Bicycle Repairs

Jonathan Edwards turns up by bike at your house or some other mutually convenient spot and can service, mend, repair, de-squeak and tweak, fit things (like pannier racks, mudguards, computers etc), tune and build wheels and generally get you back on the road. If he can’t fix it on the spot (eg if the repair requires a vice), he can take things away and come back. And he is cheap: a fiver to turn up, which includes the first 30 minutes of labour, and then £2.50 for each 15 mins after that. He carries a few spares like cables, outers, blocks, tubes. Jonathan’s number is 07946 261165. (NARG – June-06)

‘Perlie Rides’ workshop and call-out service that also has a stall at Broadway Market on Saturdays: Bicycle Workshop Fully equipped to undertake all maintenance and repairs. Open by appointment. Call-out service, collections and inspections on request from home or office. Contact: 020 8525 5694 / 07957 529 389 / 28 Southborough Road, E9 (Richard Lewis, Hackney Cyclists, Oct-07)

There is a comprehensive list of bicycle repair shops on the Hackney Cyclist’s web page.

Car Repairs/Car Mechanics

I would like to highly recommend Defoe Tyres in Defoe Road, N16. They now do car repairs, servicing and MOTs. I have always found them to be incredibly friendly, helpful, efficient and trustworthy. They are also extremely reasonably priced. (Alison Whyte, July 2015)

Minas runs an excellent garage – just on the side of Hackney Downs. Park View Motors 1A Downs road its in the arch under the railway bridge next to the petrol station. His knowledge on all makes is encyclopaedic. Tel: 0208 5330410 he opens from 11:30 till 9pm (Dave Donert, Oct 2016). They use all the latest diagnostic kit – but are very down to earth

Two people separately (Steve&Rachel) have recommended Michael at Hackney Service Centre, Mare Street, Bohemia Place, London, E8 1DU, tel 020 8533 2786. (a google search turned up that there was more than one down Bohemia Place to be careful to go to the right one). Steve says he has used them for years; they are extremely reliable and trustworthy. Rachel says he has always done her proud and he won’t do work unless it is absolutely necessary and always checks with her and offers to keep the bits and show her, she also says the bill is always reasonable.

Claire recommends Sel from his garage called “Kaybay” who are just off Walford Road. Claire says Sel, really couldn’t be nicer, he is really honest and hardworking, she has used him loads. She also said the engine has just gone in her van and she is in dire straits at the moment and Sel was there to help her out.

Ingrid recommends Real Prestige Motors, 465 Andre St E8, 020 72543776. Ingid says she has used them for 15 years, he has fixed her car quickly and at a reasonable price every time, she has even bought her last two cars from him

I found E & E Lusardi (18a Englefield Road) great for a full service of my brother’s car last week. Labour charges were about 10% higher than I found for a couple of the other recommendations but was happy to pay it. I’d already had a recommendation for the same garage and can see why she goes there. They are very helpful, non-patronising and willing to give you their time to explain things.(Nick Perry, Mar 2018) Vicki recommends: E&E Lusardi on Englefield Rd (off Kingsland Rd.) 020 7254 2881. Vicki says she has used them for a couple of years now and she trusts them not to rip her off. They’ve also helped with a minor thing and not charged her.

Bibi recommended a guy whose garage is down Belfast Road (right next to Stoke Newington Train Station) a petite Kurdish guy apparently.

(some of these recommendations were contributed via Hackney Freecycle Cafe)

Computer Repairs/Installations

Can anyone recommend a computer engineer (PC’s) who does call outs?

