Redhill cycle shop rescues hen trip to Paris
A BIKING bride's cycling hen weekend to Paris was put back on track by staff at a Redhill shop.
Laura Boyd, 32, of Old Street, London, was en route to Paris, via Newhaven, when she began to have problems with her bicycle.
But C&N Cycles, in Station Road, came to her rescue.
She told the Mirror: "We had an unplanned pit stop in Redhill.
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"I was having real problems with my handlebar grips and my tyres. To be honest, we hadn't pumped them up before we set off.
"The way things were, we couldn't have gone on. The Saturday [June 2] was the first day of our three-day cycling trip – we'd left Marble Arch that morning and were heading for the Arc de Triomphe.
"I was dressed appropriately for cycling – I had a helmet on with a veil. And a garlic string necklace, and my bike was a little old. But the staff at C&N Cycles were lovely. When we told them what we were up to, they fixed up our bikes for free.
"They kept us on track for Paris. Without their help we could never have got there, and my hen weekend wouldn't have taken place so I'd just like to say thank you."
She added: "I wasn't worried about getting a few bumps or bruises ahead of the wedding – even if I had fallen off and got a black eye it would have made a good talking point."
Damian Pittock, who owns the cycle shop, said he was happy to help the damsels in distress.
He added: "When they came in you could tell straightaway from the unusual way they were dressed that something was up.
"I was surprised when Laura told me they were cycling to Paris – the grips were falling off her bike and the tyres on her bike and her friends' were all flat – and they were carrying a really heavy load.
"She was on a mountain bike with smooth tyres. To be honest, for a trip like that I would have wanted something more lightweight – a road bike.
"But given it was her hen weekend we were delighted to lend a hand – I hope the wedding was a success."
Sales assistant Jessica Ferry added: "I thought it was a great idea. But I would want to check my tyres and get the bike serviced before I set out."
Laura is currently on honeymoon in South East Asia, having married on Saturday.