Last week we brought you a selection of our 5 favourite bike shops in North London. This week we are working our way around the compass and come to East London.
East London has a lot of cyclists – it’s a great place to ride a bike and has loads of lovely canals, parks and marshes for peaceful commutes and lovely weekend rides. It also has a pretty large selection of bike shops! The ones we have chosen are a selection of our favourites and each one offers something a little different.
Hackney Downs Studio, Amherst Terrace E8 2BT
Tel:020 3095 9789
Purveyor of fine vintage frames and bikes The Hackney Peddler is a great place to go if you want a bike built up with classic styling. They have an amazing warehouse space stuffed full of lovely frames – its pretty fun to browse around!
Their workshop can fix most problems on most bikes, and they have a good range of secondhand parts so upgrades and replacing worn out bits doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
138-140 Cambridge Heath Road E1 5QJ
Tel: 0208 980 7998
Bikeworks is a bike shop and a non-profit cycling charity. They have a full shop with all the things you need to keep you on the road and keep you and your bike safe. They also have a great selection of second hand bikes, all fully checked over by their mechanics.
The workshop offers a complete range of services at reasonable prices. There are also fix your own bike sessions on Thursday evenings and Saturdays, with a mechanic on hand for support should something befuddle. So if you fancy doing some tune up and need space and tools, this is the place for you.
Bikeworks is also a charity and they run various courses and sessions. They have mechanic training programs to get people back into work and they offer cycle training and all ability riding clubs for people with disabilities on specially adapted bikes. You can volunteer to help out at these sessions – they are great fun and really rewarding.
118 Bethnal Green Road E2 6DG
Tel: 020 7033 9053
Single-speed/fixies aficionados, Brick Lane bikes is a haven for all things simple, if not always cheap: the guys that work here really know what they are talking about when it comes to one cog riding.
They have a great range of new bikes and gear as well as a ceiling full of second hand and vintage frames. BLB also have their own range of good quality, pretty affordable components perfect for any kind of urban riding – they have a great range of narrow handlebars for zipping through traffic and some sturdy, affordable own brand tyres. Finally, if you are after a super fancy track build, these guys have you covered too.
16 Felstead Street E9 5LT
Tel: 0203 417 0252
If your bike is old, odd or just in need of some TLC, the Skinny Eric’s is the place to head. They specialise in rare and vintage parts and have all the somewhat unusual tools that go along with them. If you want a beautifully put together, classic looking bike these are your guys as well.
218 Mare Street E8 1PJ
Tel:020 8525 0077
London Field’s has been closed for a little while following a fire, but they are open again on April 8th and will surely be back to their old awesome self. They have a great range of bikes for every form of cycling, and every size for cyclist from young beginners all the way up. They also have all the accessories and bits you would need to go with your new steed.
Their workshop is great and they offer a full compliment of the usual services at reasonable prices.
What is your favourite bike shop in East London?