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September

09.09.2020

"Some days I feel like I am Superwomen working full time and looking after 1 year olds, and some days I feel like I need a gin at 11am."

If you have been interested in a Pace, or bought a Pace than it is more than likely you will have dealt with Sophie. She's Adrian's youngest daughter and has now worked in the bike industry for over 10 years. Have a read of her chat with her Dad, or rather boss, what it's like been a new Mum whilst working full time for Pace. 


Adrian: Wow, my little Sophie is now a Mummy. A twin-Mummy!

Sophie: I know, weird eh.

Adrian: Feels like yesterday when you would be at the MTB events with the Pace team, you and Aimee tearing it up on your little bikes we made you, welded together with scrap bits of alloy out of the tip from the left over RC100’s.

Sophie: Ha! There’s me thinking you designed us something special Dad. I remember that tip outside of the old Pace factory. Dear old Richard used to put his old prosthetic leg in there when it was time for a new replacement. We used to love playing in the tip with the curly bits of alloy making things. Aimee once found Richard’s old plastic leg and screamed the whole place down, thinking it was a real one…What are those curly bits called?

Adrian: Swarf. Which is when you are machining aluminium it’s the excess material that the machine tool is removing, it comes off in a long curl called swarf. I remember that day very well. 

Sophie knelt to the right next to Mum, Cathy and sister, Aimee

Picture - 1995. Sophie is knelt on the right next to Mum, Cathy and sister Aimee.  Dad AKA Adrian on the top right.

Adrian: So, dish the dirt like I wouldn’t know…what’s it like working in the bike industry?

Sophie: I absolutely love it and I really don’t know what else I would be doing, or what I would want to do. It feels a very natural place for me to be…bikes are in my blood I guess. Pretty cool I get to work alongside you every day. I wish I could follow in your footsteps and design bikes but just don’t have the patience. And I love talking way too much.
Without sounding too cliché, I love the products we sell and the heritage behind Pace, and when you love something it doesn’t really feel like work as much, does it? Of course it’s hard sometimes, like at the minute we are incredibly busy fulfilling orders and not getting time to do much else but here we are writing a blog at 10pm on a Tuesday evening.

The bike industry today is very different to the industry when I started working in it 10+ years ago. A lot more brands and a lot more people riding bikes and wanting bikes. Especially in this current climate it seems everyone wants to ride and be outside, which is just great eh?
To see more Women riding and working in the industry too is just really mega. Our demographic is 90% male but I would love to get more Women ‘on the Pace’.
I used to ride on a Tuesday evening at Dalby with around 50 men, maybe a couple of Women but not many. Now I have a group of girls I get to ride with and they can ride really hard and tech stuff that some men wouldn’t even try.

Adrian: Do you ever get male customers not taking you seriously because of your sex?

Sophie: If you asked me this 5 years ago I would say daily, but it wasn’t just men who would doubt me. Now everyone – male and female take me more seriously but maybe that’s because I know what I am taking about?
I do get the odd person on the phone saying “I would like to speak to someone about a technical question please” Me: “Yeh sure how can I help?” “Are you sure??” …I just laugh it off.

Adrian: For those that don’t know what is it you do here at Pace?

Sophie: Apart from design I do pretty much everything from customer service to custom builds and everything inbetween. I mainly love sales because everyone one of our customers is excited about riding a Pace it makes me really happy been able to fulfil that for them, its like Christmas every day for them which always makes me smile.

Adrian: What bike is it you ride?

Sophie: If we had any spare, or time to build one, I would be riding the RC295 but we’re selling those faster than what we can get them made so we don’t have any unallocated stock. I also would feel bad taking one out of stock when I know we have a que of people eagerly waiting for theirs.
I am currently on the RC627 which is also a total weapon. I’ve been riding a hardtail for a few years now and I absolutely love it. It taught me to ride well again, choose lines correctly and not having a full-sus to compensate my riding. I am not saying a full-sus compensates everyone’s riding of course, but mine, definitely. Then when I do get my RC295 hopefully I’ll be flying!

Adrian: Well yes, your right. The hardtail is the perfect bike to learn riding skills and technique.

