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Here are a couple of sites with some answers:
Bike for all - 'The essential resource for everyone who cycles ... or who is thinking about it'. Supported by Cycling England
Why cycle? - 'Impartial advice for potential and new cyclists in the UK'
14-16 Rowe Lane
London E9 6EL
020 8986 2028
|Bicycle sales, re-sprays, workshop, parts and accessories.||
A & S Cycles
1 Chatsworth Rd
London E5 0LH
020 8985 0042
|Lynne Troughton comments: "Solly has run this shop for nearly 20 years. A local resident, he is friendly, thorough, very reasonably priced, helpful and accommodating."|
Barclays For Bikes
515 Kingsland Rd
London E8 4AR
020 7241 3131
Le Beau Vélo
36-42 New Inn Yard
Office: 020 3487 0720
Mobile: 0776 482 3503
A new (2010) 'boutique' featuring cycle fitting, made to measure Italian bikes, Vo2 and fitness testing.
London Cycle Sport writes: "To our mind Le Beau Vélo is akin to a race teams service course, the base of a team where rider meets and work with the squad's fitness, mechanics, bike and fitting experts."
Le Beau Vélo is partnered with Italian experts who have worked with pro squads, top riders and national squads. The bikes on offer include Viner, Legend, Fondreist and Tommassini.
Castle Climbing Centre
|A Cytech-certified repair service, based in the gatehouse at the entrance to the climbing centre.|
Bike Yard East
Hackney City Farm
1a, Goldsmith's Row
|A new (late 2008) repair/service-only enterprise started by two well-regarded mechanics with long experience in the area including at London Fields Cycles. No waiting lists. Just turn up. LCC members get a 5% discount on parts.|
Cycle Pit Stop
|Currently (April 2013) rebuilding after an arson attack. Offered affordable bike servicing, 9.30am to 7pm, seven days a week, and intends to do so again.|
CycleLab & JuiceBar
18a, Pitfield Street
020 3222 0016
|Brand new (2010) Shoreditch outfit offering service, sales and smoothies. Same-day full services, 'Get to work' quick-fixes, comprehensive range of quality spares and parts, and cycle maintenance courses, plus juices, smoothies and shakes.|
Daycocks Cycles Ltd (AKA D2 Leisure)
143 Stoke Newington Rd
020 7254 3380
|A long-established, no-nonsense, straight-up local bike shop on the high street.|
Full Cycle Repairs
241 Well Street
|Formerly run by the legendarily helpful Pete, this repair workshop was closed for a few years but has since re-opened (summer 2011) with a new team of local mechanics.|
The Hackney Peddler
Hackney Downs Studios
17 Amhurst Terrace
|Due to open on 18th April 2013, The Hackney Peddler will offer a range of reconditioned bikes sourced from around Europe, having warmed up by selling refurbished cycles from a unit under the railway arches at Hackney Downs Studios for the previous six months. Also on offer will be new hand-built frames from Brother Cycles, as well as servicing, repairs and customisations.|
Halfords High Street
166-168 Stoke Newington High St London
020 7923 8820
Halfords has for years been the butt of jokes on cycling mailing lists and forums, but maybe being located in a demanding area like Stoke Newington will encourage a good standard of service.
Mon to Fri 10am-6pm
152 Victoria Park Road
(20 metres past Lauriston Road/Grove Road roundabout as you go west)
020 8525 5944 / 07596 882328 / 07517 788551
Dr Jog of Kiwi Cycles says: "I am a Kiwi mechanic with nearly 40 years experience in the field of two-wheeled components which includes everything from speedway bikes, mopeds and Harleys to single-speed bikes and everything in between."
Tuesday to Friday 9am-7pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
Lock 7 cycle café
129 Pritchards Road
020 7739 3042
Located on the 7th lock of the Regents Canal, at the end of Broadway Market. Have a drink, some cake, a meal and get your cycle repaired or browse a selection of cycle accessories or second-hand cycles. The shop opened in April 2008, inspired by a trip to Copenhagen. The owners are two local residents who know the area, loved the space with its view of the canal and cyclists passing.
LCC members get a 10% discount.
London Fields Cycles
281 Mare St Hackney
London E8 1PJ
020 8525 0077
Moved to a spacious new shop in June 2005.
10% discount on parts for LCC members. Fully equipped workshop with booking system - phone to book. LCC member Brenda reports: "They also do some drop-of-the-hat work for an hour or so every morning, starting at 8 am and repairs can be picked up the same evening, if not done there and then. Queues start well before 8 am outside the shop!"
