The Best Bike Repair Shops in Toronto
The best repair shops in Toronto tend to be the smaller, neighbourhood-style outfits spread across the city. These are places where it's more important to be able to fix a flat in a few minute than it is to adjust an 11-speed drivetrain. Many of the places on this list can do both, but they earn their stripes by offering friendly and efficient service to the hordes of commuters of the city.
Here are the best bike repair shops in Toronto.
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.
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 tune-up costs $50 (or $35 for single-speed).
Derek Chadbourne's Harbord St. shop is over a decade old, and the focus has been on repairs the whole time. While the shop sells a variety of accessories and replacement parts, you won't find a stock of bikes here. This narrow focus helps the crew to turn repairs around as quickly as possible because they're not distracted selling bikes. The standard tune-up is $40.
Dave's has been a fixture near Christie and Dupont for over a decade, though its eponymous owner has been repairing bikes for much longer. The store is small and driven by commuter bike maintenance, though Dave is knowledgeable enough to delve into steel frame repairs, wheel building, and the type of work needed to keep vintage bikes on the road. Tune-up service can be slow in early spring, so be prepared to wait about a week.
Riders' co-owners Jeff and Valentine are as friendly and knowledgeable as they come, and they offer some of the fastest and most attentive service around, especially since the addition of a second store on Harbord St. I've brought both my commuter and race bikes in for a variety of repairs over the last four seasons, and I'm always impressed with the work they do. These guys know bikes, and they won't screw you over with hidden repair costs. A tune up will run you $45, which includes wheel truing (quite rare at the price).
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. Tune-ups start at $45 and go up from there depending on how much work a bike needs to be road-worthy.
This Riverside shop eschews the catch-all tune-up 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, including high end road rides.
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 tune-up will run you $60 for drivetrain adjustment, lube, and tire inflation, while for $75 you get that and some TLC applied to your hubs.
Once located on Eglinton Ave. West, Dream Cyclery now sits on one of the busy bike routes in the city - Queens Quay. Service here isn't cheap, but if you ride for pleasure more than just commuting, you'll know that your bike needs special care to function at the highest level. A standard tune-up costs $69, while the so-called "Extreme" version comes in at $195, which entails a complete overhaul of the bike. Custom wheel builds are also a speciality.
This Dundas West bike shop is packed with commuter bikes in line for tune-ups ($49) at the outset of the season, and keeps a steady stream of customers looking for repairs throughout summer. Location plays a role here, but so too does the service. The mechanics here know that a little TLC can revitlize a bike that seems to have seen its better days and treat even old beaters as rides worthy of attention to detail.
George Dorjee's dimunituve shop just north of Queen St. in Parkdale was a major boon for west side riders when it opened in early 2015. The repair-driven operation specializes in commuter bikes, but can accomodate repairs on vintage bikes as well. A no frills opertation, the idea here is to get your bike serviced quickly and efficiently without unnecesary replacement parts and other add-ons.
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