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
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,
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
to Europe to race professionally full time and he did not disappoint. His first season began in France,
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
before the internet, so most of Billy's results from his pro career can be found in the form of l'Equipe
paper article clippings in scrapbooks kept by his mammy.
What you can't find in the news is what Billy claims to be one of the highlights, a handsling from his
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
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 reins of the shop down to his son Neil, Billy spends his time racing,
Pigeons that is.
Billy and Robert Millar.
Left: Neil Bilsland and Fin Graham, Right: Barry Wilson (head mechanic) and Neah Evans
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
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
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games..
Billy's son and shop owner Neil with Team Malawi and their new Bikes.
Team Malawi Official Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Race Jersey
Having the Commonwealth Games in your hometown is every athletes dream and if that wasn't enough, the Road
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
something extra to be excited about on race day...in the lead up to the games Team Malawi brought their
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
and Time Trial bikes for the race. The riders were so grateful and lovely to work with that when they came
return their loaned bikes, we gifted the team two Genesis Volare road bikes so that the riders could
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.
timeless piece of Bilsland History.
The pResent, and future..
We have recently completed our expansion into the adjacent unit at 174 Saltmarket, almost doubling our
Along with the new front of house, the mechanics have also had an upgrade in the form of a brand new
Our busy workshop offers repairs and many levels of servicing, from a puncture repair to a full strip and
The last piece of the newly formed puzzle is our BikeFit Studio where Barry can make sure you're seated
comfortably upon your new stead.
We have managed to retain all of the charm of the previous shop, but with more space to display those bikes
Bilsland History is still peppered throughout the shop in the form of Billy's 1968 Olympic Jersey, Robert
Millar's signed Polkadot jersey and Peugeot bike that he rode in the Tour, along with some more recent
professional jerseys belonging to the likes of Peter Sagan and David Millar.
The business is now owned and run by Billy's son Neil, backed up with a team of 12 passionate cyclists
many disciplines. We are experts in all kinds of bicycles; road, mountain, gravel, e-bikes and kids bikes.
We are also more than a bricks and mortar store, and during the last 2 years have invested significantly in
ecommerce and logistics departments, culminating in a thriving website delivering bikes and accessories to
corner of the British Isles. The very one you are on right now.
We haven't forgotten our roots though, you can still pick up the phone and call 0141 552 0841 or 0141 552
and one of us will be delighted to chat bikes with you.