BUSINESS partners Helen Paxton-Steele and Graeme Thomson welcomed locals and visitors to the official opening of Peloton Bike Shop last night (19 August).
Although the Drymen shop’s been open and building momentum for six weeks, the opening – by Commonwealth Games cyclist Lee Craigie – was the perfect way to show folks what’s on offer…not just a range of bikes, accessories and clothing, but also bike hire, servicing and repairs.
Balfron electrician Graeme had already identified a need for a bike shop in the area when he heard that the lease was coming up.
“We got the keys in May and have been building up stock since then,” says Helen who also runs Stirling-based team kit specialist Purple Rock who supply the Peloton shirt which is already helping put Drymen on the map. She and Graeme completed stage 19 of the Etape du Tour in France last month and both are active on the cycling scene.
Future plans include a club with local bike trips and tours further afield and as a qualified British Cycling coach, Helen is keen to work with local school kids.
“We want to be more than a bike shop,” says Helen. “We see ourselves developing a social community hub for cycling.”
• Click the thumbnails below to see bigger versions and scroll through our photos from Peloton Bike Shop’s official opening