Bicycle shop and cafe located at Box Hill and Westhumble Station in the Surrey Hills, on the
spectacular North Downs.
* * Sorry we do NOT OFFER BIKE HIRE despite some out of date web information that seems to still be out there from when we did a few years ago now. * *
Welcome to Pilgrim Cycles. We are a small friendly independent bicycle shop and cafe based at Box Hill and Westhumble Station in the beautiful Surrey Hills. We are a TOURING BIKE SPECIALIST and the builders of our very own PILGRIM touring bikes.
Our lovely historic country railway station is listed as one of the Guardian’s TOP 10 stations in the UK, and celebrated its 150th birthday last year. Just off the North Downs and Pilgrim’s Way, a few minutes from Box Hill and other spectacular walks, cycling routes and bridleways, we are perfectly situated for the start, end or middle of a day out in the country all year round.
Our home is in the delightful hammer-beamed Old Booking Hall, opened by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway in 1867 as part of a unique set with Leatherhead and Dorking stations. This has to be one of the prettiest main-line stations anywhere in the country, and is well under an hour from central London with a regular service even on Sundays and bank holidays.
Here at Pilgrim Cycles we make our own brand of Pilgrim touring, audax and bike-packing bicycles on the premises in Surrey.
We are also a stockist of Surly touring and adventure bikes official Dawes Touring Dealer and have examples of our favourite Pashley models to try before you buy , which means we get to chat about some remarkable plans and trips with remarkable people!
We do a fair few custom bike builds based on Surly and Bob Jackson frames that we can supply, along with Rohloff Speedhub wheel and bike builds- everything you might want to create your perfect bike in fact.
Bicycles currently IN STOCK to ride away include the following…
Pilgrim Cycles – full details under the ‘Our Bikes’ heading
– Pilgrim Whitedown audax / fast tourer demo available to try
– Pilgrim Northdown tourer demo available to try
– Pilgrim Tourer
– Pilgrim Green-Laner bike packing drop-bar 29er
Complete bikes and custom builds are always popular.
– Long Haul Trucker
– Cross Check
– all Surly models can be obtained next day subject to availability.
We really rate the following Pashley bikes, which we have in stock, and can obtain any other Pashley model to order. These are great British-built bikes and refreshingly different from the mainstream.
– Pathfinder Trail – 8-speed hub-geared cross / gravel bike
– Guv’nor – great fun 1930’s-style path racer
– Several models of Galaxies in various sizes always available to try.
– We also sell Dawes bikes for all other tastes and uses from sportive to hybrids, trekking, road and mountain bikes. Most are available next-day subject to availability.
– Steel tourer
Places we know our bikes* have been include……
Americas – top to bottom, left to right. Great Divide, coast-to-coast, Argentina, Peru, Patagonia, Canada (Vancouver to Halifax)
UK all over including several end-to-ends, coastal routes, one Guildford to Lands End to Pembroke to Ireland then up the west coast and over to Scotland and home.. 2000 miles in 21 days. Another did most of the UK then on to Norway then back via Scandinavia to Calais. Possibly into the Arctic Circle can’t remember!
Europe – France, Monaco, Spain, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, east to Istanbul, Baltic states, Scandinavia, eastern Europe.
Further east – Turkey, various ‘stans, India, Himalaya (soon), Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, China, Mongolia. Iran’s ‘new’ visa rules have stopped a few trips there recently.
Round the World – don’t think anyone’s gone all the way round yet. An intrepid few have gone overland to New Zealand and Australia and one is doing it in reverse coming home from Australia last we heard. Some of our customers seem to pack an awful lot into a year.
* the term ‘our bikes’ includes Pilgrim tourers and Surlys we have built as custom one-offs, as well as standard Surly, Spa and Dawes bikes we have supplied to happy customers.
We are able to undertake most repairs and will always give a fair estimate at no cost or obligation. Most parts can be obtained within a day or two, and we will always agree details in advance. A repair with full service can sometimes be a more efficient way of dealing with those irritating niggles that take the edge off your enjoyment.
