JT Cycles has been at the forefront of the bicycle industry in Adelaide since it opened it’s first shop at Kilkenny on the 28th February 1976. In some form or another the JT Cycles brand has evolved from it’s previous 26 stores that have opened and closed at various times throughout those years around the city and suburbs of Adelaide.
It’s original owner ‘Des Pearce – a Findon Skid Kid and State Champion boxer in bantam and featherweight divisions between 1969 and 1971, honed his skills in the cycling trade after being taught how to build wheels in his mid 20’s.
He soon moved into business for himself though while juggling other work in installation, a busy family life and continuing with his love of bicycle racing in the form of BMX and Cycle Speedway. Des formed Australia’s first true BMX brand ‘Supa Roo’ in the early 80’s and created the ultimate team with Australia’s top riders dominating races around the country.
By the mid 80’s JT Cycles was a registered company with 6 stores open and going strongly. The JT name itself was a creation resulting from two State BMX champions first names who rode in the Supa Roo team, one being Des’ son ‘Joffre Pearce’ and the other ‘Trevor Sheppard’.
Olympic Gold Medallist ‘Brett Aitken’ (pictured below) is now a partner/Director of the business and is leading the JT crew into the future. While his glory days are over Brett is still a competitive force on the local scene having won four out of the last six criterium series here in Adelaide.
Without a doubt though our biggest asset is our highly credentialled staff who are the very best in the business when it comes to servicing your cycling needs.
JT Cycles still stands as a leading retailer in the industry and prides itself on the backing of creditable companies like Specialized & Giant.