Sophie: Pre-twins I would be slinging my bike on my back and hiking up a mountain somewhere with Flange and our pals. Now I am using it to tow two little chubsters around North Yorkshire. They bloody love their bike trailer! Me, not so much now their getting heavy. I need an e-bike, do you know one you could recommend me?

Adrian: Funny you mention it, ours is on the way and will be here next week. Prototype that is.

Sophie: You can’t leave it there, tell the people what they want to hear….

Adrian: That’s your job!

Sophie: Is this a test? OK well here goes: it has a flip chip so you can run it as a mullet of 29. 78 degree seatutube angle, 63 degree headtube angle, low standover, 170 travel, coil suspension front and rear, a new motor and battery- 250 watt with a 750 watt battery (we’ve signed an Embargo so can’t say the model yet, sorry!)
Yeh total beast! As you said prototype will be here next week so once we are happy with it we will be releasing more details about availability and pricing etc. Can’t say much else until then.

Adrian: You had an e-bike when you were pregnant didn’t you?

Sophie: Yeh I borrowed Sam’s Scott at the time. Loved it, meant I could keep riding up-to 4 weeks before their birth which kept me sane. Even before I was pregnant we would do some big days out on the e-bikes, people need to change their mentality of thinking its ‘cheating’ when it isn’t at all. You still have to pedal! But you can do twice as much, more in a day then what you could normally. We rode 3 mountains in one day and if I wasn’t on the e-bike I would have just been able to do one. So why not?
And now I definitely want one for towing the girls in.
 

Adrian: Until then the steel 627 is perfect for the job.

Sophie: It is, completely solid. Comfortable too for those long days in the saddle and minimal upkeep.

Adrian: How are you finding Mum life and working?

Sophie: Seeing it as an adventure to be honest, and they definitely fit in around us. I think they are going to have a very similar childhood to the one Aimee and I had. My childhood was travelling around Europe with the big red Pace truck to events with our team and selling teeshirts in return for sweets. What a life eh! I didn’t want my life to stop when parenthood started.
Honestly, there is something pretty badass about been a ‘Twin-Mum/Dad’. But I’m not the first and certainly won’t be the last. I know many twin-mums who work and have successful careers. Infact twin-mum or not, a Mum who works too is pretty badass!
I literally had 2 weeks off work when Honey & Ivy were born, straight back to business and I did get judged from some people about that. I am pretty tough skinned though so I wouldn’t let it stop me and I do think those that judge are narrow-minded. Work keeps me sane and reminds me there is more to life than just been a parent.

But yeh, Twin-Mum life is very fun, they are entertaining and keep me very busy. Don’t get me wrong, it has its hard days but only as hard as you let it be.
Although saying that, homelife is a bit harder at the minute as Sam - my husband, works for Mitchelton Scott filming their back-stage pass stuff for Youtube. So currently he’s away filming Tour-De-France, which is 4 weeks. Then he may have to stay out there because of quarantine as he is due to go to the Giro d’iTalia straight after. So he maybe away 8.5 weeks in total.
Some days I feel like I am Superwomen working full time and looking after 1 year olds, and some days I feel like I need a gin at 11am.

Adrian: Ouff I don’t think anyone would blame you.

Sophie: Yeh I know, well to be honest he’s always worked away since we met so I am used to it. When he was home during lockdown think that was the longest time we have ever spent together. We survived, just. Hahaha kidding it was actually really cool we, well he I can’t take any credit for this; converted an extra long and extra high VW crafter into a motorhome for us. He has sprayed it in black raptor liner, it’s a total beast. He doesn’t know it yet but it will be making an appearance at our demo days next year.
 

Adrian: It’s a pretty cool thing I have to say, lots of adventures planned in it then?

Sophie: Yes lots, we go away in it most weeks even if it’s just locally and next year a big Europe trip is on the cards if Corona allows.

Adrian: So I guess your advice is to just get on with it then?

