Really Useful Bikes has existed since 2007, Rob was selling a wood fired hot tub at the time and was looking for product to compliment the outdoor, better living aspect of that product. His eye was caught by an article in the Sunday Times Q/A about carrying two kids on a bike, He rang the contact , a Mark Forster, it turned out that Mark imported the Yuba Mundo and the Xtracycle from the USA, Mark was a passionate visionary and an early adopter of the cargobike concept. That conversation was the start of a friendship and began Really Useful Bikes. It has been quite a journey since that first conversation. Being introduced to such innovative and useful bikes affected Rob to such an extent that it got into his blood, so now, nearly ten years on, he is still selling cargobikes and doing his little bit towards the bicycle being reinstated as respected local transport.
So that’s The mission of Really Useful Bikes is to make available some of the more useful (and unusual) bicycles to the UK and to show that bicycles can be comfortable, useful and ultimately very relevant to our local transport and local living.
Really Useful Bikes has made a lot of contacts over the years and we can now supply bicycles* and products from all over the world. It’s not possible to stock all the bicycles that we think useful, so we chose to work with the nicer people with the best products. As with most independent shops we aim to back good products up with customer service that only a small businesses can give you, adaptable, reactive and always personal.
* in 2017 there has been a decrease in the products that we sell and a reduction in the sourcing aspect of our shop. This is to focus on specific brands of cargobike,to allow more time for repairs and more time at our sister company www.rodfordbuilt.co.uk.