Cycle Skills / Trainers
There's a lot of great people and companies out there delivering training across London, here's a few who are worth knowing about and who I have worked for or still work with;
London Borough of Islington - My home and for whom I deliver both instructor and mechanic services
Cycle Confident - Responsible for cycle skills and Dr Bike in 14 of London's boroughs
Wheely Tots - Charitable start-up delivering toddlers and parents balance bike sessions in North London
Cycle Training UK - A not for profit worker co-op delivering cycle training and training instructors (including me in 2010).
Shops / Servicing / Services
A good bike shop is to me one that's friendly, unpretentious and full of people who love their work. The same goes for mechanics and bike related services. The list below covers places and services I know well and their location;
Pedal Me (London) - an on-demand bike taxi service. Super fast and cool way to get around
London Bike Kitchen (Hoxton) - Friendliest, pluckiest bike repair co-op and mentors in bike maintenance in London
SBC Cycles (Hoxton) - Independently owned custom bike shop. Bike nerds to a man.
Bikeworks (Bethnal Green) - Scaled down from their previous all encompassing remit, but a good place to get your bike fixed
Condor (Holborn) - Serious bike shop with history, a good range of clothing but pitched at the roadie market predominantly
Look Mum, No Hands (Old Street) - the original hipster cafe / cycling joint. Friendly bike servicing too.
On Your Bike (London Bridge) - Another great indie, with huge range of commuter bikes and fair prices
Brompton Junction (Covent Garden) - If you ride one of these folding bikes, this is the place with a hotline back to the factory
Phoenix Cycles (Battersea) - The gold standard for Brompton and Moulton repair and servicing
Halfpipe (North Kensington) - Nominally a skater shop, but they know bicycles too, a great selection of lights and accessories
Bike Workshop (Bristol) - Great shop selling quality new and refurbished bikes
Clothing / Brands
Not being a fan of cycle sport or dedicated sport cycle clothing and safety clothing generally, my favoured brands or outlets all favour stylish, clothes or products that work well on and off a bike. Importantly to me, they don't make you look like you'd rather be talking about sportifs over coffee (overrated) with weekend riders, or head to toe in high-visibility fabrics. For lights and gear, I tend to go for good quality, rechargeable over cheap and disposable. For clothing, I take a "buy cheap, buy twice" attitude;
SegraSegra (Czech Republic) - Fantastically stylish urban cycling gear with recycled fabrics. A lot of blacks
Muxu (Catalonia, Spain) - Urban style from Barcelona, and very comfortable, their jeans are faultless
Vulpine (United Kingdom) - Somewhat preppy / roadie, but undeniably excellently designed and fitted clothing
Mission Workshop (USA) - Just brilliant if you need a rugged messenger bag
Chrome Industries (USA) - My waterproof cycle boots from Chrome cost a fortune, but they've never let me down.
Sealskinz (United Kingdom) - Warmest, most water tight cycle clothing garments around
Vizavee (United Kingdom) - If you must go with reflectives, this company does them with the most panache
The Cycling Store (United Kingdom) - Excellently curated online store majoring in women's cycle clothing
Always Riding (United Kingdom) - Another very nicely curated collection of cycling clothing
Knog (Australia) - Stylish rechargeable lights, excellent value
Outdoor Tech (USA) - Makers of some of the most rugged waterproof electronic gear on the market, including speakers
Carry Freedom (Germany) - I cannot fault their trailers. Rugged, dependable and easy to tow.