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Best independent bike shops in London

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 03/07/2020 Rosie Fitzmaurice
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London's seen a surge in cycling as commuters try their best to dodge pubic transport.

Whether you're considering investing in your first road bike or are just dusting the cobwebs off your old wheels, the capital is home to some charming independent bike shops where you can guarantee sound advice and solid service.

From Deptford to Clapton, here's where to buy and get your wheels fixed in London.

The Hackney Peddler

This Stoke Newington-based independent bike shop specialises in custom, classic and restored steel bikes.

The shop is currently open Mon-Fri (10am-7pm) and Saturday (10am-6pm) for bike sales, services and repairs.

Email info@thehackneypeddler.co.uk or call 020 3095 9789

thehackneypeddler.co.uk

LDN Velo

Deptford-based London Velo has reopened its doors for bike repair, servicing and other cycling needs from Tuesday to Saturday (10am-4pm).

Book services in advance by emailing mechanic@ldnvelo.co.uk

ldnvelo.co.uk

Look Mum No Hands

Head to Old Street for (takeaway) coffee and bike repairs at Look mum no hands. The Bicycle Workshop is open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, while the cafe is open 8am-3pm.

For slots email workshop@lookmumnohands.com or call 0207 253 1025

lookmumnohands.com

Hub Vélo

Located in East London's Clapton, Hub Vélo has remained open throughout lockdown, prioritising repairs for NHS staff and key workers​. The is the only Stevens bikes dealer in the UK, the sole Flagship Cinelli dealer in London, and Brompton dealer.

The shop offers bike servicing and also sells cycling clothing and accessories, though the cafe remains closed for now.

Pop in or call 0203 490 2110

hub-velo.co.uk

Stayer Cycles, Leytonstone

If you're looking for a custom build, Stayer Cycles, an independent bike builders based in Leytonstone, comes highly recommended. They build frames and wheels for all types of cycling.

Email contact@stayercycles.com or call ​020 3581 3280

stayercycles.com

Pearson

Pearson is recognised as the oldest bike shop in the world, having opened in 1860, it's now operated by the fifth generation of the same family. ​

Both its stores are now open, with the East Sheen shop operating every day and Sutton open Tuesday to Sunday, though on a one-in-one-out basis.

Call 020 8642 2095 or email care@pearson1860.com

pearson1860.com

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