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Brixton Cycles – my new favourite bike shop

I’m really impressed with the folks at Brixton Cycles. They did a great job on installing my Centaur chainset, and I would have no hesitation entrusting a bike of any value to them again. I like their relaxed vibe and friendly early-morning workshop sessions.

True, the shop floor is a tad cluttered, they don’t have the Giro playing live on a plasma screen, and I can’t pick up a BC-blend latte while I wait for my wheel to be fixed – but there will always be Condor. To be honest, the secret of a good bike shop is patient staff who are knowledgeable – and who wear their knowledge lightly.

Bike shops

Coolest bike shop sign in the world?

Coolest bike shop sign in the world? Photo: RAPHA on Flickr

I’d like to visit Mellow Johnny’s one day. I like bike shops that try to be original, and that raise the bar in terms of design and customer experience. I like walking into a bike shop and being seduced by the stock on display. I like the atmosphere in there to feel like a club of initiates who aren’t snooty towards newcomers or those less knowledgeable.

Best bike shop in London? Possibly¬†Condor. But I haven’t been to all of them. I’m probably not going to. What I may well do, from the comfort of my armchair, is try to find the world’s best bike shop website. I’ve reviewed some before: here’s a review of Condor’s old site – to be honest they still haven’t got it right; and of course there’s this one, the less said about the better.

So what about the criteria?

  • Attractive, coherent visual design
  • Easy navigation, product organisation etc.
  • Features – does the site aspire to be something other than an online flyer saying ‘we sell bikes’?
  • Seduction quality – I want to hit the home page and feel my debit card start to slip out of my wallet

The search begins… suggestions below!