I'm looking for a bike shop as a location for a TV programme I'm working on. I need an 'Aladdin's cave' style independent LBS, of which I'm sure there used to be hundreds, and now are a dying breed...
Something like Sargent and Co in Stoke Newington would be ideal... (I've actually tried calling there but it says temporarily closed - has anyone seen him open recently?!)
Failing a bike shop, if anyone knows of any interesting looking bike workshops that we could hire for a day, that could also work...
Any suggestions gratefully received!
The workshop below Look Mum No Hands (i.e. not the main space, but where they actually do the wrenching) is the closest central London place I can think of.
Harry Perry Cycles in Woolwich has the same vibe: http://harryperrycyclesuk.co.uk/
Wilson's Cycles in Peckham? Been running 150 years or so
You could try Brixton Cycles, modern building but they close on Sundays.
Sam The Wheels in Brixton. He's famous https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/oct/04/everything-burn-sam-wheels-filmed-brixton-ablaze-uprisings-black-britain-clovis-salmon
His workshop is in his home. Never seen it, but the outside always looks like the photo in the Guardian.
Maybe Druid Cycles by Tower Bridge? I assume they're still open.
Is Sargent & Co still around? Think I remember the owner going off to restore a boat or something, not sure if it's still going
Eurgh I shoulda read the OP properly, too much coffee soz
yeah he splits his time between bikes and boats afaik.
Could try pedal pedlar in dalston? they have a small but fairly atmospheric shop full of bike stuff and a little underground workshop below the shop
Thanks. The best outside by far, unfortunately modernised on the inside!
Yep I've been down there good shout thanks...
No worries! I think he's going to be a nightmare to get hold of anyway...
Thanks I'll have a look at both...
Edwardes in Camberwell might be worth looking at. Front of house had every last inch of wall and ceiling space displaying something when I last went, no idea what the workshop looks like though.
I have never been in, but Walden's Cycles in Kingston looks like this from the outside:
I don't suppose anyone on here has a mobile number, or (I'll be amazed) an email address for Rob at Sargents?
All the bikes a bit too modern in there I think - thanks for the suggestion though!
Looks amazing thank you. I suspect his workshop isn't much tidier!
I think it’s closed down?
You can plot the growth of the bike pile on Streetview. None in 2008. https://goo.gl/maps/ez3PBV28RqdLzcK76
I remain to be convinced of his skills. I asked him to remove my bott0m bracket but he couldn't do it. Perhaps that's unfair, it was a 30 year old steel frame.
Maybe, but it's looked on the point of closing for about two decades...and has recent reviews.
Bikes and Bits is fairly Aladdin's cave-like:
Rob's email address is in his Instagram bio.
Thanks! I thought he might be the type of guy to not have much internet presence, but I've subsequently found his, website, FB and Insta! All sorted
Great thanks. Will have a look
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