Come and visit us, make a day of it. Aberystwyth is a wonderful day out with some great cafe’s, coffee shops and restaurants on offer. Take a walk on the seafront promenade, grab a drink and take in the sea view at one of the many seafront bars or do a little shopping in town. For those with a sturdy set of legs, take a stroll up Constitution Hill or if you don’t feel up to the climb, take a ride on the hill’s historic cliff railway.
The seafront castle, war memorial and old college are impressive features of the town’s sea views. Taking a stroll along the full length of the seafront from harbour to Constitution hill is a well worthy exercise.
If you are travelling to Aberystwyth to see us, make sure you take some time to enjoy what the town has on offer. Take a stroll on the sea front and visit one of the town’s great cafe’s, coffee shops and restaurants. The bike shop is located at the lower (Western end) of the main high street one way system.
If you are lucky and find a space, there is a small amount of parking out front of the shop that is limited to 1hr stay. There is parking in many of the side roads that spread out from the town’s one way system and we are not too far from the town’s retail parks (see map below).
Based out on the West Coast of Wales in the seaside town of Aberystwyth, Summit Cycles have been serving cyclists since 1998. Whether it’s a road or mountain bike you’re after, or anything in between, we stock the largest range of quality cycles in Mid-Wales.
If you haven’t visited us in a while you may be surprised to find how much we’ve grown, taking on a neighbouring property and expanding our premises to more than double it’s original size. This means more bikes, accessories, clothing, spare parts and an expanded and upgraded workshop. All of this with the same great service and expert advice that our customers have come to expect.
We’ve added new features and services over the years including a large workshop expansion with dedicated e-bike services, an expanded range of clothing covering a range of cycle disciplines with clothing for men, women and children. We have increased the range of bikes we stock and have a wide range always on display. You'll find a dedicated e-bike centre with trained stall who will help you navigate the additional complications when buying an e-bikes.
With bikes from Trek, Specialized, Santa Cruz, Electra and Frog, and a huge range of cycle clothing, nutrition, hydration, parts, spares and accessories we have products to cover just about everything bike that you are likely to need.
Why choose us… With staff that actually ride and know what works, we have built our reputation by offering sound and sensible advice and by choosing to stock only quality products. Whether it’s choosing a new bike or finding the right upgrade, we have the knowledge you need to help make the right choices.
All bikes we sell are meticulously built and checked prior to sale and our Cytech accredited technicians provide superior service and support. Their attention to detail, passion and enthusiasm have earned the recognition of our customers and suppliers alike.
We are a certified Shimano Service Centre, Bosch, Specialized and Shimano e-bike service centre, and as members of the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) we follow their code of conduct. We understand the importance of owning a quality bicycle and everything involved in keeping it running well. Our staff are friendly, polite and knowledgeable and always keen to share their expertise.
We also offer bikes through various cycle to work schemes and have credit facilities available on bike purchases.
Above all, we are here to help you get the most out of cycling. So whatever you need, from a simple puncture fix to a high specification custom build our staff are ready.
West Wales is a cyclists dream, filled with quiet country back roads and scenic mountain passes for the road cyclist. And, for the mountain biker there are miles of twisty forest singletrack and rocky mountain trail to explore. Wales, with its network of off-road trail centres and varied open forest and mountain terrain, offers enough mountain biking to feed the appetite of even the most trail hungry cyclist.
If you are looking for an easy recreational cycle there are two wonderful local options.
The Rheidol Valley Cycle Trail runs from town up the picturesque Rheidol Valley, the route of the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway.
The Ystwyth Trail runs from town on mostly level traffic free routes along the Ystwyth.
Information and maps for the Rheidol and Ystwyth cycle trails can be found here:
Ceredigion Council have been busy worked in partnership with Sustrans to produce a new Active Travel map for Aberystwyth which highlights routes and also new facilities recently installed in the Town. The paper map is available at Canolfan Rheidol, Aberystwyth Town Library, Plascrug Leisure Centre, National Library of Wales, Rail Station Ticket Office and all the bike shops in Town with a pdf version on the Council’s Active Travel webpage: https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/media/5521/active-travel-map-for-aberystwyth.pdf
The map also shows cycle parking facilities in Town and new infrastructure such as the town’s fantastic Public Bike Repair Stations with tools and bike pumps. There are now 4 of these around Town located as follows:
Next to the new cycle shelter near the Rail Station at the back of Matalan
Outside Plascrug Leisure Centre
Next to the Porters Lodge at the entrance to Aberystwyth University
Near the entrance to Parc Kronberg Skate park where recent improved to the cycle path have been made (opposite The Starling Cloud pub).