Sophie: Yeh exactly! Just get on with it. My escape is riding or running. We have a Thule jogging pram which is great for any other action Mum’s/Dad’s out there. When they are not in that, I sling them in the bike trailer which they love, and it means I can still ride.
I see Pace as my baby too. Hahaha I know it’s actually your baby but I have grown up in the business so when I am not a Mum, I work and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Adrian: The bike industry is pretty buzzing at the minute, what’s it like to be on the other side?

Sophie: Non stop, I mean it – flat out!!!! Anyone who works in the industry will get what I mean and I think every brand and shop is experiencing it.
As well as you designing such spot-on models we have sold three times more than we anticipated. Everyone wants a bike and to be outside, which is just fantastic.
But it does mean getting stock in has been challenging and there are big delays on things when normally it wouldn’t be such an issue, I’ve never known it to be this crazy, have you? Our customers are very understanding and patient as they know it’s out of our hands.

But yeh, such an exciting time for us here, Pace is growing and its come to the point where we need another premise and more staff, which will be great as I currently work from home. For those that don’t know Pace is based over in the East side, Thornton-Le-Dale. I live over in the West side near Ingleton. So we’re going to have a brand centre over this side near me and then I will have a place to go to work and leave work, at work.

Adrian: No more answering emails at 10pm at night then?

Sophie: I can still access my emails off my phone…

Adrian: Where is your favourite place to ride on your RC627?

Sophie: Probably the best place I have ever been riding is America - Utah and Colorado. I went with you and your mates and it was simply the best riding I have ever done.

Adrian: I agree with you there. Dust for days and slick rock that your bike just sticks to. Just fantastic.
 

march

24.03.2020 

PACE & COVID19

Keeping you up-to Pace with Covid19.

Despite Government guidelines allowing bicycle shops to remain open we personally feel like this is not the right thing to do.  Dalby Bike Barn, Sutton Bank Bikes and Pace shops will be closed from 24.03.2020 until further notice. We will however be still taking online orders as best we can with minimal staff. We have been reassured from Parcelforce that they are still operating for all deliveries and collections. 

We care about our staff and customers massively and therefore we're all working from separate locations. All calls are diverted but please be patient, if we are on a call to a customer you maybe diverted to voicemail. Please leave a message and we will get back intouch.  One staff member will be in the shop at a time, all other staff are working from home. 

Collections and Deliveries:

Any collections or deliveries are to be left on our door step and to notify the member of staff working that day. 

Sales and Shipping:

As it stands all services are open and available.  As of 24.03.2020 Couriers within the UK are still shipping without restriction, and are now using alternative measures to signing for items like taking photos. What we do recommend is making sure you wash your hands as soon as you receive your delivery.  You are not allowed to collect your orders from Pace directly from HQ so please respect this and be fair to our staff and families. This may change but we will monitor the situation and adjust accordingly.

As mentioned above staff regularly wash their hands already and personal hygiene is always the priority…But just to remind you - Covid19 only lasts a maximum of 12 hours outside a host meaning even if there was some small chance of infection at our end, it would be gone by the time your product reaches you.
We do recommend however washing your hands as soon as you sign for your delivery and also immediately after you have finished handling the cardboard packaging that your Pace arrives in.

Demo Days:

We are not allowing any demo rides until further notice.  

We couldn't be into a better sport than cycling if we need to stay healthy and keep away from the crowds. Keep healthy, be responsible and more importantly keep your head clear with riding your bike. 
In the mean time read this article from Singletrack Magazine on how to ride during Covid19. 

Cheers,
Sophie Flanagan
Managing Director – Pace Cycles.

march

18.03.2020 

PACE & COVID19

Keeping you up-to Pace with Covid19.

Business as normal here at Pace – with just a bit more hand washing and bumping elbows instead of knucks. At Pace HQ we’re small enough that communication is easy and all staff know that if they are concerned about how they feel then they should stay at home.

As you can imagine we have a very busy workshop and already have extensive hand washing facilities already which are used regularly.
With regards to our service to you - we are still open as normal and most of us work from home so it shouldn't interrupt our service to you, we are however the busiest we have ever been so you may experience a small delay in our replies on email. You can however chat all things Pace by calling 01751 477737, or email sophie@pacecycles.com.

