Hackney's best bike shops
A guide to where to buy your wheels, or fix your ride in Hackney
CYCLING has never been so cool, but it's also a low cost, healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around the city.
Hackney has the highest number of people cycling to work in London, and the second highest in England after Cambridge, so unsurprisingly it has a wide range of independent cycle shops, selling bikes, frames, parts, clothing and accesories, as well as offering servicing and repairs.
Here's our selection of bike shops, in no particular order, that each offer something unique for the absolute beginner or geeky enthusiast.
London Field Cycles
London Field Cycles, in Hackney Central, stocks a wide range of bikes, clothing and accessories. All the staff are extremely knowledgable and pride themselves in good customer service. It has a good-sized workshop, and there's always a queue outside every morning, with people booking in repairs. They also build wheels to a customer's specification.
Hub Velo, in Clapton, describes itself as ‘all that a local bike shop should be’. This quirky store offers bike building, fitting, servicing and safety checking services. They also sell cycles for any kind of two-wheeled activity.
London Bike Kitchen
London Bike Kitchen (below), in Hoxton, doesn’t sell bikes, but instead teaches people to fix their own machines, with courses running all year round. Become a member and take your ride in for a repair or service, as and when you need, with helpful staff on hand with advice and top tips. It stocks a wide range of tools and parts, sold to members at cost. They also organise rides and socials so members can meet other cycling enthusiasts.
Better Health Bikes
Better Health Bikes, in Haggerston, is not only a bicycle workshop but a social enterprise as well. It carries out repairs, servicing, and free bike health checks, while offering trainee placements to adults recovering from mental ill health. It also sells some recycled bicycles and accessories.
A & S Cycles
A & S Cycles, in Clapton, is an old school bike shop which has been trading since 1984. It has a wide selection of bicycles and accessories for sale, as well as carrying out servicing and repairs.
Tokyo Bike, in Shoreditch, is the shop for you if you’re looking for a super stylish ride (main image) and prefer comfort to speed. Although their prices fall on the expensive side, the bikes are light and designed to be ideal for city riding. They also stock some uber fashionable cycling clothing and accessories if you don't want to dress like a mamil.
Skinny Eric’s Cycleworks, in Hackney Wick, (below) offers two levels of service and a full strip and rebuild including a respray. There are many finishing options that can be discussed prior to getting your bike revamped.
Mamachari Bikes, in Dalston, imports simple and reliable used bikes from Japan. Built like a tank, they are stripped down and rebuilt using new parts to ensure the bikes are in perfect working order. They carry out servicing and repairs, and specialise in frame and fork alignment.
Kennedy City Cycles
Kennedy City Cycles, in Hackney Downs, is not a bike shop but a bespoke bike manufacturer. The place to go if you are looking for high quality workmanship and a unique ride that you won't see many other people on. Their stated aim is 'to make the ultimate city bicycle using the right balance of reliability, beauty, practicality and value for money'.
SBC Cycles, in Hoxton, is the new kid on the block, opened in July 2015 by two mechanics with 'near debilitating bicycle addictions'. Their emphasis is on 'building custom bicycles and bringing you the highest standard of servicing you’ve ever experienced'. So why not put them to the test...