Saturday, 28 April 2012

Road Area Revised

Come and have a look at our revised road bike area. 

We have made the range easier to understand and made some room for some new models whilst making it all look even more exciting. 

We have road bikes starting at £550 and for that you get an entry level Trek! We also have some personalised offers suited to you. If you need accessories and clothing we can make sure you get the best value for money.

Remember we also custom build bikes from the frame up and we currently have a stunning deal on LOOK frames including the rather beautiful LOOK 695 i-Pack

Pop in and see our experienced staff about a road bike - The rain wont last forever and you know you will want to be out in the Sun (when it arrives).


Friday, 27 April 2012


Dont we just love Bromptons. We have been selling Bromptons for a number of years now and we have seen the popularity of them grow year on year. 

As I am sure you know, we stock them all the time and we always have a Demo model in stock so you can try on before getting the B-Spoke order form out. 

We also service Bromptons of all ages and there is nothing we haven't already seen. We stock a large range of bags and accessories but we also have a number of spares from cables, mudguards, lights and other mechanical  parts. For more information on servicing and spaces give us a call on 01926 430211 and the staff at John Atkins Cycles are ready to help!


Thursday, 26 April 2012

Rowing a Bike?

Yes that is correct, Rowing a bike!

And yes, I want one!

This model is a stunner with Brooks saddle, grips and basket. I also like the green, works well in my opinion.

Check out the website and let us know what you think. There are also Tandem and Electric models. This is my kinda company!


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Monday, 23 April 2012

Keenys New Gear!

Keeny has treated himself to some new bits and bobs from the shop. 

Hope/DT wheels and some new Reba's for the Nuke Proof. 

Of course there is some Continental goodness in there too...

Me likey!


Sunday, 22 April 2012

Dahon Folding Bikes now IN STOCK!

We have Dahon folding bike back in stock after a 2 year break. They have stepped up the game with this one! This bike is call the Dahon MU-N360. (Catchy title I know...). But it is something a bit special. This bike has a NuVinci 360 Hub. Its a variable hub gear with no set gear spacing. This is strange at first but it soon makes sense. Instead of picking a gear that is near enough, twist the shifter until the gear is right and leave it... Very clever. Plus the shifter is very cool with a little person on a bike.. :-)

That is one very cool shifter!

This bike is £1000 with the NuVinci hub but there are loads of other bikes in the range so for more advice call or pop in store.


Saturday, 21 April 2012

Would have wanted one of these when I was young!

Think of the look on your neighbors faces when you mark your territory with this..


Online Route Plotter.

I have often found it difficult to get a route planner that actually plots where you want to go rather than just sticking to roads. This is a great website that allows you to plot your trip and then it gives you all the information you need like distance and the time it should take to complete. 

So whether you ride down the canal or across fields you can now get an idea of how far you have been and share it with others.


Friday, 20 April 2012

This is a great idea..

This is a problem for many people and I think this is a winning solution!

I will let the website explain but I think its great.


Monday, 16 April 2012

I think I Love this bike!

This is my kind of bike! I think I need to get some of those bars made up, they are just awesome!

Just beautiful!


Sunday, 15 April 2012

This is a must before the Olympics!

I want one of these for my office.. :-)

Let me know if you have had a go with one. Would be good to know if its worth putting on the wish list..


Saturday, 14 April 2012

Kinetic Rush on eBay

We have had an eBay account for some time and we have just started to list items on there again. We have some of the more niche stuff on there as well as some clearance items.

This stock rotates fairly quickly so make sure you subscribe to get all the latest listing when they are fresh!


Friday, 13 April 2012

Happy Birthday Kinetic Rush

Its our birthday tomorrow!!

(or 'Birthday Happy' as the picture says..)

It has been a very busy and exciting year for us and there is much more to come! We have overjoyed with the response to our websites and blogs from customers whether they be local or international. But don't you worry, this isn't the peak.. there are bigger and better things to come and new and interesting things are happening all the time. 

Remember to sign up to our newsletter and keep an eye on the blog for all the latest KR and JAC information.

Ps. Also we would like to know what you think of Keeny's first blog. Let us know peeps. :-)


Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Keeny's First Blog..

You lucky blog readers.. Today you get a break from me and you get the one and only Keeny giving you all the DH blogging action you can handle. As you will read Keeny hasn't been too well but now he is getting back on the bike there will be more stories from the man himself. 



As this is my first blog on here I think a bit of an intro is in order. I'm Alastair 'Keeny' keen and can normally be found behind the front desk at John Aktins Cycles or riding 4X for (plug!) but this year I'm adding another feather to my cap in the form of riding DH for John Atkins Cycles on the new team Trek Session DH bike!

I've not had the best start to the year so far with a mixture of illness and a recent fairly small crash leaving me with fairly major internal injuries keeping me off the bike and forcing me to miss the inaugural British 4x last weekend (1st national I've missed in 5 years). So despite some common sense and doctors orders I headed down to Taff Buggy in south Wales this weekend for my first major DH race in a 6 months and only 2nd time riding this bike but itching to be back on 2 wheels. 

After a 6 am start to the day I arrived to a dry and overcast venue and headed straight down the hill to check out the track. Now the course at Taff is a bit of an odd one, it's made up of a series of pedally sections connected with chutes and drops interspersed with  jumps and berms all scattered with rocks of varying sizes. That may not sound overly impressive and is a pain in the lungs but makes for a really fun course.

