Well it’s been a busy few weeks as Spring has come upon us and the weather is warming. This is, traditionally, the busiest time of year for the bicycle workshops as more and more people take to their bikes. We here at The London Cycle Workshop have certainly been busy servicing and repairing bikes. As some of you may have noticed our small shop has been rammed full of bikes for servicing and collection!
It has been a few weeks since we have had a chance to update the website so it is long overdue with plenty of news to tell. As usual though we would like to start by thanking all of our customers for their support in these first few months of The London Cycle Workshop. Starting a new business is no easy feat and it would have been almost impossible if it wasn’t for the support we have received from the local community and cyclists in general. Thank You. You have all helped make this possible.
Stock on the shelves.
Over the past few weeks we have been increasing our level and depth of stock available. We have increased our range of Schwalbe tyres including the superb Marathon Plus commuting tyres which are proving very popular. We have more and more good quality cycling accessories from Topeak including a nice selection of pumps and tools. Speaking of which we have a great array of bicycle tools produced by Park, (to be found everywhere in our workshop), for those of you who like to turn your hand to a bit of bike maintenance. Our choice of Met helmets has grown, we now have over 20 different models colours and styles in stock including some execellent commuting and road models.
Riken and Keul, (Klickfix) offer a fantastic selection of baskets and shopping bags which can be attached to your bike with a neat quick release bracket system. We now have a good stock of all of their popular luggage solutions and offer a fitting service for these, and indeed all, accessories. With high levels of bike theft in the city we now offer an increasing range of Kriptonite locks, mainly D-locks. We have many different sizes in stock including the ‘New York Fahgettaboutit’, (get it? Forget About It…) which is widely regarded to be one of the strongest bike locks on the market. We also hope soon to stock Pitlock security skewers which prevent a bike thief walking off with your saddle or wheels. Click here to find out more.
On a lighter note we have taken delivery of a couple of new flavours of Mule Bars including Mango Tango and Summer Berry. Not only made with 100% natural ingredients, the company has a sound ethical policy supporting 1% for the planet. Sales from the Summer Berry bar also go towards sponsoring the Tour of Britain. And for a bit of extra comfort and performance along the way we are also taking delivery of an expanding selection of saddles from Brookes, (English handmade leather saddles) and Fi’zi:k, (lightweight performance road saddles).
We are sticking to the opening hours we have with one update. Due to the local exodus over the Easter bank holiday weekend we have decided that whenever there is a bank holiday weekend we will be open the following hours:
Friday 0700 – 1900
Saturday 1000 – 1600
Tuesday Midday – 1900
Then business as usual.
Some notes on the Workshop.
The workshop is why we are here. Repairing and servicing bikes is our passion here at The London Cycle Workshop. We believe in good service with free quotes and honest pricing with all work being carried out by qualified and experienced mechanics.
As we are becoming more and more established, and with the changing season, the shop and workshop is getting busier and busier. It is worth noting that although we will happily accept repair and servicing work over the weekend, Saturday and Sunday are increasingly becoming busier shop days meaning less and less workshop work can be done. For those whose bike repair or service absolutely needs to be completed before Monday morning we will honour any promises we make to get the work done.
We have also reached our storage capacity. As anyone in the bike trade will testify, bikes are an awful shape regarding storage! To stop the shop floor being completely taken over by bikes we are going to enact a maximum storage of 15 bikes. We are flexible, but until we address our storage shortfalls more permanently we think 15 bikes is a reasonable cap. We never want to be in a position where we have to turn work away because of a lack of storage space. Neither do we want to charge a storage fee to our customers as many of the other London bike shops do. We therefore make a plea to service and repair customers; after we have contacted you to let you know your bike is ready, please try to collect the bike promptly so someone else can bring their bike in for repair. Sound fair?
We were recently paid a visit by the American Express sales team and have negotiated a deal to accept AMEX.