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Bateman's Bicycle Company

Posted by Staff / Posted on May 14, 2014

Batemans Bicycle Company TorontoBateman's Bicycle Company expanded from their original Barton St. shop in 2012 to this 2,000 sq. ft.location that used to be home to Bathurst Cycle. "We cater to all rider types from regular commuters to competitive cyclists," says Josh, the shop's Assistant Manager. In just a few minutes of chatting with staff, I've seen a rider in office attire, a young family of three, and a cleated 'spandexer' walk in.

Bateman's takes pride in promoting and selling Canadian bike brands. Top names include Norco, Linus, KHS, Rocky Mountain and Brodie. "We like to keep things local when we can, since Canadian companies have supported us in big ways so we choose to support them," says Rob Bateman, owner We have local sales reps in our store on a weekly basis, and they're also involved in the grassroots scene. I've also found Canadian consumers like to purchase Canadian bikes."

Batemans Bicycle CompanyHybrids can start from the low $350's up to $5.5K."You can get a fully accessorized bike for about $750 - $800," says Colin, informative bike mechanic par excellence. "We also get a few custom-made orders online, which keeps the work interesting when mixed in with random walk-in's." I notice the Linus brand stand out, especially in a row of lifestyle bikes with suitably retro pastel hues reminiscent of homemade ice cream and helmet-less breezy pedalling.

Batemans Bicycle CompanyA basic $50 tune up here includes gear and brake checks, minor bearing tweaks, lube of chains/external pivot points and install of basic parts. A $35 tune up with the same service is offered to single-speed bikes. Folks tend to take advantage of Bateman's $25 March tune up promo, so that's worth noting for next year.

Batemans Bicycle CompanyCycling accessories include brand names such as Bern, Lazer, Bell and Garneau. They carry commonly sought-after parts (tires, tubes, fenders, brakes, cables etc.), which are available online as well. The middle-right section of the store is devoted to mountain bikes, something Rob is passionate about as a competitive rider himself, "Competitive riding keeps me sharp both personally and technically. It keeps me up-to-date on all the new bikes and what's going on in the competitive cycling world. It also allows the store to sell higher end bikes, and we actually use them. It's a great community thing and I love bikes, racing them is just another avenue to get involved."

Batemans Bicycle CompanyBateman's also boasts a thriving rental service for all cycling occasions where you can rent a hybrid or a Linus Lifestyle bike for $20 an hour or a mountain bike for $100 per special event/race. See full rental details. They also offer guided inner city mountain bike tours, ideal for avid mountaineers wanting to cover intermediate to advanced tracks with a serious group of experts.

Batemans Bicycle CompanyTHE SKINNY

Who the store caters to: commuters, urban riders, mountain bikers, competitive riders, students, families

Bike price range: $350 - $5,500; within $750 for fully accessorized bikes

Service options: Full service shop, with several tune up packages and specific basic services including: Flat: $17.70; Wheel truing: $20 (each); Bike boxing (if you ever have to travel with or ship your bike): $35 and Brake (hydraulics) bleeding: $25 per brake. Booked appointments tend to get faster turnaround (usually within a day or less after drop off)

Tune up: Tiered packages available from Basic (per above) at $50 (or $35 for single-speed); Advanced (Basic + detailed drive train work, install of replacement components) at $80; to Premium (Advanced + repacking of all adjustable bearing components, install of all replacement parts including jagwire, pads, housing and cables) at $150.

Batemans Bicycle CompanyWriting by Autom Tagsa

Photos by Jesse Milns



mike in parkdale / May 14, 2014 at 01:18 pm
nice looking shop. well written review.

Does the $5500 bike have a motor and a muffler?
suicide machines replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / May 14, 2014 at 01:22 pm
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andrea / May 14, 2014 at 01:40 pm
Yay, Bateman's! I've had a few services there and they never, ever give me attitude about my total lack of bike knowledge.
Michael / May 14, 2014 at 03:13 pm
Great to see more kudos for Robert, Josh, and rest of the Bateman's team.

