Welcome to Rat Race Cycles


Rat Race Cycles is a bike shop and workshop in Nunhead, South East London.

We offer bicycle repairs and servicing as well as bike, parts and accessories sales.  We also hand build quality wheels and custom bikes.

The owner, Pete, is a Cytech 3 mechanic and a qualified CycleFit bike fitter, and is therefore able to tailor each and every aspect of the bike to you from the ground up, whatever your cycling discipline.  This helps you to find the best bike set up to suit your body and your riding style, and can help you avoid injury or pain in your hips, knees, legs, and back as well other joints including your shoulders and wrists.

Find out more about who we are, take a look at what we do, have a look at our price list, and be sure to check back here for updates on what’s going on in Nunhead, and in the wider world of cycling!

Le Cure de France

So, I know we all get a bit of charity fatigue now and again, but if you haven’t reached an icy saturation point in the bucket of people doing good things, you really should check these guys out.

This is not just people doing something good, this is people doing something extraordinary, for a fantastic cause: 29 guys, 4 epic, iconic* climbs, 1 week, and the Royal Marsden Hospital.

We are thoroughly impressed, and if you can afford a couple of quid for this worthy cause, you might make their climbs just a tiny bit easier…

…but probably not.



* in our opinion, iconic is an overused word.  However, in this case it’s utterly deserved.  I mean, come on: Galibier, Mt Ventoux, Col d’Izoard, Alpe d’Huez.  Fair?  Yes.

A (Belleville) Rendezvous on Nunhead Green

If you’re local to us, you can’t fail to have noticed the upgrade work they’re doing to Nunhead Green. The good news is that the work is very nearly finished, and we’re thrilled to announce that this coming Friday evening (12th Sept), Rat Race Cycles will be part of the official opening event.

There’s going to be all sorts going on around the Green, but the headline is a free open-air showing of the excellent animated cycling film “Les Triplettes de Belleville” (aka Belleville Rendezvous) – one of our absolute favourites – which will be powered by pedal power (thanks to Electric Pedals). Even more exciting, though, is that it will be accompanied by a live score from the Cabinet Of Living Cinema! They are musicians, singers and foley artists (sound effects) and they perform live alongside the film, making each screening 100% original and unique.

Because of the way Electric Pedals works, we need plenty of volunteers to pedal away at whatever pace they find comfortable, for however long they like – from a couple of minutes to the entire duration of the movie!

We’ve got a temporary alcohol licence for the Green so there will be refreshments of all kinds, with a bar run by the lovely guys at one of our favourite locals the Old Nun’s Head, and possibly even pedal-powered popcorn, and self-churned ice cream from the awesome Ice Cream Tandem.

Plus, Rat Race Cycles are holding a brief “Dr. Bike” assessment workshop on the Green from 7-7.45; tickets for that are available through Eventbrite for £5 (plus a nominal booking fee).

The official opening of the Green, ribbon-cutting and start of the event will be at 7.45pm. The film showing is free and un-ticketed – just turn up! (and maybe be prepared to pedal a bit). You also check out the event on Facebook.

We’d love to see you there!

l’Étape du Tour 2014

I’m writing this not necessarily to make interesting reading for anyone else, but to keep a record of my thoughts and experiences of what turned out to be quite an adventure.

As I usually do for a big ride, I checked the weather forecast regularly on the days leading up to it. Often I find it changes over time and although a week before the event the forecast might be predicting a spell of rubbish weather, it improves – or moves – as the ride approaches. This time, though, the forecast stayed unchanged: great weather during the week, a stormy Saturday and a REALLY stormy Sunday.

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Desert Island Disc Brakes…

…and caliper brakes, and v-brakes, and pretty much every other part on your bike probably looks like it’s been recently excavated from somewhere near the pyramids.

The truth is, while you’re battling through all this Saharan sand, your lungs, skin and will to live may not be the only things suffering…

Airborne dirt gets into your bike’s workings, clogging them up, making brakes less responsive, gears clunky and everything generally just a little bit gross. Bring your bike in for a general service from Rat Race Cycles and we can help restore your machine to its former glory (yes, there was a time before all this smog). For £85, a general service will not only make sure your bike stays on the road and stays safe, but will give it the love it’s been needing so badly since the desert winds blew in.

Alternatively, if you just want it given a once over to make sure it’s still roadworthy and – better – safe, come and take advantage of our checkover service for only £45.

Call us on 020 7732 1933 and book before 18 April with the codeword ‘Sahara’ and we’ll knock 10% off these prices, making them £76.50 and £40.50 respectively.

Because your bike’s worth it.

6 is the magic number.

Exciting times here at Rat Race Cycles, Nunhead. We are very pleased to announce that as of this week, the shop will be open 6 days: Monday to Saturday.

Our new opening hours are:
Monday: 8 – 6
Tuesday: 8 – 6
Wednesday: 8 – 6
Thursday: 8 – 6
Friday: 8 – 6
Saturday: 9 – 5

So, to all of you who have stood outside our door on a Wednesday with a flat tyre, bitterly disappointed, fret no more. Your time has come.