Sales and Shipping:

As it stand the only place in the World we can't ship to is Italy. All services are open and available for all our products as of today including suspension/bike servicing. As of 18.03.2020 Couriers within the UK are still shipping without restriction, and most are now putting place alternative measures to signing for items like taking photos. What we do recommend is making sure you wash your hands as soon as you receive for your delivery. You can also collect your frame/parts from Pace directly but we do ask you to not shake hands with staff and wash your hands thoroughly before and after your visit, please keep your distance. This may change but we will monitor the situation and adjust accordingly.

As mentioned above staff regularly wash their hands already and personal hygiene is always the priority…But just to remind you - Covid19 only lasts a maximum of 12 hours outside a host meaning even if there was some small chance of infection at our end, it would be gone by the time your product reaches you.
We do recommend however washing your hands as soon as you sign for your delivery and also immediately after you have finished handling the cardboard packaging that your Pace arrives in.

With regards to collection from Pace please be fair to our staff and our families - if you are feeling even vaguely off - please don't visit or demo. What we cannot stress enough is that if you feel even remotely off colour, do not attend. If you know of someone in self isolation, do not attend. If you are in isolation we can send you your frame directly and building it yourself can give you something enjoyable to do.

Demo Days:

Whilst we consider it safe to do so, we will continue to run demo days and also demos at the shops. Demo days are not a large gathering and people have designated time slots to try a Pace, therefore there isn’t a huge gathering at once and with all demos been outdoors minimises the risks.

When booking your demo we will no longer be using sign on sheets on the day. When you book on the demo, we will email you with the information we require (emergency contacts and the like) so you effectively sign in online. This means we will not be able to accept walk-ins on the day you will have to book in advance. If you haven't provided this information prior to the demo, you won't be allowed to ride.

Please bring your own tools we will not be able to share them and remember to bring your own pedals. We will have hand sanitiser around but please wear gloves when handling the bikes.

At the moment these events are still going ahead, but obviously we will adjust as things change. We will be in touch if you are booked on if we need to rearrange for any reason.

If you are feeling even vaguely off - please don't attend. What we cannot stress enough is that if you feel even remotely off colour, do not attend. If you know of someone in self isolation, do not attend.

We couldn't be into a better sport than cycling if we need to stay healthy and keep away from the crowds. Keep healthy, be responsible and more importantly keep your head clear with riding your bike.

Cheers,
Sophie Flanagan
Managing Director – Pace Cycles.

PACE AND COVID19
Pace Cycles RC295
Pace Cycles RC295
Pace Cycles RC295

Visit the RC295 page here to learn more.

NOVEMBER

THE WAIT IS OVER 

ORDER YOUR RC295 NOW. 

It’s coming up to a year since we revealed our new prototype Pace RC295 and since then we’ve been putting in the hard miles, sweating the details and buffing the design for production. And now we’re ready- tooled up and fired up with the first production frame out of the mould and ready for assembly with our latest cool 2020 build kits. Like our other framesets the RC295 will now be available as an Ultimate Rolling Chassis, Factory Ultimate complete bike build (as well as a Custom Build Option) and of course a Frame only option but within that frame kit we thought that a premium product like this should come fully loaded.

RC295 Frameset
RC295 Frameset
RC295 Frameset
RC295 Frameset
RC295 Frameset

RC295 Frameset

£1,999.00

2021 RC295 full carbon frameset. Full internal routing. Carbon Rockguard under frame protection. Brass Offset bushing. Burgtec Thru Axle Boost. Hope seatclamp (colour code option). 2021 Rockshox Deluxe Ultimate RCT 210x55 Metric Factory Tuned. Invisiframe Option below. Only complete bikes available currenty.

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RC295 Ultimate Rolling Chassis

£2,939.00

2021 Ultimate rolling chassis includes: RC295 2021 full carbon frameset. Full internal routing. Carbon Rockguard under frame protection. Brass Offset bushing. Burgtec Thru Axle Boost. Hope seatclamp (colour code option). 2021 Rockshox Deluxe Ultimate RCT 210x55 Metric Factory Tuned black. 

