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DIY Bike Shop London (near Old Street)

TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,988
edited April 2014 in Commuting chat
I seem to remember there being some bike shop that allows you to do the work yourself. Maybe I imagined it, does anyone know of one, preferably near Old Street / LMNH? I basically just need to use a stand as I'm sick of trying to balance my bike on things to tweak the gears.


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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    Turn it upside down?
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,988
    coriordan wrote:
    Turn it upside down?

    Doesn't work with gears!
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,988

    Thanks. It looks quite interesting - very tempted by the wheel building course.

    Not great value for what I want at £12 / hour for a stand, but I can see how it would be very useful if you didn't have the tools.
  • DrLexDrLex Posts: 2,142
    £30 gets you a workstand from Lidl (similar ones at similar prices on eBay). Fettle at your leisure.
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  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,988
    DrLex wrote:
    £30 gets you a workstand from Lidl (similar ones at similar prices on eBay). Fettle at your leisure.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't get me the space to keep it in which seems to be about £1000 /sq. ft at the moment.
  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,980
    When folded they take up less space than an upright vacuum cleaner. Mine lives behind the sofa.
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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 2,441
    Don't Mum Look No Hands let you use their workshop?
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  • KoncordskiKoncordski Posts: 1,009
    The Evans nr waterloo let you use the shop floor if it's pissing with rain and you need to fix a puncture. Nice people.

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  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,988
    Thanks everyone for your help.

    I think after a bit of investigation that London Bike Kitchen is probably the best set up for this. I phoned Look Mum No Hands and they said if I e-mailed they might be able to let me use their workshop, but they weren't sure. So maybe that is useful info for someone. I think both of these would be most useful if you need specialist tools - rather than simply a stand like me.

    Therefore, I ended up using a combination of a broom, kitchen working surface and the back of a chair to get the job done.

    I'd be interested to know if anyone has done the wheel building course at London Bike Kitchen. It is the one thing that I consistently managed to fail when trying.
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