Our History - 1970's
Renowned motorcycle racer Roy Jervis opened his motorcycle shop in the 1950's on the corner of Chapel Street and Havelock Street in Ripley and ran it until the 1960's when it was bought by Campian Bros. who were motorcycle wholesalers. A group of local motorcycle enthusiasts, Graham Clifton, Pete Clifton and Father and son Joe and John Walker, bought the business in 1974.
The business was changed to Roy Jervis & Co Ltd in 1977 and Graham's lifelong friend, John (Charlie) Bamford purchased the Walker's shares. In 1978 the shop moved further up Chapel Street near the then Midland bank and was run by Graham Clifton while Charlie pursued his other business interests.
The Company had been sponsoring Shaun Balls in schoolboy motocross events and Shaun joined Graham to work at the shop in 1983 when he left school. Shaun continued to ride motocross and latterly Road Racing events with some success winning local and national championships.
Shaun became a Director in the late 80's taking over from Charlie Bamford to allow him to concentrate on his clothing business.
Cycle's starting appearing alongside motorcycles in the late 80's, first the odd BMX at Xmas and then, with the advent of Mountain Bikes, more and more cycles were stocked and sold over the next few years and the Company moved into cycle servicing and repairs in addition to motorcycles, gaining the title of Shimano Service Centre.
Tragically, Graham became ill with a brain tumour and, despite several operations, he lost his six year fight against the cancer in 1995 leaving a massive hole in the lives of his wife Linda and his many friends.
Ian Bax had been a friend of Grahams since the late 70's and resigned his position with HSBC to join Shaun as a Director in 1995 shortly before Graham's death.
The New Millenium
By 2002 the Company had outgrown its premises and so purchased what was Finistere House on Chapel Street, a large property encompassing three retail outlets, an insurance company and a wholesale company at the rear of the property. Six months of work were undertaken and the building was transformed into one retail outlet and renamed The Bike Shop.
Visitors to The Bike Shop are met by a large ground floor showroom filled with new and late, low mileage motorcycles and scooters, motorcycle and cycle clothing, accessories and spares. A large counter area is staffed by knowledgeable enthusiasts who can help answer any questions.
2016 saw the Completion of a brand new two storey building at the rear of the shop encompassing a 2500 sq ft Showroom with bike storage and photo studio below. The new showroom not only is home to our Sales Manager but also has space for some 50 second hand bikes displayed in great surroundings.
The first floor of the main shop is made up of three showroom areas housing loads of cycles for all tastes, ages and pockets.
Behind the scenes are motorcycle and cycle workshops, MOT bay, tyre fitting bay, stores, and secure parking and customer facilities.
15 years on and Roy Jervis & Co Ltd now employ eight full time staff, all keen motorcyclists and cyclists, and they have earned a reputation as the premier two wheel centre in the area and the UK - their tag line "Two Wheels Are Our Business" well describes the scope of their business today.
Whilst scooters and cycles still form an important part of the business the Company has, over the last 5 or 6 years, started to specialise in very clean, very low mileage motorcycles of all sizes and makes and has gained a reputation throughout the UK as a provider of excellent motorcycles.
The Company is constantly striving to ensure that they give the best professional service possible at a price that is affordable - the internet has meant that new skills and processes have to be learnt and adopted with bike sales being made throughout the world.
Despite its "Global" market Roy Jervis & Co Ltd still feel very much a local business and are proud to be one of the longest surviving businesses in the town - testament to the hard work and dedication of all involved.
The Current Line Up
- Directors - Shaun Balls & Ian "Biddy" Bax
- Sales Manager - Jon Batterham
- Shop Manager - Tom Longdon
- Motorcycle Technicians - Alex Redfern & Dan Bullin
- Cycle Manager - Steve