How it all began

Local Bike Shop Day is the one day a year when independent bike shops across the UK can come together to celebrate their distinctive culture. It's the day for local bike shops to showcase their passion, knowledge and personalised service they offer to their local communities.

Local bike shop day history  

The inspiration for Local Bike Shop Day UK was driven by the success and message behind Record Store Day, Bike Shop Day in America and Bike Store Day in Canada

Record Store Day, now a globally recognised event, brings together thousands of record shops to rejoice their individual culture and community within the music industry.

Bike Shop Day, inspired by Record Store Day, was born in 2017 in Brooklyn by 718 Cyclery as a means to connecting independent bike shops and their communities. The first national event was held on 9th December with more than 40 shops taking part.

It didn't take long for the idea to spread, with Canada also conceiving the idea in 2017 when bike store owners and employees came together to celebrate and spread the word about the exclusiveness of the independent bike shops. The first Canadian event was held on 24th March 2018.

Daniel Jones prompted the first ever Local Bike Shop Day UK in 2018, collaborating with the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) and Deryck Modesto who created the Local Bike Shop Day identity for the second year.

The first ever Local Bike Shop Day in the UK was on the 6th October 2018 with over 90 shops taking part.

Despite the terrible weather seen across most of the UK the second ever Local Bike Shop Day - 4th May 2019 - was a huge success with over 150 local bike shops getting involved, a growth of 72% from the inaugural year.  

Local Bike Shop Day hopes to become an industry-wide success for many years to come.

Local Bike Shop Day will be held on the 2nd May 2020