(We're biased here at Midweek Cycling Club--Bateman's is our partner shop--but we nonetheless agree.)
Cassandra / May 14, 2014 at 03:25 pm
I went to Bateman's for the first time a month or so ago. I had a great experience! I left the store with a beautiful bicycle that was well within my price range and also fits my lifestyle. The staff were knowledgeable (but not condescending) and super friendly (but not pushy). I did not feel belittled by the staff or pressured into buying something like I have at a few other bicycle shops in the city. Bateman's is awesome,I will definitely be back!
Ride Me / May 14, 2014 at 04:25 pm
I took my bike to Bateman's old location for a tune up. The guy was a rude hipster wanna be who expected me to be honoured that his service would take about a week and cost double the amount I used to pay a Dukes. So I went across the street to Bathurst Cycle where they told me it could be ready the next day for less than half of the amount Batemans was asking. Bathurst Cycle did an excellent job - I know cause I've been riding in Toronto for almost 20 years. And now Batemans has taken over Bathurst Cycle...un-f&*kin-believable. I guess hip and trendy really does mean dumb.
IG / May 15, 2014 at 01:45 pm
While I applaud selling local Canadian brands like Norco, Rocky Mountain, and Brodie (the others listed are not Canadian).

They're missing some "top" Canadian brands if they really want to market themselves as promoting Canadian: Devinci, Cervelo, Guru, etc...
Dan / May 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Very expensive store: Continental 4 season tires 99$, everyone sells them for $75 and internet 50$, Conti ultrasonic tubes 35$ a piece, that is a ripoff since you can get them for 17$. Took my road bike bike for tuneup, they broke front derailleur trim and I had to adjust that myself. They are maybe good for Mountain bikes but roadies stay away. Good guys, very friendly etc. but prices and technical abilities are poor.
AJ / May 23, 2014 at 05:08 pm
Was a long-time customer of Bathurst Cycle and was sad to see them go, but my partner and I and decided to give Bateman's a go, as it's by far the closest shop to our house. Unfortunately, we've both been really unimpressed. My partner was left without his bike for nearly a week longer than they quoted - for a routine tune-up. More egregiously (and why I will never go back)I went in for a tube replacement (my rims make a home change difficult), which seemed to be fine, until I realized - almost all the way through my morning commute - that I had been sent on my way with my front axle nuts un-tightened, which was, needless to say, terrifying. I called them to let them know - I figured the only decent thing to do - but was extremely disappointed to barely receive an apology, let alone the profuse apology I thought I deserved. I hate to imagine what would have happened if I hit a pot-hole or bumpy streetcar track. I go to MEC now. Nice mechanics, who stand by their work.
Larry Lutes / July 9, 2014 at 08:13 pm
I can only say excellent things about Batemans. The staff are friendly ,knowledgable and don't push parts on you.They did two bikes for me and i find their work and pricing far exceeds work i have had done over the years at other places.I will certainly buy my next ride from them and they have me as a customer as long as i ride.
Steve / July 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Not sure why this store is on the best used bike list, I went there yesterday and asked if they sell any used bikes and they said no. Store employees were cool, but I don't think they do used.
Finley / August 31, 2014 at 05:54 pm
This cannot be one of the best bike repair shops in Toronto - let alone the THIRD best. I went in to fix a flat. Picked up my bike in 15 minutes, but in the next 2 hours or so, it went flat again. And they charged $25. Shoddy work. Rude staff. Never again.
do to dave's on christie instead / May 8, 2015 at 10:47 am
called about a fender, got attitude on the phone, will not try again.
Eugen / May 8, 2015 at 08:18 pm
The old Bateman location is now vacant. They got another location across the road from old Bathurst Cycle (where car rental place used to be).
Dan / June 4, 2015 at 08:12 pm
Picked up my new bike, staff at counter did not ask if I need anything for my brand new bike . Just got a receipt and have a nice day.

Bad for the business and leaves a bad impression.
Amy / June 11, 2015 at 07:57 am
Just bought my bike there and found everyone really helpful. Didn't make me feel like an idiot about not knowing a lot about bikes. Didn't get a hard pressure sale and the guy really listened to the criteria I had and found me the perfect bike. Have not had any experience with their repair side yet so can't comment on that.

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