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Old 08-14-14, 02:07 PM   #1
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for those in London ...

How to get your midnight fix: where to get your bike repaired in London at all hours - London Life - Life & Style - London Evening Standard



There are few easier ways to commute around London than by bike. But unfortunately even cycling is not immune from headache-inducing admin, as Geraint Thomas realised when a puncture threatened to scupper his gold medal victory at the Commonwealth Games. All those who have pedalled will understand the pain of dragging a steed with a flat tyre around to find an open repair shop late at night so they don’t have to brave the Tube trip to work the next morning.

If you’re going to break down, though, there are worse places to do it than London. We live in a

24-hour city and it has adapted to withstand the constant bugbear of flat tyres, loose brakes and dodgy bottom brackets.

Last month the city’s first inner-tube vending machine opened in Crystal Palace, at Cadence Cycle Performance Centre (2A Anerley Hill, SE19, cadenceperformance.com). “People use it at night when we are closed,” says Frank Beechinor, the CEO there. “It makes commuting by bike easier. A lot of cyclists here get up early so they can sort their bikes and get to work. I would love to see vending machines full of bike bits all over London. This one is made from a converted cigarette machine and we’ve had more tweets about it than anything else we’ve done. It’s being used a lot.” The tubes are slightly more pricey than in the shop — at £7 rather than £6.75 — because of ease of machine operation. But locals say the extra 25p is worth it, and cheaper (and less smelly) than the other kind of Tube.

And if you need to do some tinkering, head to cheery bright “pink pitstop” on Great Guilford Street in Southwark where the Better Bankside organisation has installed a 24-hour cycle repair workstand and pump, with tools for everyone to use (18 Great Guildford Street, SE1, betterbankside.co.uk).

Sophie Tyler, the company’s travel planning co-ordinator, says: “It’s part of a programme to make the area a better place for people to work. No one steals the tools, the kids in the local estate keep an eye out because they like using them too and we hope to roll out more in the borough.” Hackney and Kennington also offer free 24-hour bike pumps (for Hackney locations see hackney.gov.uk and in Kennington on Kennington Road, SE1).

Of course there are also times when you need professional help and there is no shame in that. For those situations there are dial-a-repair services. Cycledelik (cycledelik.com) and Mobile Cycle Service (mobilecycleservice.co.uk) both come to wherever you are marooned in London as quickly as they can and prices start at £15.

Now there is no excuse to cave and leave your wheels at home.
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All very nice,but I always carry a tube,patch kit,pump,and tool. Also,those are only really useful if you're relatively close to them.
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