Update: Cloud 9 Cycles have now moved to 38 Store St, London, WC1E 7DB
You may recognise this moment. You see a gorgeous unique bike heading the other way and you turn your head almost falling off your bike trying to catch a glimpse of it. You wonder to yourself: When did you turn into this person, who upon seeing an attractive member of the opposite sex, you are more likely to stare at their bike?
There’s a chance this head turning bike may have come from a bike shop you may not have heard of before. It’s called Cloud 9 Cycles and it’s located near the ever-trendy Camden high street in a railway arch, just past the Hawley Arms Pub.
I came across it as I was cycling past one day and something caught my attention in the corner of my eye. I went in for a closer look and was mesmerised by the bikes I saw on display outside. I had to meet the owner.
Adam and Kris are behind the new shop that opened just over 12 months ago. Kris is the Cytech qualified engineer who makes the magic happen and Adam helps with customer service. Both have a keen eye for great custom bicycle design.
The way Cloud 9 Cycles works is to talk through with the customer exactly what their dream bike would look like. The above example is for a customer who was looking for a minimalist singlespeed look but with the convenience of gears. Flicking through the builds gallery on the Cloud 9 Cycles website is a mouth watering experience for any cyclist.
As they put it Cloud 9 Cycles is about “Free range, instead of battery bikes”. Adam was happy to talk about their “Lady in Red” build. It was a bike they recovered from the river and given a new lease of life.
Of course, Cloud 9 Cycles isn’t just about custom builds. They have all the typical services of a bike shop including single speed bikes available for rental. Next time your bike is in need or a service then make sure you keep Cloud 9 Cycles in Camden in mind.
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