There are a whole range of fantastic shops selling cycling equipment, offering top-of-the range advice, spare parts and even accessories that you probably didn’t even know you needed.
Just a couple that I’ve found so far and would recommend are:
- London Fields Cycles – Really friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff. No matter the age, model or state of your bike they will provide unbiased advice and show you a range of products fitting your needs and budget.
- Look Mum No Hands, Old Street – Coffee, bikes and nice food. This place isn’t cheap but the coffee’s pretty good (fairly sure it’s Square Mile – correct me if I’m wrong), there’s ample space to park your bike, inside or out, and they have an in-house workshop. They now also have a branch on Mare Street, Hackney and an online shop and open early and close late during the week.
- Evans Cycles, Spitalfields – A chain, as you may well know, but I’ve had particularly good experiences with this branch. They’re happy to help or let you just browse, don’t push for sales and take heed of your price limits. A small shop up front with a huge bike and accessory showroom downstairs. A little pricey but they have some good online sales and offer a free click-and-collect service into a branch of your choice.
Just a little extra:
- If you ever find yourself in Liverpool, the Giant store on Parliament Street is great. They’ll help you out with anything bike-related from fixing a puncture in an hour for next-to-nothing to fitting a basket or helping your source your ideal next bike at the right price.
- Again, if you happen to be passing through the Midlands, Leamington Spa is home to the fantastic Kelvin Cycles. My first bike (stabilisers included) came from here so I feel I should mention it, and it’s been running for years and years. Great prices, top staff and independently run.
If you’re looking for a bargain, Decathlon is perfect. Everything from basic-upper midrange bike equipment is available here. I’d recommend the website over the store because of course the range is much broader online and there are only 2 stores in London: Surrey Quays and Lakeside. They have a free click-and-collect service and home delivery starts at £3.99. I recently got a lightweight waterproof from there reduced to £7 and it’s great – breathable, high vis, long tail and elasticated wrists and bottom seam. Tried and tested in yesterday’s rain and it works.