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 0800-1800, Sat 1000-1800
137 Church Walk
|Repairs, maintenance and second-hand sales offered by enthusiast and former courier Philip. All second-hand bikes are checked against property databases and certified non-stolen.|
2 Drysdale Street
020 3538 3882
Run by a former racing cyclist, Pretorius Bikes offers Colnago, Scott and Cinelli bikes, and its own titanium models too, plus bike fitting and workshop.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30am - 18:00
Tuesday and Thursday 12pm - 8pm
Saturday usually 2pm-5pm "unless racing"
137 Well Street
020 8525 5694
Having operated as a call-out maintenance service and at at stall Broadway Market on Saturdays, Perlie Rides has since March 2009 established itself as a full-service local bike shop in Well Street.
LCC member Mark Thompson writes: "PerlieRides did my bike service at a ridiculously reasonable price. More than that the chap spent probably too much time sorting out the silly little annoyances with my bike that I didn't even mention, and was resigned to living with. I rode it home and it felt like a brand new bike."
35c Newington Green
020 7249 1351
Opened in 2009. Bikes by Specialized, Globe, Charge, Bianchi, Bob Jackson and Abici, starting from £250. Accessories and servicing also offered.
8am - 6pm Monday to Friday
9am - 5.30pm Saturday
Route Canale Bicycles
Regent's Canal towpath, just east of Whitmore Road Bridge.
Accessible from the towpath and from De Beauvoir Crescent N1.
This tiny workshop opens directly onto the canal towpath, offering repairs, service, builds and re-builds, modifications and upgrades.|
Tuesday to Friday 0900 to 1800
Saturday 1000 to 1700
Sunday 1000 to 1700
Closed on Mondays
Skinny Eric's Cycleworks
16 Felstead Street
020 3417 0252
|More on this newly opened (Spring 2013) Hackney Wick shop as we get it.|
Shoreditch Bike Company
9 Long Street Workshops
off Waterson Street
|Opened in 2009, the Shoreditch Bike Company offers "a small range of economically to mid priced bicycles that suit the people that live in Shoreditch and the surrounding districts ... single speed track/courier style bikes, shopping bikes (with wicker baskets), and multi-speed city/hybrid bikes." Same-day service also offered.|
87-89 Tabernacle Street
tokyobike is a small, independent bicycle company based in the old Tokyo suburb of Yanaka. The company says: "In the same way the mountain bike was designed for the mountains so tokyobike was designed for Tokyo. Smaller 650mm wheels and slim, compact, steel frames make the bikes easy to handle and light to ride."
tokyobike's expansion into Europe began in Spring 2012 with the opening of outlets in Shoreditch and Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Two Wheels Good
165 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0UL
020 7249 2200
|Opened in 2002, and now a fixture in Stoke Newington. Jonathan from Two Wheels Good says: "We welcome LCC members, they are almost by definition at the intelligent end of the cycling fraternity and as such so more pleasant to deal with. Our advertised discount for LCC members is 5%. However, we have been known to respond to arm twisting on bigger deals."|
2 Cazenove Road
020 7275 8660
|Opened in October 2009, Volt BMX is "BMX only, rider built, rider owned." As London's first ever specialist BMX shop, it offers "all the best brands in BMX and a team of high profile faces you will already be familiar with."|
Repair services that come to you:
Edwards turns up by bike at your workplace to service, repair, de-squeak and tweak, fit accessories, tune and build wheels and generally get you back on the road. Just £6 callout. Labour is charged at £3 per 15 mins after that. Covers the whole of Hackney, plus Islington and the nearer parts of Camden and Tower Hamlets.
020 8279 3329 / 07912 226695
Chingford-based cycle repair service offering collection and delivery and some mobile repairs.
Outside the borough boundary but worth visiting:
45 Lambs Conduit Street
|City bikes, folding bikes, recumbents, and a workshop with an excellent reputation.|
Brick Lane Bikes
118 Bethnal Green Road
|Specialises in track and fixed wheel, but also a huge range of bikes and frames, new and old, from classic Italian racers to modern commuting bikes and hybrids.|
251 Eversholt Street
London NW1 1BA
020 7388 7899
|Secondhand/reconditoned bicycles which are fully serviced and come with one month free service period and two weeks' exchange.|
530 Forest Rd
020 8521 5812
|good stock of cheap second hand bikes|
123 Essex Rd
London N1 2SN
020 7226 8841
|Long-established independent bicycle dealer, owned and run by cyclists.|
18 Newington Causeway
020 7407 9115
|Good selection of second-hand bikes|
Arch 1-4, Upper Walthamstow Road
London E17 3QG
020 8520 6988
|Huge selection of reconditioned bicycles obtained from auctions, from £40 for adult bikes, £30 for youths and £10 for children.|
See also the central LCC's map of shops that give discounts to LCC members
We run a self-help cycle maintenance workshop three times a month.
