The 10 Best Bike Shops in America

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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Think all bike shops are the same? Think again.    Photo: Vitaly Titov/Maria Sidelnikova/Shutterstock

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.

Fairwheel Bikes
Over The Edge Sports
Above Category Cycling
Rapha Cycle Club
Vecchio’s Bicicletteria
Red Lantern Bicycles
Angry Catfish
Velo Cult
Poison Spider
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