A Marin Bike Story You Cannot Miss
We have a long relationship with Marin Bikes that we are proud to say is still strong to this day. This blog is about our personal story and connection with Marin.
Who are Marin Bikes
Marin is one of the most popular bicycle manufacturers in the world. They offer a world-class lineup of critically-acclaimed mountain, drop bar, fitness/transit and kids bikes, designed by a passionate crew of riders in Northern California.
Marin is dedicated to enriching the lives of riders by making fun, high calibre bicycles, which provide years of riding enjoyment. They are a business that operates on hard work, fueled by passion and fulfilled by the satisfaction of bringing the joy of cycling to riders across the world.
Here at Cycle Revival, we have an interesting story that we love to tell about the history of Marin Bikes and our close relationship with the manufacturer.
Way back when…
Marin Mountain bikes, Marin County USA the birthplace of the mountain bike concept.
A few ideas and dreams in a young lad’s bedroom born the idea of the Mountain bike. A bike to ride up in the hills surrounding the San Francisco Bay overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Many of the Marin mountain bikes back in the day and still to date are named after trails up in the hills of Marin County. The Marin Alpine Trail, Marin Rift Zone and the Marin San Quentin to name but a few are all real trails up in the Hills.
Where we come in…
We opened our shop in 1979 just when the ideas of the mountain bikes were floating in the head of a lad in Marin County USA. We were outside our Cycle Shop in Heathfield decorating the paintwork, I remember it well. It was a sunny spring morning and my Dad and I were hard at work when a slick red open-top sports car pulled up and a young man jumped out. (He looked as though he’d just walked off the beach, which now I know him, that’s probably exactly where he’d come from) He asked, “guys see what I have, do you like it”? It was a Marin Bolinas Ridge in a bright neon yellow colour. We looked at this bike sticking half out the back of the car and said, “what kind of bike is that”?
The chap answered, “it’s a mountain bike, a Marin mountain bike.” I think I laughed and said, “not many mountains around these parts buddy”!
Anyway, he enthused upon us why we should take a closer look at the Marin mountain bike and indeed take a test ride, which we did. I came back and said to the chap “great bike sign us up please”, which he did. We still enjoy the account number today 008. Yes, we were the 8th retailer to sign up with the Marin brand in the whole of the UK and we are still proud and happy to be selling them over 40 years later.
Get in contact
So there you have it. Number 8 in the whole of the UK. That is a figure we are extremely proud of here at Cycle Revival, where we take extra pride in what we do. Having been selling Marin Bikes for over 40 years we like to think of ourselves as experts in the department. So if you have any questions or are looking at purchasing a bike of any kind then get in contact with us on 01435 866118
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