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.