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The Best Bike Repair Shops in Toronto

Posted by Staff / May 23, 2014

Bike repair torontoThe best bike repair shops in Toronto are safe harbours for true believers - the people who take their lives into their hands by sharing city streets with a river of automobiles. It's no surprise then that they're owned and run by people who seem more motivated by love than money, and that the top two entries on the list are co-ops, staffed by volunteers and committed to evangelizing urban biking.

Anyone who bikes in the city knows that you'll see the inside of a bike repair shop at least once in your ride's lifetime - hopefully before it gets ripped off outside a movie theatre; serious city cyclists know that regular maintenance makes your life a lot easier. Many of these shops also have sales floors, full of shiny new rides; some have a handful of reconditioned two-wheeled Frankenstein monster bikes, while some are simply in the business of providing you with the space, and the expertise, to get yourself back on the road.

Here are the best bike repair shops in Toronto.

See also:

The best bike stores in Toronto
The best used bike shops in Toronto
The best custom and road bike shops in Toronto
The top 10 stores to buy a mountain bike in Toronto

Writing by Rick McGinnis and Derek Flack

Bike Pirates

Bike Pirates

Vintage punk plays in the background in this Bloordale bike co-op, where volunteers fill the workstations servicing rides. This six year old non-profit collective has ambitions beyond bike repair, with a garden and kitchen to help feed their community, and workshops offsite for outreach. The co-op is always looking for volunteers with administrative and office skills, just in case you're doubtful about your skills with a spanner. And there's no cheaper way to do a tuneup than by reserving a stand and doing it yourself. More »

Liberty Street Cyclery

Liberty Street Cyclery

Owned and operated by long-time bike mechanic Ed Tsui, Liberty Street Cyclery is all about quality repairs and custom builds. The small, cafe-like shop does 24 hour tune-ups ($60) and functions quite a bit like an old garage-style store where those passing by stop in to chat about riding or to get advice on future purchases. A great place to go if you want help building a bike from scratch. More »

Bateman's Bicycle Company

Bateman's Bicycle Company

Bateman's shop on Bathurst St. is staffed by enthusiastic crew of cyclists and attracts a healthy mix of riders who range from commuters to local racers who appreciate the knowledgeable staff and expert service. The mechanics are comfortable with everything from worn out beater bikes to $10K race machines, which is in keeping with the wide range of bikes on offer in the store. The basic tuneup costs $50 (or $35 for single-speed). More »

Riders

Riders

Riders' co-owners Jeff and Valentine are as friendly and knowledge as they come, and they offer some of the fastest and most attentive service around. I've brought both my city bike and race bike in for a variety of repairs over the last two seasons, and I'm always impressed with the work they do. These guys know bikes, and won't screw you over with hidden repair costs. A tune up will run you $45, which includes wheel truing. More »

Biseagal

Biseagal

Biseagel is tucked in an old warehouse building on Carlaw Avenue. It's a hidden gem of a bike shop with a range of service options most place don't offer, chief among them being welding. If you have a cracked frame, this is the place to go. Ditto if something is bent out of shape and needs to be realigned. In addition to frame repair, the store offers the full range of maintenance options, with tuneups starting at $60. For $180, owner Malcom Munro will completely overhaul your bike.

Flying Wheels

Flying Wheels

Flying Wheels is a small neighbourhood bike shop in Leaside that attracts locals with its quality repairs and custom builds. It's not a shop that's packed with hundreds of new bikes waiting to be sold - the idea here is to lean on the staff's maintenance acumen to draw folks into the store. A basic tuneup will run you $60 for brake a gear adjustment, tire inflation and some lube on the chain, while for $75 you get that and some TLC applied to your hubs. More »

The Pedal Stop

The Pedal Stop

The Pedal Stop located at Ossington and Argyle provides tune-ups and repairs to ensure your bicycle runs smoothly throughout the year. They've got you covered from simple tire changes and brake adjustments to fixing major mechanical issues like clunking bottom brackets or crunchy hubs. Tuneups start at $45. More »

Switchback Cyclery

Switchback Cyclery

This Riverside shop eschews the catch-all tuneup in favour of a bike evaluation and specific repair estimate. Why more places don't do it this way is beyond me. Specializing in urban and commuter bikes, you can feel confident in bringing in pretty much any level of bike for maintenance here. More »

The Bike Joint

The Bike Joint

Derek Chadbourne's nearly 10-year-old shop specializes in tune-ups and quick repairs, perfect for the serious city cyclists who use Harbord as their path into the city. The owner's wry, relaxed attitude is perfect for this quiet but lively stretch of the street, where student meets downtown. A thoroughgoing tuneup is $40. More »

