Thorn / St John Street Cycles
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About Thorn:

Over the past 14 years St John Street Cycles has evolved from a small shop supplying and maintaining cycles for the local population into a large business catering for the discerning UK (and increasingly global) touring and tandem market. The driving force behind this expansion into excellence is Robin Thorn. Robin was born into a cycling family and developed a keen mechanical sympathy at an early age. His present success is due to hard work, ethical trading and, above all, the ability to surround himself with a talented, intelligent workforce, numbering almost 30, every member of which is a dedicated cyclist. We have a no-BS approach to advice which might occasionally offend but which most people find refreshing to experience in the cycle trade. We also administer a refund scheme which we are justifiably proud of.

Problems transporting your machine?

We can supply either a custom frame, Audax, Expedition, Discovery, Vitesse or 853 Discovery fitted with S and S Bicycle Torque Couplings. These extreme high quality USA-manufactured items enable any cycle or tandem(!) to be packed into a 26x26x10 inch case for easy transport with NO LOSS OF PERFORMANCE. For example, an Audax bike with S&S couplings weighs just 7oz more.
Trains, planes and small cars need never be a problem again.

Introducing the Thorn range

We are the largest retailer of quality touring cycles in the UK and possibly the largest retailer of tandems IN THE WORLD, having sold thousands of such machines. Our experience is that there are several types of desirable touring solo cycles and tandems which, unfortunately, the large manufacturers do not produce. Until now these cycles had to be ordered from custom builders at vast expense. We have decided to manufacture them ourselves and are therefore proud to introduce:



We guarantee your satisfaction

Talk to us, have us build you a "Thorn" and if you contact us within 1 week of delivery and tell us that you don't wish to keep it for any reason we will arrange to have it collected and refund you in full, providing that you have not damaged the machine*. (If due to unforeseen circumstances you are unable to ride the cycle during the first week, contact us and we are likely to extend the period). Lifetime Warranty on Frame and Forks ........... 12 months Warranty on Components

As you can see we really can "Guarantee Your Satisfaction"

* = UK only

Some customer feedback regarding their bikes:

... thank you for putting together our Discovery - we are dead pleased with it. It is even better than we thought it would be. Mr R, Ms J, Lincoln

Just to let you know how pleased we’ve been with our tandem. We are currently touring Brittany, fully laden and the bike handles perfectly. Mr H, Ms P, Hereford

It is a Rolls Royce of a bike - and makes every other bike look like a tin can on wheels. Ms P, Lewes

Products and services available utilizing BTCs.

We sell frames and complete bicycles.

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Custom frames

Retrofitting services

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Contact Information

Thorn / St John Street Cycles
91-93 St John Street
Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5HX, England

Phone, local: 01278-423632
Phone, international: +44 (0) 1278 423632
Fax: +44 (0) 1278 431107

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