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Why even coronavirus couldn't put the brakes on the Northern Ireland developed £5,000 bicycle

A Co Down couple who created a bespoke bike just as the virus reached here have seen their sales flourish throughout the UK and Europe, writes Stephanie Bell

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New invention: Alastair and Julie Beckett with son Josh, daughter Emily and their new bike

New invention: Alastair and Julie Beckett with son Josh, daughter Emily and their new bike

All aboard: Alastair and Julie with their custom-made bike

All aboard: Alastair and Julie with their custom-made bike

Testing the bike out on the roads before production

Testing the bike out on the roads before production

New invention: Alastair and Julie Beckett with son Josh, daughter Emily and their new bike

The coronavirus pandemic may have caused economic havoc worldwide but it had unexpected benefits for a Northern Ireland husband and wife who were just about to launch their unique bicycle when lockdown was announced.

While they feared this could ruin their dream business idea which had been three years in the planning, instead it sparked increased interest in cycling as a permitted form of exercise.

And with their design making their cycle equally at home on or off-road it had immediate appeal to the more serious cyclists as well as those looking for something new.