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Ladywell Village Cycles
257 Algernon Road
020 8265 4791
Please post your reviews of Ladywell's new bike shop in the thread below and follow them on Facebook here.
It's about as small as could be, squeezed between the florist and the barbers, but the mechanic, Mark is incredibly enthusiastic and, it would seem, skilled. Full service on my bike, with new brake blocks and new inner tube, cost £44. Bike's running well, gears sorted, AND he's been letting me know about cheaper spares on ebay rather than expensive trade prices. I really hope he succeeds.
I have a 1950s classic lightweight that needs restoration, do you think they would take it on? Doesn't seem like a job that Brockley Bikes would be interested in.
If it's frame painting etc, I think it might be a bit specialist for him but he can certainly do gears, brakes and wheel alignment. Have you tried Mario Vaz in Catford? I can get the number for you if you email me.
This is great - bike shops in Brockley (Brockley Bikes*), Honor Oak Park (Vaidas), now Ladywell and soon Nunhead too/ We're all set for the Wiggo effect!(*Brockley Bikes isn't really a bike shop, just a service centre, albeit a very good one)
The guy who runs the shop stopped me on the street a couple of months ago and (correctly) pointed out a problem I had with my bike. I cycled past him the other day and he passed me a business card, clearly remembering me. So he definitely seems like a good egg to me! I'll try him out next time my bike needs a service.
Not to take the spotlight off L.V.C but Brockley Bikes have started to build their own bikes - custom frame and very nice they are too (looks wise at least)I also checked out Brixton Cycles earlier in the week and what was remarkable about them is the amount of kids that came in whilst I was there to rent tools out in order to tinker with their BMX's on the pavement outside. It helps that they are next door to a skate park but I thought it was a great initiative.
@BreakspearsEagle - Have you tried taking it down to the Union Cycle Works in Deptford? Really nice and helpful bunch of people, and they do a lot of restoration work.
Just started exploring options so will check our Union Cycle Works and Mario Vaz
Sorry to threadjack but this seems like the right place to ask:I'm considering starting commuting by bike from crofton park to bank underground station.Does anyone do a similar commute and if so any idea roughly how long this might take? I'd do a trial run but I don't own a bike yet...Im 32, not particularly fit (or fast) and would probably buy a hybrid bike rather than a racer. Obviously the commute time will be rider/weather/traffic dependant but a ballpark time would be useful and might help me decide one way or another... Route-wise I might be tempted to cycle around telegraph hill rather than over it - at least initially.I currently ride my scooter and it takes about 20-25 mins with traffic...
EHR - the tfl website has a route planner option for cycling. It includes a time estimate of the route you specify.
I can never get my head around the TFL cycle planner so I use google maps directions on cycle or walking options
I cycle from Hilly Fields to Bank. Takes me anywhere from 25 minutes to 40 minutes, depending largely on whether I am thrashing it or taking it easy. Your own timings will vary, of course.
Hello easyrider. I go pretty much the same way - from Crofton Park to Monument - and it's a decent ride that takes about 30 minutes with red lights and that. Best bet to avoid the worst of tele hill is to go over the cycle-laned bridge which leads from Eddystone Way and drops into Nunhead. You can then wiggle (Wiggo?) diagonally up to Tower Bridge. Or there are a couple of other more round the houses routes in backstreets on the national cycle trail or whatever it's called. Hope this helps and happy freewheeling.
I commute to the South Bank from Brockley a few days a week and used the TFL cycle journey planned to identify a good quiet route through Peckham, Camberwell & Lambeth. It takes about half and hour.Union Cycle Works in Deptford built me a single speed on a 30 year old frame and they did a fantastic job.
EHR when you are ready I am sure there are many who would guide you for the first few days or weeks - just ask. I do hilly fields to the elephant by back roads and parks, takes 25 to 30 min most days.
Crofton park to bank? If you thrash it you could do it in 20 to 25 mins....takes me about 20 mins to get from brockley to fleet street...
Easiest way to Bank is to go up the Old Kent Road, up to Borough and then over London Bridge.I take the Old Kent Road/Borough stretch into Holborn every morning, although I go over Blackfriars bridge instead. You could go through Peckham and Camberwell, but seems like a bit of a detour...
