Blazing Saddles is 25 this year! Party Time!
Blazing Birthday Bash
Blazing Saddles celebrated 25 years this year, so we’re planning some special events and you’re invited – some will definitely involve beer and cake, and of course, biking, beer and cake. Watch this space for more details as we organize dates. Here’s a bit of history to tell you how we got here:
How it all began
John was originally a bricklayer, and then a Civil Engineer, working in the sewage works, but in 1994 he gave it all up to open a bike shop in Barrowford, a small one-man operation, and the first Blazing Saddles. Before opening the shop he undertook a business course, because before opening a shop, some market research was required. He devised a questionnaire and then pursued cyclists with a clipboard, either waving them down by the roadside or approaching them whilst stationary. This was to help establish if there was a need for a cycle shop in his local town. He found plenty of keen people, and here is a photo of John in front of the original shop.
The next stage
The shop today
Blazing Saddles moved to Hebden Bridge in 2001 to be in the heart of mountain biking country. It’s a great base for all types of riding.
Despite it all!
There have been many adventures on the way, new staff, new customers; many of whom are now friends. In 2015 the terrible floods in the valley nearly wiped us out, but a strong team, a great community and wonderful customers and friends all helped us to carry on.
Happy Birthday to Us!