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 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 And now the carefree, count-free, guilt-free way has been replaced by his arch nemesis: the New Year’s Resolution.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

Last minute gift issues? RRC to the rescue!

Still searching for that perfect present? You’re not alone. Luckily for you, we’ve got ideas for every budget that might just help…

Under £5:

Secret Santa or stocking filler required? You can’t go wrong with a pair of PEDRO’S TYRE LEVERS (left, £4/pr).

These are probably the best tyre levers money can buy, they come in a range of bright colours making them easy to find in your commuter bag or saddle pack. Indispensible for the prepared cyclist.

£10 or less:

Another indispensible tool, the AWS9 PARK TOOL MULTI TOOL (right, £10) is probably the most widely used multi tool available. With 4, 5 and 6mm Allen (hex) keys, and both flat- and cross- head screwdrivers, it’ll get you out of most sticky spots.

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Fit Fridays 6: Totally bummed out

With the sharp drop in temperature this week (overshoes anyone?!) many people’s thoughts have turned to the ski season. Reports are coming in thick and fast of impressive early season (snow) dumps in the French Alps, and winter is well and truly on its way, if it’s not here already.

Whether you’re a skier or a snowboarder, winter snowsports often require strong, powerful legs and good form to protect the knees. Happily, this has quite the crossover with cycling strength training so even if you’re neither skier nor snowboarder this exercise will be useful for you. So today we’re going to look at an exercise that will work your thighs and butt, getting you in shape for the slopes if that’s your thing, or adding to your sprint or climbing strength for next year’s bike season. Any ideas? Yes, that’s right, we’re squatting. Continue reading