The Big Pedal

March 17, 2017 — Leave a comment

We are delighted that many local schools are taking part in The Big Pedal.

What’s it all about?

The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

Powered by Sustrans and funded by the Bike Hub, the 2017 challenge will run from 20 to 31 March and is open to individual classes as well as whole schools.

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish.

For schools unable to take part in the main challenge we also have a one-day version, which can include cycling and scooting activities in the school day as well as on the journey to school.

To celebrate the finale of the challenge there is also the option to join our superhero fundraising day.

All schools will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards including bike and scooter stunt shows, equipment and storage if over 15% of your school cycle or scoot on each day of the challenge. Prize details will be announced on The Big Pedal website.

Here to help

If your child is taking part we can help with supply of bikes or scooters – we can also fix bikes but please call to book in advance 0208 670 9767.

The Big Pedal 2017 Logo

Koga make great bikes – but sometimes customers want something a bit different to meet their own requirements and the Koga Signature could fit their bill.

DESIGN YOUR OWN PERFECT BIKE

With KOGA Signature you design your own bike based on your specific needs. You can choose the frame and components, you can even personalise it with your name or text. We have a Demo bike in store and will have more (including belt drive) in the next few weeks.

Choose your own way

Within the Signature range you can choose  from two bicycle types: Worldtraveller-S or GrandTourer-S. The choice depends on how you will use your bike. Start your design here.

One skilled mechanic

Your bike will be hand built by a certified mechanic in the Koga factory in Heerenveen. One skilled person is responsible for assembling the bike. By devoting personal care and attention to the assembly the finished bikes high quality and durability is guaranteed. When delivered to Crystal Palace our mechanic will check for transit damage to make sure the bike gets to you in perfect condition.

Fast delivery of Koga Signature

Your bike will be available for collection from Blue Door Bicycles within 6 weeks from ordering.

Koga Signature

Worried about what happens when you get a puncture? We will be running a maintenance class at the shop at 6.30 on Tuesday 21st March.

Fixing a puncture is not rocket science – but learning in  the rain at the side of the road is not recommended. Matt, one of our mechanics, will show you how to do the job and give you confidence to cycle without fear of flats .

Provided we have time, he will also give some basic maintenance tips to keep your bike running nicely between services.

The session is free but you have to book in advance. Call 0208 670 9767 to get your name on the list.

Sale now on!

January 25, 2017 — 2 Comments

Our sale is now on! We have lots of bikes with special prices including Dahons, Dawes, Raleigh and Gazelles.

Start the year with a new bike

We have lots of bikes in different styles – hybrids, road, folding and practical Dutch bikes. The new year is a good time to start with a new bike: gets you fit after Christmas excess and ready for more energetic rides when the weather warms up. A new bike is also a good alternative to suffering difficult rail commutes given the current industrial relations problems on Southern and London Underground.

Our lowest priced adult bike is £198 – less than half the RRP!

Sale

Christmas and New Year

December 17, 2016 — Leave a comment

We wish all our customers and friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

These are our Christmas/ New Year opening times:

Friday 23rd December 08.00 – 18.30 (6.30pm)

Saturday 24th December Christmas Eve 09.00 – 14.00 (2pm)

Christmas Day  Closed (you can still order online)

Boxing Day Closed (you can still order online)

Tuesday 27th (you can still order online)

Wednesday 23rd (you can still order online)

Friday 24th (you can still order online)

New Year’s Eve 10.00 – 17.00 (5pm)

New Year’s Day (you can still order online)

Monday 1st January (you can still order online)

Tuesday 2nd 08.00 – 18.30 (6.30pm)

Christmas Gifts

Don’t forget we have lots of nice Christmas presents in stock.  We have everything from bikes and scooters, to multi-tools and bells. Combine your visit with checking out the other great shops in Crystal Palace – books, toys, food, spiders we’ve got some real gems!

If you over-eat at Christmas, don’t forget in the new year…

New year bike

 

We are participating in Small Business Saturday and partnering with Alistair’s in Westow Street.

Small Business Saturday is intended to promote small businesses – businesses which are often at the heart of their communities. Lots of traders in Crystal Palace are buddying up so that if you buy something at one shop/restaurant, you get a freebee at another.

