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Road bikes, racing bikes

A quick update then on our new stock, specifically looking at road bikes. We didn’t manage to get as many as usual, but then it’s proving more difficult to get secondhand bikes generally, as the recession bites in Holland and Belgium. That statement might sound specious, but it’s true. People are holding onto their old […]

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Hello Sailor!

Here’s a happy photo of Johnny filling up the truck with chip fat after it stopped working on the motorway outside of Genk. Those gloomy clouds are coming directly out of his brain. We’re wise enough to carry a few spare parts for the engine around with us these days, but it was still a […]

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Secondhand bike shop, Spring 2012

It’s perhaps worth saying something of the latter part of our most recent trip to Benelux, even though regular readers of this blog will probably remark, ‘Well, there’s nothing new in these slightly morbid travelling tales.’ But then this is the bike business I would counter, where nothing really ever changes. I was, fortuitously enough, […]

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Heavens Cycles Olympic Bonanzza!

Oh dear. It has been a long winter. At long last Heavens’ has a new stock of bicycles, though of course with Heavens ‘new’ is a very relative term . As always the bikes have come from Holland and Belgium but this time from a bunch of new sources, as Johnny explores the hinterland of […]

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Long Hibernation

A long absence from Heavens then, weathering the cruelties of winter. Nevertheless we have been trading as a few people sniff us out via the web; Johnny has also been stood in the freezing cold, flogging a few bits from the back of our shed. This is our market at this time of year. And […]

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Heavens Hackney Winter Warmer

The late onset of winter brings a different feel to a working market. Gone are the joys and fresh morning starts of the spring and summer months. Now, by the look of most of our fellow traders, this is a bit more about getting through the day. Very few people think, Oh I’ll spontaneously buy […]

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More road bike stock

There are only a couple of occasions each year where we can get our hands on the the sheer number of quality/quirky secondhand racing bikes we need. The community event in Belgium we attend is one such occasion and always throws up some treats. All of the bikes below came from this sale. Please remember […]

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Pinarello Opera

Somebody said to me yesterday, ‘Ugh this is better than the usual junk you sell’. Which I though was a bit much. But there’s no doubt that this is an ahem exceptionally fine machine. I was typically brief in my description here: http://www.lfgss.com/thread71980.html But on my own blog I can afford to be a bit […]

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Delicate with a hammer

It’s great fun having such good friends in the London cycle business. Now is probably the time to give these people a big-up. This post has been prompted by meeting Przemek at London Field’s Cycles who has been a genuine legend over the last few weeks. The bike on the right in the picture below […]

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Skoda Felica RIP

How to mourn the loss of such a good friend, companion, accomplice, death-trap? The much-loved Heaven’s wagon is about to move on, prompted by the purchase of a newer, uglier and infinitely less fuel efficient vehicle. And so far at least our new vehicle has given us nothing but attacks of anxious cramps, due to […]

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