We also do a lot of rebuilds and renovations, such as stripping customer bikes and having the frames re-enameled before rebuilding them to their former glory, or sympathetically updating older tourers and road bikes. We have also rebuilt customers’ older steel mountain bikes as 26″ wheel tourers, which can be a very effective use of a much-loved old frame. This is a very satisfying process and we would be pleased to discuss your needs and give an estimate at no obligation.
Bikes we have rebuilt or updated with renovated frames include frames by Roberts, Longstaff, Spooner, Brian Rourke, Schwinn, Carlton and Thorn as well as many more workaday Holdsworths, Claud Butlers, Raleighs, Dawes and others. They all go out ready for another few thousand miles and decades of use giving pleasure to their discerning owners.
For walk-in repairs we have a £10.00 minimum workshop charge, and will always agree the price before proceeding.
Our standard service charge is currently £65 plus parts – extra may be charged for disassembling headsets, bottom brackets and hubs, as well as hydraulic brake bleeding. Very dirty bikes will incur a £20 surcharge.
For unusual or difficult jobs such as cutting out corroded bottom brackets our hourly rate is £50.
Standard service items are kept in stock, and other items can be ordered in at short notice.
We stock Wildcat bikepacking gear, as well as traditional racks, saddlebags and panniers. Tubus, Carradice and Ortlieb are all available.
Dynamo wheel and lighting sets are always popular, and we are pleased to fit the wheel and lights for a reasonable cost if required. Fitting is free if purchased with a new bike. Prices start at around £220 for a hand-built dynamo wheel and both lights, with USB charging options starting around £280.
Tyres, tubes and chains are always in stock as well as pumps, lights, gloves, overshoes and other essentials. Just about anything else can be ordered in at a day or two’s notice.
We are stockists of local Ordnance Survey maps and a range of cycling and walking guides covering local areas and further afield.
We are genuine lovers of maps and the outdoors and will be pleased to advise on local journeys and good reads.
We are also lovers of good books on all sorts of subjects, from cycling and walking to the outdoors in general and round-the-world and adventure travel to quiet strolls in the fields, woods and downs. We stock an number of local and less-local guides and are particularly pleased to be able to offer Frank Patterson books and prints – see the blog pages for more details.
We always have stock of new copies of ‘Frank Patterson the Early Years‘ priced at £20, and ‘Memories of Frank Patterson‘ priced at £25. These can be hard to find new and can turn up second-hand for considerably more for some reason! We are happy to post these within the UK for a reasonable charge.
Our small cafe is open 6 days a week, from at least 9 to 5 Tuesday to Friday and 10 till 4 on Saturdays and Sundays, offering top-quality coffees, teas and hot chocolate for take-away and sit-down customers.
We like to think of ourselves as more of a climbing cafe without mountains than a high street boutique… our coffee and home made offerings are excellent and our toasted sandwiches made with fresh local bread are simple fare that appeal to the right sort of person.
Our open fire is a welcome feature during the cold and wet months, thawing and drying frozen cyclists and walkers. Sandwiches and tea cakes are on offer, as well as home made cakes, flap jacks, cookies, fruit and crisps.
We welcome cyclists, walkers, rail travellers and anyone else who may be passing although we do find it hard to cope with very large parties and can get very busy at times on weekends. The crowds usually clear after a while if people are prepared to wait a while. Our electrical supply is very limited so lots of toasted sandwich orders at once can take a while to get through. Just mentioning it in case anyone comes at a bad time! We do our best.
We are pleased to offer the following Pilgrim bicycles, all of which are hand-assembled at our shop in Westhumble from top quality components.
‘Whitedown’ – our audax build from £1950.00 ** DISC BRAKE OPTION NOW AVAILABLE AS AN UPGRADE **
The ‘Whitedown is our fast tourer / audax bike, using a lugged and brazed Reynolds 631 frame hand-built for us in the UK by world-renowned frame builders who we are delighted to be working in partnership with.
