A good bike shop is so much more than just a place that sells bikes, it’s an essential for any cyclist, and with more and more Londoners taking to two wheels as a result of the pandemic, they’re going to become more important than ever. Bike shops offer test rides, sell accessories and components, provide repairs, help with custom builds and link you to the rest of your local cycling community. These are the best bike shops in London to help keep you moving.
Brick Lane Bikes
This Shoreditch shop is known for its range of fixie and vintage bikes – the range of vintage components and accessories is pretty impressive – but it stocks a variety of brands, including the in-house one BLB.
London Bike Kitchen
Owned and run by mechanics, London Bike Kitchen in Haggerston is a place where you can come and learn to fix your bike yourself at drop-in DIY workshops. Or you can take advantage of the online bike maintenance classes, with parts and accessories also available to buy online.
Established as a workers co-operative way back in ’83, Brixton Cycles has always been about supporting the cycling community, from providing free-to-use tools to selling bits of kit to running repairs and services.
Stocking a range of both kids and adult bikes, SE20 Cycles is the place to come if you’re getting the family out on two wheels – the owner Winnie is very active in the local community and cycling clubs. Their workshop can take in any kind of bike, from BMXs to fixies, and they can help with custom builds too.
With contemporary design, lightweight frames and the balance between comfort and speed, Tokyobikes are perfect for riding around the city. Once you’ve got the bicycle and all the extra components, you can buy into the whole Tokyobike lifestyle too as they also stock, homeware, stationery and magazines.
This indie company takes real care over its bikes, designing them all in-house and building them to order in its Bristol workshop. As well as the range of everyday, singlespeed and adventure bikes, Temple Cycles also sells a whole host of bike components and accessories.
VanMoof is an electric bike brand from Amsterdam, so they know a thing or two about making bikes that can zip around a city. E-bikes are spenny but these babies can give you between 60 -150km on a full charge, making your ride shorter and quicker, not to mention getting you up hills with ease.