Bike Sauce

Bike Sauce

On the far side of the Don Valley, this Riverside co-op began in the back of a former funeral home, before moving to Broadview and Dundas. The east end isn't as flush with bike shops as the west end (though places like Switchback and Broom Wagon Cyclery are nice additions), so Bike Sauce does valuable work, with its social space for bicyclists and advocacy programs, not to mention its stock of new and used parts, for sale at affordable prices. More »

Cyclemania

Cyclemania

This long, bike-filled space on Bloor West's busy bike shop stretch isn't for dilettantes - the owner would like you to know what your bike is worth, and what part you need, in the interest of making city biking more pleasant all around. The ceiling is dripping with wheels, and the walls covered with reconditioned used bikes priced, it's to be assumed, at what they're worth. A tuneup comes in at $40. More »

Hoopdriver Cycles

Hoopdriver Cycles

If you're looking to build a dream steel bike or have a vintage ride that you want services, Hoopdriver is the place for you. Owner Martin Neale knows a ton about bikes both new and old, and is a helpful resource when assembling a bike from scratch or for converting an old frame to a fixed gear / single-speed. The shop also does solid service for touring bikes and you're more common commuter rides. The tuneup is priced at $60. More »

Discussion

15 Comments

Mark / May 23, 2014 at 02:38 pm
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MEC has a great repair shop and some of the best mechanics in the city. They are also really inexpensive.
bill / May 23, 2014 at 03:34 pm
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LOL looks like if I need a good repair shop I need to walk my bike to the west end or out to Riverdale. Your last list was a bit more diverse.
Ray replying to a comment from bill / May 23, 2014 at 03:42 pm
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Its a best of list there champ! I'm sure there are tons of good bike shops from here to Timbuktu but this is a BEST OF!!!!!!!!
billabong / May 23, 2014 at 04:05 pm
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nice (and somewhat surprising) to see Urbane isn't on the list. they seem proud to have a month-long wait list for a tune-up.
bill replying to a comment from Ray / May 23, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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No it's not
AJ / May 23, 2014 at 05:09 pm
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Another vote for MEC - affordable, courteous and expert service.
Bradley Wentworth / May 23, 2014 at 05:17 pm
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Errr bikeSauce has been at its current location for over three years, so our move to Broadview & Dundas was not "recent." Your photo is also of our old location, I suggest you update it to the one you use on our blogTO profile: http://www.blogto.com/services/bike-sauce-toronto

Otherwise thanks for the list and for including us!
Ray replying to a comment from bill / May 23, 2014 at 07:03 pm
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Read the article title there SPORT! Its a best of list voted on by the masses. I voted for the Best of categories, did you?
West end rider / May 23, 2014 at 07:28 pm
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The guys at Cyclemania are awesome!
Andy / May 23, 2014 at 08:16 pm
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I guess bike shops don't exist west of Lansdowne.
Neil / May 23, 2014 at 09:02 pm
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No love for CyclePath on Danforth?

Those dudes consistently hook it up. Incredible service, very knowledgable. I wouldn't trust anyone else with my bike.
Gee / June 3, 2014 at 09:53 am
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Urbane is awesome.
Peap / June 9, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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It's a disgrace that Cyclemania at Bloor and Ossington is on this list. I hate to be a BlogTO troll but I cannot say enough bad things about this place. When I first brought my bike in, they never called me back to pick it up because they lost my ticket and info. When I came back a second time, they hardly tuned it up. They pretty much greased the chain for $45 (also this blog post should be updated - they charge $45 not $40 for a tune up). Unfortunately, the guys who work here are super unprofessional, drunk, and they smoke on the job indoors. I will never return here, it's truly the worst customer experience I've ever had. I'll take my bike back to SportChek.
Jeremy / June 19, 2014 at 12:01 am
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I will go to bat for Cyclemania -- yes, the guys in there are basically drunk and smoking darts 24/7, but: when my chain snapped off my bike mid-ride a few weeks ago, I walked my bike to a bunch of bike shops, all of whom refused to do the repair on the spot. it's a 10 minute job; i've done it myself many times. I even had a new chain with me. Both Hoopdriver and some other precious cycle boutique near them on College looked like I was from Mars when I asked them if they could do the job right away. The guy at Cyclemania did it immediately, no problem. In and out in no time.
Wendy Bradley / August 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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A new bicycle repair shop in Toronto. The owner operator Zach Tatem is well known in the cycle industry, a prior Ontario Champion himself has opened his own repair shop with a twist. He will come to you.
A full service bike shop that comes to you!
Professional and convenient, let The Bicycle Repair Company take care of all of your repair and service needs.

Contact Zach Tatem 416 669 1123

zach@the bicyclerepairco.ca

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