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Check out the excellent information resources on the central LCC website's advice page.

If you cycle in Hackney, or you want to start, some of this might be handy...

Why cycle? | Bike shops and repair services | Cycle circuit | Maintenance workshop | Bike recycling | Canal cycling | Potholes



Why cycle?

Here are a couple of sites with some answers:

Bike For All logo 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'



Bike shops and repair services


Cycle shops in Clapton, Dalston, Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington kindly mapped for us by Rachel Aldred of the Cycling Cultures project

Armourtex Cycles
14-16 Rowe Lane
Urswick Road
Hackney
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
A fixture on Chatsworth Road, A & S Cycles was set up 20 years ago by the popular and hard-working Solly (Suleman Vesamia), who sadly died in May 2013. Solly's well-respected business is now being continued by his widow Sham and other family members.
Barclays For Bikes
515 Kingsland Rd
London E8 4AR
020 7241 3131
Bike Mech
Castle Climbing Centre
Green Lanes
London
N4 2HA
07762 270616
Bike Mech logo 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
London
E2 8QA
07949764631
Bike Yard East logo Set up in 2008, this repair/service-only enterprise is run by mechanic Celia, who has long experience in the area including at London Fields Cycles. No waiting lists. Just turn up. LCC members get a 5% discount on parts.
Caballo Bikes & Café
32 Chatsworth Road
London
E5 0LP
020 8986 7288
Caballo logo Opened in July 2013, Caballo continues the contemporary trend of combining a bike workshop with an attractive food and drink offering. Already looking very busy in its second week of operation.
Cycle Pit Stop
Netil Market
Westgate St
London
E8 3RL
Back in business after an arson attack in April 2013. Affordable bike servicing, 9.30am to 7pm, seven days a week.
CycleLab & JuiceBar
18a, Pitfield Street
London
N1 6EY
020 3222 0016
CycleLab logo Shoreditch outfit opened in 2010 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
London
N16 8BP
020 7254 3380
A long-established, no-nonsense, straight-up local bike shop on the high street.
Full Cycle Repairs
241 Well Street
London
E9 6RG
020 8985 8966
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
E8 2BT
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
N16 7JL
020 7923 8820
Halfords logo 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
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 11am-5pm
Le Beau Vélo
Basement East
36-42 New Inn Yard
London
EC2A 3EY
Office: 020 3487 0720
Mobile: 0776 482 3503
Le Beau Velo logo 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.
Lock 7 cycle café
129 Pritchards Road
London
E2 9AP
020 7739 3042
View from Lock 7 cafe 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.
Look Mum No Hands
125-7 Mare Street
London E8
at the junction of Mare Street, Westgate Street and King Edward's Road
Look Mum No Hands opened a branch in Hackney in July 2013. This is their first branch outside its original Finsbury base, unless you count the South Bank pop-up.
London Fields Cycles
281 Mare St Hackney
London E8 1PJ
020 8525 0077
people@londonfieldscycles.co.uk
London Fields Cycles logo 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 8am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm
Love Bikes
137 Church Walk
N16 8QW
07841 421905
Love Bikes 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.
Mamachari
18 Ashwin Street
Dalston
London
E8 3DL
020 7254 0080
07743 899 391
Mamachari logo Mamachari imports and sells affordable recycled and refurbished city bicycles, parts and accessories from Japan, and also runs a fully equipped workshop, carrying out all kinds of repairs and servicing.
Opening hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri 8.30am-6pm
Tues & Thur 8.30am-7pm
Sat Noon-6pm
Mare Street Cycles
143B Mare Street
London
E8 3RH
020 8525 2845
Sales, service, spares, repairs.
Opening hours:
Noon to 7pm, seven days a week.
Pretorius Bikes
Arch 441/442
2 Drysdale Street
London
N1 6NA
020 3538 3882
07852 169786
Pretorius Bikes 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.

Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30am - 6pm
Tuesday and Thursday 12pm - 8pm
Saturday usually 2pm-5pm "unless racing"
PerlieRides
137 Well Street
London
E9 7LJ
020 8525 5694
07957 529389
bikes@perlierides.com
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."

Push Cycles
35c Newington Green
London
N16 9PR
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
Closed Sunday
Skinny Eric's Cycleworks
16 Felstead Street
London
E9 5LT
020 3417 0252 /
This Hackney Wick workshop opened in Spring 2013 offering repairs, strips, rebuilds and modifications, as well as a selection of mostly steel frames, with a bias towards older vintage and contemporary higher end. All common spares stocked, and pretty much anything else can be ordered.

Opening times:
Monday closed
Tuesday & Thursday noon to 9pm
Wednesday & Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm
Tokyo Bike
87-89 Tabernacle Street
Shoreditch
London
EC2A 4BA
sales@tokyobike.co.uk
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
ourshop@twowheelsgood.co.uk
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."
Volt BMX
2 Cazenove Road
London
N16 6BD
020 7275 8660
info@voltbmx.com
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:

Jonathan Edwards
07946 261165
Jonathan 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.
D.T. Cycles
020 8279 3329 / 07912 226695
Email: templetonpeck@yahoo.co.uk
Chingford-based cycle repair service offering collection and delivery and some mobile repairs.

Outside the borough boundary but worth visiting:

Bikefix
45 Lambs Conduit Street
London WC1
Bikefix logo City bikes, folding bikes, recumbents, and a workshop with an excellent reputation.
Brick Lane Bikes
118 Bethnal Green Road
London E2
Brick Lane Bikes logo 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.
Camden Cycles
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.
Everything Cycling
530 Forest Rd
Walthamstow
020 8521 5812
good stock of cheap second hand bikes
Mosquito Bikes
123 Essex Rd
London N1 2SN
020 7226 8841
Long-established independent bicycle dealer, owned and run by cyclists.
Pedal It
18 Newington Causeway
London SE1
020 7407 9115
Good selection of second-hand bikes
Station Cycles
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




Self-help maintenance workshop

We run a self-help cycle maintenance workshop three times a month.

Our neighbours in Tower Hamlets Wheelers also run a monthly workshop.



Canal cycling

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.

When you use the towpath, please 'Share the Space, Drop your Pace', and follow the Greenway Code for Towpaths , and recognise in particular that pedestrians have priority. The canal is not a route for fast commuting.

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.

Canal and River Trust page on Regents Canal



Street defects reporting

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.



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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