Retail Network Roundup: Bexley Bikes
Whether you’re a newcomer, commuter or a seasoned roadie, one thing every cyclist needs is a good LBS, or local bike shop. LCCs Retail Network brings together the best bike shops across London to give our members exclusive access to get great discounts on repairs, parts, accessories and more! With over 120 shops to choose from, our Retail Network Roundup series was started as a way to help you find your favourite LBS and get to know some of the faces behind the work stands.
We're excited to welcome Bexley Bikes as our newest Retail Network recruit, and introduce all of our members (particularly those in the Bexleyheath area) to these guys! The boys at Bexley Bikes are a Giant preferred partner for their entire range, from e-bikes through to their award winning road range and everything in between. They also stock a hefty range of two wheelers, from commuters through to full suspension mountain bikes and children’s bikes to suit all ages.
We were lucky enough to catch Scott Wygell, General Manager of Bexley Bikes to talk shop, the lengths they'll go to keep their customers on two wheels and get to know a bit more about the bike shop of choice for Bexlonians over the last twenty odd years.
What’s the story behind Bexley Bikes? How did you guys get started?
We grew from the owner’s lifelong passion for cycling and now that he has semi-retired I have taken over the reins to be the bike shop of choice for the local area. I have a mild obsession for everything road cycling and love nothing more than talking push bikes so come on in and let’s chat.
On your website it says that you are an official dealer of Giant bikes. Any noticeable standouts from their 2018 range that folks looking to upgrade (or get into cycling) should keep an eye out for?
The Giant TCR has just won 2018 Cycling Plus 'Bike of the Year' and is a fantastic road bike and available to view in the shop. The Giant Propel has also won the Aero Bike of the year and that is also available to view in the shop.
With over 40 years of combined experience of repairing bicycles, what's your best customer story or strangest repair question you’ve gotten in the shop?
We have repaired everything from go-karts to wheelbarrows to wheelchairs we just love a challenge. Just a couple of weeks ago I literally took the electronic battery from my own bike and gave it to a gentleman who was planning on cycling a 100 miles from the Kent coast to London and back again after his own battery had failed on him and he was stranded 40miles from home. That’s the next level service we offer here at the World Famous Bexley Bikes.
How did you get into bikes/cycling?
Personally I had worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and decided on a complete lifestyle change. Marc Anthony said it best, “If you do what you love you will never work a day in your life!” I’ve followed pro cycling all my life and the obsession is real.
What's your favourite thing about cycling in London?
The sights, the sounds and the smells are second to none and in just 10 miles you can be in the Kent Countryside with all your worries left far behind.
What tips would you give to anyone thinking about getting into cycling in London?
Come in to your Local Bike Shop and touch and feel the quality of the products and knowledge we have on offer it really will set you on the right path and you might even catch a little bit of our enthusiasm.
How do you feel cycling in London has changed over the last decade?
The Olympic and professional success really has had an impact of the popularity of the sport in recent years. I think this has had a massive impact on the improvement of cycling infrastructure and its creditability as a form of transport. All Hail The Push Bike and its rider whatever their shape or size!
How important is it for cyclist to support their LBS and how do you think the future will look like in London for independent mechanics/retailers in the cycling industry?
“Support your local bike shop for you will miss us when we are gone!” We are the lifeblood of the local cycling community and a local centre of knowledge for all things cycling related. Like the record stores of old we could so easily be taken for granted then before you know it disappear for sight.
Do you run any workshops, events, or club rides that our readers should know about?
We are interested in getting involved with local clubs and cycling groups so get in touch. We are planning on starting midweek shop rides WHEN the English weather finally gives us a break. Find us on Facebook for upcoming details on future events.
Being a road cycling enthusiast, I’m guessing that you’ll be tuning in to Giro d’Italia on Friday. Where’s your favourite spot to catch the races?
First and foremost I’ll be keeping it British and closely following the Tour De Yorkshire from the Comfort of my front room, then I’ll be switching to The Giro with split loyalties between Team Sky and reigning champions Team Giant Sunweb.
Everyone loves their LBS, but why do people in Bexleyheath love Bexley Bikes?
With over 20 years experience and a team made up of passionate coffee loving cyclists we really are a RAY OF RETAIL SUNSHINE on Bexleyheaths Broadway so come and see us - we're sure you’ll feel the passion.