Returning to our London Guides series, focusing this time on the world of bikes. This city loves its cycles and this ever growing scene has been matched with an ever growing number of bicycles shops. Our photographer Ross Trevail is a fan, enthusiast and collector of two wheeled, pedal propelled transport and offers a guide to his top five spots. Read on.
Combining coffee culture with bicycle fanaticism; Look Mum No Hands in Clerkenwell is the city cyclists one stop shop for virtually anything bike related – from Tour de France screenings, to the occasional Rollapaluza, regular jumbles and an in-house workshop to boot, all the while you can fill your face with delicious food, coffee and beer. The only thing they don’t sell… is bicycles, but when everyone else does, where would the fun be in that?
49 Old Street, London EC1V 9HX
The shop like the name, is a compact affair. Providing a friendly and un-pretentious service with a selection of city bikes ready to ride out of the shop, Push on Newington Green also has a strong online presence and are able to source bicycles beyond the size limitations of their shop front.
35c Newington Green, London N16 9PR
Tokyo Fixed is for serious bike enthusiasts, by which I mean the ones who’ve probably had a crack at building their own from scratch. Nestled right in the heart of Soho, this two storey haven provides pretty much everything for scenesters with a project. From frames and build kits, to accessories and cycling magazines. Whilst not a shop for the feint hearted, you’d be hard pushed not to be inspired by the place, even if you just stopped by for a new inner tube.
4 Peter Street, London, Soho W1F 0AD
Rob Sargent’s bespoke bike shop near Finsbury Park is a bit like a sweet shop for anyone into Lug work….It’s hard to say exactly how many bike frames adorn the interior of this perfectly tiny shop, but needless to say they are all beautiful in their own slightly disheveled way. They’re disheveled because they’re vintage, not because they’re tat. The owner of Sargent and Co is a man with an eye and his shop is a place to have your vintage treasure restored or to find yourself a new old bike.
74 Mountgrove Road, Finsbury Park, London, N5 2LT
Good bike shops aren’t just limited to North of the river. There are plenty to cho0se down South, including the well established Brixton Cycles and A.E Wilson in Peckham. Balfe’s bikes in Kennington though has been a great stopping point for repairs and accessories. They don’t keep a massive range of bikes in there but for on the spot repairs and a great range of bike bits and pieces, it’s well worth a visit.
338 Kennington Road , London, SE11 4LD
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Photography – Ross Trevail/Selectism.com