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London's best bike shops

Need to buy bike accessories or get a puncture fixed? Check out London's best cycle shops

Luke Webber

Whether you’re a beginner commuter or a seasoned roadster, there’s a growing number of independent bike shops in London that are happy to come to the rescue – from fixing that custom two-wheeler to teaching you how to do it yourself. (But our own video explains how to fix your bike puncture in five minutes!) Here are some of our favourite specialists.

Bikefix

Lamb's Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LJ

If you're looking for a machine that'll make fellow cyclists stop and stare, or need a three-wheeler to take your ice-cream business into the parks, head for Bikefix. The fantastically quirky and original selection of bikes includes utility models, recumbents and folding bikes – the recumbent style is significantly more aerodynamic as well as eye catching.

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Brick Lane Bikes

Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6DG

Fixed-wheel and single-speed bikes have become essential urban-hipster accessories in recent years, and you'll find a wide selection at Brick Lane Bikes. The stock includes their own BLB range of pre-built ready-to-go setups, but the kit that gets die-hards drooling will be hanging above your head: new frames from esteemed Leeds firm Bob Jackson, plus a variety of vintage track and road frames (Cinelli, Leader) in most shapes and sizes, all of which can be built to order.

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Brixton Cycles

Brixton Cycles

Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9TN

A Brixton fixture since the 1980s, this co-operative offers a fine range of bicycles and a well-regarded workshop. Bikes from Trek and Specialized keep commuters happy, as do the Bromptons. The workshop can also undertake custom-builds, including fixed-wheel and single-speed machines. It provides a daily on-the-spot repair service in the first hour of opening, otherwise you'll need to book, up to a month in advance.

Condor Cycles

49-53 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8PP

The USP of this family-run London legend, in business since 1948 and still in excellent health, is its own range of road bikes, built to order on a bespoke basis. Having chosen a model, prospective purchasers are propped on a fitting jig and measured for the correct frame and components, with clued-up staff adding appropriate parts according to the buyer's budget.

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Cyclecare Kensington

54 Earl’s Court Road, W8 6EJ

This tiny, no-frills shop off High Street Kensington is a reliable go-to for Westside riders. Cyclecare Kensington sells custom builds, Bromptons and Dawes bikes, but they also offer services and repairs at costs that are surprisingly reasonable, given the area. There’s a basic range of accessories for sale including lights, pannier frames and helmets and if you’re ever in a jam, ask for Simon – he’s one of the lovely mechanics who can deal with drop-ins (although they do appreciate a bit of notice).

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Fitzrovia Bicycles

136-138 New Cavendish Street, W1W 6YD

Conveniently based in Central London, Fitzrovia Bicycles is an independent shop where you can find down-to-earth mechanics that really know their stuff. Services, repairs and custom builds are available at reasonable prices, and they also sell a good selection of frames and products to make sure your wheels are road ready.

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London Bike Kitchen

28 Whitmore Road, N1 5QA

If your bike needs fixing, why not do it yourself? The progressive London Bike Kitchen is a social workshop that offers dab hands space for hire or classes for newbies who need showing the ropes. These include Intro, Intermediate, Wheel Building or BYOB (Build Your Own Bike) – as well as sessions for parents and their kids. They even do WAG (Women and Gender-variant) nights to challenge the perception that building bikes is just for dudes.

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Micycle

47 Barnsbury Street, N1 1TP

This bike store and workshop caters for the Bobbin type (vintage-loving, slow-rolling) and the Bianchi type (speedy riders), and accordingly stocks just these two brands. Micycle pitches itself as a cycling community, encouraging customers to become members, who get discounted repairs and free access to the downstairs workshop for fixing their own punctures. Other perks include a free service and a free bike wash whenever your ride’s looking grubby.

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Push Cycles

35C Newington Green, London, N16 9PR

Newington Green’s Push has delivered a small but nicely chosen range of bikes since 2009 – including London’s own Brother Cycles, and models from Italians Bianchi and Cinelli. The accessories stocked are of the quality, niche-brand ilk – saddles by Brooks, skate-style helmets by Bern, bags from UPSO and Carradice, and lights from Blaze and Lezyne. If you need your bike sorted, head to the downstairs workshop where they can service any type of two-wheeler, including Bromptons and Dutch bikes.

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Sargent & Co

74 Mountgrove Road, London, N5 2LT

Owner Rob Sargent is on a mission to promote, revive and facilitate the pastime of cycling. Services at his lovely Finsbury Park shop include repairing and selling ‘rebuilt’ and fully warranted vintage bikes and fixing custom builds. You’ll need to make an appointment to visit (opening hours are 10am–6pm, Tuesday–Saturday), but you’ll get to meet his cat Aalto, while you can eye up the shop’s photos and accessories from cycling’s glory days.

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SBC Cycles

41 Cropley Street, N1 7HT

Self-described as a heavy-metal bike shop, SBC (or Skull Bike Club) is  a mechanic-owned custom bike workshop with a particular knack for dealing with adventure bikes. Stock-wise, you’ll find London-based brands like Surly, Brother and Singular, along with more niche names like Bullitt cargo bikes, Soma and Hunt. They also hold the title of the world’s only custom Nagasawa dealer – so you expect nothing mediocre from these guys. Customer service is first-class, too.

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Swift Cycles

8 Strype Street, E1 7LF

Swift sells road-racing and triathlon bikes aplenty, stocking one of the biggest ranges in the city with brands like Focus, Cervelo and Cannondale. There’s a ‘retul studio’ in store, which offers one of the most precise, digital measures of biking fitting to ensure you’ve bagged a comfy ride. And if you need accessories, expect to have a field day: they’ve got everything a commuter, amateur rider or triathlete could ever need.

