“The idea to start Reid came about in 2008 after I went to buy a bike to get some exercise and was shocked at the price I was quoted in a number of bike shops. This got me thinking about creating my own brand of bikes that were high quality, looked great and most importantly was great value, to get more people cycling. I figured if I was shocked at how expensive bikes are, there must be a lot of similar minded people out there that also wanted a better option.” – James Reid, Founder.
From this Reid was born. Imagine back in 2009, you wanted a bike and one of your mates told you – there is this guy called James selling brand new bikes from his garage for a couple hundred bucks. Of course, you would check it out – and you would end up testing a bike on the nearby lane. At times, there would be more than 20 people riding up and down that lane and most of them bought a bike! These original Reid bikes sold like hotcakes and there was a waiting list for the next shipment with customers happy to wait to grab one.
In 2012 Reid had catapulted into one of Australia’s leading bicycle brands with stores in all the major cities. A young Rob Akam and his girlfriend at the time (now wife) had left their home of Bournemouth England to travel Australia. Soon into there travels Rob wanted to pursue his passion and previous experience with bikes and applied for a job at Reid. Rob and James clicked in an instant with the same passion and vision for delivering a great product at a great price, within a year Rob was General manager of all stores.
Missing their families Rob and Helen decided to move back to England late 2014, however, Rob decided to bring the Reid brand with him and tempt his vision for making Reid international. Starting on his own in a small office above a dance studio, Rob’s passion and dedication for the brand alongside James’s continuous support has grown the brand from a household brand in Australia to an Internationally recognised brand in over 20 countries. Still with the same taste for disruption, passion for making great quality bikes accessible to everyone and a small dedicated team, Reid continues to carry the initial vision set out by James Reid, across the world.
Freedom to move.
We’re Reid. We believe that on two wheels, so much more can happen in life. Reid is for everyone united by a desire to do things differently. Whether about town, commuting to your city job, climbing the winding country roads, or bombing down a coarse mountain incline, we’re here to give you everything you need to get out there and explore your freedom the way you want to.
For Reid, freedom is key. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’re into, whether you ride for fun, or enjoy getting technical. It doesn’t matter if you cruise, commute or carve your way down the mountainside. What matters is your freedom to move.
Go where you want. On your terms. At your pace. To your beat.
At Reid, we believe that the freedom to move is for everyone. That’s why we speak cross-category. It’s why we offer products across a range of prices, at incredibly competitive rates. It’s why we don’t claim to be better, we claim to be different; we’re all in this together, because together, we can accomplish more. The sky is the limit. The possibilities are endless and nothing is impossible.
When life is experienced on two wheels, we become healthier, more mindful, more focused people. So our job is to help them realise; to inspire, motivate and empower people to get out of the car, onto their bike and into the open world beyond. We see this as an opportunity to set an example; to show the world that sustainable, economical and human aren’t mutually exclusive with performance, beautiful design and the Reid Rider lifestyle.
We speak to commuters, nature-lovers, bike enthusiasts, socialites, athletes to name just a few. Each and every one of these people could know more about how their cycling lifestyle — whatever form that takes — affects the world around them, the people that live in it, and the way their involvement and investment can change things for the better. Which is precisely why we educate them, through our words, films, pictures and the standards we set in the industry.
To facilitate people’s freedom by bike across the world.
We offer no barriers to this kind of freedom, meaning we keep costs down, as the joy of cycling and being free should be accessible to
everyone. We design and manufacture premium quality, affordable bikes for every kind of rider: novice to experienced, casual to obsessive, style-conscious to technically-minded
We’re here to give everyone freedom to move to their beat on two wheels, because it’s better for the planet and better for the people.
The #Reidbikes Community
Everyone has the basic right to move from a place of stuckness to a place of empowerment and our community is no different. This is about more than bikes and cycling, it’s about the self-belief that change, movement, and freedom is possible, no matter how tough things can sometimes seem.
When someone decides that something in their life needs to shift, Reid is there to support them — whether it’s as simple as needing a bike, to biking for a good cause, to practising mindfulness on bikes. Each turn of the wheel is a chance to see things differently, to champion something new, to change the world one hill, cruise, commute and gear-shift at a time.
The Reid community now spans internationally, over 6 continents and over 20 countries. Get involved in the Reid community online by joining the conversation our Facebook and Instagram, #reidbikes to grab our attention and for your chance to be featured on our Insta feed and blog!
Our Founders and Directors
This has been an amazing journey for Reid, but through it all, our passion for bringing well designed, high-quality bikes to people remains. For us, riding bikes makes the world a better place to be.
Find out more about the people who helped make Reid happen, our Directors, below:
Founder & Managing Director
Reid Cycles Australia
Reid remains a family owned and run business. James is a hands on Director and works across all aspects of the operation, side-by-side with the team to ensure the business continues to grow domestically within Australia and around the world. James is a passionate entrepreneur who loves seeing new products and projects come to life that helps our customers.
Reid Bikes International
Rob has been integral to the success of Reid, guiding the growth of the business from an Australian based retailer to global bike brand with distributors around the world. Previously the GM in Australia, Rob now heads up all International activities of the business from our International Head Office in Bournemouth, England.