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The Bilsland West Coast Delivery Service

Our very own Bilsland Wagon!

Here at Billy Bilsland Cycles we’re used to an incredibly hands on approach to providing customers with their new bikes. We love bikes, we love showing people how much we love bikes, and we like meeting and getting to know the people we are providing new bikes. Since the initial introduction of lock down restrictions, trying to maintain the same level of; experience, knowledge and advice that we thrive on providing, but through a phone or keyboard, just doesn’t offer the joy of the front shop experience that we’re so used to.

A new service that we are really excited to start offering is free delivery throughout mainland Argyll and Glasgow with the purchase of any E-Bike. And it’s not just any courier arranged delivery service – it’s our very own Bilsland Delivery wagon, manned by one of the many integral staff members based at the shop.

This means that we won’t be delivering your new e-bike in box with assembly instructions through a courier, but a fully assembled and ready to ride new e-bike by one of the Bilslanders. You’ll get to meet one of the team whom will be armed with a whole host of advice and knowledge to answer any questions you may have about your new e-bike. We will give you the full “new bike” talk; going over how to look after your bike, things to look out for, as well as double checking the fit and making sure that everything is set to the right height. We truly can’t wait to dedicate more time to our customers on New Bike Day and look forward to meeting you!

Unsure as to whether you qualify? Send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

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The History of Billy Bilsland Cycles.

Our wee shop opened in Glasgow’s east end in 1980 by Billy Bilsland, who was fresh out the pro peloton (he had since retired from his European Professional Cycling career only a couple of seasons before). Ever since then we have been a fast paced independent bike shop trying to make the world a better place, one bicycle at a time.


Who is Billy Bilsland?

Billy in his Peugeot Michelin Pro Kit.

Billy Bilsland is one of Scotland’s most decorated racing cyclists from the 60s/70s. Billy displayed talent from a young age, when he took the Scottish National 25mile Time Trial championships at only 17. As he grew older the results continued to flow in; 25 (again) and 50 mile Time Trials, Road Race, Pursuit and Grass Track National Titles. Billy really started to make his mark when he started gaining international results (whilst still being technically an ‘amateur’ on the Peugeot feeder team). These results included; stage wins in the Milk Race, Tour de l’Avenir, Peace Race, Tour of Czechoslovakia as well as competing in the 1968 Olympic Team Time Trial (finished 7th overall) and the Road Race in Mexico, where unfortunately a puncture, whilst in the winning breakaway, crushed his dreams of victory. After a stellar amateur career, Billy was finally snatched up up Peugeot Michelin in 1970. From there he moved to Europe to race professionally full time and he did not disappoint. His first season began in France, where Billy took victory in the largest prime of the night (100,000 French Francs) at the Grenoble Velodrome. During that season he also came 10th in the Tour of Lombardy and 11th in Paris Tours. Of course this was a time before the internet, so most of Billy’s results from his pro career can be found in the form of l’Equipe news paper article clippings in scrapbooks kept by his mammy. However what you can’t find in the news is what Billy claims to be one of the highlights, a handsling from his childhood cycling hero Rik Van Looy. During the rest of his 5 year professional career Billy rode the world road race championships (where he finished 14th in 1971) and the Belgian classics such as, Gent Wevelgem and Ronde van Vlaanderen. He rode for not only Peugeot BT Michelin, but also TI Raleigh, for his last two professional years, where he also raced in Spain. After handing the rains of the shop down to his son Neil, Billy spends his time racing, Pigeons that is.

Billy Bilsland and his racing pigeons.


Athlete Development

Billy and Robert Millar.

Back when Billy ran the shop he took a budding racer under his wing, Robert Millar. Millar went on to become a professional cyclist just like Billy and even wore the Polkadot jersey in the Tour de France. Robert is known today as Phillipa York and is still an active member of the racing community who has been known to commentate on recent UCI races. Since then Neil has supported many riders on their racing journeys. Highlights include Neah Evans and Finn Graham who have both gone on to win World and European titles on the track with the Great Britain Cycling Team.

Left: Neil Bilsland and Fin Graham, Right: Barry Wilson (head mechanic) and Neah Evans


Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Neil Bilsland with Team Malawi and their new Bikes.

