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Campaign to save Brixton Cycles off to flying start (+ video)

South London co-operative hits almost half of fundraising target within hours of going live

South London co-operative Brixton Cycles has had a flying start to its campaign to raise £40,000 to help it move to new premises and ensure its survival, heading towards half that target less than 24 hours after its launch on Crowdfunder.

The shop, established in 1983, is currently located next to Stockwell Skatepark but its premises are due to be demolished and turned into flats, meaning the worker-owned enterprise needs to vacate the premises by the end of January.

The crowdfunding drive, aimed at raising part of the estimated moving costs of between £120,000 and £150,000, was launched with a party last night where raffle prizes included a jersey donated by former world champion, Mark Cavendish.

Winner of the Best Small Bike Retailer category at the London Cycling Awards last year, Brixton Cycles says on its page on Crowdfunder that it has already “found a new space that we're very interested in and we've agreed a deal in principle. We're yet to sign anything, but fingers crossed we're not far off.

“Even if this space doesn't work out, once we have the funds from the crowdfunding campaign, it will put us in a stronger position to slam down a deposit when the right place does come up,” it adds.

Pledges start from £5 and rewards on offer include cycling caps, t-shirts and prints all the way up to a package that includes those items plus four free services, wheelbuilding and bike maintenance classes and a 10 per cent discount for a year.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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alxuk | 8 years ago
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I see these guys out in Kent on Sunday morning! Cheery-chaps and chap'esses, always good for a wave!, worth a fiver, easy!

Yorky-M | 8 years ago

hope they make it. service will ensure survival

vinnychoff | 8 years ago

I have been on their cycle rides out from Crystal palace. They are a friendly bunch. I will pop onto the website and support them. Thanks to roadcc for sharing the news.


Brooess | 8 years ago
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Please do what you can to support BC - they're a really important part of the Brixton community, great role models and doing a lot to support growth of cycling in London. And they're very very nice people  1

OldRidgeback | 8 years ago
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Let's hear it for Brixton Cycles. We don't want the shop to fall victim to gentrification.

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