|Bike Shops in London||Nick G.|
Mar 6, 2001 12:36 PM
|Does anyone know of any bikes shops in London England. I will be there in a few weeks and would like to check some out. Thanks in Advance...|
|re: Bike Shops in London||SteveS|
Mar 6, 2001 8:33 PM
|It's been a long time since I was in London, but I know that Condor cycles shop is still there, near King's Cross Station I think. Years ago I did some business with F.W. Evans shop and it was pretty good. Go check out a Cycling+ or ProCycling magazine and look at the ads in the back and you will find all kinds of up to date information. At Barnes & Noble.|
|re: Bike Shops in London||Brit Racer|
Mar 7, 2001 12:42 AM
|Well, I'm a Londoner so I reckon that I could help here.
As mentioned, Condor Cycles is pretty good. On Your Bike at Tooley Street by London Bridge also has a pretty decent range of more MTB company orientated road stuff (eg Cannondale, etc.)
If you're willing to travel a little, Sigma Sport is THE place to go. It's in Kingston which is about 10-15 miles from the centre of london but easily reached by train or car. It's the shop where the Linda McCartney riders had a lot of work done (wheel building, etc.) and it has an absolutely amazing range of all the top names (pinarello, Bianchi, Cinelli, Principia, just to name a few...)
Hope that you enjoy London.
A couple of useful links:
15 HIGH STREET HAMPTON WICK, KT1 4DA, KINGSTON UPON THAMES, 020 8943 4443 (drop the 020 if dialing from London)
Mar 7, 2001 1:24 AM
|It depends on what you're looking for. Condor Bikes, 51 Grays Inn Road and actually closer to the Holburn tube station, is probably the best bike store in the City. Decent selection of clothing, frames (mostly their own), wheels, tires, etc. Best buys would be clothing (currently having a sale) and tires. Check out the price of Spinergy wheels while you're there. Enough to cause a heart attack. |
FW Evans is a decent shop which caters to all types of cyclists including commuters and mountain bikers. High-end road stuff is not their specialty. They have a couple of shops near the City and one in Wandsworth. You can find their locations on their website .
Two of the better shops are outside of the City area. Sigma Sports in Kingston, out towards Hampton Court and Bushy Park way, is an excellent high end road store which can be reach by train out of Waterloo station. Train time is less than 30 minutes and worth the trip. Their website is but I've never been able to get a response.
The other shop is Geoffrey Butler in Croydon which can be reach by taking a train out of Victoria station (towards Gatwick) with train time of about 20 minutes followed by a 10-15 minute walk. Again, an excellent high end road bike shop. Their website is .
Remember that the prices include 17.5% VAT. Ask for a VAT receipt, not worth it on smaller purchases, so that you can get a refund at the airport when you leave. Don't wait until you return to the States as the refund, regardless of where you are (ie US or UK) when you apply, will be refunded in £. Also, before you leave, check the US Customs website to understand how much you can bring back duty free. After you use up the exclusion, there's an amount which is charged duty at a flat rate of 10% after which they refer to the tables which are broken down into type of goods. If you've bought a lot of stuff, you need to decide how to handle your declaration when re-entering the States. I've never been checked (as a US expatriate based in London I make the round trip more than a few times), either coming into the UK or the States and this is when carrying all sorts of boxes and bags. However, that's not a recommendation.
Note that lower prices can be found through UK mail order companies such as Parker International . For example, a pair of Mavic Ksyriums from Parker International cost £369 in the UK. Using the current exchange rate and netting out the VAT gives you a price of about $460. The post in the UK is very efficient and they could coordinate your order for delivery to your hotel during the period when you're in London. Just a thought.
BTW, in addition to the normal tourist stuff and museums, don't miss a trip on the London Eye, the big ferris wheel on the South Bank of the Thames (its radial laced) which if its clear should be done at night, a trip to the Tate Modern Museum, the recently arrived Brassai and Goya exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery and the Isambard Kingdom Brunel, architect/engineer, exhibit at the Design Museum, all of which are on the South Bank. Websites are easily found for all of the above. Have fun but don't forget your umbrella.
Mar 7, 2001 4:35 AM
|Hey Zelig, you almost make London sound exciting! Regarding the London Eye, I can't decide whether the hub is Campag or Shimano.
Seriously, Condor is the best shop I have found - they can usually get anything that is not actually in stock. Out east, Rory O' Brien in Romford has some good frame deals, even though the staff are a bit grumpy!
|re: Bike Shops in London||muncher|
Mar 7, 2001 2:16 AM
|Endorse what has been said above, esp re Condor - they have a web site condorcycles.co.uk on which you can get their brochure. They generally have a lot of "close out" material there too.
Also - London is full of cycle couriers - chat to one and you will be surprised what you can find out about who has got the best deals on stuff at the moment, who does the best builds etc etc. There are about 20 decent shops in and around the City, and there is a lot of variety on range and prices. And don't be afraid to try for a discount - you'll generally get one of some sort.