When your bicycle breaks down you can’t always carry it to your favourite workshop for a facelift. Following my struggle for results with Evans Cycles, I discovered the London Bicycle Workshop near Chancery Lane, and was impressed with their top-notch work. I had known that various parts needed replacing and was willing to check Fly in to ensure the best results.
But now picture the scene: you’re on your way to work when disaster strikes…. you drag your bicycle onto the pavement, inspect the damage (inner tube/cables/brake pads…. could be anything). You complete the journey by carrying the bicycle the rest of the way and then what? If you don’t have a car you can’t drive your bike to the shop, and you’re not always near to one. It’s at times like these that mobile repair shops come into their own.
There are plenty of mobile mechanics to choose from but I have long been a fan of London based Cycledelik. They offer services by the grade depending on your need, starting with the Express at just £19.99. My usual mechanic is named Wiktor, and once a year or so he will text confirmation and pedal up on his customised frame, dreadlocks flowing, whether it be to the theatre where I work or to my house, and make my bike cruise like it’s 1978 and she’s fresh out the factory. When you’re at home you don’t feel the pressure of the usual bike shop. I don’t worry about being patronised for being in a dress, I don’t have to stand in front of a counter for half an hour trying to get anybody’s attention. I offer a cup of tea, usually declined, and we’ll chat about cycling for a bit before I retreat indoors to make my lunch.
If anything needs adjusting afterwards, you can get in touch with Cycledelik or your mechanic and presto, tweaked perfect!
To book an appointment with Cycledelik, visit their website.
I keep hearing myself ask the following question: “Wanna buy a bike?”. The posters I placed around my local West End stage doors have resulted in plenty of enquirers as to why I’m selling my bike to which I will inevitably reply “It’s my other bike”, given that people are so used to seeing my battered old Raleigh, that Henry the Trek often gets forgotten. The conversation that follows will then dwindle out until I am compelled to ask The Question, just to be sure.
So, I’m just askin’…
Henry is now for sale on Going Going Bike, an auction site specifically for bicycles and cycle gear that is definitely worth popping into your bookmarks should you ever need to buy or sell a trusted steed.
UPDATE: Sold! To my housemate of all people, welcome to the cycle-house!
The days are getting lighter: noticeably at last. Now, when I set out for work it’s bleak rather than black, and today, granted it was a matinee day rather than just an evening, I was able to ride all the way in wearing just a thin cardigan and a scarf over my ditsy playsuit without feeling cold….. Summer, here we come.
Henry the Trek.
Henry and I go home from work.
I just did a bad thing. I may have just bought a bike on ebay…
It’s a Raleigh Traveller Ladies’ in a lovely blue hue, and I won it for under a hundred pounds including delivery. Very pleased. I’m not sure that my mother will be quite as pleased with my continued spending, but it’s so much fun to have new things! I’ve been thinking of painting my bike a metallic purple, but I had my heart set on a Pashley Poppy in Pastel Blue. The other option was to stake a claim on the vintage beauty pictured below, which has been abandoned substage at Drury Lane since The Lord of the Rings was in. It’s in pretty bad condition, but I’d already named it Cameron (my bike is called Henry) as apparently Cameron Mackintosh had been tinkering with it during the Oliver! tech. i may salvage it yet, but as I wouldn’t know where to even start when restoring a bike, I’d probably have to pay up to get someone to do it for me.