Best For: High-end bike-tech geekery without the snob factor
Located in Tucson’s University of Arizona district, Fairwheel looks like any other well-stocked college shop on the surface, with a fleet of Specialized and Trek bikes and a troupe of skilled wrenches in the back. What sets it apart is the internet department, which specializes in exotic road bikes and over-the-top custom projects. The shop has built everything from a 6.4-pound road bike reputed to be the world’s lightest to some of the slickest ever Di2 converted mountain bikes. They also deal some of the finest frames on the planet, including Cherubim, Crumpton, and English Cycles. If you have an arcane concept that needs executing and plenty of cash to make it happen, there’s no better place.