About Us

We are a small, friendly independent bike shop, in Orton Waterville in Peterborough that has been serving the cyclists of Peterborough since 1973.
Whatever type of cyclist you are, we have a bike for you. From the little ones' first bike up to electrically assisted bikes - we have something for everyone. Find your perfect bike at Bristows!

We're happy to talk over the phone, email or other social media, but prefer to talk to you face to face, so we can check your sizing (no two bikes measure the same!) and make sure the bike you are looking for does what you need it to do and fits you as it should.

All our bikes are fully assembled and given a full pre-delivery inspection prior to leaving the shop and we include a free post ride inspection after 6-8 weeks (booking required).
We keep a good range of bikes and accessories in stock, but have access to so much more for next day delivery.

Our workshop is always in demand so as a consequence we are usually booked up well in advance so we highly recommend you ring to check availability before turning up with your bike.

We have partnered with Klarna the shopping app, so you can buy now and pay later to help spread the cost of that new bike or bike repair should there be too much month left at the end of the money!

We teamed up with Locally.com recently which is an on-line platform so you can search on there for our shop and see what Trek bikes and product we have in-store.



Beat the rising fuel prices and commute by bike

Cycle commuting is good for your wallet, waist, and the world’s environment.With fuel prices and the cost of living sky high and train operators taking strike action there has never been a better time to travel by bike.

Considering what it costs to fill up the average car with petrol or diesel, after several fill ups you could have paid for a bicycle to commute to work on. There are many benefits to commuting by bike No traffic queues, no car parking charges, no tax or insurance costs. Most commutes to work are short journeys of 2-4 miles, which are better suited to a bike and most journeys around Peterborough can be done on one of the City's may cycle routes avoiding main roads. It rains on average at commuting times approx 10-12 times a year so not even getting wet should be a barrier to commuting.

Bothered about getting hot and bothered? Consider an electric bike instead to take the effort out of the ride so you arrive sweat-free and calm for the day ahead. Take a look at our E-bike ranges from Trek, Ridgeback and Volt Bikes.

Switching from driving a car to walking or cycling to work improves our well-being, a study suggests.

Active commuters felt better able to concentrate and under less strain than when travelling by car, University of East Anglia (UEA) researchers said.

Those who had an active commute were found to have a higher level of well-being than those who went by car or public transport.

When researchers analysed the wellbeing of a small group who swapped the car or bus for a bike or going on foot, they found they became happier after the switch. (source BBC News)


You may noticed that we have partnered with Freewheel.co.uk who is a cycling e-retailer with a difference. Cycling lovers can order from a huge catalogue and some of the biggest brands in cycling, and everything purchased on Freewheel goes towards supporting local bike shops throughout the UK. A percentage of each sale goes directly to local bike shops, whether you opt for home delivery or for click and collect from your chosen store. You get all the benefits of ordering on-line but you also help to support your local bike shop.

Our workshop is constantly busy so remember to book your bike in with us for any service work as we will get booked up once the 'cycling season' gets underway. Where possible we will endeavour to fit in any emergency repairs to keep your bike going, we are just a phone call or email away.

Freewheel.co.uk, your local bike shop online, has now launched.

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Looking for a bargain bike?

Then check out our offers page for some fantastic bargains on last season bikes and see our amazing Bike of the Week offers where we spotlight a different bike each week