MC Ellis prefers CycloPlus - The Experts in Bike Parts

CycloPlus Dealer Tour

Episode 1

 

#WeVisit MC Ellis Fietse, Beaufort West

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Walking into MC Ellis Fietse is like walking back in time, to an era when ostrich feathers were in vogue and four-legged horsepower reigned supreme.

 

Constructed in 1899, the building was originally a general dealer with a tailor housed upstairs. Tim Ellis' oupa bought the building in 1934 and turned it into a fiets winkel. Three generations later and the Ellis family are still large and in charge in Beaufort West.

 

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It was fascinating hearing about the 100 year+ history of the shop, which is filled to the brim with an assortment of parts that are equally as old!

 

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Casually hanging from the ceiling, this museum worthy 'dik-wiel' below dates back to the 1880s ... it's wooden rims and drive shaft drivetrain are truly remarkable.

 

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With all the modern day hype around shiny new carbon bikes with flashy paint jobs and feather-light parts, venturing through the shop's greasy shelves and workbenches is a truly refreshing experience.

 

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This is a part of our industry that rarely receives attention, but when one scratches beneath the surface there are incredible stories to be found.

 

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When looking at the bikes in the shop, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that tyres and tubes are fast movers ... the unforgiving Karoo roads certainly take their toll on local commuters.

 

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Meneer Ellis and his mechanic, George are firm believers in Cycloplus' quality and chose it for its extensive range. From brake cables to ball bearings, CycloPlus provides dealers with a complete solution.

 

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Commissioned by Rush Sports.




12 Comments

shaper, May 23 2018 07:45

Cool shop from a bygone era!!  Be worth wandering around there some day if am passing through

Mongoose!, May 23 2018 07:56

excellent photography

NickGM, May 23 2018 08:34

From the first photo I wasn't sure which one was Mr Ellis until I read "large and in charge". 

 

Great photos and idea. Keep it coming!

pietas, May 23 2018 09:22

I grew up with a fietswinkel like this. 

TheJ, May 23 2018 10:07

That's awesome. Would love to be able to support them.

Odinson, May 23 2018 02:00

John Goodman runs a bike shop?!

Sepia, May 23 2018 06:40

When next in the area.......great stuff!

ABrooks, May 23 2018 07:37

If I remember correctly I got my first mountain bike from him when I was young, he used to fix all the problems we as children caused "trying" to fix our own bikes.

Schnavel, May 24 2018 08:53

Awesome old shop - but how the hell do you find anything in there? That place is an absolute mess!

TiggerT, May 26 2018 07:50

Don't worry he knows where everything is... I have tested this on several occasions.

BikeHub Plus, May 30 2018 03:16

so next time on the N1, this will be visited!

Bibi, May 30 2018 04:25

Gotta visit Nils at Woodstock Cycleworks too