15 Nov 2014

November Stock

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On the stall this week….
Paloma – light blue gents – frame size 55 cm – Price £235
Ladies – orange DBS – frame size 53cm – Price £235
Nakamura – Men’s racer 10 speed- frame size 55 cm – Price £275
Pashley – Ladies 3 speed, black with basket and two schwalbe marathon plus tyres – £235
Pashley- large front basket delivery bike. Price £350.


12 May 2014

7th Heaven

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Just to add to the last post we are currently housing all our bikes at Lock 7. They will be serviced over the next few weeks but if you see one you are interested in let the folks there know and they can bump it up the service list. The prices currently range from £150 upwards to £600.
Lock 7, 129a Pritchards Road, London E2 9AP. 07515360721 . Open 8 – 6pm daily, Sundays 10 – 6 pm.
E: info@lock-7.com
T: lock7cyclecafe


12 May 2014

Shampagnolo and spaghetti

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As part of my induction to the Heavens Cycles family I went with Johnny to Belgium in Luxy on a stock replenishment mission. We were super excited to find that the bikes haven’t ran out yet. Here’s a few tasters of the beauties and a gorgeous bowl of veggie spaghetti from Vooruit. Highly recommend.
Pictures are of a Yellow Alu Mega Eddy Mercx 53 cm, Black Van Der Slagmolen 57cm, + 2 others. More in-depth profiles of these superb specimens to follow.






19 Feb 2014

New road bikes, new media

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In these diverse days it’s only right that we have a Facebook page, so young people can keep in touch with our old bikes. It gives us a platform to show a few new interests, as you’ll see if you take a look at the site here:


Among other things you can read about Norman Foster’s Skyline proposal, which is so radical, sensible and futuristic it will surely never get done!

Heaven’s Cycles, promoting urban solutions, worldwide.

Another revelation about our Facebook interface is that you’ll be able to see photos of the finished bikes as Kathryn and her team of crack mechanics fix them up. The Chesini above is a real beauty and ready to ride away. There are also a bunch of other nice road bikes, from Batavus (this is a real unsung classic), Vicini, Gazelle.

10 Feb 2014

Changing Heaven’s

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Apologies for the utter lack of activity on this blog recently.

There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes at Heaven’s Cycles (though I must admit we start from a low base here).

In fact, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s all change, apart from that we still sell nice dutch and racing bikes, and still do the Saturday stall.

So in essence nothing has changed.

Apart from the fact that the very nice people from Lock 7 now run Heaven’s, which has a number of disctinct advantages for you the bike buyer.

Firstly and most importantly, Johnny doesn’t work there much anymore. And secondly, you can now browse the Heaven’s stock all day, every day. Kathryn, about whom more will follow, has laid out some fine examples actually in the shop, so you can go and have a look at the Chesinis and Batavus whilst drinking posh coffee made by lovely Georgia.

If this all sounds far too civilized then you clearly haven’t been in the shop, or met Perry (this is a joke Perry). I’m just saying that you won’t have to skip down to our shipping container in Dalston in this miserable weather, though this can still be arranged, if you want added authenticity, for a small surcharge.

More info on everything will follow.

14 Apr 2013

Gazelle Champion Mondial

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Classic racing fiets given a second chance through Heaven’s Cycles.

Or Bride of Frankenstein, you decide.

12 Apr 2013

Eddy Merckx and friends

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Heaven’s has gone under, or you’d have been forgiven for thinking this, if you’d judged us by the recent lack of activity on this blog.

Or if you’d have judged us by the lack of activity on the market stall during the already legendary (and hopefully recently removed) brutal winter of 2012-2013.

Here’s one of Johnny coping in his dirty trousers, drinking wine in the back of our trailer.

But times change and the sun peeks through the rain, and we have been to Belgium to collect a new load of road bikes. Road bikes are all people seem to want to buy during very bad weather, which seems to sort the men from the boys, so to speak.

Of course you can’t risk using sexist idiom in cycling writing anymore, after the Peter Sagan controversy.

What a wally.

Our new selection of road bikes will however appeal to a broad spectrum of the London cycling community. There is a wild variety here.

(You should click on the pictures for a better view of the bikes.)

Firstly and for the more serious commuter, or alternatively somebody who wants to get their hands on some bargain speed, there is the imposingly named Eddy Merckx Alu Mega. Which when we have given it a new drive train and bar tape will be a very impressive machine indeed, at around £500.

Similarly, though more offensively impressively coloured – clearly it is mating season in Belgium at this time of year – is this second, immaculate Merckx. This one has a full Campagnolo groupset and will also be around £500.

