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Black Beard Bicycles: A Passion For Vintage Bikes

18 Jun 2015
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Bristol’s Black Beard Bicycles revives vintage bikes from as early as the 1950s, giving them a new lease of life for Bristol’s city streets.

Chances are, if you’re living in England’s first cycling city, you either do, will or want to own a bicycle.

There’s nothing like the rider’s high and we love riding through Bristol’s cobbled streets—breathing in the fresh air and vibrant culture; especially first thing in the morning.

We spotted an article on Bristol 24/7 featuring a full interview with a super-cool bike shop based on Bristol’s All Saints Street.

If the idea of riding through Bristol on a vintage Parisian bicycle with a rural edge tickles your fancy, then keep reading.

Bristol is known for its quirkiness and unique culture, and Black Beard Bicycles is just one of many local independent business that represents the very essence of the city.

Black Beard Bicycles restore, sell and service vintage bikes from the 1950s to the 1990s, most of which are sourced from Paris auction houses.

The doors of their Broadmead shop opened in 2014 and there’s something for everyone; from students to cycle enthusiasts.

They have a passion for vintage bicycles, which they import from across Europe to be revived and ridden on the green streets of Bristol.

We couldn’t leave without telling you where the name Black Beard comes from (we know that you’re dying to know).

Owner Patrick Thompson chose to name the business after the 18th century Bristol pirate, Black Beard.

“His treasure hunting inspired my own international search for two-wheeled treasures to ship back to the city!”, he quotes in the article.

Read more about Black Beard Bicycles’ adventures in the full interview here.