At Rat Race we think there’s nothing like a personal recommendation when you’re looking around for something new… so here’s a list of some of the people we think are pretty top-notch.

Of bikes and biking:

Rusby Cycles – “Bespoke bicycles handmade in London” by frame builder Jake Rusby.

Hartley Cycles – “Beautiful bespoke bicycles handmade in London” by frame builder Caren Hartley.

Bespoked – the UK Handmade Bicycle Show. This year from 15 – 17 April, in Bristol.

We’re proud sponsors of the VeloPark Winter Race Series organised by Dulwich Paragon CC, but we like to support all cycling club members. So bring along your British Cycling or club membership card (clubs must be BC affiliated), and we’ll give you a 10% discount.

And if you’re looking for a local cycling club, here’s a link to a list of British Cycling’s affiliate clubs.


Not so much with the bikes:

The Beer Shop – our favourite (award-winning!) Nunhead micro-pub.

The Ivy House – marvellous community boozer in the heart of Nunhead.

Rocket Barbers – the excellent Peckham barbershop that keeps Pete’s mane in check.

Mountain Utopia – if you fancy something a little further than the south downs, and frankly breathtaking, try Morzine. And, if you do, definitely try these guys.