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!


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.


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

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