“It’s not about the bike, it’s about the experience.” Bikefix knows that bikes and bike-riding are a personalized, even sacred pastime for many people. That’s why this original, eclectic shop in central London, featuring utility models, recumbent, and folding bicycles, is perfect for the rider looking for an identity on the streets.
48 Lambs Conduit St | WC1N 3LH
Russell Square | http://www.bikefix.co.uk
This shop, known for its service and unusually uncluttered atmosphere, is perfect for the urban cyclist looking to step up their game. From fantastic cycle stickers, to boutique tire valve covers, it’s the ideal place to go gift-digging (in case it’s your friend and not you that’s really into biking). Their pleasant and knowledgeable staff will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
35 c Newington Green | N18 9PR
http://pushcycles.myshopify.com/ | Canonbury (overground)
Pedal Pedlar is a vintage bike shop that specializes in selling and building classic bicycles from the 1940s-90s. For sale are racing, touring, track and town bikes, plus custom built singlespeeds and fixies for ladies and men. Pedlar’s made a name for itself by taking vintage frames and creating beautiful bespoke bikes with both used and new parts. If you want wheels with that vintage, rustic feel, Pedal Pedlar is your place.
133 Newington Green | N1 4RA
http://www.pedalpedlar.co.uk/ |Canonbury (overground)
Look Mum No Hands!
This cafe, bar, bike shop hybrid is one of London’s most unique bike venues and a must-visit for cycling enthusiasts. Their motto: “We like riding bikes and drinking coffee.” They regularly show films and cycle sport on their huge projector screen. They have two experienced mechanics, great chefs behind the kitchen, and beer!
40 Old Street | EC1V 9HX
http://www.lookmumnohands.com/ | Farringdon
Two Wheels Good
“North London’s best little bike shop” is almost two decades young and has witnessed the changing landscape of cycling. Their mission statement, which hasn’t changed, is to provide customers with the best quality and value, combined with the friendly, non-patronising service they deserve. This shop, well abreast with the broad church of cycling, is great for first-timers and biking veterans alike.
165 Newington Church Street | N16 0UL
Manor House | http://www.twowheelsgood.co.uk/
Second-hand bikes are notorious for starting off great, then weighing down their rider with expensive repairs. But Lock 7, a Copenhagen inspired shop and cafe, is trusted for its reliable reconstructions. It buys frames at police auctions, and then restores them before resale. It’s the perfect place to go for a new set of second-hand wheels or just a spot to relax while you’re getting repairs made.
129 Pritchards Road | E2 9AP
Haggerston | http://www.lock-7.com/
Boasting over 60 years of success, this tried-and-true bike shop might be London’s most reliable cycling outpost. The experienced, passionate staff knows that for every rider, from competitive racer to morning commuter, the right bike opens up a world on two wheels. The shop is ripe with rich heritage and some of their bikes have been ridden to World Championship gold medals and Tour de France competitions.
49-53 Gray’s Inn Road | WC1X 8PPF
Farringdon | http://www.condorcycles.com/
This Unique East London shop is stocked full with a variety of track and road cycling components, from vintage classics to the fresh and new. And since the advent of the urban-hipster, BrickLane’s fixed-wheel and single-speed bikes have never been more popular. And their BLB brand, although a bit pricey, brings quality and style to this ever-growing niche bike type.
118 Bethnal Green Road | E2 6DG
Shoreditch High Street | http://bricklanebikes.co.uk/