Vaidas Bicycles, Honor Oak Park

74 Honor Oak Park
SE23 1DY
020 3417 0436

We're big fans of the Cycle Team in Brockley Cross, but it's good to hear about an option at the other end of town.

Vaidas Bicycles is a bike repair and maintainence shop in Honor Oak, with a small range of bikes and equipment for sale, aimed at the more experienced end of the market.

Reader Ash reports:

The gentlemen who runs the shop is actually the owner and he knows his stuff. In fact he saved me about £200 because one of my gear shifters stopped working but he fixed it for an amazing £10. I've not had a full service yet but all the work I have had done has been exceptionally good value and an excellent prompt service.

36 comments:

Hugh said...

Does the Cycle Team have a website yet? Last time I checked they didn't. I called in response to their pavement board advertising bike servicing and was told they only catered for businesses. At that I gave up.

drakefell debaser said...

www.thecycleteam.com

Hugh said...

Nice one, ta.

Anonymous said...

Vaidas Cycles also has the added bonus of being open on Saturdays (including afternoons) and Sundays. Good news for commuters.

Anonymous said...

They're also open till 7pm during the week, I've dropped my bike off on a Friday night and been able to collect it on Saturday afternoon - very fast, reliable service.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like they deserve all the plaudits going.

Anonymous said...

Does Vaidas Bicycles sell bikes for children, or seats that can be attached to bikes to cart around toddlers?

Anonymous said...

On the topic of cycling with children, does anyone know of a bike trail to take a 3 year old on, stopping on the way somewhere child friendly to refresh? Does Vaidas have bike maps?

Hugh said...

Are Vaidas and the Cycle Team to be trusted with expensive road bikes? Not trying to be snooty, just want to be confident they have the replacement parts and know-how. Having a Dura Ace chainset replaced with Raleigh components would suck ass.

Anonymous said...

Blimey, I didn't realise the cycle commute was so competitive!

Anonymous said...

What are their lycras like?

Marmoset said...

''On the topic of cycling with children, does anyone know of a bike trail to take a 3 year old on, stopping on the way somewhere child friendly to refresh? Does Vaidas have bike maps?''

They used to have these at my local bike shop, but you can order free maps from TfL(guides 10 and 11 cover the area) and Sustrans. I'd recommend the series of flat off-road cycle routes through parks on the waterway link - they are long enough for a 3-year old and there are playgrounds/caf├ęs along the route. (Note that access to the Ladywell end is via a seriously cycle-unfriendly section of Ladywell Road - but it's safe once you get there. Malyons Road or Ewhurst Road might be better for getting there, depending on where you come from.)

Anonymous said...

yes, they can be trusted to carry out work on expensive bikes, I have a campag record group set and was very pleased with the work.
He won't supply any replacement parts without consultation and he does not try to flog you something just because it is in his shop. I was seriously impressed, a friend told me that he was chatting to him and he said he used to ride track bikes for his country - also pretty impressive!

Anonymous said...

I certainly like the fixie in the window - might have something to do with the comment above about owner being a track cyclist.

HSN said...

re: anon 12.23pm
I think its more of a repair place than bike sales, but has lots of childrens bikes and accessories and i'm sure he'll be able to order yo something that is not in stock?

very reliable and good value on servicing bikes though. he won't un-necessarily charge you for something you dont need.

Hugh said...

Anon 13:10, thanks a lot. Just to be clear, you're referring to Vaidas rather than the Cycle Team?

Anonymous said...

Hugh - yes, I was refering to Vaidas cycles. Definitely worth a visit!

Reg said...

... which is interesting, as one of the blokes who set up Cycleteam also used to ride the track for his country (Oz) iirc.

Anonymous said...

think that might have been a few years ago.

Hugh said...

Does having ridden track internationally make one a good bike mechanic?

Only asking.

Pete said...

I've been to see Mr Vaidas twice with my road bike and he has done a very good job. He fixed my ultegra equipped bike and Ksyrium SL wheels for me a couple of weeks ago.

