If you are following me on Instagram, you would have seen me visit the Temple Cycles workshop in Bristol yesterday, to get a rack fitted to my Temple bike. I’ve wanted a rack for a while, so I could carry shopping and most importantly picnics on our summer adventures. So it was time, to get that sorted.
Whilst I was there I took some images to share Temple Cycles with you – let me show you around their workshop and tell you a bit more about Matt and Temple Cycles…
My bike, pictured above, is one of their Ladies lightweight bikes. In the ‘slate blue’ colour with added extras such as the Brooks saddle, bamboo mudguards and brass bell. Can you tell I LOVE my bike!! It is a dream to ride, smooth, lightweight and beautiful! I often get comments and admiring glances as I potter around the harbourside.
Temple Cycles was founded by Matt Mears. Born and raised in Somerset, he has been a keen cyclist from the age of 9. He’s into all sorts of cycling but started out riding mountain bikes and BMX. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University, while at the same time running a small vintage restoration business for classic road bikes. He then started designing his own custom frames and creating one-off bikes. This later evolved into Temple Cycles.
Temple Cycles is based in an industrial unit in south Bristol, but has pop-ups around the country, plus is planning a semi-permanent store in Cargo 2 in Bristol this summer. Dan loves visiting the workshop and talking bikes with Matt. In an alternative life, I’m pretty sure Dan would love to own Temple Cycles himself.
Matt saw a gap in the bike market for well designed, lightweight, durable and stylish bicycles. Ranging from £500 – £1500 the bikes are a triumph of form and function and are designed to last.
Assembled in Bristol, with an emphasis on west country suppliers, they build all their bikes to order in the workshop and ship bikes all over the UK and beyond.
Matt and his team can cater for custom bike builds too, so if you are looking for something a little more unique, they can help. Who wouldn’t want to own a beautiful bike, designed and tailored to meet your needs and individual style? A custom bike can cost as little as £650. Take a look at the phenomenal custom bikes in their gallery. I am totally loving this pink bike! Not sure it’s me, but wow!
If you love bikes, but can’t yet afford to treat yourself to one, then you can get the Temple Cycle look with their accessories. Leather saddles, bamboo multi-tool, leather hand grips are all available from their online shop – or if you are Bristol based then pop up to their workshop to test ride a bike and see them being built.
I can’t wait to take my bike out this summer with my kids, exploring the City and local cycle paths, with a picnic. If you are looking for a new bike, or perhaps to add a bit of ‘bling’ to your current bike, then do head over to the Temple Cycles website. Oh and expect more rides shared on my Instagram, too!
Unit 28, Filwood Green Business Park
1 Filwood Park Lane
Collaboration Note: This post is written in collaboration with Temple Cycles, of which I am a brand ambassador. All words, thoughts and images are my own.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.