Even though bike shopping online is more popular than ever, there’s something to be said for those bike shops that have withstood the test of time. From fancy new boutiques serving carbon frames and high-octane coffee to greasy old-school repair shops, here are 10 bicycle havens that do it better than the rest.
While the new style cycling boutiques are all the rage, this shop, open since 1993, is a classic. It sells lots of bikes and quality gear, but you don’t have to be a pro to feel welcome. Every day and hybrid bikes are just as much of a fixture as racing bikes, and the services offered here are handled by some of the best mechanics in the business. Of course, if you’re heading to this area for its unparalleled cycling roads, this shop also offers bike rentals to fit your riding style and guides to help you explore the area.
This isn’t the shop to visit if you’re looking for the latest carbon superbike. What you will find are handmade Italian cycling shoes, classic wool jerseys and custom-steel framesets. The retro-inspired shop does restoration projects on vintage frames (and sells them, too!) and offers other repairs by one of the best mechanics in the business.
If you consider yourself a true lover of all things bikes, this shop in Japan is as close to cycling heaven as you’ll get. The owner and staff find and import rare cycling collectibles from around the world and restore them. Bikes ridden by pro cyclists from the ‘70s and ‘80s, the first time-trial machines and complete unused Campagnolo 50th anniversary groupsets are a few of the goodies you’ll find here. The shop also customizes old steel bikes to create that perfect vintage bike you’ve always wanted.
Look Mum No Hands!
London, United Kingdom
Aside from having the coolest name on this list, this is also one of our favorites if you’re just looking to hang out. While the service center is known for being one of the best in London, the shop was built for you to stick around and talk cycling with like-minded folks. Enjoy a café or craft beer while you watch cycling on the big screen in indoor or outdoor settings. If you visit in July during the Tour, the atmosphere becomes quite festive.
We love this bike shop for its variety and quality of bikes, but it’s training facilities are what separate it from the pack. A large portion of this shop is dedicated to hosting training sessions for yoga, cross-training workouts and even indoor cycling classes. Afterwards, you can shower in its locker rooms and relax while you enjoy beverages from the café and bar. If you stop by in the evening, don’t be surprised to see local musicians on stage — all of which creates a truly unique environment.
One on One Bicycle Studio
Yes, this bike studio sells tons of cool new bikes and other awesome gear. But it’s also home to art shows, impromptu DJ sets and races (some of them secret). If you’re around, the Friday night group rides are also well-known for being the best in town — and its café (remodeled and reopening in spring 2020) is as good of a pre/post-ride stop for fuel as you’re going to get. One of our favorite features are the demo days, which let customers test ride-ride products. There’s also a full-service bike station so while your bike gets a tip-top tuneup, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the shop.
Sellwood Cycle Repair
While many quality bike shops can steer toward the flashy, high-end markets, this shop in Portland specializes in good old-fashioned bike repairs. The historic building is packed with bikes awaiting attention from some of the best mechanics around. Aside from their knowledge, they’re also friendly and consistent, and they’ve worked there for years. It’s also an excellent place to find good deals on used bicycles looking for a new home.
The Service Course
Owned by former pro Christian Meier and his wife, this beautiful bike shop was built to provide its customers with a world-class experience. In addition to custom bikes, the shop is known for its bike tours in one of cycling’s most sought after destinations. Locker rooms, showers and even soigneur services, like massage, are offered to give you a taste of what it’s like to be a professional. For pre- and post-ride fueling, the couple also owns Espresso Mafia and La Fabrica. The Service Course has also opened shops in Oslo, Norway, and Wilmslow, United Kingdom, that are just as worthy of a visit.
Without a doubt, the atmosphere at Vecchios is one of a kind. While it sells some complete bicycles, it specializes in steel and only sells from a select few manufacturers (Gunner Cycles, Moots Cycles, Ritchey, Linus, etc.) Instead, its standard approach is: Start with a bike fit and order a frame according to your size, then finish the process by building a package of components based on the customer’s needs. This ‘tailored’ approach is refreshing, and you can be sure the service you receive from the expert staff is the best around. If you’re in the market for a new wheelset, building custom wheels is what the shop is known for.
Wolfi’s Bike Shop
In an attempt to make Dubai a cycling destination, this shop offers local guides to explore all the area has to offer. In addition to the open roads, the Al Qudra and Nad Al Sheba Cycling Track, the Yas Marina F1 Circuit, the Al Wathba Cycle Track and the Dubai Autodrome are just a few of the facilities you can enjoy while you’re there. As far as the shop itself, bike fitting, premium brands, rentals and a world-class service station are among the many top-notch features you’ll enjoy.