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Bertin Classic Steel Single Speed Road Bicycle
Simple, classic style and smooth riding. From the daily commute to the lunch run, this single speed Bertin stays strong and looks great year after year. Built to proudly stand the test of time.   If you should require more information or...
£800.00
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Cycles Toni Classic Steel Single Speed Bicycle
This single speed Cycles Toni has a classic look with a simple design, perfect for anyone who likes the feel of riding a bicycle without any added complexity. All of our bikes are fully stripped, cleaned and rebuilt. Frames are checked...
£750.00
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Carlton Corsa Steel Single Speed Bicycle
  All of our bikes are fully stripped, cleaned and rebuilt. Frames are checked for wear, damage and alignment. In every case, all wearable parts are replaced. If you should require more information or more photos of any of our...
£550.00
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Dawes Single Speed Steel Bicycle
This single speed Dawes road bike is the perfect choice for cruising along smooth city streets or country roads in style. Built with Reynolds tubing and a relaxed riding position. It’s low maintenance, reliable, comfortable and simple to use. A perfect choice...
£600.00
Moser Classic Italian Steel Single Speed Bicycle
This steel Moser is a work of art. With a classic style, steel frame, hand-cut details, and crisp finish. This single speed bike is a perfect choice for the urban cyclist. All of our bikes are fully stripped, cleaned and...
£950.00
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Peugeot Steel Single Speed Bicycle
   All of our bikes are fully stripped, cleaned and rebuilt. Frames are checked for wear, damage and alignment. In every case, all wearable parts are replaced. If you should require more information or more photos of any of our...
£850.00
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Moser Italian Classic Steel Single Speed Road Bike
  All of our bikes are fully stripped, cleaned and rebuilt. Frames are checked for wear, damage and alignment. In every case, all wearable parts are replaced. If you should require more information or more photos of any of our...
£900.00
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Dawes Mirage Single Speed Road Bike
Classic Dawes small road frame rebuilt as a nippy single speed, perfect for errands to the shops or relatively flat commutes. It has mudguard eyelets and is compatible with our front Wald baskets - sturdy and strong. Being a converted...
£750.00
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Reynolds 531 Classic Steel Single Speed
Formerly a British Eagle, built out in rural Wales this lovely step through frame has been painted by our go to paint wizard, Steve at Aurum. It is a stunning sparkle finish complimented best by natural light.  This Reynolds 531...
£1,100.00
Willy Sport Steel Single Speed Bicycle
Willy sport with Nervex lugs and BB shell is a stunning handbuilt frame with chrome fork ends and chromed stays. This Lovely frame looks to have been distributed by a Belgian sports shop 'Willy Sport' in a suburb of Brussels. Now...
£795.00
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John Pavey Single Speed Steel Road Bicycle
  All of our bikes are fully stripped, cleaned and rebuilt. Frames are checked for wear, damage and alignment. In every case, all wearable parts are replaced. If you should require more information or more photos of any of our...
£995.00
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Tokyo Fixed Steel Single Speed Bike
In 2006 Tokyo Fixed started as a Tokyo-based online shop, three years later opening a popular shop in Soho, London. They specialised in everything fixed, especially classic Italian and rare Keirin frames. No longer in business, their bikes retain a loyal...
£1,350.00
These are our prebuilt offerings, build and shipping times will be greatly reduced compared to that of custom builds. Please allow 3-5 working days before dispatch. We will be in touch every step of the way.
We have a vast selection of similar builds available in-store, starting from £350.
Check out our bike size calculator, if you're unsure about your frame or bike size.
 

Why Buy Classic Or Vintage Road Bikes?

At The Hackney Peddler, we believe vintage is synonymous with quality, craftsmanship, and style. Perhaps somewhere along the competitive path of constant innovation, manufacturers lost some of that initial spark. We pride ourselves on bringing some of what was lost back to the masses. 
To buy vintage is to revive something lost.
Not to be mistaken for classically styled retro bicycles that attempt to copy the aesthetic of an era. Often without the quality and history that brought them to fame in the first place.
A classic bike is both vintage and exceptional, often due to skilled labourers, a strong history, or an innovative design.
It draws you in, organically.
The style of an early Colnago. Hand-built quality with history and style. 
That's a classic.

 

Why Steel Bikes?

Steel bikes were built to be ridden. Bump, fall, scratch, scrape, rub, and they remain. No other material can take the hits that come from a lifetime of real use. This resilience comes with the added benefit of a smooth ride. A steel frame is much more forgiving over the rough stuff compared to its carbon, aluminium or titanium counterparts.
 

What size bike do you need?

Like most things in life, this question isn't as simple as it first seems. It can be easy to determine what size bike will be way too big or way too small. Providing yourself with an accurate frame size based on speculation can be problematic. We encourage people to try as many bikes as possible before arriving at a final decision. We built a comprehensive guide, as well as a bike size calculator, for those that want us to do the hard work for them.
Bicycles, much like people, come in all shapes and sizes.
 

So you want to go fast?

Let's talk speed.
We're going to ignore physical fitness to keep things as simple as possible. No marginal gains will ever make you faster than training.
First, things first. Heavy frames are going to be slower than lighter frames the majority of the time.
If you want to go faster, picking a lightweight bike or frame will set you up for success. The higher the grade of steel, the lighter the frame. Higher grade steel comes with the added benefit of strength and durability. 
Next are the tyres.
Cheap tyres will usually weigh more, have less grip and puncture easily.
There's an important balance to consider here.
In isolation, on a perfectly smooth surface, slim high psi tyres will likely be the fastest.
Unfortunately, we don't live in a world with perfectly smooth roads or without wind. Puncture resistance needs to be considered, especially for us London riders!
You'll soon forget about minor speed improvements after your third puncture of the week. 
 

Gears vs Single Speed

To maximise speed and efficiency, you're going to need gears. 
Yes, they add weight, but they more than make up for it by allowing you to maintain your cadence across various terrains. 
 
On the other hand, single-speed bicycles are simple and pleasurable to ride. Likely to save some money. They have one gear, familiar exertion, less weight, and fewer things to go wrong. 
Perfect for those that are cycling short distances and are on a budget.
 
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