Bikeshop in London

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Ferdi
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by Ferdi

Hi,

Does anyone know a good/nice bikeshop in London.
Probably have some spare time here( on a business trip) i like to see some bikes/stuff

thanx in advance

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Sigma is good but miles out of town in Kingston (25 min train ride or c.45 min bike ride from the centre).

Bespoke is less a shop and more a boutique for Retul fitting and Parlee. Nothing wrong with that of course (it's a great place), but not really for browsing.

Mosquito is ok.

Condor is pretty good in some ways, being a campag pro shop helps, though if you're going to look at bikeporn it's not a patch on the "introduce yourself" thread here on WWs.

There are loads of shops called Evans and Cyclesurgery dotted around. one useful thing about these is that they do price-matching. chains for commuters and newbies for the most part.

Fudge cycles has good prices on SRAM and sells Looks.

Putney cycles is another one for commuters. As is Cyclopedia.

Prologue is good for Giant and Cube. In East Sheen so a bit of a hike from the centre. There is also a Giant store in Twickenham. Giant only I'm guessing.

De Vers in Streatham is a good store - but a long way out again. Brixton cycles is a lively little place. Then there is Shorter Roachford etc.

There are loads, but most of the good ones are out of the centre.
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by J.v.S.

Condor Cyles in Gray's Inn road is one of my favourite shops in London. Might not be the cheapest but I find it a very cool place to hang around. There is also another one near Holborn Tube Station, which might also be worth looking at, but lacks the atmosphere of Condor.

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by Lafolie

cyclefit...central london

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by sawyer

I'm not a big fan of cyclefit, though they do have some expertise there I know. It certainly IS NOT a place to go and casually browse the (very limited) stock - for a start you have to be buzzed into the store.

As the name suggests, their area of expertise is fitting people to bikes, and I'm told they now only offer this service to those who have/will buy a bike from them - another reason why the casual visitor might spend his time more wisely elsewhere. I guess business is good so they can afford to impost that restriction.

They have a reputation for fitting people in a sportive style - real bars around the ears stuff.
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by Roobay

Bonthronebikes in Fulham Road have a new showroom with a slight edge on Triathalon
very easy to get to from central london.

LFGSS have this usful locator
http://www.lfgss.com/shops.html
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sawyer wrote:I'm not a big fan of cyclefit, though they do have some expertise there I know. It certainly IS NOT a place to go and casually browse the (very limited) stock - for a start you have to be buzzed into the store.

As the name suggests, their area of expertise is fitting people to bikes, and I'm told they now only offer this service to those who have/will buy a bike from them - another reason why the casual visitor might spend his time more wisely elsewhere. I guess business is good so they can afford to impost that restriction.

They have a reputation for fitting people in a sportive style - real bars around the ears stuff.
Fat Banker style IOW badly!

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Roobay wrote:Bonthronebikes in Fulham Road have a new showroom with a slight edge on Triathalon
very easy to get to from central london.
Closed down 6 months ago, thank god!

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Seeing as ur from the smoke
Why not give us ur angle on London stores
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Roobay wrote:Seeing as ur from the smoke
Why not give us ur angle on London stores
Jr

Have to be a little careful with my comments as I am still loosely connected with the trade!

Condor - newly refitted with good regular stock levels (Campag, Deda, Shimano, Sram etc.) Best clothing selection in Central London - see Carl tell him Sean sent you.
Evans - not really that great, lots of them. Too many actually!
Cyclesurgery - best general selection (Commuting, General Road) Price Match!
Bike & Run East Finchley - Good independent shop. Make sure to go to the new premises which does the Road/Tri stuff.
Prologue - Road only shop, took over as London Dynamo sponsor from Cyclefit. Good bling stock.
Cyclefit - One only remembers the minimal drop fits one sees! V little stock to look at. Door is buzzered as they had a Colnago snatched.
Mosquito - good range of bling frames. Not really qualified to comment further as I know several ex-staff, so am biased.
Sigma Sport in Hampton Wick - recently expanded but haven't seen it so can't comment.
Shorter Rochford - Finchley is their general store (OK) Potters Bar is the bling centre (Yummy)
Bespoke - Haven't been in since the opening do.
Le Beau Velo - New shop in The City. Fittings by Velosolutions Viner, Campag, Legend. Fitting studio is great. Giuseppe the fitter comes over every other month to conduct fit sessions.

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ultimobici wrote:
sawyer wrote:I'm not a big fan of cyclefit, though they do have some expertise there I know. It certainly IS NOT a place to go and casually browse the (very limited) stock - for a start you have to be buzzed into the store.

As the name suggests, their area of expertise is fitting people to bikes, and I'm told they now only offer this service to those who have/will buy a bike from them - another reason why the casual visitor might spend his time more wisely elsewhere. I guess business is good so they can afford to impost that restriction.

They have a reputation for fitting people in a sportive style - real bars around the ears stuff.
Fat Banker style IOW badly!


You could call it that :wink: I guess it's a fitting "technique" that means pretty much everyone is comfortable, and therefore not put off their new found hobby. Comfortable yes. Aerodynamic no.
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by roadman

If you're in Central London, Cyclefit --> Condor --> Look Mum No Hands cycling coffee shop to watch the Vuelta is a good way to spend an afternoon.

Agree though, Cyclefit and Bespoke are not really places to hang around if you're just window shopping :)

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sawyer wrote:
ultimobici wrote:
sawyer wrote:I'm not a big fan of cyclefit, though they do have some expertise there I know. It certainly IS NOT a place to go and casually browse the (very limited) stock - for a start you have to be buzzed into the store.

As the name suggests, their area of expertise is fitting people to bikes, and I'm told they now only offer this service to those who have/will buy a bike from them - another reason why the casual visitor might spend his time more wisely elsewhere. I guess business is good so they can afford to impost that restriction.

They have a reputation for fitting people in a sportive style - real bars around the ears stuff.
Fat Banker style IOW badly!


You could call it that :wink: I guess it's a fitting "technique" that means pretty much everyone is comfortable, and therefore not put off their new found hobby. Comfortable yes. Aerodynamic no.
Not quite what I meant. Having recently been fitted properly by Velosolutions & having the mechanics of back problems explained I can see that it's actually the wrong solution to the problem. I went 20mm down & 10mm forward and voila!

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roadman wrote:If you're in Central London, Cyclefit --> Condor --> Look Mum No Hands cycling coffee shop to watch the Vuelta is a good way to spend an afternoon.

Agree though, Cyclefit and Bespoke are not really places to hang around if you're just window shopping :)

Oops! Forgot Look Mum No Hands!

Brick Lane Bikes for looking at old bling frames. There is the odd bargain to be had if you don't give away the game.

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