Aug 6 2010 by Julie Watt, Dumfries Standard Friday
THE well-known Kirkpatrick Cycles shop on Queen Street in Dumfries is changing hands.
Bob Forteath who has owned the bike shop for more than 30 years is handing over the keys to Ross Anderson of Closeburn.
Ross who also owns, Andersons Bikes at Kirkpatrick Bridge near Closeburn, has been fixing bikes since he was 14 years old.
He is determined to keep the store the same.
He said: “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Kirkpatrick Cycles is a fantastic shop that sells a variety of bikes to suit people of all ages, whether it is a new or refurbished bike. I want to carry on the success of the shop so it will be business as usual.”
Kirkpatrick Cycles has enjoyed many years of success in Dumfries. It first opened on the Whitesands by Adam Kirkpatrick in 1895 with his son soon taking over. It was sold to Mr Forteath in 1978 and five years later he relocated to Queen Street.
One of the reasons he kept the name Kirkpatrick was because the bicycle was invented by Kirkpatrick Macmillan of Keir near Thornhill.
Ross added: “There is some great history behind Kirkpatrick Cycles and I am delighted to be taking over the business. I am keen to keep things the same and don’t plan on making any changes. Instead I will be focussing on selling a wide variety of cycles.
“As well as selling new cycles, there is also a selection of refurbished bikes to choose from which have all been fully safety checked.”
If you would like to see for yourself why not pop along to 13-15 Queen Street or phone Ross on (01387) 254011.
You can also visit andersonsbikes.com or www.k-cycles.com.