Our neighbours in Tower Hamlets Wheelers also run a monthly workshop.
The Regents Canal runs east-west across the borough of Hackney, with a connection to the Lee Navigation on the east side of the borough. Towpaths provide a pleasant route for leisurely cycling, though deference should always be shown to other users. Slow down and be prepared to dismount when necessary.
Unfortunately, the canal does see its share of trouble, with harrassment and even attacks not unheard of. You may wish to find an alternative route after dark if you are travelling on your own. Busy main streets are the safest bet for personal security.
For those who do use the canal after dark, we're pleased to say that with effect from 1st December 2003 the Islington section of the canal is no longer gated after dusk, as was already the case in Camden and Hackney. This allows cyclists to use it for their afternoon commute all year round, and reduces the fear of being trapped and unable to leave the canal.
Please follow the British Waterways code of conduct, in particular to give way to pedestrians. The canal is not a route for fast commuting.
Regents canal overview map | Inland Waterways Association London Region | BW walking through London page (includes zoomable map)
There's a single point of contact for reporting road surface problems you come across anywhere in London, including within Hackney, via Transport for London's Streetfaults form or by calling 0845 305 1234. The service allows you to track the progress of your reported fault.
Hackney Council continues to offer an alternative point of contact for reporting faults on Hackney borough streets. You can fill in the appropriate form or dial 020 8356 2897.
Want to know about where you're living? The Hackney GIS and Statistics team is responsible for location-based knowledge and the analysis of information relating to the London Borough of Hackney.
If your bike is stolen, do report the theft at a police station or using theonline crime reporting service. Crime figures are an important measure for the police and can influence how they distribute their resources. Make a note of your CAD (Computer Aided Despatch) or CRIS (Crime Reference Information System) number, which will help you to trace the progress of your case.
Travelling by bike is a good choice for personal security as compared to going by foot and public transport. Unfortunately, though, attacks against cyclists do occur in inner-London boroughs such as Hackney, and these are usually carried out by teenagers in limited hotspots such as back streets. At peak times for this crime, typically warm evenings, it may be wise to travel in groups or to stick to busier streets.
If you are mugged for your bicycle or belongings, police recommend that you hand these over, to avoid the risk of injury. Victims should call 999 immediately, especially if there is a possibility of catching the culprits. Police have advised LCC members not to be concerned about calling 999 with a non-life threatening incident - they have internal prioritising procedures. Obviously if you are calling after the event then 999 is no longer appropriate and you should contact your local police station, either by phone or in person. The non-emergency phone number for contacting the Met police is 0300 123 1212.
The central LCC website has more advice on cycle security, on what to do if your bike is stolen, and how to reduce your risks in a robbery.
A to B magazine maintains the definitive guide to taking your bike on trains, the underground, ferries, coaches and rail-link buses. Always up to date.
Also consult Transport for London's page about cycles on public transport.
The LCC publishes a useful booklet (paper & digital) called Travelling by bike.
The North London Line is a very useful resource for cyclists living in our borough. Running through Hackney east-west, and it's a good way to break the back of journeys over to west London (although this previously unrestricted service now has a peak-hours bike ban (7-10am and 4-7pm Monday to Friday - folding bikes exempted, of course).
The East London Line (London Overground) has been newly extended into our borough as far as Dalston, and you can similarly take your bike on it off-peak. It's a handy way to speed your journey to south-east London.
Patrick Field offers route tips on cycling between Harwich and London.
Attempts have been made to start a bicycle recycling project for Hackney over the past few years, but unfortunately nothing has resulted. Over the River Lee in Waltham Forest there is a a popular bike recycling scheme which operates from Low Hall Transport Depot in South Access Road E17. This award-winning project refurbishes bikes and sells them to residents of Waltham Forest and people who work in the borough, and also has open-access sessions along the lines of a self-help maintenance workshop. See the project's page for details.
Eastway was a cycle sport centre of national importance right on our doorstep, with a superb mile-long road racing track and an offroad BMX/mountain bike circuit.
Sadly, the Eastway circuit was closed down in November 2006 by the Olympic Delivery Authority and has now been demolished to make way for the Olympic Park. A replacement circuit has been opened at Hog Hill in Redbridge, after an initial proposal to site it at far-off Rammey Marsh was rejected by the public. Following the Olympics the promise is that the 1500-seat velodrome and BMX track being built in the Olympic Park will be augmented by the reinstatement of a cycle circuit and mountain bike and cyclo-cross tracks. Roll on 2013.
If you notice that any of the information on this page is wrong or out of date, please be so kind as to email the editor.
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