Ernie Young opened the first shop in 1946 at 16 years of age with the aid of 'two tenners' loaned by his dad. He bought an existing bike shop at 248a Lee High Road, Lewisham which was a short distance away from what was to become their main site for many years at 290 Lee High Road. There were also branches in Sydenham and Greenwich, all specialising in lightweight racing bike frames, run by Ernie's brothers George and Ray.
Back in the 80s, after the Sydenham and Greenwich branches closed down, Youngs took over the bike shop in Coney Hall, which was run by Harry Roland (Harry O) who was renowned for his wheel building skills. Lee High Road was left to Ernie's son but sold off in the 1990s. Ray Young ran the shop in West Wickham until 2004 and the shop is now run by Martyn Green, still trading as Youngs Cycles. Ray still builds and rebuilds wheels for us. Martyn now specialises in the restoration of cult bike, the Raleigh Chopper. Martyn is passionate about Raleigh Choppers and this can be seen in the quality of his restoration work. He also offers a servicing, repair and maintenance service for all bikes, as well as selling accessories. Youngs Cycles are also authorised agents for Raleigh and Ridgeback bikes.
We offer a complete 'nut & bolt' restoration service on any bike, but specialise in Raleigh Choppers. You can see more of our work by clicking here. We have restored vintage racing bikes, mountain bikes, BMX's - just about every type of cycle out there!
Youngs Cycles can repair & service any make and model of cycle. We offer a professional & reliable service and can have your bike repaired & services quickly to get you back on the road. You can see more of our in-house servicing, repairs & maintenance service by clicking here.
As authorised Raleigh & Ridgeback stockists, we offer a large range of brand new bikes. We stock most types of bike but can order in your requirements quickly. We also have a large selection of pre-owned bikes in our showroom. Feel free to pop in a and browse our selection, as well as taking them for a test-ride!