Sam Gibbons runs Cycle Factory, a very cool bike shop just over the hill from Northern Grip HQ in Todmorden gulch.


Sam Gibbons.



Day job?

Day to day running Cycle Factory in Todmorden.

What was your first mountain bike?

Raleigh Avanti 1988 blue/white fade.

What is your favourite album or artist?

Anything US House from 1996 to now.

What was the best gig you’ve been to?

Barbara Tucker – South Beach – WMC 2005.

What’s your current tipple of choice?

Black tea 🙂

Why do you ride bikes?

I was drawn to two wheels when I was two years old… I’ve never looked back! Motocross and mountain bikes.

What are you looking for to at this year’s Northern Grip?

Hopefully nice weather [that’s cursed it – Ed] and a good vibe.

What stuff will Cycle Factory be bringing to Northern Grip?

Orange demo bikes. Maybe some Endura, Burgtec, Evil, Nukeproof ARD inserts… and a few bargains of course 🙂

What else, besides bikes, are you interested in?

Old rally cars. Supercross. Motocross. (bikes again, sorry!). I used to produce music and DJ. Fender Rhodes pianos. Clay pigeon shooting. Snowboarding. Film making. Engineering… too many interests!

Got your Northern Grip tickets yet?