Sunday, 29 January 2012

Montague Navigator Demo Review

Well overview may be a better description..

I have used this bike a few times and was so impressed I fell that I need to give the bike a little shout out.

This model is the John Atkins Cycles Demo bike and is available to use so call 01926 430211 if you want a go. The Navigator is a great model to try because you can see what great bikes these are even in a more basic spec. The bike (in my opinion) feels stiffer than a normal bike around the bottom bracket and still comfortable when riding. I rode this bike to and from work down the canal tow paths, they are not great this time of year so it was a good little test for the 'urban' model.

Overall the bike feels solid, not like a folding bike at all. For me the bars are a little narrow but for the urban model that is expected. The weight isn't too bad and considering the fairly basic spec it all worked well and it didn't feel cheap. This model comes with the rack and mudguards as standard although the accessories are available for all of the 700c wheeled bikes. The guards are narrow but I was surprised to rock up outside my house and still be mud free.. so the guards are a winner for me.

Some of the other cool and funky features of the Montague Navigator are the QR levers and the stem in particular. All of the Montague bikes feature QR front and rear axles, seat clamps and folding clamp. The Navigator also has a clever safety stem that is height adjustable but has a safety pin that stops the stem from coming out of slipping down. again this is a tool-less system and has a QR lever to keep it all rigid and solid.

So the bike rides well, does it fold well. YES. This bike is a great idea if you are a leaisure cyclist who maybe has a caravan or motor home, live on a boat or just need to get the bike in the car on a regular basis. All of the Montague bikes are easy to fold and its really quick. Again, a tool-less process and you don't need a degree in engineering to get the bike in the car.

There is a bag that can be a great addition if you tend to get the bike dirty but don't want to leave the car or house in a state. So, take the front wheel off and fold the bike. 2 QR's and that's it. The bike is folded. In this case I did put the bars in the lowest position and put the seat down. On a bike with the mudguards you will need to take the front guard off but guess what, its QR and takes 2 seconds.

As you can see the bike fits easily in the book of the average hatchback (I have a Ford Focus). The only thing I would recommend as an upgrade would be some folding pedals but they are not essential as you can get the bike in the car and fold it with no problems. 

As mentioned, this bike is available to demo so just pop in or give us a call on 01926 430211 for more information.


Saturday, 28 January 2012

I want this in my house..

This would be cool, would be difficult to chose a bike to put there however.. 


Friday, 27 January 2012

Yeti SB66 Demo bike - Take 2

Well this is our 2nd attempt at having a Yeti SB66 Demo bike in store. Our last one was snapped up by the first customer to ride it...

Its due to have another one of our custom decals applied and it is ready to ride. This model will also be our test platform for the Rock Shox Reverb seat post in black.. nice. It can also come with a Raceface build kit as a factory package.

So if you are interested in having a go on the Yeti then give us a call on 01926 430211 for more details and booking. 


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Sams Tail

Ha, This made me laugh for a long time. It was much better than expected and all I can say is that I need to watch my back, revenge is sweet I'm told.... :-)

Look out for the chap on the pavement.. He's like - "Say Whaat?!" :-)


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Helen Skelton gets there by bike!

This is pretty impressive and sounds like hard work to say the least. 

Sorry for the large image but its hard to read at the best of times..

I have got to say, that bike looks awesome! A bit overkill for the commute or nipping down the shops though ay? ;-)

Remember we also have a snow bike for sale!! (Although dwarfed somewhat by that beast...)


Monday, 23 January 2012

Pretty Bromptons

A lovely picture of some rather nice colours that feature in the Brompton range.

If you want anymore information on Bromptons or want to have a go on one, then pop in or call John Atkins Cycles on 01926 430211. We can help when deciding on whether to go for a mad Blue and Red colour combo, whether 2 or 3 speed is best for your needs or advise on the differences between the T-Bag and C-Bag. 


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Maverick Parts

We have a good range of the common Maverick parts now online!

If you have broken a QR link for example, the parts are now available to purchase via the website.

You can just type in the Maverick Part number into the search bar and the item will appear if we have it listed. If there is anything that you cant see listed then let us know and we may have it in stock in store. 01926 430211


Saturday, 21 January 2012

Another Great Offer!!!

Well the snow bike is now online and with it comes some extra little goodies.

Not only is it £300 off but you get 2 Salsa Anything Cages and a Pair if Sanderson Pedals FREE!!

We only have 1 of these bikes so make sure you get in there and grab this AMAZING deal!

For more information please call or email

01926 430211


Friday, 20 January 2012

Mekk Bike Review 4 Star!

Not bad for a first time review!

I bet there are more great things to come!!

Some even better news, we have 2 of them in stock! So come down and have a go, I think you will be impressed.


