Love your bicycle
This area is tough on bicycles. Sea spray, potholes, hills, bad driving and theft. We focus on hard wearing components that are good value for money.
We use Shimano cassettes and freewheels, our chains are KMC. Schwalbe tubes, no gunk, no tubeless. Brake blocks and cables by Jagwire. We avoid cheap unbranded components that won't last.
We also have a good selection of 2nd-hand parts. We try not to throw anything away that might have value. If you're after that little do-hicky to fix your bike, there's every chance we might have one.
Topeak make a huge range of bicycle accessories and there's a few things we've seen that impressed us with it's quality and clever design. We like their pannier racks, multi-tools, pumps and saddle bags.
Who makes the best pannier racks in the world? Tubus do. German engineering. Made from steel tubes, they're tough, look great, work well and the only rack to consider for that grand tour. We don't hold them in stock but order in when necessary.
Cleaning & Lubes
We stock the full range of products produced by Green Oil UK. They only use only plant based and sustainably sourced ingredients. Most bicycle lubes contain Teflon (PTFE) which is non-biodegradable and ends up in the food chain, so if you care about the environment, use these products on your bicycle.
Keeping your bicycle clean is the nicest thing you can do to your steed, after pumping the tyres. Dirt kills bicycles. We sell some Muc-Off stuff but the best thing to do is visit your local community bike project and learn how to look after your machine.
We rate Jagwire pads, cables and outer. We stock cables, outer, brake shoes and pads. We use their stainless steel cables in our bicycle service as we see a lot of corrosion of cheaper cables.
We have a lot of experience working with Sturmey Archer hub gears and have access to their full range of hubs and other components. We've built a lot of wheels around their hubs, often putting 5 speed hub gears on a single speed bicycle. We hold their full range of freewheels, for both wide and narrow chains.
Top quality German locks, often come out top in 'how hard is it to smash locks' tests. We stock a few bits and pieces but happy to order in anything from their range if you want something more expensive / specific.
We stock common 'bikey' tools, a couple of multi-tools and the best chain breaker money can buy. We can source tools if you need something special, or there's every chance that your local community bike workshop might have one.
Tyres & Tubes
All our inner tubes are by Schwalbe, as we found cheaper brands had a higher rate of failure. Our tyres are a mix of Schwalbe, Panaracer and Continental. What works, works. We sell a lot of Schwalbe Marathon tyres, as they're great.