Spend £30 with Blue Door Bicycles and get one of Alistair’s fresh waffles with cream and syrup. Spend £75.0 at Alistair’s and get a free gift from us (Cateye mini light, GT85).

Only happening this Saturday 3rd December!

Small Business Saturday

Bike Insurance

November 30, 2016 — Leave a comment

Bad things happen and bike insurance can help deal with the consequences.

Bikes get stolen and people have accidents- good bike insurance will provide assistance with the costs of bike replacement or repair. With Pedalsure, you can also get assistance with personal costs like physio and dental work.

You can buy insurance online here www.pedalsure.com/bluedoorbicycles – buy it at this website and you will 10% off!

Policy features

  • up to 50% Multi-Bike Discount
  • Personal injury up to £150k
  • Competition use – Sportive as Standard
  • up to 60 days Overseas (includes air transit)
  • Dental Physio, Accessories

If checking out other insurers, make sure they offer what you want. We often get customers who find that their insurer has refused to pay out due to an issue with the lock for example. We also find customers dissatisfied that their insurer has made them get a bike from a shop miles away delivered by post and not really what they were after. Check your insurer’s requirements and the way they deal with claims.

Don’t forget the basics

Even when you have insurance from a good company, you still have to look after your bike – including using a sensible lock. No insurer will cover a bike if you don’t take care of it!

Bike Insurance

Tannus solid tyres

November 26, 2016 — Leave a comment

We are now selling Tussus solid tyres. These tyres are made from a foamed material which gives a smooth ride – but they are literally puncture proof!

The pneumatic tyre is a great thing. Dunlop invented it 1887 for his son’s tricycle. Since then, it has been developed into a great product allowing tens of millions of people to ride in comfort and at speed. We sell lots of excellent pneumatic tyres – including many which are very puncture resistant.

However, fundamentally when you ride on a pneumatic tyre you are riding on a bag of air – air enclosed by a tyre or tube or a combination of the two. Sooner or later, there is always the possibility of the air getting out due to something sharp going in or you hitting a pothole and pinching the tube between the rim and the tyre. With a Tannus solid tyre this just cannot happen.

Which bikes for Tannus solid tyres?

Tannus tyres replace ordinary pneumatic tyres (technically clincher tyres) on most types of bike. They are held in place by special pins which have to be selected to match the wheel rim. They work on road bikes, hybrids and folding bikes. They can also be fitted to mountain bike size wheels (26inch) but as the are designed for riding on tarmac surfaces they are not suitable for off road use.

We have fitted a pair of tyres to a hybrid bike which can be test ridden on request.

Tannus solid tyres

Colourful options

We are only keeping in stock a limited range of black tyres to start with, but Tannus tyres are available in a variety of colours as well as the standard black. Because the entire tyre is made of the coloured material, the colour will not wear of off time. We can usually get specific colours within a few days.

colour

How much?

Tannus Tyres vary in price but are around £50 – £60 each. Fitting (if you do not fit yourself) is extra. Each tyre has a 2 year or 5000 mile warranty.

 

Free Bike Safety Checks

November 12, 2016 — 1 Comment

We are currently offering free bike safety checks in store.

We will check your bike over and make minor adjustments for free – we will advise you whether further work is needed to make your bike safe or getting running better.

We will look at kids bikes and adult bikes – call 0208 670 9767 to book a slot.

Remember – your life depends on your bike being safe and not all problems are as obvious as this!

Bike safety checks

 

The New Raleigh Chopper is now in stock!

The Chopper is the iconic kids bike from the 1970s – but it has been updated to modern safety standards (no top tube mounted gear leaver to give you a nasty surprise!). It now features:

  • Shimano 6 speed Revoshift gears
  • Chopper ‘Ape’ hanger bars
  • Aluminium V-brakes
  • Aluminium/resin brake levers
  • Classic 16″ front, 20″ rear motorbike styled Chopper tyres
  • Aluminium rims
  • Cruiser style mudguards
  • Aluminium micro adjust seatpost
  • Gear protector
  • Aluminium kickstand