This place feels too smart for the road. It has Pinarello bikes that cost thousands of pounds (and the tax-free cycle to work scheme is capped at £800) and good looking staff with views on triathlons.
But when I went in with my tatty old commuter bike, they were polite, and didn't try to sell me anything expensive. I think I'd misjudged them. It's not that they look down on anyone who can't race and repair a bike. It's that they're convinced that everyone would be happier if they did race and mend bikes. It seems to work for them.
167 Hornsey Road Open: Monday - Friday: 0800 - 1900; Saturday: 1000 - 1900; Sunday: 1100 - 1900; Bank Holidays: 1100-1700. Telephone: 0208 617 1033. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org