Established in 1974 as a Windsurf Shop, it wasn’t until 1985 when MTBs were Introduced
Although Topmark was established in 1974 as a windsurfing shop it wasn’t until 1985 when one of our windsurfing suppliers returned from holiday in America where he had seen the latest sport of mountain biking. He asked if he brought in a small container of bikes to the UK, would we buy a few; which we did.
The bikes arrived, retailing from £299 for £499 for a Marin Bear Valley; my wife said I was mad and that bikes at that price would never sell, but the foundation for the Topmark Bike Shop was laid.
We loved the sport and soon had groups going out on the Lake District fells with us.
In the early days, most traditional bike shops weren’t interested in MTBs, which left mainly windsurfing shops promoting them.
From a handful of bikes stacked at the end of our small windsurfing store in 1985, we now have a very modern bike shop over three floors, plus a first-class service and repair department.
We are, and always have been a family-owned and run business selling quality bikes, accessories and clothing. Our ethos is to provide friendly, high class service, top quality and value products with a second-to-none backup from our team.