Islabikes | A Bike Company With Active Imaginations

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Islabikes started back in 2006, when it was based in the corner of a cowshed. It grew into larger premises, and has recently grown again, into what might well be mistaken for a really big cowshed. Hannah went to chew the cud with some of the staff that work there in order to find out what they’re doing that needs so much space.

I’m always surprised when I hear of parents saying ‘I’d never heard of Islabikes’. But if you head to any bike shop, you’re not going to see them on display, as they’re only available directly from the Shropshire HQ, or second (or third, or fourth, or fifth…) hand. Such is the popularity and longevity of their children’s bikes that there is a Facebook Group specifically for the buying and selling of pre loved models.

One big new cowshed

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Hannah’s travel costs were covered by Islabikes.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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