I was called out to work in Lincoln today between 12 and 3pm and as I couldn’t get hold of a friend to pop round for a chat afterwards, I decided to call in on Giant Lincoln – www.giant-lincoln.co.uk at Doddington Hall.
I’d only discovered their facebook page last week, so they were on my radar – particularly as they do regular bike rides of varying lengths to suit all abilities. Tomorrow, they’re doing a family trail ride and 33, 50 and 100 mile rides. I ride with friends on a Sunday morning so I won’t be there, but if you’re close by why not go along – even if you’re new to cycling in a group as they are a socialable and easy introduction to bike rides. If you’re not so close and you can get your bike(s) in the car they have a car park.
Back to my visit. I was parking the car as two guys pulled up on bikes and on request they told me the store had been open for about a year. They’d just ridden the 50 mile course and one of them had been riding near Whitby yesterday, which is quite hard core, as the hills round that way are quite impressive.
They went into the coffee shop while I took in a quick tour of the ground floor before I too entered the cafe and ordered an americano and bakewell tart – both delicious.
It’s a large cafe, with plenty of tables both inside and outside.
The cafe also houses Tom Plowman’s Classic Bike Collection (not sure if it’s permanent or not) so if you’re into vintage bikes, get down there and take a look.
It seems Norfolk-based Tom Plowman learned from his mistakes and after getting rid of an Oscar Egg, a sought after bike in its day, he resolved never to make the same mistake twice.
After I’d finished my coffee I went up to the first floor to take a look at the Castelli clothing range, a quality brand. Having just bought a Castelli pro base layer (review coming in the next day or two) I was interested in their Rossocorsa Perfetto rain jacket. I never go wrong with a medium-fit in whatever brand of cycle clothing I choose, but this jacket seemed very tight, so I need to try a larger size. However, the price was a bit off-putting at £175.00, so with a quick look online I found this at Evans Cycles – a bit easier on the wallet.
On the other hand, there is a bike sale on at the moment and with savings of £300 to £400 now seems like a great time to checkout what they have to offer.
I had another friend to call on in Sheffield to find out how she’d done in her racing this afternoon, so I headed off. but not before buying a Giant Numen+ Aero TL rear light – another review to follow.
Giant Lincoln is a great store to check out, and I’m assuming their bike rides will find favour with all ability groups, so I’d recommend a visit, and don’t forget to visit the coffee shop for a tasty treat!