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Mekk Bikes

Another brand we are now stocking is the new guys on the block Mekk Bikes. 

They have a pretty impressing range of bikes and we have one of them in stock now. The bike is a great entry level carbon bike with a Shimano 105 mix Groupset and normally retails at £1399, but we have it in at an amazing £999. This is a fab bike that offers £1500 performance for £1000 money. 

With FSA here and Ritchey there, this bike isnt another budget brand! Whats more exciting is if you have a little more money to spend! For around £2000 you get a lighter, stiffer carbon frame set with Shimano Ultegra and for around £2500 you get Ultegra Di2!!!!

This is a space to watch if you are in the market for some serious good value cycling. 

and also available in store!


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Montague Bikes are HERE!!!

We now have some rather cool looking Montague bikes in store now. (They will be online very soon)

Here are some pictures:

Both the Boston 8 and the Paratrooper Pro models are super cool with their matt black paint jobs but best of all is the fact that they work!

These are real bikes that happen to fold. Proper size wheels (26" on one and 700c on the other) means that they ride like a bike should but they are blessed with the folding function that means whether is storing the bike of transporting the bike is now easy. We even have the waterproof bike bags in stock so you can sling the bike in the car or leave the bike in the house without making a mess. We have a 27 speed Navigator model as a Demo bike so if you are wondering what its all abut, come down to John Atkins Cycles to have a go on this ready to ride model. 

The Paratrooper Pro is £979.99 and the Boston 8 is £949.99

All the details and spec are here:

All bikes are 2012 Models and available now!

For more info call us on 01926 430211


Saturday, 14 January 2012

New and exciting times

We have some exciting new things happening at JAC and KR. The biggest surprise is a while off but will be worth the wait.. Some more things to hit the shop sooner will be the the addition of Montague folding bikes (wright up coming soon) and the new fitting room (again a wright up coming soon). 2012 will be a big change for the two sister companies and there will be some great new thing to keep you coming back both in store and online! Ritch@KR

Friday, 13 January 2012

Wall Mounts

I have found some interesting wall mounts for bikes. We have some in store but they are not as flash as these... more on the practical side I think :-)

I have wall mounted some of my bikes and frames because they are stunning!

Please not the VanMoof in the last picture. :-)

We have the Gents and Ladies bikes in stock now!! Come and see us for more information/test rides etc.


Thursday, 12 January 2012

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

And I thought my Snow Bike was MAD!

Well this is something else...

Salsa Mukluk Snow Bike

The Blue Peter  presenter, Helen Skelton is aiming to get the bike to the South Pole and its not been an easy trip.

There are also some handy tips for riding in the snow when it arrives (my bet is on February, then I get to go play in the snow on the Salsa!)

If you want some more information on Snow bikes then get in touch:


Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Wooden Bars!

I saw these a few years ago and I still want them!

They look super cool and look comfy actually.

I would like to be stocking wooden components in a few months so keep checking back!


Monday, 9 January 2012

Sunday, 8 January 2012

What Are Your Favorite Cycles Accessories?

I have found some rather nice accessories for cycles recently and it seems the growing love for cycling and cycles themselves find the market expanding for such add-ons. Not only are cyclists wanting gloves and bottles for example but riders now want leather gloves and wooden baskets for carrying drinks.

iPad frame case

iPad stem mount

Small can (no idea what to carry but looks great and I think I want one..)

Leather Saddle, Grips and Gloves

Wooden Basket

(Brooks Basket can also be ordered in store via us or email for more details)

These accessories are great and I can only hope that there will be an endless want and need for quality cycles parts and accessories. 

Brands like Brooks, Pashley and Carradice can be found on our website 


Saturday, 7 January 2012

Do you have a bit of spare cash?

Well how about £30,500? If so then you can afford one of these...

This 'Transformer' looking cycles is equipped with an electric assist and is custom made from exotic materials. It is also sporting a Rohloff hub of which we are rather familiar. :-)

Cant help but think that £30k is still a tad high though...


Friday, 6 January 2012

Nice Part-Wooden Bike

This part wood, part metal bike isn't the first but its a nice example. 

The details on the frame are tidy and the bike overall is pretty sweet!

I love the seat stay stays and the blue pin stripes...


Thursday, 5 January 2012

Just Got To LOVE The Brompton!

I am a huge fan of Brompton Bikes!!

As a Brompton dealer I am lucky enough to see them and work with them every day.

This Blog post put a smile on my face!

We also have some Brompton full builds in stock and they are online along side our range of spares and bags.


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Brompton Bikes Online NOW!

We have 2 Bromptons in stock now and they are ready for shipping so if you want a folding bike, this is the place to start!

You can find the bikes online here :

These bikes are also checked over in our workshop and have free UK Shipping! That's the KR way!

For more information please see the website or email me on