Temple Cycles was started by Matt while he studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. Growing up, he was transfixed by the joys of all things two-wheeled, and spent countless weekends out and about in the Somerset countryside, riding all sorts of bikes in a variety of ways. Along the way, he developed his skills and understanding of these majestic machines.
In 2012, he started a classic bicycle restoration business, working with vintages from the 60’s through to the 80’s. He built a love for the timeless qualities of these bikes, and their hardy yet elegant nature. In 2014 he realised the potential for creating something from scratch. He set off to design the perfect bike, combining what he loves about vintage bikes, with the advances in materials, manufacturing and technology that have since filtered into the bike world.
By early 2015, after an intensive design and prototyping phase, Temple was ready to launch its first two models. These were the Classic and Step Through Lightweights, which we still produce. To build awareness of Temple, he travelled the country far and wide, setting up pop-up shops, meeting hundreds of people and taking dozens of orders before returning to his workshop in Somerset to build them.
At the end of the year, it was clear that he needed a bigger space. The workshop moved to Bristol and that is where we remain today. Since then, we have expanded our lineup, grown the team, and now sell our bikes internationally. We’ve built a reputation for exceptional products and outstanding service, yet nothing makes us prouder than seeing our bikes out in the wild.