This is the bike for sporty light touring (the end- to- end staying at B&Bs for example) eating up the miles with comfort and speed. It is also perfect for lengthy commutes, day or night rides, sportives and audax events. It can accommodate 25mm tyres and mudguards as standard, or the ‘Whitedown Plus‘ option has clearance for 28mm tyres and ‘guards. A Brooks B17 Narrow saddle is standard but other choices can be requested.
The ‘Whitedown’ is available in half-inch frame increments, built to order in a choice of colours and finishes. A typical build using Campag Veloce or Shimano 105 groupsets with audax wheels and mudguards would be £1950.00 for the complete bike. Changes to the spec are welcome and may affect the price. Reynolds 853 tubing can also be used as an upgrade over the standard price. Either a 1″ quill or Ahead type steerer can be specified.
‘Northdown’ – our full touring build from £1950.00 ** DISC BRAKE OPTION NOW AVAILABLE AS AN UPGRADE **
The ‘Northdown‘ is our full-on tourer, again based on a lugged and brazed Reynolds 631 frame from our UK frame-builders with a global reputation. This frame has slightly over-sized main tubes and braze-ons for front as well as rear racks. This frame can be built for either a 1″ quill stem or 1 1/8″ Ahead stem.
The final build is normally a Stronglight-style chainset with mountain bike hubs and rear gearing. Wheels are hand-built in the UK by a highly regarded touring specialist. The price includes mudguards and rear rack, and a Brooks B17 saddle if required.
Frames are built to order in half-inch increments and there are more colour options than you can shake a stick at.
Pilgrim Tourer – our off-the-peg touring bike. £1300.00
For those who do not feel the need for a bespoke ‘Northdown’, we also offer this off-the-peg Pilgrim tourer which is still built to order at our Westhumble shop, with the same attention to detail as our other bikes. With a tried -and-tested Reynolds 725 touring frame, and using Deore running gear, this is a great package at a great price, which includes Brooks B17 saddle, Tubus rear rack and double-eyeletted Mavic wheel rims. Nothing that needs upgrading in fact.
Custom colours are also fully available – please ask for details. Flat-bar or bar-end versions are always popular and available built to order at the same price.
The 48/36/26 9-speed gearing gives the full range for all occasions, whilst the relaxed cyclo-cross handlebars and mountain bike transmission ensure a stylish, modern and rugged ride that is ready for whatever you have in mind.
We put loads of miles on one of these bikes before offering them for sale, both on and off the tarmac, and we really rate it as something special.
Full details available on request. This is a bike to use for everyday transport, days out and serious adventures.
‘Green-Laner’ – our rather special off-road day riding / bikepacking bike.
Now SOLD OUT IN THIS EXACT FORM, but repeatable as similar one-off custom builds.
Is it a ‘cross-plus bike on steroids or a 29er with drops? depends on your point of view really… the ‘Green-Laner’ is a very exciting new bike we have built in-house using a frame supplied by a world-class British frame design company which is an all-welded steel frame designed for running a 29er wheelset with drop handlebars for a unique off-road experience.
Equally at home touring the bridleways and byways or barelling along some of the more technical stuff that some people enjoy, this is really conceived as a bike to explore the thousands of miles of bridleways and green lanes that the UK has to offer.
How about a lightweight traverse of the South Downs with a hammock or bivvy bag? Why not slip a slim volume of Edward Thomas into your framebag or saddlebag and head off to explore the south country or further afield. Or how about an off-road end-to end? Start each morning with a new OS map and go from the bottom left to the top right and leave the world of tarmac and the internal combustion engine far behind for as long as the family will let you.
The standard bike has bar-end shifters and a 9 speed setup for rugged use all year round although it can also be setup with STI levers or as a single-speed on request. The frame is also suitable for a Rohloff hub which is how we’re running ours currently. The Brooks saddle and lovely green finish make it look like it could have been dropped at Arnhem, and its guaranteed to draw attention wherever you choose to ride. If you know about mountain bikes this is worth a try. If you don’t want to know about mountain bikes but have off-road exploring in mind this could be the bike for you.
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Friday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Pilgrim Cycles Ltd,
The Old Booking Hall,
Box Hill & Westhumble Station,