Thanks for all the advice and real world advice everyone... Very motivational and my fear of an hourly commute seems to have been a little pessimistic!Now I'll have to see if I can nab a decent second hand bike on gumtree...
Cycling is easily the fastest way to get to the city from brockley or Crofton park... Bus takes an absolute age and train to London bridge is fairly fast but then you have to walk our bus the rest of the way... if you drive you just get stuck in nose to tail traffic.helicopter might be faster I suppose...
Headhunter - You forgot scooter which is my current mode of transport...20-25 mins from Crofton Park to bank on the scoot - so it sounds as if a speedy cyclist with a relaxed attitude to traffic light discipline could give me a good run for my money!
Yeah I suppose scooter or motorbike might be faster at times but pedal bikes are nippier and it's easier to get between and around nose to trail traffic...I often find that motorbikes come past me on the straight open sections of road but I can catch and pass them when things start to clog up....
Pedal bikes may be faster (I'd question that bit though) but at what cost? Turning up sweating like a paedo in a playground doesn't do much for one's professional image. There's a reason people take cabs through the city and it's not because they enjoy the traffic jams... just a thought. And before you say it, very few workplaces have shower facilities.
Central London is mostly very flat. Unless you carry a bag on your back you shouldn't get sweaty cycling in, for instance, the city.
Totally agree you can't cycle in to work from zone 2 to zone 1 without getting at least a bit sweaty and / or grubby.But we have showers at work. Problem solved.Agree that Old Kent Road is an incredibly quick route in to town.
Agreed that the OKR might be the fastest but it also has to be the most dangerous. Peckham camberwell might be longer & slower but are much safer.Beware of gumtree many bikes are stolen. There is a kosher second hand bike shop at the elephant.To support cycling the government could require that an employer with more than n (n=5?) employees must provide a shower. There is also a prefab solution that turns a toilet cubicle into a shower In half a day.
People who think London roads are dangerous should try a few single lane, national speed limit country roads with tall hedges on both sides. Biking here is a piece of piss.
I can assure you that pedal cycles are pretty much always faster if you're vaguely fit. I always, always beat my flatmate home when we're out in London. central, southeast, north wherever, he takes public transport,I cycle and he's never beaten me. Quite often I can get home, lock the bike up, get inside and shower before he even gets through the door... Showering at work has never been a problem for me, every place I have worked in London has had shower facilities.
If you haven't got a shower at work, join a gym. I'm inn the UK fitness network which cost me just over 400 quid for a year and gives me access to gyms and showers all over London
"Showering at work has never been a problem for me, every place I have worked in London has had shower facilities."(Very) First World Perspectives
@Lep Recorn - it's not dangerous on the way in, largely because there's a bus lane along a decent stretch of the route. There are also quite a few cyclists that take the OKR now, so issues like taking the lane aren't met with the usual aggressiveness from drivers. The way back is a different story, which is why I take LCN 22 through the back streets of Bermondsey.Happy to buddy up with any first-timers or anyone anxious about taking to two wheels. Once you get used to it, you'll never look back.
@anon 21.44 Not really sure what you're point is?
I need to get to Mansion House from Brockley, so after following LCN22 through peckham what's the best way to negotiate London Bridge and the river?
There are several maps online of cycling accidents in London. These should help you choose the best route.
I prefer going down through Deptford - Evelyn Street/Lower Road/Jamaica Street. Not really that keen on Old Kent Road.
I sometimes take the Deptford route but okr is faster. It's not especially dangerous because of the bus lanes, you just have to watch our for loony speeding motorcyclists and moped riders flying close past your right ear
i think that the guy who runs the ladywell village cycles was interested in renting out the engedi shop space. i overheard him talking to the lady in there just before it shut down. does anyone know whether this is happening or what's happening with the engedi space?. it would be a great spot for a business like this
Another thumbs up for Ladywell Village Cycles. Mike's great, the service is first class (and not pricey) and he doesn't make me feel like a moron for being unable to sort out simple problems myself! Wishing him well and hoping the word spreads....
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