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Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre

Covid-19 Update (19th January 2021)

With reference to the Government’s New National Restrictions (November 2020 Lockdown), we will continue to remain open, following Government guidelines which are in place for the safety of all customers and staff.

· We are currently operating under our normal opening hours, 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. We will continue to be closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

· We will constantly be reviewing the operational aspects of the shop and will update here accordingly.

· Our entrance doors are locked and will be opened for our customers as required:

for workshop drop-offs we ask that you use the side door on Ferry Path.

for access to the shop please use the front door.

· We are here to help, but please try to minimise any visits. We have a click and collect service from our website and can deliver locally without any issues, but please bear in mind we will be observing the Social Distancing Guidelines.

· If there is anything we can help with please contact us by email on or phone 01223 315845.


· We are operating limited access to the shop, one customer per member of available staff in the shop at a time, with social distancing measures in place for your safety and that of our staff.

· We have ‘zoned’ the shop and ask that one customer and member of staff per ‘zone.’ the exception to this is one parent and children from the same household may be permitted at the same time. We appreciate this may cause some inconvenience to some customers, and we apologise in advance, however, we believe this will help reduce Covid-19 spread.

· Whilst in store, please avoid general browsing, please do not be offended if we try to ascertain your needs at the door prior to you entering the store.

· Please observe social distancing (2 metre distance) where possible to protect both you and our staff. If entering the store, you will be asked to take appropriate safety precautions. Please do not be offended if we ask you to wear PPE or ask for proof or a medical exemption.

· Please avoid using cash where possible; please use contactless payments if you can. This has been raised to £45 on card but Apple / Android pay is not limited.


· We are continuing to book more in-depth workshop jobs (e.g. servicing) and will continue to offer additional ad-hoc minor repairs (e.g. punctures) without booking in if and when time allows.

· While we are running with lower staff levels, and disinfecting bicycles as they come in, our capacity for more in-depth servicing works may reduce. Please enquire in advance to check if we can assist you.

· We are continuing to offer FREE labour and giving workshop priority to NHS staff where necessary for transport.

· If you would like to drop off or collect a bike, please email or phone us in advance of visiting the shop.


· We are continuing to trade as normal online, but with lower staffing levels some delays may occur in response and deliveries times.

· Please note: We are unable to offer delivery of complete bicycles via 3rd party mail order carriers at present. You can still use click and collect from us in store, after the bicycle has undergone a full pre-delivery inspection, and our own ‘van’ delivery service is still operational in the local area. Please contact us for more details.

If you have any queries, please email:,

or phone 01223 315845

and we'll do our best to help.

This is the current situation. However, this may change if necessary and we thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Take care, stay safe and protect the NHS.


Townsends is the oldest cycle shop in Cambridge. This 4th generation family owned local company 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. In the 1960s, Townsends diversified into Toys (as well as Cycles), and many locals may still recall the Townsends Toys and Cycles shop in Burleigh Street as being a popular destination for many families. In the 1990s, Townsends purchased the old established Ison's Cycles (Established 1893) and re-focused back upon our core bicycle business with the opening of Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre.


After more than a 120 years of servicing Cyclists in Cambridge, Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre now offers service and advice on all types of bicycles from Children's "pedal-less" balance bikes right through to carbon fibre road racers, and of course, everything in between.


The showroom contains a great range ofbikesfrom leading brands such as Ridgeback, Pashley, Genesis, Identiti, Reid and Surly, as well as our very own range of The Light Blue cycles.


We also have a great selection ofparts, accessories,lights,locksandclothing. Townsends Light Blue has plenty of products to enhance your cycling pleasure.


Our fast and friendlyworkshopoffers competitive repairs facilities for most types of bicycle. Give us a call to book-in on01223 315 845.


You can be sure we'll help along the way with genuine friendly service and advice.

Easy Parking

Short stay parking in Ferry Path (directly outside of the shop) makes popping-in a breeze.

Why buy your bicycle from Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre:

Ready to ride

All of Townsends bicycles are built and checked into a "ready to ride" condition by us. (so there's no need to test your mechanical skills with a "flat packed" bike in a box)

Competitive Prices

Our price promise means that Townsends will price match all officially approved dealers, even including on-line web sites for "in-stock" or "readily available" bikes.

Free service after one month

Like most mechanical items, bicycles "settle in" after some initial use. Book your new bicycle into our workshop after the first month's use, and we will happily check and re-adjust your bicycle free of charge.

Back-up security

You will be buying your bicycle from a trusted local family owned business with 120+ years of experience and reputation in serving Cambridge's Cyclists. We are here to support you for the long term.

Wide choice

Our showroom contains a great range of new bikes from leading brands and also carries a large selection of parts, accessories and clothing at competitive prices.

Free local delivery service

We have our own delivery vehicles which can provide you with a free delivery option within a 5-mile radius of Cambridge on new adult cycles, and we can also offer competitive delivery options further afield.