal-less" balance bikes right through to carbon fibre road racers, and of course, everything in between.

Keeping the choice wide, Townsends offer leading brands including Pashley, Ridgeback, Genesis, Scott, Bianchi, Surly, Salsa, Raleigh and their own brand of Light Blue Bikes.

Townsends also carry an extensive range of parts and accessories, and have full workshop facilities on site to cope with all type of bicycle requirements.A recently introduced price promise means that Townsends will price match all officially approved dealers, even including on-line websites for "in-stock" or "readily available" bikes.

All of Townsends bicycles are built and checked in a "ready to ride" condition, and include a free service after one month. If you're looking for top brand choice at the best prices with excellent service and support then come and visit Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre. After nearly 122 years, we have to believe that we must be doing something right

Our offer today

  • A wide choice of leading brands including Pashley, Ridgeback, Genesis, Scott, Bianchi, Surly, Salsa, Raleigh and our own brand of Light Blue Bikes.
  • A workshop to ensure your comfort and safety.  We carry an extensive range of parts and accessories, and have full workshop facilities on site to cope with all type of bicycle requirements. We offer not only repairs, but also preventative servcing and overhauls, which are designed to keep you safe. Services can be as little as £35.00 (including VAT) which includes all lubrication.
  • A free service. All our bikes are built and checked in a ready to ride condition and include a free service after one months riding.
  • A free delivery service within a 5 mile radius of Cambridge on new bikes purchased.
  • We price match all officially approved dealers, including online websites, for in stock or readily available bikes.

Come and visit us after almost 122 years, we believe that we must be doing something right.