Bon Velo, SE24 9JU
- 020 7733 9453
- 27 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9JU
- 8am-6pm Mon-Tue; 9am-6pm Thu-Fri; 10am-6pm Sat; closed Sun
A Herne Hill bike shop that opened in October 2010.
It's a small place but well laid out, reminiscent of Velorution on Great Titchfield Street (only the Bon Velo staff are friendlier). Perhaps unsuprisingly, given the locale, the stock is aimed at the more well-off customer — merino tops and base layers, Bern and Sawako helmets. The steel frames hanging from the ceiling start at £499 and none of the bikes on display are cheap. There are even some of the just same silly fashion bikes that you find in Velorution photo. That said, they have a lovely range of Orbea bikes on display and some striking kids bikes.
The staff are friendly. When itsbruce enquired about stems, the owner not only showed the range on sale but also some of his "personal stash" (some old Specialized stems left over from upgrades to his own bike) and was ready to get a stem off one of the frames hanging from the roof because it was cheaper than the stock currently on display.
The shop is too small to stock a comprehensive range of accessories — a situation compounded by the fact that the space is devoted mainly to the artful display of select stock. However, there is a select sample of (expensive) items in most categories and they are happy to order in.
itsbruce's verdict: This is never going to be one of those local bike shops that will satisfy all your needs, but it is a nice place to pop into and browse — when you're not on a strict budget.