ONE OF HACKNEY’S oldest bike shops, Barclays, just south of the junction, is expanding into a showroom further down Kingsland Road.
Owner Owen Barclay said: “I am taking the business into the 21st century without losing the ‘Roll your sleeves up’ charm of my main premises.”
Barclay worked as a touring guitarist and saxophonist for 15 years before deciding to change direction.
As a child he had been known for mending friends’ bikes in his family back garden. So he turned his thoughts to building his aptitude into a business.
B4B sells new and secondhand bicycles and will mend not just bicycles but wheelchairs, pushchairs and skateboards — anything with wheels and no engine.
Finding itself in a rapidly changing district, B4B describes itself as “urban, yet old-fashioned”.
Some would add that there is something delightfully eccentric about the shop’s small team of mechanics and its crowded interior.
The eccentricity continues at No 466: new Bobbins Bikes and other new and secondhand and new bicycles will be on sale alongside, uhm, guitars. And a friend, Jane Glitre, has grabbed a corner for a charity section.
David Altheer 210116
* Barclays 4 Bikes, 515 Kingsland Road Dalston E8 4AR (0207 241 3131), Mon-Sat 10am- 7pm, Sun noon-5. Until 466 Kingsland Road fully operational, phone to visit showroom
* Backstory: London Fields road-closure row; Hackney council takes on drivers; Hackney U-turns; Cyclists demand segregated routes; Cyclists ride borough to the top; Driver arrested; Cyclist dies at Junction; Why women get off the bike in Hackney; New Haggerston charrie; Hip-hipster-hooray for Bradbury Street
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