2021 Rockshox Pike Ultimate RC2 140mm travel (150mm is optional depending on availability). Charger RC2 damper. 42mm offset, Stealth bolt thru. Black

Hope Headset - Integral - Black (unless you specify another colour). 

Wheelset: Hunt Trail wide 29" with a 30mm rim width. 

Frameset available for £1999 or complete bike from £4359 and custom builds available - please contact sophie@pacecycles.com for a quote. 

Please note we are experiencing a very high level of orders so we do ask for your patience, we are working as fast as we can to fulfil orders. 


Delivery: Around 6 weeks from date in stock, please email sophie@pacecycles.com to confirm delivery time. 

Price does not include shipping - £38 to UK address, other countries vary - please see checkout for prices. 

0% finance available and Cycleschemes available. 

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NOVEMBER

THE WAIT WAS WORTH IT 

INTRODUCING THE COMPLETE RC295 BIKE. 

Our new all-carbon RC295 represents three years of development and thirty years of carbon manufacturing heritage. It's suspension system is a refined version of our unique Pace Freefloater design first released in 2003, housed in a carbon fibre frame backed up by our experience of building thousands of carbon fibre suspension forks.

The RC295 geometry is highly evolved to compliment its 29" wheels with a low centre of gravity, roomy cockpit, steep seattube and slack headtube angle. Finish and attention to detail is typically Pace with raw carbon and easy-care deep gloss overcoat, carbon BB protector and a real world build kit designed for those who ride often and hard and appreciate tough and durable components.

Frameset £1899 | Rolling Chassis £2839 | Complete Bike £3999

0% Finance Available

Pace Cycles RC295
Pace Cycles RC295
Pace Cycles RC295

Visit the RC295 page here to learn more.

NOVEMBER

THE WAIT IS OVER 

ORDER YOUR RC295 NOW. 

It’s coming up to a year since we revealed our new prototype Pace RC295 and since then we’ve been putting in the hard miles, sweating the details and buffing the design for production. And now we’re ready- tooled up and fired up with the first production frame out of the mould and ready for assembly with our latest cool 2020 build kits. Like our other framesets the RC295 will now be available as an Ultimate Rolling Chassis, Factory Ultimate complete bike build (as well as a Custom Build Option) and of course a Frame only option but within that frame kit we thought that a premium product like this should come fully loaded.

RC295 Frameset
RC295 Frameset
RC295 Frameset
RC295 Frameset
RC295 Frameset

RC295 Frameset

£1,999.00

2021 RC295 full carbon frameset. Full internal routing. Carbon Rockguard under frame protection. Brass Offset bushing. Burgtec Thru Axle Boost. Hope seatclamp (colour code option). 2021 Rockshox Deluxe Ultimate RCT 210x55 Metric Factory Tuned. Invisiframe Option below. Only complete bikes available currenty.

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RC295 Ultimate Rolling Chassis

£2,939.00

2021 Ultimate rolling chassis includes: RC295 2021 full carbon frameset. Full internal routing. Carbon Rockguard under frame protection. Brass Offset bushing. Burgtec Thru Axle Boost. Hope seatclamp (colour code option). 2021 Rockshox Deluxe Ultimate RCT 210x55 Metric Factory Tuned black. 

2021 Rockshox Pike Ultimate RC2 140mm travel (150mm is optional depending on availability). Charger RC2 damper. 42mm offset, Stealth bolt thru. Black

Hope Headset - Integral - Black (unless you specify another colour). 

Wheelset: Hunt Trail wide 29" with a 30mm rim width. 

Frameset available for £1999 or complete bike from £4359 and custom builds available - please contact sophie@pacecycles.com for a quote. 

Please note we are experiencing a very high level of orders so we do ask for your patience, we are working as fast as we can to fulfil orders. 


Delivery: Around 6 weeks from date in stock, please email sophie@pacecycles.com to confirm delivery time. 

Price does not include shipping - £38 to UK address, other countries vary - please see checkout for prices. 

0% finance available and Cycleschemes available. 

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JUNE

WHAT THE CUSTOMERS SAY: MENNO BOON. 

EXCEPT, IT DIDN'T. 

