The Best Bike Shops: Old Spokes Home, Burlington, Vermont

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.

Jun 26, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Best For: History buffs

Located near the Winooski River in quaint Burlington, Old Spokes Home is as quirky and independent-minded as the state it resides in. The shop sells industrious bikes from the likes of Jamis, Salsa, and Surly (what’s not to like about a place that makes a big deal about the Krampus?), and the emphasis is on plain-talk advice and no-nonsense service. However, the shop’s real attraction is its bike museum, a collection of almost 70 antique bikes from the 1860s to the modern day, including a handful of velocipedes, the earliest bikes every produced, and dozens of big-wheeler penny farthings.