There is also a stand-alone tyre pump stand next to the cycle parking rack on Baker Street just up from NatWest Bank.
^^Above, one of the new repair stations in Aberystwyth
Meet the team
Jim Haddon (Manager)
As our Store Manager and Bike Fitting Specialist, Jim is skilled in all manner of bike alchemy and our go-to guy for pretty much anything. While his roots are in mountain biking he’s equally at home on the road and has even been been known to take on the occasional mountain marathon. As our longest serving team member Jim has been providing sagely advice to our customers almost as long as we’ve been in business. From bike selection to mastering the higher level functions on your Garmin device, ask Jim and he’ll no doubt have the answer. And as a Trek Precision Fit Specialist, Jim has also undergone extensive training in the science that lies behind modern performance bike fitting and he holds an impressive track record in helping riders deliver their best on the bike. This also makes him the most in-demand member of our team, so please don’t ask him when he last had a tea break.
Gaz ‘Tron’ Chamberlain (Sales)
Gaz is our shopfloor customer service supremo, his role includes ensuring the smooth running of all those essential daily tasks that often go unnoticed, including stock control, ordering and following up our customer enquiries. He’ll most likely be one of the first to greet you when you walk through the door and is always ready to help with any request you may have. When he’s not keeping the good ship Summit Cycles on course, Gaz will most likely be found exploring local trails around Aberystwyth or tuning the performance of his treasured heated boot drying rack….well, it rains a lot round here.
Nathan Daverson (Workshop Manager)
Nathan is all about bikes. Road, mountain, it's all good to Nathan. He spends his working days turning your worst mechanical nightmare into bikes that run like a dream. In his spare time, he can be found enjoying the regions back roads and mountain trails, notching up some epic miles on his own bikes. He has recently developed a bit of a penchant for the gravel and has been notching up some miles on the dirt roads and rough riding delights we are blessed with here in the West.
Rowan Hayward (Sales)
Rowan is the youngest member of our team but anything he lacks in years he makes up for in enthusiasm. He's handy on a bike too and partial to a little bike park action.
Charlie Morgan (Workshop)
Charlie is a migrant from our Beics Brenin store where he used to help keep the wheels turning on our large hire fleet. He's now a permanent part of our Summit workshop team and brings his experience and expertise on mountain bike care to customers of our Aberystwyth store. When not working Charlie can often be found exploring the crags and peaks of Wales, on foot or by bike. And keep your eyes peeled as he's also been spotted displaying his varied musical talent around mid Wales.
Isaac Peat (Sales/Workshop)
Isaac is a student member of our team with a real creative streak. He likes big adventures into the wilds of Wales and to share his enthusiasm for cycling. You'll find him mostly on our shop floor, eager to help other make the most of their cycling too or sometimes in the workshop applying his precise skills and attention to detail towards our customer bike servicing.
Toby Bragg (Marketing and Events)
Toby has been part of Summit’s story since the shop first opened it’s doors in 98 when he traded 6 weeks as a shop floor employee for board and lodging to help get Summit rolling. Since then Toby has been a cycle industry fixture, working mostly in distribution. He’s not scared to grab a wrench though and has served time as a brake tech at events on the mountain bike world cup race circuit. Toby’s role is varied but includes tinkering away in the back office, feeding the social media monster and knocking our events into shape. We’re told he also had a clandestine spell as an award winning artisan baker but we’re still waiting for cake to materialise.
Joe Hayward (Owner)
Cut Joe and he bleeds chain lube. The owner and founder of Summit Cycles, Joe has been riding bikes for longer than any of us, particularly Joe, care to remember. His days as an Elite XC racer might be done but Joe is never far from the saddle and likes to make sure we all know his pedigree isn’t tempered by his years. Likewise experience hasn’t dampened his love of cycling and his hunger for new challenges and exploration, so when he isn’t seeking out and testing new trail sections for events like the Dyfi Enduro he’s probably hammering out some extra miles on his gravel bike. His talent off the bike as el Capitán del barco has got Summit and it’s sister store Beics Brenin where they are today.
Clwb beicio Ystwyth
Summit Cycles are proud supporters of Clwb beicio Ystwyth. The club, first founded in 1952 has a long and illustrious history in road cycling, although these days the clubs activities span cycling disciplines with road training and racing, time trial, sportives, cyclocross and mountain biking. In 2017 the club celebrated its 65 year anniversary.
The club runs planned activities for adults and juniors, novice and seasoned riders and has a lively social scene. If you are interested in joining or would like to find out more you can find more information on the Ystwyth club website or the club Facebook page.
There are some great benefits to being a member including some provided by Summit Cycles including a free annual bike MOT and 10% discount on parts and accessories year round from the store.