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We’ll be open on Friday, 29th April 2011

It pains us to even acknowledge the presence of this treasonous, corrupt and parasitic family. It’s also bewildering to accept the idea millions of unknowing ‘subjects’ will wasting electricity by following the farce on tv. Why do we, the taxpayers, have to foot any of the bill for the security. Why? Their clan is one of the richest in the world.

The whole family should be imprisoned in The Tower of London until they can justify or prove that they have any legitimacy ‘over’ us. The Head has already broken her Coronation Oath many, many times – technically, she has renounced her ‘sovereignty’.

Ho hum.

The Sheeple will continue to pay for them, the corrupt politicians, the unconstitutional EU, their fraudster banks, the exploitative, fat-cat international corporates and almost anyone who threatens them with a fine.

Although we would like to shut up shop for the day in protest, the shop will be open as usual on Friday, 29th April (10am to 6pm). We’ll be here for cyclists.

We’ll give the couple 6 months!

We’re neither anarchists nor ne’re-do-wells. We just want to fairly taxed, fairly legislated and fairly represented. We ALL deserve and need a good representative (local and national) government, good local services, a fair application of justice and a Britain that we can all be proud of.

Anyone else feel the same?

Rant over!.

We hope that you will all have a good couple of weekends. Be good to your family, friends, neighbours and all people. Live with dignity and Honour.

PS Happy Birthday Your Majesty

PPS Sod the Census


Closed – Saturday, 26th March 2011

For the very first time in 22 years we will be closed on a Saturday.

We won’t be taking a holiday, or going cycling or posing in the pub. We’re off to Anti- Cuts Demo in London.

This Government (and all those previously), together with their WBanker friends have parasited off the back of all tax-payers for decades. Not only have they laughed into our faces, but also awarded themselves big fat-cat bonuses.

Their collective arrogance, incompetence and immorality is staggering.

Enough we say. We’ll be showing that WE DO NOT CONSENT to their shenanigans. We will be showing our disgust by (initially) demonstrating, hand-in-hand with local government, NHS, fire service, etc. JOIN US.

Apologies for this late notice.

PS. Sod the Census.



Yesterday, a customer brought in a bike because the gears weren’t working well.

Fine – we thought “probably needs adjusting, a cable change or a bit of advice on using the gears appropriately”. On enquiring as to the bike’s history, we discovered that she had bought it as a pre-owned item via the internet and was impressed by the seller’s knowledge of the bike.

Fine, we thought “the lady’s got a bargain and we’ll get her back on the road asap”.

NOT FINE. On examining the purchase we noted that:

  • both the wheels had been replaced by extremely low-quality ones,
  • both wheel spokes were slack
  • the gear shifter was 7 speed in conjunction with a 6 speed freewheel (therefore incompatible and a snowball-in-hell’s chance of working),
  • the freewheel was worn out,
  • both front and rear brake cable needed replacing
  • the rear gear changer
  • the chain was worn out and
  • the brake pads were at the end of their life.

It looked as though the seller had taken 2 worn out bikes to make one worn out bike. Not a bargain. Not a viable purchase. Not a safe bike. Not an honourable seller. Another buyer ripped-off.

After buying the bike and then spending more to get it into a safe & efficient condition, the bike wasn’t such a bargain!


  • always buy a bike from a reputable shop (i.e. one recommended by other cyclists).
  • if you are going to buy a used bicycle, make sure that you have test-ridden it AND take along someone who knows about wear’n’tear issues.
  • don’t buy on the basis of colour, style, visual condition – remember a bike is the sum of it’s components (not just a brand or model).
  • if you are unsure about your potential purchase, WALK AWAY – there’ll always be another one.

We see about 3 of these cases each week. Although renovating these wrecks may be to our benefit, we are not the type of shop to encourage private purchase without the above advice.

Looks like this post will be repeated over and over again.