Having the Commonwealth Games in your hometown is every athletes dream and if that wasn’t enough, the Road Race and Time Trail courses went right by our wee shop! The atmosphere on those days was electric, with all the fans and riders flooding the streets. We had a little something extra to be excited about on race day…in the lead up to the games Team Malawi brought their bikes into our shop for a pre-race service. However we did them one better, the Team’s budget for equipment was tight, so we lent the riders Cervelo Road and Time Trial bikes for the race. The riders were so grateful and lovely to work with that when they came to return their loaned bikes, we gifted the team two Genesis Volare road bikes so that the riders could continue to train and race back in Malawi. In return the team gifted us one of their race jerseys which we have displayed on the shop wall to this day. A timeless piece of Bilsland History.

Team Malawi Official Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Race Jersey


Where are we now?

Just before the initial lockdown due to COVID19 in early 2020, we announced our shop expansion. Unfortunately, over a year later, we still haven’t been able to open fully to let you all see our new space. Our location may have stayed the same, but we have almost doubled in size. After taking over the unit next door, the first thing we did was knock through the wall. Allowing us to increase our shop floor size from a mere shoe box to a place where we can actually show you our bikes in all their glory. Along with the new front of house, the mechanics have also had an upgrade, a brand new workshop. The last piece of the newly formed puzzle is our BikeFit Studio where both Ellie and Barry make sure you’re seated comfortably upon your new stead. Fear not we have still kept our shop’s character and not given in to the corporate giants. Like we mentioned above, Bilsland History is still peppered throughout the shop in the form of Billy’s 1968 Olympic Jersey, Rober Millar’s signed Polkadot jersey and Peugeot bike that he rode in the Tour along with some more recent professional jerseys, who once belonged to the likes of Peter Sagan and David Millar.


Once its safe to do so, we encourage you to come by our wee shop and have a gander at; our new space, nice bikes and of course some Bilsland History. We are always free to chat bikes.

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Spring into Stock

If you’ve been on the hunt for a new bike over the past year you’ll be well aware of the stock nightmare that the whole bike industry has been facing. Incase you’re still looking, here’s a heads up on a few of our favourites that are arriving over the next few weeks!

If you see a bike that you’ve been looking for make sure to get in touch with the shop and we can get one reserved for you!

Genesis CDA

Perhaps the most value packed gravel bike out there the CDA offers some serious bang for buck. Starting at £749.99 for the CDA 10 Shimano Claris model, this range of bikes from Genesis offers maximum versatility and capability for the money. Sturdy and reliable enough for the everyday commute while being armed with a decent enough spec to get started on gravel adventures, the CDA bikes really are a one-bike-that-does-all.

Genesis CDA 10 / 20 / 30

All models – 10, 20 and 30 – come with the same lug riddled steel fork and alloy frame combination in varying colours. They all also come with the same wheels, tyres and finishing kit, with the only difference being the choice of drivetrain (and colour obviously).

The ideal bike for starting your adventure or beginning on cycling journey!

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Cannondale Tesoro Neo

The Tesoro is an incredibly capable electric tourer armed with all of the trimmings to get you out exploring the hills in comfort and style. With a super long wheelbase, low centre of gravity, big chunky 29″ tyres and big wide handlebars, the Tesoro e-bikes provide reassuring stability by the spade load allowing you to turn off of the tarmac and explore the UKs abundance of windy fireroads with ease.

Tesoro Neo X3 Remixte / X2 / X2 Remixte

Range anxiety is a thing of the past with a big 500Wh battery on the X3 models, and Bosch’s huge new 625Wh battery on the X2 models. Both models come with powerful and low maintenance hydraulic disc brakes as well as easy to operate 1x drivetrains – one derauiller, one shifter and the ease of one hand operated gear shifting for maximum simplicity.

Available in mens and womens options the Tesoro has the option of a lower slung step through model (Remixte) for easier getting on the bike and dismounting.