These bikes are a bit of a departure for us in so far as they are aluminium and a bit more modern. So to return to our stock in trade, this classic U Scanini. A real cracker in mint condition, Columbus Aelle, 80s tracksuit paintjob – what more could you want?

Here’s one maybe for Peter Sagan, or somebody else who is extremely confident in their sexuality – Dean, are you reading this? Giacommelli sounds exotic but they are infact as Belgian as waffles. As soon as John has rebuilt the wheels and gotten rid of the tubs this will make a budding Peter very happy.

Here’s the Ludo, which is the hidden gem from in amongst the bunch. It’s a beautiful short wheelbase frame with a mongrel mix of parts, all of which are flash. A Campag triple on the front and practically unridden Open Pros would make this a super-solid commuter or botched tourer. Either way it will be a good buy at £350.

And finally for now, and I have distiorted the picture to give you the full effect, this rather sad-looking Gazelle Champion Mondial, with things falling off it. Or rather it was sad looking. It has recently morphed into a hipster machine par excellence, with white tyres and a Turbo saddle. Also new Campag.Mavic wheels to soften the blow. Operating more as a limousine than a thoroughbred racing machine, it’s nevertheless fast and extremely nice to ride, being very direct like all Champ M’s.

Anyway, I must get back to contemplating the demise of Mrs Thatcher. Roll on spring!

19 Nov 2012

Columbus Genius

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Scroll down the blog a few posts and you’ll find an image of a fairly tatty-looking Concorde with obscene red and white Richard Virenque saddle, peeling tubs and 130mm titanium stem. I hesitated when buying this bicycle because it looked like this; also I had been sleeping drunk in a trailer and wasn’t really in the right frame of mind to be buying anything other than coffee or more beer.

However under J’s tutelage I bought the bike as a replacement for a stolen Gazelle Champion Mondial AA-Special – also featured tattily on the blog somewhere. This was the most astonishing road bike Heavens had yet acquired.


God I miss that bike.

The Gazelle was light and fast and the frame was beautifully made. The standard of finishing on this bike spoke volumes about the pride the Dutch apply to their very best road bikes.

But when compared to the Concorde the Gazelle felt very two dimensional. You should be warned that this discussion of framesets is about to become wanky metaphysical.

I pull back from the brink. Describing the performance of a frame is a bit like describing wine, or music. Really these are things which should be left to speak for themselves.

And so you just ride the bike. I will limit myself to saying that Columbus Genius is a truly modern frameset and as such the Concorde Squadra is dynamic, fluent – and obscenely quick.

Buy one if you can find one.

Actually, this bike which we try not to sell even though it doesn’t fit anybody associated with the business is just as good as the Concorde. It hangs up in the shed looking pretty.

Are you 5’7? Will you offer us the right amount of money?

19 Nov 2012

Road bikes – Diamant, Himpe, Giacomelli etc

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In a speech to the CBI today David Cameron invoked the spirit of the 1940s, declaring that British businesses needed to adopt that wartime, buccaneering attitude to succeed in the global race for capital.

And it is very much in this spirit that the Heavens’ blog has gone untended for so very many months. Which is by way of an apology and a confession, and an introduction to a current list of bikes, many of which we have unfortunately sold already. It feels a bit weird to say, Oh these are the bikes you could have bought from us if you;d been quick enough. but as always the blog functions as much as a historical document, showing you the sort of things we sell.

First up is this magnificent Himpe which we had hardly dragged out of the trailer before it was bought for £475. This is about the most expensive bike we have sold through Heavens, but in looking at the photo you might well think that it is worth it, especially considering what you can get in the shops for this kind of money:

Admittedly the picture suggests that John took this bike out for a picnic, but I am assured that this was not the case.

Back to the more familiar territory of our lock up and a photo below which proves that we do sometimes get smaller road bikes. This 49cm beauty sold very quickly. We haven’t really been able to get out hands on enough road bikes – their popularity in London seems to be forever on the rise.

17 Jun 2012

Macleans Apollo Restored

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I’m sure that Simon P won’t mind me sharing his email, but more importantly his pictures here on the blog.

Just to give you a bit of background, Simon is a vintage cycle enthusiast who bought a lot of the items we found in this cache here:

More than just being a antiquarian, Simon is really a historian of English cycling heritage. There’s also a part of me which gets incredibly nostalgic for the localised production and smaller-scale values of the past, and part of me which enjoys the simple aesthetic beauty of bikes from the forties and fifties especially. So I understand the sentiment behind his restoration projects.

So good on you Simon. The bike looks really superb.

‘Hello Ben, I thought you might be interested to see how the Apollo turned out.
I trust the old bike business is booming.’