We will be running puncture repair classes on the evening of Wednesday 30th November at 6.30 and 7.30.

Fixing a puncture is not rocket science – but being caught at the side of the road with a flat tyre is not the time to start learning how it is done!

The class will to cover:

1) Preventative measures
2) Removing a wheel from a bike
3) Finding the puncture
4) Checking the tyre for damage and removing the offending object
5) Repairing a tube with a patch kit (with the caveat that this is best done at home and to keep a tube with you!)
6) Re-fitting the wheel and pumping up the tyre
People should bring their own bike so you can practice on the one you may need to fix in reality!

Free – but deposit needed

We will not be charging for the class, but we will take a £10 deposit that will be refunded when you come to the class. (We have to pay the teacher and want to make sure people turn up for their booked slot – we will also give a refund if you give us 48 hours notice you cannot make it). Please call 0208 670 9767 to book.
Puncture repair classes

More Brooks in stock

October 7, 2016 — Leave a comment

We are pleased to have more Brooks in stock – saddles, bags, bar ends etc.

Brooks has been around for years – they have had a factory in Birmingham and have been in business since 1866 – even longer than our shop has been in the bike trade! Their leather saddles are sold around the world but still made in the UK. I have personally personally ridden many miles on a Brooks saddle including from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Under the Brooks brand, we also stock Cambium saddles. These are normally made of vulcanised natural rubber and organic cotton top, combined with a die-cast aluminium structure and tubular steel rails (C13 has a carbon structure). We offer a service in store where you can buy the Cambium demo saddle, try it out and either return it for an exchange with the non demo version, or have a refund. The Cambium does not have a break in period like it’s leather equivalents and it will put up with being left in the rain without a cover – again unlike the leather equivalents.

More than Saddles

Brooks now have a range of bags, grips, bar tape etc and we are pleased to keep some of these in stock – we can order in from the full range should you need something we do not have at the time. These are stylish products made to a good quality. Call in to take a look.

more Brooks

We’ve got special offers on many adult bikes with up to 50% taken off the price of some. We’ve added a few more deals on 4th October too!

Although the summer is now behind us, there is still plenty of good cycling left in 2016 and so now is a great time to bag a bargain. If you are looking for a hybrid, traditional Dutch bike, a road bike or a tourer, we have lots of nice bikes with some serious savings.

Brands with discounts include Gazelle, Dawes, Raleigh and more – we’ve even taken a bit of some our Kogas. We always try to offer good value for money – and with these special offer prices, you cannot go wrong.

Don’t forget when you buy from use we make sure the bike is set up properly for you and also offer a free 6 week safety check and service. We’re here seven days a week to provide back-up and have a fully equipped workshop with experienced technicians to look after your new bike.

Prices likely to rise later in the year

Unfortunately, with the devaluation of the pound, new stock bikes are likely to be more expensive in the coming months (10 – 15%) – so if you can get a discount on the old price, you will be doing even better!

Special offers on bikes

Lighting up times!

September 20, 2016 — Leave a comment

Autumn can be a great time to ride your bike – but don’t forget with days getting shorter you can get caught out by an earlier lighting up times.

We stock lots of great lights to make sure you are seen out on the road and or seeing where you are going on unlit roads or trails.

Battery, USB or dynamo?

Battery lights were the most popular option until recently and are still a good choice for many. With modern LED lighting systems, they can have a significant run time so unlike old fashioned lights you will not spend a fortune on batteries – with the associated waste issue as well as the environmental impact. If you want to reduce the waste still further, you can often use rechargeable batteries.

Lighting up time

Quality battery light set

Battery lights are good for being seen and if you make a mistake and let the battery run out, they are reasonably easy to replace at convenience stores and other outlets all over London – even late in the evening.

Cateye USB lights

Cateye USB lights

USB lights come in many different forms ranging from modest ‘be seen’ lights to super bright ‘light up the neighbourhood’ versions. The USB light contains a battery which is re-charged via a standard USB cable.

