Find me a bike in London (with my particular annoying needs), please!
August 29, 2013 4:05 PM Subscribe
We just moved back to London, joy! But our very heavy Dutch style bike does not lend itself to our new flat. What is your advice for finding a light compact bike relatively cheaply, ethically sourced?
posted by jujulalia to shopping (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Commuting via bike is by far the best idea of me. As we live on the fourth floor and have no storage space, a big bike will just not fit, even if we could attach it to the wall, it will need to be carried up 6 flights of stairs. Leaving out the front is not an option (high theft area and all).
In my ideal world I'd get a nifty Brompton folding bike that I could leave it locked on my landing. It would be light enough and compact enough to carry up the stairs. But the price for me is prohibitive.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a very light and compact folding bike? And a place where I could buy such a bike cheaply (well, I'm prepared to spend a little but I'm price conscious)?
I could use the Cycle-to-Work scheme but I'm self employed at the moment (if I find some salaried work, I'd be right on it). I could get the tax back as it's a commuter bike but I don't have the money up front now. I hear that there's a bike emporium in Elephant and Castle, but it has a reputation for selling stolen bikes. I don't really want to support that. Also the police do sell on unclaimed bikes, but I haven't seen any folders on their website.
The Boris Bikes don't come this far north, so that's no good either.
In Glasgow there was a charity where a recycling bikes as therapy workshop sold their wares was it the Common Wheel?). I bought a great bike there. Are there any places like that in London?