Joe Jones tel. 07505863317 / email: cazenoveithelp@hotmail . co . uk.  He set up my new laptop for me. He advised on what software to uninstall to free up space, what software to download from the internet and how to do that safely and he set up my Mail accounts. He also taught me the tricks of Windows 7 and some features of my particular laptop that I didn’t know about. He saved me lots of time and was well informed and professional in his approach. Joe is an IT star!  (Sara Longmuir May-11) Joe got get me going with Skype and  Facebook!  He was very helpful with getting the photos on my Gumtree ad a few months ago and it all seemed so easy.  His is very personable and helpful (Caroline, May-11)

I’d recommend Ben Schneider. His details are at phone 07775 621150 – (Pat Sweet, Oct-06)

I took my laptop to the internet cafe/ computer shop in Cazenove Rd yesterday and they have sorted it out. I had a strange virus so they had to re-install everything and put new virus software on. Now runs very much faster too. Cost 40 pounds. (Anna Newman, Jan-08)

I am a qualified electronics engineer with over 30 years experience, but sadly these days there is little call for these skills. Now I refurbish and sell laptops – but I also can service and install PCs. Networking upgrades etc. and have worked for the local authority providing IT services to schools etc. You can telephone me on 0208 806 5971 /  I also repair lots of other electronic items dvd – hifi – musical instruments etc. I no longer do TV repairs mostly because they are too big and unmanageable. (Dave Donert, Oct-16)

Can anyone recommend a Mac expert to service my computer?

Not actually used this person but spoke to him and he seemed like he knew his stuff (I have a Mac) – he was doing some pro bono work for somebody at the time so he must be a decent chap (?!). Steve Dowding ( He has a web site – (Tom Albu, May-08) I can recommend Steve Dowding most highly. He successfully cleared up some software problems we were having – working methodically from first principles. His mobile is 07989 982079 – (Iain Bruce, June-08)

Danny Gold. 07717675416. He works in Old Street, Tel 020 7729 8030, after 10am. – (Margaret Roe, May-08). Danny repaired my Mac. He’s a lovely bloke and knew what I needed him to, and is reasonably priced (John Campbell, May-08)

Handymen/House Repairs

Alex 07811418941 – He rescued us from the vast leaf-fall that inundated our garden. He cleared and bagged it and left it all looking habitable and neat again. He also does gardening, painting, decorating and a range of odd jobs. Only asks for the London Living Wage i.e. £10 an hour. Recommended.   (John Fletcher, Nov-15)

Decorator Louis (L.C.T contractors) Tel 07818617373 – has just painted and plastered our front room and replaced the skirting board. – specialise in drainage, flooring, painting & decorating and plastering & rendering Services provide a variety of services including: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork. (Sean Hamilton, Dec-10) I’d also like to recommend Louis who painted our flat and also sorted out some carpeting and plumbing issues. He works very efficiently and is extremely courteous and considerate (Mike, Aug-11). Louis laid a new path leading to the front door and we are really pleased with the result.  Because of this we asked him to do some interior painting for us which also turned out to be excellent.  His next job for us was tiling our kitchen floor and hall, which was also done to a high standard.  We found Louis to be very pleasant and helpful and extremely hardworking.  (Bob Harris & Saskia King, Warwick Close EN4, Jun-12) Louis painted my hallway and put up a very large mirror for me. He did an excellent job, is very friendly and was totally trustworthy with keys. I would employ him again without a shadow of a doubt and highly recommend him. – (Tanya Harmer, Jun-12)  I want to recommend someone who is already highly recommended on the site. 

Louis has just tiled my bathroom beautifully, he also did other small jobs he noticed that needed to be done which I hadn’t even asked him to do. He went and bought a shower fitting, called me from the shop to check all the prices, and fitted the shower. He is efficient, hard-working, charming and helpful. I definitely recommend him to all. 

