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!

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.

Merry Christmas… see you in the New Year!

As I type, the shop door keeps being blown open by the high winds and I’m watching rain-lashed people hurry past, holding up collars and hoods or wrestling with umbrellas. It’s horrible out there and if you have to travel in this weather, please take care and make yourself as visible as possible – and be kind to all the other poor souls who just want to be at home in the warm.

It’s been a great year and I want to thank all our customers for supporting Rat Race Cycles. We wish you all a joyful Christmas and a New Year filled with adventure, challenges, achievements and laughter.

We’re going to be closed from Christmas Eve through to January 3rd; we’ll re-open with our normal hours from Saturday 4th January. Happy riding, and happy Christmas.

It’s our birthday!

Garry Parsons' window decoration for our first birthday

Rat Race Cycles opened our shop one year ago this weekend and, to celebrate, we’re having a bit of a sale. We’ve got 25% off lots of things including all Garmins, all inner tubes, selected locks, tyres, pumps and other accessories.

Inconveniently we have no shop sign at the moment as the shop front is being renovated, but we’ve got a brilliant window illustration by Garry Parsons, a local artist and illustrator.

You may be pleased to hear that we’ve just got some new gloves in – they’re waterproof, windproof, warm and comfortable and only £22 (in black or high-vis yellow). They’re opposite the range of powerful little Knog lights.

We’re also proud to have started stocking Lumicycle lights. If you don’t know Lumicycle, they’re a British company who have been making excellent quality bike lights since 1997. They’re superbly built and immensely durable, made in the UK, with excellent versatility and customer service backup. If you’re heading out on dark roads this winter, light your way with the best lights around! For more information, see www.lumicycle.com/why-buy-lumies/

…and of course we have plenty of other great stuff, including stocking-fillers and gift ideas. Pop in and say hello!