World's Oldest Bike Shop to Close

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      Howes of Cambridge, opened in 1840 as a wheel-wrights, will close at the end of the month. Charles Darwin was a customer.

      John Howes & Sons was founded on Regent Street, Cambridge, in 1840, originally as a coach-builder and wheel-wrights. It’s the world’s oldest bike shop.

      Howes told the Cambridge Evening News there would no chance of the Howes Cycles name continuing: “If your surname is not Howes then you are not taking over.”

      The shop is closing because Michael and Pat Howes wish to retire. It’s not closing down because of competition from the internet, it’s not a ‘survival of the fittest’ thing.

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      Must not have had any kids that wanted to step up to the plate. Sucks to see something that has been around that long go out of business. I do like that they are selling out their name. I think that is pretty cool.

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      Bummer that they are closing, but I understand the wanting to retire thing. Not many places can say Charles Darwin was a customer.

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