Temple Cycles’ owner, 26-year-old Matt Mears started out restoring classic bicycles when he was studying at Bristol University, founding the business is 2014. Since then, he’s developed a range of stylish bikes, relying on funding from within the business.
All its bikes are built out of steel in Temple’s Bristol workshop. They include hybrid bikes as well as adventure road, cross and fixie machines, with a quietly retro look. It’s also got quite a range of matching accessories, offers special builds and will make custom bikes to order.
Temple sells its products from its website and its workshop and also via a couple of bike shops in the UK and one in Denmark. It says its primary aim is to produce simple, low-maintenance, stylish machines.
Temple is now looking to fund the development of new products, including e-bikes and high-end children’s bikes. It’s also looking to refine its range of adult bikes and expand its accessories offering.
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Matt Mears says: “We want to make beautiful, stylish British bicycles here in Bristol and sell them throughout the World. There was a time when the UK’s bicycle industry was the envy of the World - it’s our dream to bring those days back.”
Temple (opens in new tab) is looking for £150,000 to realise its business expansion ambitions and recruit 15 new employees. Its Crowdcube campaign (opens in new tab) is already overfunded with over three weeks to run, so it’s offering an additional 3% share of the business for further investors. Minimum investment is just £10.
It’s also hoping that investors will bring their own experience, ideas and expertise into the business.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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