End of road for famed bike build­ing

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS -

DERBY’S Samways Cy­cles’ build­ing, where count­less folk have bought bikes for years, has been de­mol­ished. It came down last month and the Ash­bourne Road site is now likely to be­come flats.

The busi­ness was founded in 1932 and was a land­mark in Derby for decades, run by three gen­er­a­tions of the Samways fam­ily.

It was founded by the grand­fa­ther of Nick Samways, who ran the shop with wife Kate un­til it closed in 2016.

Nick’s fa­ther, Alan, ran the busi- The Ash­bourne Road shop closed in 2016 Kate Samways at the open­ing of the women’s depart­ment in 2016

ness for many years be­fore hand­ing it over to Nick, although he re­mained in­volved in the op­er­a­tion.

By the 1950s, Samways had be­come Derby’s fore­most cy­cling shop and ‘Samways for the High­ways’ was em­bla­zoned on the frontage. At this point, the shop was off Ash­bourne Road, close to where Brick Street meets Nuns Street. Dur­ing the 1980s, there was a branch in Belper and the Derby store re­lo­cated to Ash­bourne Road where it traded be­tween 1984 and 2016. Inside the shop in 2008 Ken Scott took part in a spon­sored cy­cle ride on part of the Tour de France route in 1999 Alan and Nick Samways at the Ash­bourne Road shop in 2008 The Samways store in the 1950s, also above Samways spon­sored a bike ride from Lands End to John O’Groats in 1999 Scoot­ers out­side in the 1950s

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