The Green Bicycle Company, Belfast

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updated on 16/07/2020

Opening Times

Hours may differ
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
09:00 – 14:00
10:00 – 18:00
Closes in  2 h 11 min.
2 h 11 min


How to tell a good bike from a bad bike We are often asked this question. If you know nothing about bikes, then it's hard to tell. If this is you, don't worry. Most people in the UK have no idea either, which is why shops are able to get away with selling such complete junk. In countries where there is a cycling culture, like Holland, there are far fewer bad bikes. If you are buying from km bikes, then it will be a good bike. We don't waste time with rubbish.
Also, as our primary aim is a pleasant theraputic experience for the people who attend, we choose bikes to work on that can be made to work and don't cause frustration. If you already have a bike, here a few ways to tell What it says on the frame. All bikes have some writing on them, usually the make and model, though this may have been removed or painted over. As a general rule, the more aggressive and exciting the name of the bike, the worse it is. Examples of really bad bikes with exciting names include Silver Fox Fury, Hardcore, Disk Demon, Scorpion Crush, Optima Corsa, Stealth Harlem, Raleigh Activator, Alpine Challenge (or Challenge Alpine, it hardly matters). Good bikes have names like Dawes Double Blue, Equinox, Diana, Diploma, Horizon and Galaxy, Raleigh Wayfarer, Merlin, Medale, Caprice, Chiltern, Classic and Randoneur.
Really good bikes have even more boring names, like Holdsworth, Ellis-Briggs, Tony Oliver, Major Nichols, Norwid, Hetchins, Alves, Freddy Grubb, Condor and M Steel. More great names are on the Classic Lightweights website. Shimano make parts in many different price points, and you have to be really scraping the bottom of the barrel not to fit their cheapest rear mech to a bike. Bikes with good shimano parts (Deore and above) don't say so on the frame. Stickers saying "hand made" or "hand assembled" are meaningless. All bikes are put together by hand as robots are too expensive and apes get the ball bearings lost in their fur.

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Tommy Craig

, more than 2 years ago

Great service from Karl ,I had a rush job with 4 broken spokes on rear wheel ,now as good as new if not better .. I will be using Karl again very soon for a full service on my bike .. totally recommended to anyone that needs any kind of repair big or small ..

, more than 2 years ago

Fantastic company, collected repaired and delivered two mountain bikes at a very reasonable price all on the same day. If only all companies could be this good. Excellent service would highly recommended to all.


The Green Bicycle Company

5 from 5

Very good

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