City cyclist dies after picking up his new bike

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A cycle ride is being planned in memory of a Sheffield garage owner who died after being in collision with a car in the Peak District.

John Parkin, aged 42, was on his first run on a new bike when he was involved in a crash in Bamford.

He had just bought it from Langsett Cycles in Infirmary Road, and shop owner Andrew Elston is aiming to organise the tribute in aid of charity, possibly the air ambulance service. “I think we’ll have the ride on the Tour-de-France route in his memory,” said Andrew.

John, who owned and ran the Body Shop car repair business in Rutland Road, had ordered a new Italian high-spec bike after reviving his interest in the sport.

“He had lost a bit of weight and was getting all the benefits,” said Andrew. “But he said he wasn’t going to pick up the new bike until the weather was right.”

He collected it on the warmest day of the year, May 2, and was in collision with a Toyota Starlet in Bamford. He died in the Northern General Hospital. An inquest will be held.

John’s brother, Andy Barratt, said John cycled for much of his life, both on and off road. “He was extremely competent.” He described him as “an extremely well-liked person”.

John, who lived in Westfield, leaves a wife, Karen, and son, James. The funeral is at Eckington Church next Wednesday at 1pm.

Andrew said John called in regularly for coffee. “He was a friend more than a customer in the end. We have to do something for him.”

The Tour de France is in Sheffield in summer 2014. The tribute ride could be this year.