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!

Fit Fridays: (Russian) Twistin’ the night away

So, it’s Friday 13th. Unlucky for some. But not for you, because you’re here, and today we’re going to tackle one of the big boys of core strength. Again at the request of Pierre, I give you the ‘françoise’ also known as the Russian twist.  Disclaimer: the weather has forced us inside for our photos this week.  Please excuse the unfinished floor and the somewhat gonzo childproofing (that’s what the bamboo stick in our drawer handles is for!).  Anyway!  Russian twists.  Let’s do this… Continue reading

Fit Fridays 10: Roll up, roll up!

Unfortunately, illness has struck the Rat House this week and P and I have both been laid low with what felt like creeping death, but I’m assured was just a combination of ‘a bit of a bug’ and general knackeredness (definitely a word). January has been a surprisingly busy month (thank you!) and it seems to have blindsided us a bit.

To this end, while I’m sure you’re beyond thrilled that the ramblings are back, I’m afraid you’ll have to forgive the lack of photos to support what I’m saying. On photo-taking day, Pete couldn’t get out of bed, and I was too achy to touch my toes. Plus, Monty’s yet to master good spinal flexion*, so we were somewhat scuppered.

Do follow along though, and hopefully the descriptions will be enough on this one.

This week we’re going to cover P’s favourite stretch – a basic roll down. As well as keeping your spine mobilised and improving flexibility and balance, you will also find this to be a great stretch for your back muscles, particularly your lats and multifidis, your glutes, and your hamstrings. Winner. Continue reading

Do we want parking restrictions on Evelina Road?

(Fit Fridays has taken a temporary break while Teg’s been very busy with bridesmaid duties – it will return this week!)

In the last couple of weeks we’ve had a letter from Southwark Council, and notices have been posted on lamp-posts: on Evelina Road, as well as on several other busy shopping streets in the borough (like Lordship Lane in East Dulwich), Southwark are proposing extending the free parking time from 30 minutes to one hour.

This sounds like a good idea – it’s designed to encourage more people to “shop local” and spend longer doing so, a principle we definitely support. But is it needed on Evelina Road?
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Fit Fridays 9: This Girl Can

Lately, I have been a bit taken with a wonderful campaign being run in conjunction with Sport England called ‘This Girl Can‘. Perhaps you haven’t come across it yet. If you haven’t got to be anywhere, I wholeheartedly recommend giving 2 minutes of your life to watching this video, which sums it up in all its sweaty, wobbly perfection:

For me, the most fantastic thing about ‘This Girl Can’ is that it dispenses with a number of damaging myths relating to fitness which have long needed to be shown the metaphorical door. I say ‘fitness’ rather than ‘women’s fitness’ because, although it does relate specifically to girls (clue’s in the name), it’s not irrelevant to guys. Most of the message is universal, and actually in the faux, forced macho fitness environment particularly, men need to hear these messages of self worth and support as much as women.

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Fit Fridays 8: New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. Gone are the heady days of Christmas cheer and over indulgence, the “Oh, wine not?” to the third or fourth (fifth?) glass, the ‘oh, have another mince pie, it’s Christmas’ attitude we all cherish for all of December (and probably some of November, too, if we’re honest)… For now, NOW, it is January. And now the carefree, count-free, guilt-free way has been replaced by his arch nemesis: the New Year’s Resolution. With January, and the tight waistbands and doughy extra layers of Christmas pud, comes an almost evangelistic zeal, a deeply felt determination to turn your ENTIRE LIFE on its head. Deeply felt, perhaps, but short lived. For I’m here to tell you to shelve those New Year’s Resolutions; they don’t work. Well, at least not where fitness is concerned. Continue reading