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About Us

Velo Bavarian of Duffield, your local bike shop with some of the biggest cycling brands from around the world.

As a family run business, we take pride in every bike we build and service, and are proud to offer a personal and friendly service to the local cycling community and beyond, whatever the purpose of your visit may be.

We have a huge variety of bikes, components and accessories for your bike as well as quality clothing, shoes and helmets to chose from. All of the brands we stock are tried and tested and ultimately as cyclists, get us excited! Whatever brand you may buy from us has been carefully selected and has our full backing. If we do not have what you’re looking for we will do our upmost to source it, as building long-lasting relationships is at the heart of what we do.

If you buy a bike from us, we will endeavour to ensure that you have picked the perfect bike to fit your needs, and this comes from a genuine desire to help people enjoy riding their bike – whether brand new to the sport or a lifetime cyclist looking to improve; we are here to help.

This desire to help our customers is something deep-rooted in our business. As cycling enthusiasts we know how important it is to have your bike running as smooth as possible, and our talented mechanic Paul will use his 30+ years of experience to get your bike in the best working order, so you can ride with a smile on your face.

Meet the team

Paul Ratcliffe

Despite over 30 years of industry experience, Paul has always been the first person to try get a new cyclist in the saddle, and help them enjoy the sport of cycling as much as possible.

Starting as a bike mechanic at 18 years old whilst racing road, cyclocross and mountain bike, Paul came up through the ranks both on and off the bike eventually racing at Pro/Elite level for Ace RT Peugeot and enjoying a career with Cycling Sports Group before landing at VB.

Paul’s passion for bikes and riding has seen him become a world class mechanic, working on some of the finest bikes in the world on a daily basis and helping our customers get their pride and joys performing at their best.

If you want to talk tech, upgrades, builds or racing, Paul is the man.

Luke Frixou

Having a background in all things from sales to sports, Luke caught the cycling bug after a successful rugby career; playing all around the world and captaining the national team of Cyprus as well as competing in bobsleigh, for Great Britain.

Upon landing at VB, he has aimed to create a hub in Derbyshire where cyclists new and old can come and get everything they need from servicing & upgrades to bike fits and shop rides, all from one place – and create a welcoming community around that.

If you want advice on how to get into the sport of cycling, whether to race or for the social benefits, Luke will definitely point you in the right direction.