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Islay Cycles
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At Islay Cycles, we want to enable everyone to enjoy the pleasures of cycling on our beautiful island and with that in mind we've added a Raleigh Captus power-assisted bike to the fleet. The highly-controllable Bosch motor gives a boost to those in need of extra assistance, whether by reason of age, illness or disability. Seen here near Upper Cragabus on the Oa.
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Those who venture beyond the cycle path and continue to the Kildalton Cross can reward themselves on arrival with some well-earned al fresco refreshments.

In the interests of customer service (of course), we sampled the cherry cake and coffee, and can report they were excellent!
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The new Diamondback Hyrax bikes have been very popular with the kids who've used them so far, with at least one young cyclist rather reluctant to part company with the bike.

We've now added a 16-inch wheel version, so that even the smallest cyclist can feel equal to their older siblings, with a "real" bicycle, built for travel rather than play.

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Among the new additions to the hire fleet this year are a couple of great kids' bikes. There's a Diamondback Hyrax in a 24-inch wheel size, suitable for around age 8+, and the smaller 20-inch wheel version, to suit from about 5+. Just the thing for young cyclists keen to explore the island.
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We see a lot of folk coming to hire or buy a bike who have never had a bike with more than three gears - and in some cases, no gears at all.  Understandably. they find our array of bikes with 21 or more gears rather bewildering, and most articles on the Internet seem to explain how gears work, rather than how to use them.  Then Lesley found this great article from Intown Bicycles in Atlanta, and we just had to share it:
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Laundry day at Islay Cycles.
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One of the many benefits of cycling is that you can go almost anywhere and you don't need to worry about where to park.  Here, our trusty steeds graze happily at Kintra while awaiting our return!
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On days like today, when the wind is in your face all the way to Ardbeg, this bench is a most welcome sight at the end of the cycle path!
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The cycle path is proving popular.  It's great as a safe route for those who haven't cycled in a while to regain their confidence, and we're hearing positive feedback about the new surface.  One recent visitor described it as "so easy to ride on, you feel you're going downhill when you're on the flat"!
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Jolly group of friends set out with bikes from Islay Cycles. Something to suit everyone. These folk were a joy to meet.
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