I can‘t remember when or how I found out about “Ronde Bike” in Edinburgh, it must have been
twitter or a random google find, but ever since I saw pictures of the shop, I knew I wanted to go
there during my stay in Edinburgh. This place had once been a butcher shop years ago and therefore
has a very distinct feel to it. I especially loved how they kept the tiling on the walls – this adds a lot
to the atmosphere of the shop!
“Ronde Bike“ has only been around for about 2 months now, but they already have a lot of high
quality stock. Whether it‘s bikes, components or accessories, you can‘t really tell this place only
They carry lots of brands such as Cinelli (IT), Look (FR), Colnago (IT) and recently added Condor
Cycles (UK) to their programme – in fact Neil, the shop owner, was unpacking a number of
Condor frames while I was there, including the “Classico” (steel) & “Baracchi” (carbon) frames.
But Ronde aims to be more than a bike shop – they are a Café as well and want people to hang
out and enjoy some coffee, browse through the different cycling publications they carry or
watch cycling broadcasts on TV. I’m sure this place will grow to be one of the most popular
meeting places for the city’s bike scene.
For all the people interested in photography and art, Edinburgh resident,
Scott Mitchell has some amazing 2010 Tour de France shots on display as well as lovely artworks by
local dsigners “Dynamo Works“.
Even though they have some track bikes and components, this shop is all about road cycling. If
you happen to be in town, swing by to check out the shop and enjoy some coffee!
Until then, head over to the European Touches Flickr for many more shots!
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