Temple Cycles has recently opened a new shop in a shipping container near the dockside in Bristol. Their neighbours include a Yoga studio, an Ice Cream specialist, a Cheese deli and a Barbers. At Wapping Wharf there is an energy about the place that inspires you to take your time and enjoy the space. Recently re-energised, the area spent most of the last 50 years as a gravel car park and not a place you would want to spend any time, I can remember back in the 90’s someone broke in to our Mini Metro there with a screwdriver. But times have now thankfully changed.
Temple Cycles have run numerous pop-up shops in Bristol, Cheltenham and London, and this new little shop is their best yet. There are bikes on the walls, bikes to test ride, and there are components spread out on a sideboard. Unlike a normal bike shop, you won’t necessarily buy a pre-made model. Instead, knowledgeable staff will help you choose a frame and components that best suits your needs. You can even specify a custom frame colour. Don’t expect to leave the shop the same day with your new bike, but you should expect your bike to last a lifetime.
Wapping Wharf in Bristol has been undergoing a gradual redevelopment for at least a decade. In the last year the development has started to bloom and feels a bit like an Amsterdam microcosm. The cast iron Gaol Ferry suspension bridge lands cyclists and pedestrians in to the heart of independent cafes, bars and boutique shops. And has fast become a ‘must visit’ for any foodie.
Even if you can’t afford a new bike this Christmas, or perhaps want to gift someone something to add a bit of Bristol bling, then Temple stocks an extensive range of pretty bells, Bristol branded bike seats and more.
Cargo 2 has just opened, and they’re working on Cargo 3 – so get your retail applications in, quick. Its a stones throw from the waters edge of Bristol’s historic docks, so the shipping containers seem an obvious choice.
Lou’s Temple bike lives in our house. She can’t bare the thought of it getting covered in saw dust in the shed, and I can’t blame her.
Collaboration Note: This post was written as part of our ongoing partnership with Temple Cycles. All words are by Dan Taylor and images by Lou Archell. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.