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Discover London's best cycle cafés

London's best cycle cafés

If you cycle in London you'll understand how there's a whole community focused around the decision to move around on two wheels. Be a part of that than in one of the capital's niche cycle cafés, a pit stop where cyclists can have their bike fixed while they nurse a top-notch flat white.

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By: Time Out London Food & Drink

Comments

25 comments
McGooster M
McGooster M

Snore, all 12 north of the river, yawn, bar the mandatory SW9 listing..shock. Plenty of great shops in SE London (although beard quota may dip below metropolitan average)  Pedal it - Lewisham, Welling Cycles, and Sidcup Cycle centre all offer professional no nonsense approach as well as being reasonably priced although all wear socks maybe older than 18 and are, of course, clean shaven. 

nik h
nik h

Definitely check out www.sigmasport.co.uk in Hampton Wick

Chelsea Bikes
Chelsea Bikes

A very informative blog but this list would not be complete without a very special bicycle shop of South West London. Chelsea is expensive area but in contrast i found Chelsea Bikes prices at par with market and internet. They do second hand reconditioned bicycles along with many new bicycle brands from Ridgeback Saracen Land Rover Pashley Bobbin Bronx and for kids bicycles Cuda Starlet Probike Python and many more brands. They have fully equipped bicycle workshop. You can part exchange your bicycle with a new one. 

Tom
Tom moderator Staff Writer

Cycle Surgery Covent garden deserves to be on this list - run by a bunch of guys that are truly passionate about all things cycling, and always deliver a great service

Camden Cycles
Camden Cycles

Camden Cycles have the bike for you, whether you’re looking for camden mountain bikes or camden road bikes. Camden Cycles is a result of an extensive hard work dedication and market research. We are proud being an only GREEN Bicycle Shops in London. - Camden Cycles 251 Eversholt Street Camden Town London.

Adrian C
Adrian C

Nice feature. Don't forget VintageHaus has supplied Vintage and custom bikes and parts since 2010 www.vintagehaus.co.uk

Mania M
Mania M

The LONDON BICYCLE WORKSHOP should be here as well, one of the best bike shop in London.

www.londonbicycleworkshop.com


Bado K
Bado K

It is not a justice if you don't mention about Bike House in Camden, This is my favourite local shop, and they do custom cycle works, I bought an reynolds 753 frame and they have customised to my spec and done  a great jon

Tom O
Tom O

Seems strange that Cloud 9 Cycles isn't on here. Amazing service and a genuine commitment to giving you the best deal. www.cloud9cycles.com 

Josh H
Josh H

Bike and Run in East Finchley should be on here, awesome range of bikes, bikefitting and Tri equipment too:) !!! www.bikeandrun.co.uk

Alf M
Alf M

Vintage and custom bikes by Vintage Haus, Finsbury Park www.vintagehaus.co.uk


Philippe C
Philippe C

Sorry to hear Agustin. I cannot comment on bike servicing but I bought a new bike through NIpnip. 100% satisfied. Great initial chat with Matt while they were fixing other bikes at work. I was inquiring about about what would suit me best for a comfy 20-mile daily commute. Decided to go ahead with a raleigh hybrid and he delivered the bike at work a week or so later, all set up. Very responsive post-sale for advice of safety, care, tweaks, etc. Highly recommended.

Agustín T
Agustín T

I have to disagree with Nina. Today, I had my bike serviced by NipNip at Bank (London) and it was the worst service ever. It was the Bronze service and it cost 38 GBP. It included the wheels being trued. They trued the wheels without removing the wheels and just in the horizontal axis, not in the vertical axis. Ridiculous, I know. The brakes were so tight  that the pads were touching the disk brake. They destroyed one of the screws of the stem. And the head seat was also too tight. Really bad service experience. Next time I will take my bike to Evans, bronze service for 40 GBP. 

Jacob F
Jacob F

@Agustín T "Next time I will take my bike to Evans" - out of the frying pan and into the fire

Greg
Greg

Sargent & Co is the best shop for the above hands down. No rubbish 100% proper bikes.

Simon Peterson
Simon Peterson

DT CYCLES I highly recommend DT CYCLES having been to local bike shops which were over priced and generally did not know what they were doing with poor customer service. David is the owner and a one man band he is highly knowledgeable and has a nice pleasant manner. If you want a person who knows what they are doing go there.

Nina Sanders
Nina Sanders

Yes I agree - I used Dr NipNip as I saw the post on here and had the best bike service I've ever had! I contacted them and they came out same day to my office and serviced my bike, I didn't even need to leave the office as they are a mobile company and they came to me! Woo Hoo Will defo be using them again - keep up the good work Dr NipNip www.NipNip.co.uk

Tammy
Tammy

Velorution closed on May 5th 2012.

Alun T
Alun T

@Tammy It was open yesterday (this is a long time later!)....

Gregory
Gregory

I would like to add my local shop in Enfield, Stephen James Cycles. The shop is based inside a modern glass BMW dealership and they offer a great price for a professional fit service, it really helped with my back pain issues and allowed me to quickly get riding again after my injury. The staff also make a great coffee! http://www.stephenjamescycles.co.uk/

AL Patrick
AL Patrick

Funny I don't see Hadron Cycles in the list? Surely the best independent cycle shop in North London? Just check out the google reviews. www.hadroncycles.com

jimiedge
jimiedge

I think you should have mentioned Dr Nip Nip for bike repairs - they employ homeless people and train them to be bike mechanics, they are a lot cheaper than bike shops (about half the price in my experience) and they come to your home or office in London. I know I sound like I work for them, but I think it's a brilliant idea. http://www.nipnip.co.uk/drnipnip.htm