To be fair, I wasn’t planning on buying a new frame. I was perfectly happy with my previous bike that, as the name implies, would be able to withstand a nucleair impact. Except, it didn’t. I was practicing for an Enduro in Belgium when I discovered a cracked seat tube. The bike wasn’t that old, so, off to my dealer to claim warranty. No problem, it was a warranty case and a new bike would be shipped to me as soon as possible.

Except, it didn’t.

The frame never arrived. I waited for about seven months. I bought a simple gravel bike to overcome this hiatus in MTB-ownership, and it was a lot of fun. Still is. I had a lot of contact with both dealer and manufacturer, but regardless of all the promising words and plausible explanations, still no frame. In the end, the dealer bought my frame (that I never even got to see) so I could move on.

In fact, I already had. Somewhere in the back of my mind, something told me this was the chance of converting to steel. I’d seen steel bikes around me from local frame builders and they let me ride theirs in my MTB-less months, so I’d already decided it had to happen. And a friend pointed me towards Pace. The 2019 RC529, in fact.  

Pace RC529
Pace RC529
Pace RC529

It had it all. Threaded BB. External cable routing except for the dropper post cable. ISCG-05 tabs. Nice big tire clearance. Lovely colour and choice of decals. But more important, reach for miles (I’m 1m92), a slacker head tube than my beer can frame, and a steeper seat tube angle as well.

I ordered it, the first Icelandic Blue XL frame to be shipped to Holland. Orange decals on it. Well, at least that was the plan. It came with grey decals but that was quickly sorted: Pace sent me the right ones straight away (thanks Sophie!). At least now I can say I even put on my own decals, in addition to transferring everything from my previous frame to this one.

This thing is great. The steel frame seems to filter out the vibrations you get with an aluminium hardtail, but I’m not sure if it hasn’t got something to do with the longer and slacker geometry, too. I don’t really care either, I’m smashing my PR’s both up and down and I can stay in the saddle longer. That’s all thanks to that long reach and steep seat tube angle. New bike syndrome has worn off, already, so it has to be the bike.  

Pace RC529
Pace RC529

My main training grounds are flat. That’s what you get in the middle of Holland, but I manage to get out to Belgium and Germany to do some proper trail riding too. No enduro’s yet, this year, but I’m sure my Pace will get its fair share of those in the near future.

In the mean time, I’ll sit on this Pace and love it.   

Pace RC529
Pace RC529
Pace RC529
APRIL

NEWS

DAWNRAID - BLENCATHRA, LAKE DISTRICT

Danny and Kate O'Callaghan make the most of the Easter Bank Holiday and hit the trails before any of you lot have had time to hit snooze on your alarm. 

APRIL

NEWS

PACE OWNERS WEEKEND

That’s right, 20th and 21st July 2019 based in North Yorkshire.

This is for all die-hard Pace fans who own a Pace bike. This could be owning any model from an original Pace RC100, downhill, trials or any other retro model right through to the latest generation 529 or 627 (and sorry this event does not include those who used to own a Pace bike or fork! )

This is your chance to come and meet the original and current designer and owner of Pace Cycles – Adrian Carter, ride bikes and maybe have a few beers with him and like minded people…what is there not to love?!

Itinerary:

Saturday 20th July: Meet at Sutton Bank Bikes for a brew before heading out on Adrian’s favourite trails taking in some of the finest views of North Yorkshire on fast, flowing singletrack with some more challenging bits thrown in for good measure (optional). All level of riders welcome.

Saturday evening meet up in Pickering at The No4 Bar for beers and a talk from Adrian then maybe hit the local Indian restaurant!

Sunday 21st July: Meet at Dalby Bike Barn (Thornton-Le-Dale) for a nice hangover ride up into Dalby Forest so Adrian can show you the trails he has been riding since way before Pace even started. We expect to be finished by 3ish on Sunday to give you plenty of time to head back.

Our new bikes will be there for you to try if you like but also our retro bikes from 30 years ago for you to reminisce over.

There is no charge for this event. If you are interested please book your spot by emailing  sophie@pacecycles.com or visiting the Eventbright page website by clicking here to see event times and further information. 

APRIL

What is this about?

Surely not another fad?!