Dealer Spotlight: Carlisle

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Budgies, haircuts and bread?!!

Volt e-bike display at Whiteheads Cycle in Carlisle
Volt e-bike display at Whiteheads Cycle in Carlisle

These are just a few of the slightly random  requests our latest featured retailer has to deal with.

For this instalment of ‘Dealer Spotlight‘ we head North West, to Cumbria and the city of Carlisle. Here you’ll find a great team of people with a real enthusiasm for anything that has wheels! They all happen to work at a shop called Whiteheads Cycle and here’s their moment in the VOLT spotlight…

What motivated you to open/run a bicycle shop?

Our bike shop is a family business established in 1935 buy our grandparents, Our father worked in the business for 66 years. Paul started full time in 1975 and David in 1978.

What makes your store different from others?

We have a wealth of experience in the cycle trade and offer our customers a rapid repair service and a friendly environment to shop.

 Where is the best/favourite location you’ve ever cycled?

My most memorable place (Paul) to cycle was with my son in Central Park New York on a fantastic summers day in 2014.

What is the funniest/strangest request you’ve ever had from a customer?

The strangest requests. Do you sell bread? Can you cut my hair? and I was asked for a budgie once I told the customer he needed a pet shop but he was adamant we had one. the penny dropped when my father overheard the conversation and informed me that Raleigh Cycles did indeed do a Child’s “Budgie” bike with stabilizers similar to a Chopper.

What about the VOLT brand & range led you to stock them?

We had read the reviews that the quality and build was second to none.

 What is your favourite VOLT e-bike and why?

Favourite is the Metro. Ideal for storing in caravans and motor homes.

 What is your top tip for anyone looking to buy an electric bike?

Top Tip is to come and try for yourself. They’re great fun and surprisingly easy to get the hang of!