(Alison Whyte, Nov 2012)

I know a very experienced German builder (he is currently redecorating our flat). He does all sorts of work and charges around 18 per hour. It might sound a lot, but he doesn’t waste any time at all. We are quite pleased with the results so far. Hans 07941600570. – (Silvia Camara, Mar-06)

Handymen with buildings skills: Andrew on 020 7275 7574 / Mel McLaughlin on 07932 160777 (Amy Erickson, Oct-06)

Carl, 07969576849 / /– He is willing to do small jobs (I had a list), does them well and is very thorough. He is also good at solving problems (Margaret Roe, Nov-07)

John Bisset, Based in N16 Contact John tel 0207 249 7937 / 07833905152, email:  website is Has done us a fair few jobs over the years – fixing, fitting, plumbing, shelving, decorating, d.i.y. Friendly, Reliable Service – reasonable rates RECENT JOBS removing tiles and re-tiling round bath; fitting shelves in alcove; replacing broken ball cock and valve in toilet cistern; hanging mirror and pictures; replacing valve in tap; planing door to fit (Ivor Kallin. NARG, Jan-09) Arrived on time and gave friendly, efficient and intelligent service. And left no mess! He also helped us out by looking over our washing machine and giving advice to the landlord about its condition – that it had had its day! (Pat, NARG, Jan-09) He is a really nice straightforward guy who has done a few small jobs for me recently, one of them a quite tricky re-plumbing of a kitchen sink, and he replaced a dripping stopcock.  He is quick, efficient and very reasonable and a pleasure to have around the place (Anne Synthiem,  Feb-10). John Bisset is a great handyman, but he is also a great plumber – he replaced a tap in our bathroom and did some very tricky work with a leaky pipe, plus he also fixed an overflow pipe from the toilet. He is hardworking, reliable, and efficient. His fees are also very reasonable (J&G Ivory, Sep-11)

Julia O Hanlon decorated my stairwell last year and another room previously. Very good and reasonable, neat, clean and quick .  Has also done a lot of other work in the area – she was recommended by someone else. it is her full time job Tel  020 7281 6291 / 079614 08964 – (Berni Graham, Mar-09)

We had a great builder/decorator recently who can do a bit of everything and is really reliable, cheap and friendly. His name is Daniel Rybsk and his phone number is 07850 349387, email: danielrybski@yahoo . co . uk – (Paul Moon, March-09 / Sep-11) I also employed Daniel.  He brought another man who did the work.  He worked very hard and all was fine. (Alison Whyte, Jan-10)

I can recommend Steve on 07704336866. He painted our house on in the summer very well (Ezra, Lynmouth Road, Nov-09) Did a great job decorating my study. He was very reliable and efficient and has a great eye for detail. He did exactly what he said he would do and was very pleasant to have around the house. I would definitely recommend him. (Carla Law, Jan-11)

Handyman: I can recommend Mick Walters – 07883 306 613.  I also know that he’s very busy, so OK if not urgent!!!. If you call him, please say that I gave you his number. (Cherry Klein, Evering Road, Nov-10 / Mar-11)

Joss Reiver Bany lives locally, and is good. He’s been taking on handyman jobs recently since being made redundant. email: – (Celia Urbach, Mar-11) I have employed Joss twice this year on varied jobs, and he is prompt, thorough, ingenious at solutions, and reasonably priced.- (Laurel Brake, Jun-12)

Home Electronics Repairs


Oven Fitting / Dishwasher Repairs

Ben Aveston repairs washers, dryers, dishwashers. Astrofix, 08456 44 0427 / 07836 786875 / 07050 379274 /  I like this chap – (David Vail , 2006),We used this guy to fit an oven and felt he did a good job – Richard Collings  (2006), He did a fantastic job repairing our dishwasher and only charged me the agreed price although the work was more complicated and took much longer than he originally anticipated.  He is a lovely guy and really knows his stuff. (Julia Gibbs, Nov-10)

Try “Spanners” on Lee Bridge Road Tel: 020 85560809 – (Andrew Jackson ’06)

Sewing Machine Repairs

Joseph V. Zudovas. Fixes all types of sewing machine, domestic and commercial.  Visits your home.  Charges £50 plus parts no matter how long he takes.  Fixed my ancient machine cleaned and serviced it. 0208 8561 1488.  07786193889. (Margaret Roe Sep-09)