Britain's Best Bike Shops is a UK wide poll to find the best bike shops in partnership with Lezyne, Muc-Off and BikeZaar.

This summer we’re celebrating bike shops by looking for the best in the country. Our Britain’s Best Bike Shops poll, in partnership with Lezyne, Muc-Off and BikeZaar, allows you to vote for your favourite shop, and tell us why it’s so good. It’s your chance to give your local bike the recognition it deserves.

Every rider needs a good local bike shop. As places to go to buy, or just gaze at, new kit, get your bike fixed, get advice and generally have a chit-chat, bike shops are an essential part of any local cycling community.

Bike shops have also played a part in the careers of many aspiring young cyclists. There are even a few pro riders out there who once had a Saturday job in their local shop. Cleaning the boss’s bike and making tea before being let loose on the customers; that was a key part of my early career in cycling and it has served me very well.

But shops are having to change. While we all shop online sometimes, a good local bike shop is as essential as ever, it’s just what they offer is very different to that of 20 years ago.

Now they’re as much a destination as they are a shop. Somewhere to grab a coffee or a cuppa, get a bike fit, do a spinning session or meet others for a ride… All that and you still get to squeeze the tyres, flick the top tube and gaze longingly at the bike that’s just out of your price range.

If you run or work in a bike shop click here for information on how you can get involved in ‘Britain’s Best Bike Shops 2017’.

Every voter will enter a prize draw to win goodies worth over £600 including a subscription to either Cycling Weekly or MBR, a Lezyne Super GPS Navigate computer bundle and enough Muc-Off product to get you through the season.

Winners will be announced in September. Both an overall winner for a standout road and mountain biking store will be chosen, as well as regional badges of honour for Scotland, the North East, North West, Yorkshire, the East Midlands, West Midlands, Wales, East of England, London, South East and South West.