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Bike shops from London to Cornwall(4 posts)

Bike shops from London to CornwallGMS
May 4, 2003 9:07 PM
I am going to be taking a vacation to London and then driving down to Cornwall from there. Are there any really good bike shops I should stop at while I am there?

Thank you.
re: Bike shops from London to Cornwallboneman
May 5, 2003 1:01 AM
I'm only familiar with shops in the London area. Condor in London on Grey's Inn Road is worth a visit. Also, Sigma Sport in Kinston, to the west is definitely worth a visit. Most of the guys who work at Sigma race so it's a hard core but friendly bunch.

As for Cornwall, there's much to see and the guide books cover it well. A drive worth taking, better even on a bike, is the B3306 between St. Ives and St. Just on the north side. Beautiful scenery and a nice road.
re: Bike shops from London to CornwallUcannotBsirius
May 5, 2003 1:12 AM
Bristol, where I live (and between London and Cornwall), has a load of bike shops, though most tend to be MTB-biased. One worth a look if you fancy a trip into Bristol is Mud Dock Cycles which is on the dockside. There is an excellent cafe / restaurant / bar upstairs with a balcony overlooking the water, a good place to chill out. Can give you directions from the Motorway if you want.

When are you taking your vacation? I am staying down in St Ives (north coast of Corwall just up from lands End, stunning place, you MUST go there) the week beginning 14th June (if I remember correctly) and I'm taking my road bike down with me.

Second Boneman's recomendation of the St Ives - St Just road, it's s stunner. (Good fun on a motorbike too...!)
re: Bike shops from London to Cornwallmapei boy
May 5, 2003 11:24 AM
I don't know about the bike shops, but tourist-wise the journey down to Cornwall is a stunner. Be sure to spend some time in Devon. Visit the Cerne Abbas - a gigantic "rampant male" carved into a hillside thousands of years ago by the Ancient Brits. Climb the ramparts of the bronze age Maiden Castle. Visit the town of Dartmouth. You half expect Sir Francis Drake to come scudding into the harbor under full sail. In Cornwall, visit the prehistoric village of Chysauster(sp). You'll see how JRR Tolkien came up with the idea of Hobbits. Further north, see the ruins of the "King Arthur Castle" at Tintagel. A dramatic sight if there ever was one.