Brompton and unicycle refurb/service

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Wednesday 23 April 2014 10.46am
(I've looked through the old threads on bike servicing, but they're all quite old and there are some mixed reviews, so I'm starting a new thread. Hope that's OK.)

I have a 20+yr old unicycle and a (circa 10 yr old) Brompton that I want to get back on the road.

I've seen good reviews on here for the London Bicycle Repair Shop in Hatfields, but the reviews are quite old. Also, I'm not sure of the extent to which servicing a Brompton is different from servicing a regular bike.

(Of course), the Brompton website tells me that they're unique and benefit from being taken to specialists who work on them regularly. I can sympathise with that to a certain extent, but my inner sceptic also tells me that it's a marketing ploy to get me to go to somewhere like the (expensive) Brompton service centre in Long Acre, or On Your Bike in Tooley St (which I've read mixed reviews from on here in the past).

The unicycle (imho) should be relatively simple, so I'd hope to take it to wherever I end up taking the Brompton and get them both done together.

Does anyone have any experience of getting a Brompton serviced in SE1? Any places to embrace/avoid?

Thanks a lot for any help you can offer.

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 23 April 2014 1.37pm
Hi Ivanhoe
I can vouch for the guys at Hatfields., Great service and speedy repairs. Well priced too. My partner has had his Brompton serviced from there too, but I would also highly recommend Velodro on Tower Bridge Road. They serviced the Brompton and made it (almost) like new. I've had my hybrid bike worked on several times there too and always speedy service and decent prices. I think most places can cope with Brompton but I know those two places in particular have done a good job on a 6/7 year old Brompton as well as a more regular bike too, so either should be ok to handle your Unicycle. The Velodro guy builds bikes from scratch too so maybe he'd be a better bet for the unicycle?
Hope that helps.
Wednesday 23 April 2014 1.43pm
It's a bit further afield than SE1, but Balfe's Bikes in Kennington have been great for servicing all my bikes. I'd expect that the main differences between servicing a regular bike and a Brompton would be the hub gears and the suspension block, but they're very popular bikes these days so I wouldn't imagine that would faze too many bike mechanics.
Zoe
Wednesday 23 April 2014 1.49pm
I take my Brompton to the London Bicycle Repair shop on Hatfields and they always do a good job. One of the guys there had a Brompton and so has the Brompton owners love (you know what I mean as a fellow Brompton owner). They are also very helpful and happily answer my daft questions with no sneering or other patronising behaviour!

I have used On Your Bike and they were also good, but a bit more expensive. Their staff are equally friendly and helpful but I find them a bit more impatient with me as a non techie bike rider. I probably don't know enough about bikes to know which did the better job, but the guys in the shop on Hatfields also put air in my tyres as I don't have the dexterity to use the track pumps (suspect they think I will break it, which I probably would) and found me a rack that matched my bike and a kickstand that fit the odd design of my Halfords bike, with no raised eyebrows or sighing.

I have also used Druids cycles and that one on Tower Bridge road, I found both a bit hit and miss depending on who you see, but others have given them good reviews.
Zoe
Wednesday 23 April 2014 1.53pm
I have also had my Brompton serviced at Balfe's bikes and they did a good job, it's a just a bit out of the way for us up here in SE1.
Wednesday 23 April 2014 2.16pm
I'll cast another vote for Velodro on Tower Bridge Road. I always take my (old) Brompton there for services and repairs - quite regularly because I commute over to Paddington daily in all weathers and don't have facilities at home to clean/maintain the bike myself.

Their work is good, prices are fair and they are lovely people.
Wednesday 23 April 2014 2.23pm
Thanks so much, everyone. I really appreciate it.

I'm getting a warm glow of SE1 forum love. What a great place. May your tyres never go flat...

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 23 April 2014 2.40pm
Can vouch for both London Bicycle Repair Shop in Hatfields as well as Velodro on TBR.

I've taken my various bikes to both places and have always recieved fantastic service at both. Quick turnaround, good quality of workmanship, honest and local.

Havent used London Bicycle repair as recently as Velodro, as I have sinced moved and Velodro is now my local shop.

Haven't ever been myself, but may be worth mentioning Druid cycles on druid street, under the arches. Another SE1 bicycle repair shop.
Wednesday 23 April 2014 4.37pm
Though it is just outside SE1, Robinson's on Jamaica Road always do an excellent job with repairs, though I've not got a Brompton or unicycle and so can't speak for his experience/expertise with those.
Zoe
Wednesday 23 April 2014 7.22pm
BTW, I have seen a man riding a unicycle up Tooley Street, was it you?
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