Decent bike shops – Box Hill/Surrey area?
Nirvana are an odd shop. They LOVE people who want to spend thousands, apparently…
I’ve been in once, for a seatpost:
“We’ve got Thompson”
“Not got something cheaper like FSA?”
And with that, she turned her back on me and walked off without a single word.
I’ve never been back since.
I’ve used Moto Sport/Beyond on and off for 20 years, never had anything other than good service.Posted 3 years ago
It’s a well stocked shop too.titusriderMember
Head for the hills nice enough but not good mechanics
Nirvana are excellent mechanically and usually friendly (but Simon has deffo rubbed people up the wrong way! )
New road shop in Reigate is good
However I haven’t found anywhere that is better than just doing it myself!Posted 3 years agosteveirwinMember
Evans Cycles in Gatwick (not that far from Box Hill). They seem to have everything that appears on their website. Staff are helpful and friendly. Mechanics have bags of experience and their after sales service is amazing. Plus they give good discounts. Thoroughly recommended.Posted 3 years agotehtehtehtehMember
Evans Cycles in Gatwick (not that far from Box Hill). They seem to have everything that appears on their website.
it’s their main warehouse, so they do have everything there
expensive though….. unless you have a lot of clubcard points to exchange for vouchers, which is excellent
the new bike shop in reigate is very impressivePosted 3 years agodeadkennySubscriber
njee20 – Member
And if you come to Beyond this Saturday only I’ll be working there. Could be a disincentive
Didn’t know you worked there. Have to admit I’ve never been in but hear good things about it.
Nirvana has popular shop rides, though I hear stories of being dropped though never been on one so don’t know myself. The photos of their antics seems to be lots of stuff I’d probably break myself on 😀
Pedal & Spoke I know well and yeah Howard’s a top bloke. Friendly place. Expensive bikes, but they’re bloody nice bikes (I’m biased as I bought one 😀 ).Posted 3 years agoturboferretSubscriber
Nirvana have some great rides starting from the shop, some led by Simon, others just a bunch of regulars. I did feel sorry for a pair of relative noobies a few years back on a Wednesday night ride – they weren’t local and didn’t have great lights. I hope that after they were dropped within about 10 minutes of leaving the shop they managed to find their way home again!
I used to live right opposite Head for the Hills and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them, same with Cycleworks in Leatherhead, although I never lived opposite them 🙂
Cheers, RichPosted 3 years agojamj1974Subscriber
did feel sorry for a pair of relative noobies a few years back on a Wednesday night ride – they weren’t local and didn’t have great lights. I hope that after they were dropped within about 10 minutes of leaving the shop they managed to find their way home again!
That really doesn’t scream ‘great shop’…Posted 3 years agoajt123Member
Nirvana aren’t the Californian have a nice day type shop, but they are very good mechanically.
Get your stuff fixed very quick, good prices no BS. Have spares in stock too.
Head for hills, Corridiori, Kingston Evans are always yeah, too busy, squeeze you in next week.
At Nirvana I came to drop my bike off for a brake service, did it there, went out for a quick ride.Posted 3 years agorhayterSubscriber
Beyond are decent types, have done good work on my bike in the past but seem to be turning into a Trek and Specialized, er, specialist.
P&S, well Howard, are/is great. Helpful. Cheap demos (and bargain demo bikes sold off a couple of times a year). Their Cranleigh store is quite nice, too. The Peaslake store is great for mid-ride essentials.Posted 3 years ago
Nirvana rides and getting dropped. I’ve done quite a few over the years. I’ve got dropped once as I am very slow. They came back to try and find me but didn’t have my phone number. On every ride I have done with them they have to wait for me, they are very patient with me. These are not training wheels rides, you go at your own risk. I’ve seen a few nasty crashes including one which put Simon the owner out of riding for a few months and Jackie broke her collar bone on a shop ride. I’ve headbutted the dirt a few times myself. That’s all part of riding as is getting lost.Posted 3 years agoCheezpleezSubscriber
Nirvana shouldn’t take the blame for people getting dropped on a night ride. The shop doesn’t organise the night rides, it’s just a meeting place.
I ride regularly from there and we welcome new people who want to come along (and we do make an effort not to leave them lost in the woods, honest) but it’s not a shop ride, a club ride or anything very organised. It’s dark, it’s sometimes chaotic and stuff happens. That’s why I enjoy it. 😀Posted 3 years agoPeterPoddyMember
but it’s not a shop ride, a club ride or anything very organised.
Well in that case the rides should meet elsewhere, as they’re damaging the reputation of the shop.Posted 3 years ago
I live 15-20 miles away from there, and I’ve heard of more than one instance of it happening….
Might be BS, but there’s no smoke without fine.
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