Sunday, 10 July 2011

New Bike Shop on Kennington Road

Brian and Richard, above, opened Balfe's Bikes next to the South London Pacific pub just south of Kennington Cross yesterday. It's so new the name board hasn't yet arrived - it's the shop with the red fascia below. I'm giving them an enthusiastic welcome as the owners are also involved in BC Bikes in East Dulwich which donated old shop fittings to the Pedal Power Kennington community project. They're Cytech qualified mechanics so you can be assured they know what they're doing when you take your bike in for a service. Drop in quickly and you might get one of a limited edition of badges which give a longterm 15% discount at the shop.

As you can see there's no cycle parking along this parade, despite a wide pavement and thousands of cyclists passing each day. The road is managed by Transport for London and you've got to wonder why they haven't sorted decent cycle parking out anywhere along here. I suppose that people stopping to shop wouldn't help TfL's obsession with meeting Boris's key objective - Smoothing Traffic Flow through preventing the stop-start journeys that bikes are so useful for.

6 comments:

Richard Balfe said...

Thanks for the welcome Charlie! Yes please folks do pop down and get one of slightly amateurish badges, each one is different and will give you 15% until you lose it, but we'll probably know you by then anyway. Kind regards, Richard Balfe.

Richard Balfe said...

Thanks for the welcome Charlie! Yes please folks do pop down and get one of slightly amateurish badges, each one is different and will give you 15% until you lose it, but we'll probably know you by then anyway. Kind regards, Richard Balfe.

Richard Balfe said...

Woops I did it twice! Shop email is hello@balfesbikes.co.uk or give us a call on 020 7820 0028. 338 Kennington Rd, SE11 4LD

chriszanf said...

You're almost next door to "Taste Of India"! I was there last night!

I'll be popping in on my way home tonight now that you're my LBS.

KR Cyclist said...

Have had two family bikes serviced already and can confirm the staff are very pleasant. The standard of the work is excellent and the prices are very competitive. All the work was explained to me before it was carried out and was completed on time. I agree with the comments about the lack of parking for bikes on this stretch of Kennington Road. Richard Balfe has plans to improve this for his shop. Perhaps the KA could realise the benefits of encouraging passing cyclists to stop and shop in Kennington. Might just help encourage more small busnesses into the area other than estate agents!

Anj said...

I've been loads to Balfe's over the last month, and it's brilliant. The staff are really friendly, they know bikes, and it's a proper personal service. No identikit-Evans stuff here. Plus the prices are decent. What's not to like?