A local bike shop for the 21st century

The joy of cycling

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In our busy lives, a bike connects us to our past, to leisure and play, to our friends and to the world we live in. The bike can take you back in time, connecting you with that heady moment in childhood when you first learned to ride. It is a truly 3D experience – your own adventure movie. The 21st century might offer us more and more digital experiences, but the raw experience of cycling beats them all. Instead of a virtual, on-screen connection, cycling gives us a real experience, on real terrain and creates real memories. We say look up and ride a bike!

Our mission

To say the bike is one of greatest inventions of humankind is not an exaggeration. It is up there alongside the wheel, the printing press, antibiotics and the micro-processor. In our own way at Red Kite Cycles, we work for the bike every day. We understand it, we love it and we want to share that energy. In our shop we weave together bikes and people. We service, adjust, maintain and fix your bike whilst helping you choose the perfect parts, components and accessories. A proper local bike shop is a rare creature. Visiting the shop is like going to a supermarket staffed by top chefs. We don’t just point you towards the flour, sugar and eggs – we give you the whole recipe and detailed cooking tips, then invite you back and to tell us how much you enjoyed it.

Staffed by happy cyclists

In our bricks and mortar shop we have a team of dedicated cyclists ready to talk bikes, kit and riding. So as cycling changes in both profile and style in the UK we offer help to everyone – no matter where you find yourself on the spectrum. We have one simple goal: to get people riding and enjoying their bikes.

Amongst the staff we have ridden all styles of road, mountain, touring, racing, BMX, fixed, hybrid, cyclocross and stunt bikes – there are many thousands of happy miles of experience between us. Red Kite Cycles is an independent local bike shop with over 20 years trading history and centuries of riding experience between us.

Proud to be independent

As an independent shop, Red Kite brings a unique combination of services and goods, with access to smaller specialist brands that will never be available in high street chains. We are home to a great working family of cyclists. We may not have the financial might of a chain or the biggest internet sellers but they quite simply don’t have our longevity or personal connection. We have been around for more than two decades of independent service in Solihull and with your support we will be here well in to the future. You’ll find us just off the A34 Stratford Road in Shirley.

Serving the Midlands and beyond

We serve all of Solihull, Birmingham, Warwickshire and Worcestershire and we also have loyal customers from further afield who will travel to take advantage of our products, services, and knowledge. Regular customers come from the Black Country, Staffordshire, Coventry and often from even further. Retail has changed a lot in the 21st century – we find people are willing to travel the extra mile to our destination store.

If you are making the trip either locally or from further afield, near to us you will find all the facilities and services you could want for a retail trip out. We are close to Solihull town centre with its extensive shopping, whilst the A34 corridor either side of us is dotted with supermarkets, car dealerships, garden centres, retail parks and of course our own Shirley High Street. Our shop has great car parking and can be found on Union Road at our unique postcode of B90 3DX.

A tour around our website is a glimpse into our world of bikes. You will see the cycle brands we stock – brands we have chosen through experience, knowledge and technological appreciation. You will find the fantastic ranges of premium machines from Trek and Specialized; British greats from Whyte, Brompton, Enigma, Condor and Pashley; and, you will discover more about Storck Bicycles – the singular great of German bike design technology.

Helping you make the right choice

We know that cycling is one of the key investments that you will make in your life. It will bring you health, well-being and fun whether you ride for fun, commuting or sport. And there can be few more constructive ways to spend time with your family and friends or meeting new people. But choosing how to spend your money and what’s best for you is never going to be easy or simple and that’s where we can be of assistance.

Our specialist face-to-face help and advice will lead you to right choices about quality and value. You will find that we are not a hard-sell business – we like to compete on fabulous products and quality service, with top-end workshop backup. Ultimately, we are bike people and bike people are about getting you riding and keeping you on the bike!

On our website you’ll see introductions to what we offer in terms of products, services, cycling community support, but there is no substitute for a browse and a rummage in-store. You’ll be able to touch and feel the quality, experience the fit of both bikes and accessories, whilst drawing on our knowledge and passion for the magnificent invention that is the bicycle!