The Best Bike Shops: Above Category Cycling, Mill Valley, California

No matter how advanced online retailers get, they’ll never be able to make the camaraderie of a brick-and-mortar bike shop. We pick our favorite spots for buying a new tube, getting a bike fit, or just shooting the breeze over a couple of beers.

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Best For: Road bike snobs

You won’t find coffee, beer, rentals, or even mountain bikes at Above Category. This North Bay retailer sells only high-end road bikes and accoutrements, and that narrow focus has earned them a reputation as one of the best and most upmarket shops in the country. On offer are only magnificent bikes—think: Baum, Moots, Parlee, Pegoretti, Pinarello—and Above Category provides fitting services as exacting as the rides. The shop employs pro-level mechanics, and out the door, on the wending, verdant asphalt of Marin and Napa, is some of the finest road riding in America. And though it’s all about exclusivity, the knowledgeable staff is helpful and accommodating and never talks down at you.

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