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The Pedal Stop

Posted by Staff / Posted on June 10, 2014

the pedal stop torontoThe Pedal Stop is nestled at the northeast corner of Ossington and Argyle, just south of Little Portugal's gateway, west of Trinity Bellwoods. Plain and unassuming from the outside, the shop inside is a bonafide bike garage with the centre area draped with all kinds of bikes ... that aren't for sale.

Wait, what? "Yeah, some people come in and think we sell secondhand bikes, but we actually specialize in repair work," says mechanic Sebastian Galvez.

the pedal stop torontoI saw only one Jamis road bike for $1600, which is about the current retail price. But apart from that, and an awesome classic road bike collection (Basso, F Moser and Legnano) hung like dioramas on the wall, all the other bikes were repaired and ready to be picked up.

the pedal stop toronto"Oh, for sure, we do custom build," says Galvez - you can get a decent looking single-gear starting at $550. The price goes up based on the included components - one they were working on had cool blue rims that could easily be tagged at $800+ elsewhere.

the pedal stop torontoTPS partners with national distributor Damco, who supplies their single-gear builds and outfits the store with most of its accessories. Brand names like Infini, Ming Tay and Velo are part of a no-nonsense gear and accessories wall, which runs the gamut from locks to lights. It's not a place for spandexers looking for selection - but they do proudly offer a range of well-made bags and panniers exclusively from Toronto original, YNOT.

the pedal stop toronto"Repairing bikes is about feeling it out first, then determining what the real problem is," Galvez says - which of course makes total sense. But he points out that TPS doesn't really price repair work in neat little service packages. This unpretentious, chilled mantra has made TPS a personal favourite of mine.

the pedal stop toronto"A tuneup is $50, and that includes full bike assessment, basic cleaning, chain/pressure check and truing," Galvez says. A guy came in for a tube change, and that was $20. I asked about an adjustment to my derailleur and he said that if it's a simple tweak to align then that could be $5-$10. Wow. What year is it?

the pedal stop torontoZen and the art of the local Toronto bike shop: that's The Pedal Stop.

THE SKINNY

Who the store caters to: Cyclists in need of repair, cyclists in the hood, commuters, urban riders, families

Bike price range: $550 and up (depending on components for custom build bikes).

Service options: Full service bike repair shop. Basic tune up at $50. Tube replacement at $20. Just show them the what's wrong with your bike and they'll 'feel out' a decent price for ya.

the pedal stop torontoWriting by Autom Tagsa. Photos by Jesse Milns.

Discussion

10 Comments

Stephen Allen / June 10, 2014 at 07:17 am
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Sounds like a great place - will definitely check them out as I need my bike tuned and new wheels with slicks. Thanks!
Sean / June 10, 2014 at 09:35 am
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Nice, really liking your reviews Autom! (I wish they'd get your last name right) Why doesn't the article just link to your Twitter handle for attribution??
Commuter / June 10, 2014 at 10:38 am
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This place is great, last fall I had my bottom bracket give out on me. They were able to fix it, plus they trued by wheels for free. Really nice people working there and a great location, highly recommended!
Conor / June 10, 2014 at 11:29 am
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Been in a few times over the last week getting my bike up and ready for the season. These guys have been incredibly helpful as I peppered them with too many questions and requests for random nuts and bolts I had lost over the years. Glad to have these guys in my neighbourhood!
Meh / June 10, 2014 at 03:04 pm
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Stopped in last summer and asked if I could inflate my tires (all shops offer free pumps/compressors) and was simply told that they sell pumps, and I could purchase one.

I was still able to pump my tires up, but the sarcasm and rudeness has kept me away.

BOW forever.
Marbar / June 10, 2014 at 08:05 pm
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It's nice to see this place getting some attention. I live in the area and I went by about a month ago. The two guys in that day were pretty relaxed and gave me great advice. I didn't feel oversold on anything and I rode away with just what I needed, a seat (which they installed on the spot) and a helmet. I didn't have time for a tune-up but I am planning on going back.
Matthew / June 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm
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I've been by the shop a few times. During one visit a little boy passed by with his mother, dragging his broken scooter. Without a bi to hesitation, the shop staff had his scooter disassembled and put back together good as new. This was done free of charge. Definetly shows the character and general good nature of the shops staff. 10 points to The Pedal Stop for showing us there are still good people in this world.
... / June 12, 2014 at 01:13 pm
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what are they gonna do when the crap from highpark cycles runs out?
High park cycle troll / June 13, 2014 at 02:55 pm
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Where did all the nice stuff from High Park cycle end up?
Meh indeed / July 8, 2014 at 06:38 pm
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These dudes were so snotty and rude. Took one look at me and decided I wasn't worth their time to talk to, even if they'd make a sale

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