Bicycle Workshop Stories
A celebration of London's cycling culture through the eyes of some of the community's most important members.
The London Bike Kitchen is based on an American concept that teaches it's customers to fix their own bikes. Jenni Gwiazdowski is a Californian cycle-entrepreneur who moved to London during a pivotal time in Hackney's most recent cycling revolution, and immediately spotted an opportunity to provide a valuable resource for the community. More than just another bike shop, the London Bike Kitchen is a school for every cyclist.
Bikefix in London's West End is possibly London's most well respected cycle workshop. Famed for being the cyclists last resort, bikefix pride themselves on having the skills to do the jobs the big shops can't. An unlikely mix of homegrown talent, frame builders from Brompton and strong links with the best bicycle designers in the world, Stuart Dennison's has assembled a world leading team of bicycle engineers.
Andrew's mantra at the Bicycle Academy is, 'It's not always that world champions are taught by world champions', and he's certainly proving it to be true. The last decade or so has seen the art of bespoke frame building almost completely removed from the commercial market altogether, making way for cheaper, bland, but nevertheless very high quality, machine built frames. For many cyclists riding a bike is about the experience, and if the popularity of this course is anything to go by, that experience starts before the bike has even been built.