Course walk done and time to enter and get ready! Having got there silly early I had plenty time hanging round so went and found a couple familiar faces Seb Frost creator of the awesome and fellow chicken lover Jess Greaves. Much tyre debate and faffing from Seb later we headed off for practice, a quick bit of complaining about helmet cams from the man from BC and Seb led us off:

As soon as I hit the first corner a winter of not having a DH bike and lack of recent riding caught up with me, I was all over the place and wasn't even going that fast! Rolling down, missing drops and hitting corners square on was really messing my head up even more than my lingering injuries. If you've ever ridden DH you know it's all in your head and the smallest lack of confidence really messes you up and it really was.

After a very slow start to the uplift we got another 2 runs in before the end of practice and I was feeling quicker (relatively) on the rough sections but the tail end of a chest infection was destroying me on the sprint sections. Now came the worse part of racing DH, the hanging around before your run! There never seems to be as much in 4x probably because there's more shorter races and no uplift which gives you minutes rather than hours of waiting around. 

Race run 1 came round and despite the lack of a start gate I started as I meant to go on with a good sprint from the line, hitting the left right left right corners down the field all was going well, at least in term of me staying on the bike (I've got a habit of not doing this in race runs) 2:23 minutes of cautious riding and panting later and I was over the line. I'd like to say that was a good time but it really wasn't in anyones book! 

Back to the top and more hanging around before run 2. After either me misreading or someone not posting the right start times I missed my start slot (1st time in 12 years racing) meaning I had to wait until the end and was last senior down. This time I went for it a bit harder and even did the wall drop that had been psyching me out all morning, but alas a stronger headwind and lack of confidence left me only 3 seconds quicker. All done and dusted I came 47th out of 49 in seniors which sounds bad (and it is) but still an improvement on this race last year where 2 crashes in both race runs and me giving up to do whips and manuals left me stone dead last haha.

Being a bank holiday weekend gave me an extra day to redeem my riding and I headed down to the Forest of Dean for some more time on a big bike. Conditions couldnt have been more different from Taff where there was a lack of grip due to the amount of dust now there was a major lack of visibility due to the overnight torrential rain turning the courses into puddles and streams. As I turned up just after lunch there happened to be a spare seat going on the regular local uplift from the flyupdownhill guys which made life a lot easier not pushing up in soaking kit!

Running a set of full mud spikes meant there was plenty grip until I hit a wet root or rock at the wrong angle which made it a much more fun day hoping and drifting my way down the hill. Personally I think riding in these conditions is WAAY more fun than the dry even if you can't see where you're going just because you can get a slide on at any point and any speed so even easy sections become a bit tricky and it's so satisfying blasting through puddles like a kid in wellies :)

Many runs and a lot of standing water later that was the end of the weekends riding and even with one of my worst ever results I was soo happy to be back on a bike and having fun!

Big thanks to the MIJ Racing guys for putting the race on, Simon from FlyUp for fitting me on and keeping going when I was the only person still riding, Wideopen mag and Drift Innovations for the helmet cam and of course John Atkins for the loan of the bike for the year as well as putting up with me only being half awake at work tomorrow!

and yes that is my finger in the top right corner of the picture...


Monday, 9 April 2012

Contour Vs GoPro Cameras

Here is a little vid for you to view if you are in the market for a helmet cam.

both the Contour and GoPro cameras are great but just so you know, we have the GoPros in stock today with many accessories and they are on sale!

Here is the Video:


Sunday, 8 April 2012

Oh my, these are some rather nice bits and bobs...

This is some really nice work. Click their website to see more examples. 

I will have one of those for my Birthday please and thank you... :-)


Friday, 6 April 2012

This bloke is alright at riding... Sam Pilgrim.

Jokes, this guy is epic. He just rips the place up. I am sure there are many crashes and spills that we don't see but lets just say hes better than most...


Thursday, 5 April 2012

This is a little clue to the newest creation.

This is the same kind of bike I have just built. Mine is a little more.. alternative but i think its great. There will be a full wright up on it later in the week but for now I will leave you to mull over these pics.

I am going for the Adventure bike theme really and I am sure there are many of you out there that have a similar taste (or not) but let me know what you think of this one..

There is also a low res pik of the real bike. Give your guesses.. its not hard :-)


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Need these... Star Wars Guitars

I do admit I create some random blogs sometimes but please believe me when I tell you there is going to be some more bike related stuff soon ;-)

Taken from the Metro as you can see.


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

DZR Shoes Now In Stock!!!

Check these out. They are great casual/riding shoes from a well established but cool company DZR.

They have a very clever sole that allows them to be stiff when cycling but flexible enough to walk around all day. They come in various styles but we will start with the mid tops. We feel this shoe range will be a storm in the UK and we have even ordered them for ourselves (me included :-) mine are on their way..) The cleats sit nicely in the sole so there is no interference when walking plus they are made from high quality leathers and fabrics so they are proper comfy!

With John Atkins Cycles being the only Official Leamington Dealer for DZR shoes you will need to pop in store to try them on even though they are sensible sizes. But if you want more information on the DZR range and what we stock give us a call on 01926 430211 or come and have a look.

Finally, completely off subject here is a tweet I found funny:

Tim Fowler (@timlibrarian)
22/03/2012 17:30
The big bottle of gin I bought earlier was £22 after the budget but I'm still going to party like its £19.99.