Though London could do with a few more bike paths before it can be as bicycle-friendly as some other cities around the world, the infrastructure is improving with new cycle routes planned as the popularity of cycling continues to grow. Hopping on your bike is a great way to stay fit, avoid (a bit more) traffic and see the city from a different perspective. If you’re thinking of taking up cycling, or you’re already a seasoned enthusiast, there is no shortage of bike shops in London to help you on your way:
Here’s our guide to London’s best bike shops
Kinoko Custom Cycles (previously Tokyo Fixed)
Recently rebranded, Kinoko has not long moved into its new flagship Soho store. The bike frames are still sold under the Tokyo Fixed name and are custom-built from hard-to-find parts – the aim is to create the dream ride for every customer. Off-the-shelf models are also available, along with plenty of accessories, urban cycling clothing and an on-site workshop for repairs.
Open 09.30-7pm Monday-Friday and 10.30am-6.30pm on Saturday.
Tel: 020 7734 1885
10 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JA
Brick Lane Bikes
Specialising in fixed-gear and single-gear bikes, Brick Lane Bikes is the shop of choice for hipsters, trendsetters and vintage enthusiasts. Most bikes are made to order but there’s a selection of off-the-shelf models, as well as vintage racing frames from Italy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Brick Lane Bikes sell their own range of accessories and parts and have a workshop for bike build, maintenance and servicing.
Open 9am-7pm Monday-Friday, 11am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.
Tel: 0207 033 9053
118 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6DG
Velorution offers a great selection of everyday bikes for use in the city. This isn’t the place to look for mountain or road racing bikes but there are some beautiful classically styled continental bicycles to choose from. There’s also a great range of accessories including baskets, helmets and saddles. The workshop is a good option for those who already own a Dutch-style bicycle and offers everything from fitting lights to a full strip-down and rebuild.
Open 8.30am-6.45pm Monday-Friday, 10.30am-6.30pm on Saturday and noon-5pm on Sunday.
Tel: 0207 148 5572
14-18 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 8BD
Pedal Pedlar is a vintage bike shop that specializes in restoring classic bicycles from the ‘50s to the ‘90s. They also offer a custom-build service from vintage frames with used and new parts. There’s also a range of vintage and retro cycling clothing and shoes on offer.
Open 10am-7pm Tuesday-Thursday and 10am-6m on Friday and Saturday.
Tel: 07896 067 913
133 Newington Green, N1 4RA
Brixton Cycles has been operating from Stockwell Road since the ‘80s and is a workers’ co-operative – the result is dedicated and loyal staff members, several of whom have worked at the shop for over a decade. Happy employees means great customer service and this has given Brixton Cycles a solid reputation – its workshop is often booked out months in advance. Those of you after a new bike also won’t be disappointed with the range of cycles for sale, including mountain bikes, single speed, BMX, folding and more.
Open 9am-6pm Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 8am-6pm on Wednesday and 9am-7pm on Thursday.
Tel: 020 7733 6055
145 Stockwell Road, Brixton, SW9 9TN