I had forgotten to ask how much this was going to be and when I went to pay he was embarrassed (as if he was ripping me off) to charge me a whole fiver! It must be one of the best value bike shops in London. Plus it's on the way to and from Crystal Palace and Herne Hill velodrome if you live round here.

I think he specialises in building up track bikes (he has a nice Pinarello in the window) but he can obviously turn his hand to road bikes and children's bikes too.

Headhunter said...

My carbon baby is currently residing at Cycle Team having a small repair done. I'll let you all know how it goes. When I dropped the bike off, they seemed to be full of police bikes, they must have some kind of contract to service the Met's local fleet or something.

Anonymous said...

I had my cross country bike serviced at the cycle team and wasn't impressed- the gears were very sticky (having been fine before) and weren't much better after I took it back and complained.

Lee cycles have been good, not sure whether to risk Vaidas...?

Wickham Whippet said...

I only discovered Vaidas this last Sunday afternoon when all the other bike shops were closed. I had the chain and cassette on my road bike replaced on the spot. It took 15 minutes before I was back on the road. I'd definitely go back, though I'm hoping I won't have to replace my chain again too soon...

Pete said...

You should learn how to change a chain and cassette. They're the two easiest things to do on the bike if you get the right tools. (A chain whip and a lock ring remover for the cassette and a chain tool for the chain).

Wickham Whippet said...

I 100% plan to! I've just done a basic maintenance course and will do the next level up soon. This will mean changing my own chain in future, which I imagine isn't all that difficult but like you said requires the right equipment. Still Mr Vaidas is so nice, it's a pleasure to go there and get his assistance. And I'm sure he's a million times quicker at changing a cassette than I ever would be!

Thor said...

In a couple of years time, you'll wonder why you ever needed to go on a course! You'll be facing your bottom-bracket and lacing your hubs radially heads-in in no time. Keep it up!

Marmoset said...

Vaguely off-topic, but if the chap who lives on Chudleigh Road reads this blog, I'd like to pass on my thanks again. He saw me by the roadside just after I'd decapitated the valve on my spare inner tube (big whoooosh!!) and popped back up the road to his house and brought me a spare one of his. You, sir, saved me a walk back to Deptford and I'm very grateful. You're a cyclo-samaritan.

Headhunter said...

Well Cycle Team have successfully replaced a broken spoke on my high tension Shimano rear wheel (drive side) and trued the wheel. However they have discovered several other problems with the bike, which of course they can fix (at a price). To be honest I had a feeling there were some issues with the rear hub. The headset is also a bit knackered and they tightened that up for me. Spoke cost 12 quid to replace, however the spoke cost a fiver! Although I think that's a pretty standard price for high tension aero spokes. All in all they seem to have done a good job.

Tom said...

after reading about this place I took my (much abused) once top-end road bike for a general fix up. mr vaidas (if that is his name) sorted it all out very cheap. seems a really nice guy and knows the local club and race scene a bit too. a really nice addition to the local cycling fraternity.

Jonathan said...

Had a service done on my road bike, £40 and it was spot on. Bike got a clean, everything adjusted perfectly.

Will definately go back and take the fixe next time.
Does not keep shedloads of £3000 bikes in stock in the store so i hope he has chosen to run this store nice and lean.
Decent guy, and I'm happy to support the local trade

Hugh said...

The Vaidas man just quoted me £40 for a full service (labour only). That compares to an Evans Stage 2 which is, I think, currently £125.

Ash said...

Another excellent service from Viadas, dropped the bike off on Friday night, and it was ready for collection on Saturday. Fantastic! Feel incredibly lucky to have this business on my doorstep and it is proving to be invaluable!

Justin said...

Very good shop, cheaper than most bike shops, and excellent repairs service. Worth making this your local bike shop!

Ash said...

Mr Viadas now has his own website which lists all the service costs and accessories that the shop provides -

http://www.vaidasbicycles.com/

Judging by all of the positive comments, it's good to see I am not the only one who appreciates having such a fantastic bike shop in the area.

Anonymous said...

This may be a good shop, with some positive posts so far, but my experience of a service was a bit average, and I've found customer service pretty indifferent (maybe its because I dont have a fixed wheel bike!)

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