If you’re like us, you spend a lot of time in bike shops: dropping off bikes for service, picking them up, fondling gear, picking the brains of the shop guys.
The best shops have shop techs who will stop what they are doing and take a look if you’re in a crunch. They’ll talk to you like adults and explain things in as simple or detailed terms as you like. They wash your bike every time they service it and check things you don’t even ask them to, such as whether you’re due for a new chain (a catch that can save you hundreds of dollars). They stock amazing products—Enve wheels, Niner bikes, Assos apparel—but have inexpensive options that aren’t a comedown either.
Most of all, they’re places you actually want to go. People come to do a quick task, like buy a tube, and they end up hanging around, swilling beer and chitchatting with the crew. These are the shops we like: impeccable service, solid diverse product, and lots of good vibes.
We surveyed everyone we know in the industry and came up with the following list. These aren't the only great shops in the U.S., but they're some of our favorites.