The Best Bike Shops: Fairwheel Bikes, Tucson, Arizona

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: 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.