Cycling enthusiasts who have helped breathe new life into a Victorian harbourside building are this week's Trader of the Week.

Ebike Cafe @Deheers has just opened its doors in the prestigious Deheers Building along Weymouth’s old harbourside.

The building has undergone a £2.5 million renovation with a new retail area and warehouse style apartments above it.

Owners Peter Claxton and Josephine Parker, along with their manager Danni Moors, are championing an active lifestyle, healthier eating and positive mental wellbeing in a COVID-safe environment through their new look enterprise.

It combines their current shop, Dorset CycleLife, an all electric bike shop, with a cafe offering a selection of nutritious, healthy foods on the menu.

Co owner Josephine Parker explains: “Once lockdown is over you can sit in our cafe area to take lunch or a quick bite. There is parking for those arriving by cycle or the opportunity to hire a bike to explore the surrounding area. You can even recharge your bike in the ebike charging points."

"Customers will also find expert technicians in the dedicated service and workshop zone and a comprehensive sales area."

On display is a wide range of electric bikes from leading suppliers. In addition to Raleigh, Haibike and Tern brands, EBIKE CAFE @Deheers is the only stockist to hold the full range of turbo ebikes from the iconic Californian market leading brand “Specialized”.

Co owner Peter Claxton said: “Our aim is to give electric bike riders the very best technology by the leading brands. We stock a wide range of ebikes offering a diversity of riding options.

"Whether your electric bike is for the daily commute, your shopping needs, trekking through the countryside or more extreme and specialist sports such as enduro, all mountain or downhill biking, we can source the perfect bike for you.”

The market has seen a major shift in personal transport needs this year, led predominantly by health and environment factors. A recent study carried out by CREDS (Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions) researchers at the University of Leeds has found that electrically-assisted bicycles (e-bikes), if used to replace short car travels, have the capability to cut car carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in England by up to 50% (about 30 million tonnes per year). Also offering better health and a socially distanced method of travel, it is no wonder bike sales in the UK have doubled in the past two years.

During the first lockdown, Dorset CycleLife’s own web traffic increased by 350 per cent and Peter sold so many ebikes they ran out of stock.

Peter says: “We welcome this change to greener travel habits, cleaner air and healthier communities.

"Our move to Weymouth gives us a better platform to engage with those considering a more carbon friendly transport option whilst providing a complete service for fellow ebike users”.

Deheers developer Micky Jones said: “We are delighted the EBIKE CAFE @ Deheers have taken the lease from us. It will bring local employment and add an exciting new chapter to the rich heritage of entrepreneurs this historic building has engaged with since its beginnings in the 19th century.”

EBIKE CAFE @ Deheers 9A Custom House Quay, Weymouth, is open seven days a week, from 10am to 4pm. See ebikecafe.co.uk

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