Traditionally Sargent and Co deal in the renovation and resale of classic bicycles, but you may have noted that we are selling new bicycles of late.
We have not turned our back on our old racing friends, not for one minute. We do however recognise that their is always a future classic just around the corner.
We have recently got a Wren bicycle (London based cycle company) and it’s a winner.
Size: It’s small but it doesn’t ride like it is. It feels steady, it doesn’t twitch like some of the other small town bikes on the market.
Gears/brakes: It’s 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub gear, yep, great and drum brakes- keeping all the mechanisms internal really helps reduce wear and tear maintenance which I am all for.
Moving stuff: It has front and rear racks, both removable. Flexible. I like flexible.
Comfort: Brook sprung saddle- nice on the bottom and looks the part. Self colour mudguards to keep your comfortable bottom dry.
What else: It’s also fitted with a kickstand, a bell, a big rear reflector and Schwalbe marathon plus tyres i.e. bombproof.
It’s easy to see this bike has been thought out. The ride is stable and the components are considered. It’s great to look at. It’s keenly priced. It’s £595, which I think for the specification you get is great. I like this bike a lot, but I won’t be getting one because my boyfriend will leave me if I take any more bikes home- mmm is it worth it?
The walls have been moved, the doors have been hung, the floors have been brushed. The shop will reopen tomorrow after a week of closing and it is bigger, ‘betterer’ and messier than ever.
We now have a dedicated lades area with ladies specific bikes, both old and new, shoppers and racers, so come down and take a look, have a test ride, live the dream (we have plenty of mens and unisex bikes to).
Needless to say the extension, the expansion, the refurbishment, the new era whatever you may want to call it, is running behind. If I was a betting woman, I would have made some money on that, alas.
So we will be closed all of next week. The door will shut at 18.30 on Saturday 17th March and will reopen Wednesday 28th March at 10.30, not a minute before not a minute after.
The plan is the shop will look all brand spanking new and lovely and the bicycles will have the space they deserve, see you then.
This time last week we were packing up and getting ready to hop foot it down to Loom Mum No Hands for the launch of The Ride Journal 6, this week Robs’ mate Peter is en route with fish and chips. Anyway we now have this wonderful journal in stock (well if they deliver tomorrow as expected), so please pop in and buy yourself a copy, not only because the art direction is phenomenal, and not only because it’s an interesting read, but because I was fortunate enough to have a story published in this edition and it’s kind of about this shop and the array of characters that come through the door.
In case you are wondering the shop expansion is all going according to plan, their has been some banging, some swearing and some painting. We are hoping to open mid to end March, we are going to have an opening party, we asked Jordans’ people if she fancied cutting the ribbon, apparently she is busy guest speaking at a ‘Modern day Marxism’ event in Loughborough. I would go there if I was you instead, it would be daft to miss it.
We will be closing on the 22nd December at 18.30.
And we will re open on the 29th December at 10.30.
May you have a very, very, very merry christmas
Lots of love, Rob, Cassius and Georgie
put the camera down bozo
We are closed until November 2nd.
Today we have been busy photographing bikes and drinking tea. At around 3pm I put Madonna ‘Holiday’ on Youtube and turned the volume up. We were both singing along when we were disturbed by a knock at the door. It was the couple from the flat upstairs, they are moving out and wondered whether Rob would like their sofa. As this is shop and their is not enough space for the stock, Rob gladly accepted the offer of the sofa.
The sofa is now in the middle of the shop and we can’t open or close the door. Cassius is behaving characteristically defensive, claiming the sofa as his.
Never a dull moment, I tell you…
(a fine selection of bicycles and frames from Sargent and Co shall be online soon)