Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre


Townsends is the oldest cycle shop in Cambridge. This 4th generation family owned local company was established in 1895 by John Albert Townsend in Cambridge. He made his own brand of "Light Blue Bicycles" in the workshops in Norfolk Street. After the Great War, the original production of Light Blues ceased and Townsends evolved into retailers of other leading brands. In the 1960s, Townsends diversified into Toys (as well as Cycles), and many locals may still recall the Townsends Toys and Cycles shop in Burleigh Street as being a popular destination for many families. In the 1990s, Townsends purchased the old established Ison's Cycles (Established 1893) and re-focused back upon our core bicycle business with the opening of Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre.


After more than a 120 years of servicing Cyclists in Cambridge, Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre now offers service and advice on all types of bicycles from Children's "pedal-less" balance bikes right through to carbon fibre road racers, and of course, everything in between.


The showroom contains a great range of bikes from leading brands such as Ridgeback, Pashley, Genesis, Identiti, Reid and Surly, as well as our very own range of The Light Blue cycles.


We also have a great selection of parts, accessorieslightslocks and clothing. Townsends Light Blue has plenty of products to enhance your cycling pleasure.


Our fast and friendly workshop offers competitive repairs facilities for most types of bicycle. Give us a call to book-in on 01223 315 845.


You can be sure we'll help along the way with genuine friendly service and advice.

Easy Parking

Short stay parking in Ferry Path (directly outside of the shop) makes popping-in a breeze.

Why buy your bicycle from Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre:

Ready to ride

All of Townsends bicycles are built and checked into a "ready to ride" condition by us. (so there's no need to test your mechanical skills with a "flat packed" bike in a box)

Competitive Prices

Our price promise means that Townsends will price match all officially approved dealers, even including on-line web sites for "in-stock" or "readily available" bikes.

Free service after one month

Like most mechanical items, bicycles "settle in" after some initial use. Book your new bicycle into our workshop after the first month's use, and we will happily check and re-adjust your bicycle free of charge.

Back-up security

You will buying your bicycle from a trusted local family owned business with 120+ years of experience and reputation in serving Cambridge's Cyclists. We are here to support you for the long term.

Wide choice

Our showroom contains a great range of new bikes from leading brands and also carries a large selection of parts, accessories and clothing at competitive prices.

Free local delivery service

We have our own delivery vehicles which can provide you with a free delivery option within a 5-mile radius of Cambridge on new adult cycles, and we can also offer competitive delivery options further afield.