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Whyte G180 Works 29ER

The G180 Works 29ER is the default choice for Whyte’s enduro race team. With 29″ wheels and 180mm front and rear travel there’s little that the G180 isn’t prepared to take on. From the toughest of DH tracks and enduro courses to grinning your ears off at your local trails, the G180 has the pedalling efficiency and rollability to help with climbing while having the heavy hitting arsenal for some serious descending.

Armed to the Teeth: Whyt’e G180 Works 29ER

DT Swiss E1700 wheelset, SRAM XO1 Eagle 12 speed gearing, Reverb dropper post, Ultimate level RockShox suspension and tubeless ready Maxxis tyres provide a proper spec list to back up the riding.

Whether serious about racing or serious about fun, the G180 Works is Whyte’s top line trail smasher that’ll never leave you outgunned.

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Whyte 600 Series Hardtails

Not quite ready for racing in the Enduro World Series for 2021 and just looking to break in to the grubby world of mountain biking? Then we may have one of Whyte’s entry level 600 series hardtails coming in, in your size. Comprised of the 603, 604 Compact and the 605, the 600 series offers a great package of a slightly higher quality that means you won’t need a replacement when you really start pushing the limits.

The Whyte 604 Compact / 603

All of Whyte’s 600 series bikes offer great value spec for getting started on shredding the trails, with their technology through the years having trickled down onto these bikes. Hydraulic brakes, 650b wheels and internal cable routing running through the range, combined with Whyte’s award winning geometry inspires confidence and grin-factor a-plenty.

With the 604 available as their compact fit and sitting with the exact same spec as the 603, the 604 provides a slightly shorter reach with it’s “compact” geometry making it ideal for shorter or female riders.

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Bikes Arriving This Month – Feb 2021


We have three Urban Hybrid bikes arriving this Feburary, 1 from Cannondale ad two from Ridgeback. Firstly we have the Cannondale Treadwell 3 which is ideal for leisure riding with your friends and family. The Treadwell features wide tyres and upright geometry which makes it super comfortable an easy to handle. We ave it available in sizes Medium as well as Large with a price point of £599.99. Secondly we have the Motion from Ridgeback, this bike is also ideal for leisure riding and even commuting as the larger wheels roll faster along with a wider range of gears making the Motion more versatile and effient than the Treadwell. However the Motion does have more of a sporty geometry making it not quite as relaxed as the Treadwell. We have this bike available in both the Standard and Open frame models, which both come in at £449.99

Ridgeback Motion Standard – Shop Now
Ridgeback Motions Step Through – Shop Now
Cannondale Treadwell 3 – Shop Now


Like ast month we have the Electron and Electron+ from Ridgeback coming in, however for Feburary we also have the Electron Di2 model arriving. The Electron range is ideal for going further on your weekend adventures or a sweat free commute. They also come spec’d with mudguards pannier racks and a kickstand, which you would normally need to buy seperatley. They are available in sizes small through to large and the range starts at a price of £1899.99. However unlike last month we have two more electric models from Cannondale due in. Firstly we have the Treadwell Neo EQ Remixte which is the same as the urban Treadwell I spoke about in the previous section, comfortable geometry, wide tyres…etc. Although there are some differences other than the obvious battery and motor this bike has a step through frame which makes this bike easier to mount and dismount and the Neo EQ also comes spec’d with luxy extras. Such as mudguards, kickstand, lights and front basket to hold all your goodies in. We have the Treadwell Neo EQ Remixte available in size large only and it comes in at a price point of £2400. Finally we have the Cannondale Tesororo Neo X2 Remixte arriving this Feburary. The Tesoro is designed for Bikepacking and cycle touring with rugged 29ner wheels and suspension fork this bike can take on rough tracks with ease. Like the Treadwell Neo Remixte the Tesoro also has a step through frame making it easy to mount and dismount and also comes spec’d with mudguards and dropper seatpost. If you want to go further on your adventures then check out the Cannondale Tesoro. We have this model available in sizes medium and large and the starting price is £3800.

