Decent independent shop in London

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by admanas, 21 Aug 2012.

  1. admanas

    admanas New Member

    Hi guys,

    I've just decided to buy a bike and have a fairly rough idea of what I need - I'm not going to ask you what I should get, I'll take that to someone who's job it is to help me figure that out! However that's where I'd like to get your advice. I work in Shoreditch and went into a place near work to get some advice from them and see if they had anything I might be interested in. Because I can't afford (and don't want) an £800 fixie I was made to feel like a cheapskate loser. It really put me off going to an independent shop, which I normally prefer doing for most things. I'm up for giving it another go but thought I'd see if anyone here knew of a friendly place in either East or North London (out as far as Stratford or Archway) where I'll get some honest advice and has a selection of hybrids for around £200-300. I had a look on here for any previous threads similar to this but couldn't find any so sorry if it's not etiquette - I couldn't find anything in the T&Cs to say it wasn't.

    Cheers, Ad
  2. Lee_M

    Lee_M Veteran

    Depends what you're looking for, there are a couple of shops in leyton, and one in Wanstead (two minutes from tube station) that I've had good service off - only a couple of stop sfurther than Stratford

    There are a fair number of shops in London but you will tend to see cycle surgery, evans, on yer bike etc, or as you found, specialist Fixie shops that I wouldn't go in for the same reasons
  3. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    Have you tried cyclesurgery and evans in that pedestrian area between bishopsgate and commercial street. Postcode is E1 6AG
    Not indy shops but at least you can get alternative views
  4. OP

    admanas New Member

    Hi thanks for the quick responses. Lee - if you can recommend the ones in Wanstead and Leyton that would be great, I live in Bow so it's fairly handy.
    Defy, thanks for the tips for CycleSurgery and Evans. Prob not going to buy from them but might wander down to take a look for some comparisons.
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

  6. Lee_M

    Lee_M Veteran

    Bike Shack in Leyton - two branches, bought my hybrid from there - very helpful
    Bike Trax in wanstead - two minutes from wanstead tube station, more upmarket but again always helpful
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