Dynamo front light

Dynamo front light

Dynamo lights are great for regular cyclists who want to invest in quality lights to show you your way and be seen. A system will cost upwards of £175 with a dynamo hub.

Lighting up times

More and more cyclists are using lights for most of the day to make sure they are seen by drivers. In the United Kingdom, there is a legally enforced lightingup time, defined as from one half-hour after sunset to one half-hour before sunrise. If you want to see the sunset/sunrise times, use can find them here.

Cycle To Work Day

September 13, 2016 — Leave a comment

14th September is Cycle to Work day – the day when people are encouraged to get on their way to work (and back again!).

For many people in London, every day is Cycle to Work day – but if you are not one of them and want to try riding in, you can pop into the shop for a free bike safety check on the 13th or 14th September.

Most people at Blue Door Bicycles are or have been cycle commuters, so we can give advice over riding in the area as well as checking out your bike.

We do, of course, also sell bikes and e-bikes under the cycle to work scheme if you either don’t currently have a bike or want to upgrade.

Better cycling facilities

Don’t forget that facilities for cycling have seen major upgrades over the last few years – especially in London. You can read more here. We know there is more to do – so make sure your councillors know people want something better!

Cycle To Work Day

One of the new cycle facilities in London

Bank Holiday Weekend

August 26, 2016 — Leave a comment

We are open normal hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this Bank Holiday Weekend – but we will closed on Monday (we have to go out riding sometime!).

 

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This is the Prudential Ride London and Freecycle Weekend. Lots going on for everyone. Apart from form great races (good luck to those taking part), lots of roads in central London will be closed for the Freecycle event. Keep your eyes open for our customer taking part in the Brompton World Championships on Sunday!

(Not all of us can take part – the shop is open normal hours 9 – 6 Saturday and 10 – 5 Sunday)

 

Comfort and style go hand in hand with the new Raleigh Centros city bikes. A lightweight frame with internal cable routing is beautifully finished with a coordinated rack and aluminium mudguards.

Centro2 Raleigh Centros

There are two models (Centros 1 and 2) with step through and cross bar variants (ladies and gents frames). They all have disc brakes and the Centros 2 has an integrated suspension fork – great dealing with pot holes!

More details here.

Please call the shop for a test ride 0208 670 9767.

 

We are please to have the Raleigh Strada Speed 2 in stock.

This is a great city bike – also good for trails or simply having fun!

The bike is fitted with Shimano Sora gears with 18 ratios to pick from. It also has Shimano hydraulic disc brakes so you can stop when you need to. The light aluminium frame finished in grey looks good too.

We have a number of sizes in stock – call in for a test ride.

 

STRADA SPEED 2

Dynamo lights have been around for years – you power your bike lights yourself by generating electricity which means your don’t rely on batteries or have to remember to re-charge your lights.

There are two types of dynamo – a hub dynamo and a bottle dynamo. The hub dynamo has to be built into the wheel and is very efficient and silent. The bottle dynamo is fitted to the forks or frame and is driven by the tyre – it can be engaged or disengaged as required. The bottle dynamo is not always silent and can slip in wet conditions.

We build dynamo wheels and fit systems to bikes.

Modern systems

Modern dynamo light systems a rather different to the older ones. They are very bright using LEDs rather than bulbs. They usually have a ‘stand light’ facility where the lights stay on after the bike has stopped. The most sophisticated systems now also have a facility whereby the rear light gets brighter when you slow down – effectively acting like a car brake light.

We recently fitted a system to a new Dawes Touring bike.

 

Dynamo lighting system Dynamo lighting system

Brompton Hubs

We can also fit these hub systems to Brompton bicycles.

Brompton Dynamo hub for dynamo lights

Interested in dynamo lights for your bike?

If you are interested in a dynamo system, please ask in store or drop us an email: david@bluedoorbicycles.com .

 

By the way, dynamo systems can also be used to charge phones when suitable devices are fitted to the system.