The Best Bike Shops: Vecchio’s Bicicletteria, Boulder, Colorado

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
Vecchio’s Bicicletteria boulder colorado

   Photo: Courtesy of Vecchio’s Biciclet

Best For: Italophiles, connoisseurs, and arcane service issues

If you’re looking for a big-box, do-it-all shop full of the standard issue bike brands, don’t come to Vecchios. This cozy, jam-packed, brick-and-wood boutique is the epitome of discriminating—but what else would you expect on the Republic of Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall? They stock only Moots, Waterford, and Gunnar bikes, but their trio of mechanics have likely never come across a service issue, no matter how obscure, that they can’t resolve. With classic Eddy Merckx bikes on the walls and displays of racing paraphernalia spanning the century, the place feels like something straight out of the Old World, an impression that’s underscored by the dedication to Campagnolo. Just don’t be surprised if they lube your chain with olive oil.