Cannondale Tesoro Neo X2 – Shop Now
Cannondale Treadwell Neo EQ Remixte – Shop Now
Ridgeback Electron – Shop Now
Ridgeback Eectron+ – Shop Now
Ridgeback Electron Di2 – Shop Now


Its Cannondale central when it comes to road bikes this month, we have four model comin in. Firstly we have two Synapse Carbons, these bikes are idal for long days in the saddle with friends or chasing your PB at Sportifs. With relaxed geometry and wide tyre clearance the Synapse guarantees all day comfort. We have the Shimano 105 varient availabe in both Steah Grey and Mantis colourways, in sizes 51cm and 56cm. Which comes in at £2500. Secondly we have both men’s and women’s Supersix Evo carbon race machnes due in this Feb. Ideal blend of aero tubeshapes and lightweight materials make the sSupersix Eo the ultimate ‘do it all’ race bike. We have the Men’s Ultegra model available in sizes 54cm and 56cm whcih comes in at £3950 as well as the women’s 105 model in size 51cm at a price point of £2750.

CAnnondale Synapse Carbon Steah Grey – Shop Now
Cannondale Synapse Carbon Mantis – Shop Now
Cannondale Supersix Evo 105 – Shop Now
Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra – Shop Now


We have a whole host of Gravel bikes due in this month from Genesis and Cannondale. We have three Croix De Fer models arriving and one CDA from Genesis and three Topstone Carbons, one Topstone lefty and finally two alloy Topstones. If you’re into long distance multi day cycle tours and love a bit of steel tubing, then the Croix De Fer is the bike for you. Super robust and reliable frameset with mounts everywhere for all the bags you could ever need. However if your more of a weekend rider and commuter then the CDA could be a better option with a more affordable price point and lighter aluminium frame construction. We have Croix De Fer 10, 20 and 30 models available in sizes extra small through to medium starting at £1199.99. As for the CDA we have the 20 model available in size large wich comes in at an affordable £749.99. Now for the Topstones, if your into gravel racing and smashing your mates on weekend rides then the Topstone carbon is for you due to its minimalistic lightweight design and fast rolling tubeless 700c wheels. The carbon can also take bikepacking bags and mudguards if you wanted to do some touring as well. However if you’re hell bent on having reliability for commuting, mounts for everything and don’t have such a hefty budget then go for the Topstone Auminum. Finally if you’re really a mountain biker at heart and want to tackle the most technical paths you can find then go for the Topstone lefty as this model had Lefty suspension fork and plus 650c wheels and tyres making this model super verastile and ready to take on big bumps. The Carbon Topstone range starts at £2700 and is available in sizes extra small through to large. The Topstone alloy range starts at £1050 and is available in sizes extra small through to medium. Lastly the Topstone Carbon Lefty 3 is available in ize large and comes in at £4000.

Cannondale Topstone Carbon 4 women’s – Shop Now
Topstone Carbon 5 Purple – Shop Now
Cannondale Topstone Carbon 5 Graphite – Shop Now
Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty – Shop Now
Cannondale Topstone Aluminium 1 – Shop Now
Cannondale Topstone Aluminium 4 – Shop Now
Genesis CDA 20 – Shop Now
Genesis Croix De Fer 10 – Shop Now
Genesis Croix De fer 20 – Shop Now
Genesis Croix De Fer 30 – Shop Now

If you don’t see a particular size or model you’re after, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch as this page only shows bikes we have on order that are due for the current month, therefore your dream bike might be just around the corner!

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Bikes Arriving This Month – Jan 2021


We have both the Electron and Electron+ from Ridgeback due in this month which are ideal for making your commute sweat free or general leisure riding. Low step frame and upright riding position make both the Electrons very user friendly and offer a comfortable ride. These bikes are available in sizes small through to large with a starting price of £1899.99. The main difference between the Electron and Electron+ is the drive system and therefore the range. The Electron is a more affordable bike however, is only built to last 65km, the Electron+ on the other hand is a little bit more pricey but you do get up to 125km of range.

Ridgeback Electron
Ridgeback Electron – Shop Now
Ridgeback Electron+ – Shop Now


If you are a regular follower of our shop then you’ll know that we can’t get enough of the Cannondale Topstone. So at no surprise we have two models due in this January, Topstone carbon Lefty 3 and Topstone carbon 5. Both these bikes are ideal for Bikepacking, gravel racing and gravel riding with your mates. We have the Lefty available in sizes extra-small and small which is coming in at £3499.99. If you’re looking for something with a bit less comfort but more speed then check out the Carbon 5 which we have available in sizes small and medium, price point £2299.99.

Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty 3 – Shop Now
Cannondale Topstone Carbon 5 – Shop Now


Unfortunately we are struggling to get our hands on some mountain bikes at this time, therefore we only have one bike due this January, the Cannondale Trail 7 hardtail. This bike is ideal for singletrack riding and trail centers. We have this modle available in an extra small as well as a large at an affordable price point of £479.99.

Cannondale Trail 7 – Shop Now

Hybrid Bikes

We have three hybrid models coming in this January, of which the first two are from Ridgeback. The Motion is ideal for commuting and urban leisure riding, it is available in both a low step frame model and a standard frame making it suitable for a wide range of riders. This bike is coming in at £449.99 in sizes ranging from 15″ through to 21″. On top of all that we also have the Cannondale Quick Women’s 5 arriving this month which is also a low step frame. The Quick is ideal for the same riding styles but does have upgraded components. The most noticable would be the disc brakes which offer maximum stopping power in all conditions. Due to this the Cannondale Quick 5 does come in at a slightly steeper price point of £549.99, we have this available in size medium only.

Ridgeback Motion Standard – Shop Now
Ridgeback Motion Low Step – Shop Now
Cannondale Quick 5 Women’s – Shop Now

Endurance Road Bikes

We have recently taken a new brand into the shop, LOOK bikes. If you’re looking for the perfect belnd of style, performance and quality then LOOK is the brand for you! The 765 Optimum Plus is the perfect ‘do it all’ road bike, from long days in the saddle to light off road paths the 765 Optimum Plus has you covered. We have this bike available in two models, Shimano Ultegra and Shimano 105 and they start at £2490.00.

LOOK 765 Optimum Plus 105 – Shop Now
LOOK 765 Optimum Plus Ultegra – Shop Now

Aero Road Bikes

We have a couple more new LOOK bikes arriving in January, the 795 Blade and 795 Blade RS. Now this is the ultimate speed machine designed to win at all costs, therefore ideal for smashing your mates on the club run or achieving your racing goals. We have the 795 Blade Shimano Ultergra available in size Large which is coming in at £3800.00. However if it’s the absolute pinnacle you’re after then the 795 Blade RS is for you. RS models from LOOK have superior carbon frame layup which offers better ride quality, stiffness and comfort. However this does come at a price of £7150.00 for the Shimano Ultegra Di2 model, although our head mechanic Barry has been riding one for the past year and says its worth every penny.

LOOK 795 Blade Ultegra – Shop Now
LOOK 795 Blade RS Ultegra Di2 – Shop Now

Lightweight Road Bikes

We have four lightweight road bikes due this January, two from Cannondale and two from LOOK. Lightweight road bikes are ideal for long days in the saddle and of course climbing hills. First up we have the Cannondale Supersix Evo which is a classic in terms of high end lightweight road bikes, it even won BikeRadar’s Bike of the Year award in 2020. We have both the Shimano 105 and Shimano Ultegra models coming in, which start at £2499.99 and are available in sizes 51cm through to 56cm. Lastly, we have both the LOOK 785 Huez and LOOK 785 Huez RS models due in. If you’re pure alpine climber and willing to sacrafice a bit of aero capability then the Huez is the bike for you. LOOK as a brand have a heritage of race winning results and this bike certainly lives up to that. We have the 785 Huez with Shimano Ultegra groupset available in sizes small and medium which is coming in at £3190.00. If you are after the best of the best then go for the 785 Huez RS with upgraded carbon frame layup making this bike handle like a dream. We have the 785 Huez RS with Shimano Ultegra groupset available in sizes extra small through to large, which is coming in at £4750.00.

Cannondale Supersix Evo 105 – Shop Now
Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra – Shop Now
LOOK 785 Huez Ultegra – Shop Now
LOOK 785 Huez RS Ultegra – Shop Now

If you don’t see a particular size or model you’re after, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch as this page only shows bikes we have on order that are due for the current month, therefore your dream bike might be just around the corner!