7 November 2023

The Best Bike Routes for Exploring Manchester + Shops


Electric bikes have been a revelation in the world of public transportation! Not only do they save you money with their overall cost-efficiency but also benefit the environment with their eco-friendly performance. It is these reasons that have allowed them to become so popular in Europe, and particularly in the UK.

The city of Manchester is one area where residents have embraced the benefits of using an electric bike, with retailers stocking different types of ebikes in their outlets to address the growing demand. In this post, we look at the different stores that sell or hire out electric bicycles in Manchester.

We’ll also tell you about the best routes for all kinds of biking adventures!

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Best Ebike Shops in Manchester

Whether you are a resident of Manchester looking to purchase your first electric bike or a visitor planning to hire one for a tour of the city, there are several shops where you’ll find what you’re looking for. The following are some of the best electric bike stores in Manchester:

Harry Hall Cycles

Harry Hall Cycles can be found right in the heart of Manchester. This 3,000 sq. ft bike store is located on 67 Whitworth Street, West Manchester, and has over 100 designs of ebikes on display. These range from cheap electric bikes that you can get for just over £500 to premium brands that will cost you upwards of £3000.

The family-owned shop has been around for a while and offers a wide selection of cycling clothing and accessories such as helmets, bottle cages, bike computers, etc. that you may want to be installed on your new bike. The staff is generally friendly and experienced enough to offer any clarifications on your new electric bike.

You can stop at Harry Hall Cycles any day of the week (except on Sundays when they are closed) and look around for an ebike that you fancy!

E-bike Capital

Located on 4B Wigan Road, Bolton, E-bike Capital offers a broad variety of high-quality ebikes to the local community and beyond. You will find powerful Bosch-powered electric mountain bikes from leading brands such as Cannondale and Cube for whenever you want to venture in the off-road terrains, as well as simple electric bikes for kids.

The shop also provides bike rental services to visitors who want to hire an electric cruiser for a laid-back tour of the city on two wheels. All the cycling gear and accessories you may need for the adventure including helmets, bottle cages, and bike shorts, etc. are available to ensure that you leave the shop set and ready for your biking tour.

The customer service is very reliable and their transparent return policy ensures that you’ll have no stress when you take back a faulty product.

Pure Electric

Pure Electric is a respected bike store on the edge of Manchester and can be located on 4-10 London Road, Piccadilly. It boasts a broad selection of bikes, featuring electric cargo bikes from renowned brands and electric folding bikes that will simplify your daily commute to work. The store also offers e-bike servicing packages, as well as professional tips and advice about electric bikes.

A demo centre has been integrated into the store where you get to enjoy a free e-bike test ride around the block even before you buy the bike. All the ebikes sold at Pure Electric come pre-built and ready to go, so you can get started on your city tour as soon as you seal the deal!

Ken Fosters Cycles

This great store offers some of the best electric bikes in Manchester! Situated in 374-376 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, the shop is open all the days of the week and stocks all manner of electric bikes that you can use for both on-road and off-road adventures. You also get a full range of bike parts, accessories, and all-weather cycling clothing to suit any kind of bike trip your friends might be planning.

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Best Ebikes Routes in Manchester

Hub, Tracks, and Towpaths

An electric mountain bike or hybrid bike, or even a fat-tire ebike will best be suited for this 9-mile adventurous cycle path! Starting at the cycling centre in central Manchester, the route makes its way to the Ashton canal as it passes through a selection of famous developments, including the Etihad Sports Campus. After cycling for a further 2.5 miles, you’ll get to the National Cycling Centre, where you can find the indoor Velodrome and BMX tracks.

This exciting cycle route will also take you past the Skills Zone Pump track in Philips Park and Medlock Vale Country Park before leading you back to a towpath to the Rochdale canal. Overall, this route exposes you to some famous landmarks of the city with fun sight-seeing and relaxing opportunities on the way.

Fallowfield Loop Line

This cycle route spans 16 miles and features a 62-meter climb that should make you break a sweat, especially without the motor assistance. It begins and ends at the National Cycling Centre, which is also the home of Team GB. Riding on this path gives you a chance to experience a traffic-free Manchester Cycleway, also known as The Fallowfield Loop Line.

Originally a railway line, the route is highlighted by a flat and well-laid surface that only deviates to the road for a brief stretch of 200m. You can stop halfway through the ride at Chorlton Park for a breather and enjoy a quick snack and drink before completing the rest of the journey.

Platt Fields Exploration

This is a short and gentle route that will easily accommodate all types of electric bikes. Its 3.2-mile stretch features traffic-free paths that allow you to ride leisurely at a slow pace as you admire the Platt Fields BMX track. You’ll come across a charming pond on the way where you can stop for a nice photo opportunity, as well as enjoy a snack before continuing around the park.

This route is generally flat and circular, so it will be a nice option if you’re trying to get back on the saddle after a long hiatus. It will also be the ideal ride to bring along the young ones for a fun-filled family outing on two wheels.

Sky Ride Manchester

If you’re a tourist in Manchester looking for a bike tour opportunity with fellow bike enthusiasts, then you’ll feel right at home at the Manchester Sky Ride. Organized by British Cycling, this initiative to get people on their bikes brings together characters from all over Manchester in a carnival-like event with a lot of fun activities involved.

The roads are closed by the City Council and bike lovers pour into the streets in a traffic-free experience where you can ride as slow as you like and even pose for a photo opportunity in front of some famous city landmarks. Last year’s event featured more than 15,000 participants in a ride that looped around monuments like the Velodrome, Philips Park, Platt Fields Park, etc.

The Sky Ride Manchester event has really grown in popularity from the day it was introduced and is held annually to mark a fantastic day of cycling for the citizens. You have every reason to look forward to the next installment. More on this to come!

Final Thought

If you’re tired of being a couch potato and hoping to change the general sedentary nature of your life, getting on an electric bike is the best way to start an active lifestyle. The guide above tells you all you need to know when beginning your fitness journey by providing information on the best electric bike shops you can find in Manchester, as well as the best routes to follow for your bike trips.

All the best!

About the author

Ruaan is an electrical engineer born in South Africa and currently working in Oslo, Norway. He loves tech and gadgets and owns an electric car (Tesla) as well a front-wheel-drive electric bike. He rides his bike all year, even through snow and ice covered roads in the cold winter.

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