The Best Bike Stores in Toronto
The best bike stores in Toronto cover a wide variety of specialities, from the needs of the humble commuter to the featherweight road racer. In general, the city's most established shops are run by cycling fanatics whose passion shines through in their service. While you might rightfully be loyal to a local shop, some speciality stores are worth the trip for service and selection.
These are the best bike stores in Toronto.
With a flagship in Bloordale Village and other locations in the Annex and at the Brick Works, Sweet Pete's caters to both commuters and hobbyist riders with a service-driven approach. Not the place to buy super expensive or low-end bikes, the shops are stocked solidly in the mid-range, with plenty of options in the $650-$850 zone. Primary bike brands include Trek, Giant, Kona and Opus. There's also a wide selection of helmets, locks, fenders/racks, and clothing.
Bikes on Wheels boasts locations in Kensington Market and on Dundas West. In addition to its focus on the utility cyclist market with slick fixed gear and sturdy commuter bikes, there's also a selection of mid to upper end mountain and road bikes as well. Excellent service and a pretension-free atmosphere make both locations inviting places to talk and shop for bikes and accessories.
Bateman's shop on Bathurst St. is staffed by an enthusiastic crew of cyclists and attracts a healthy mix of riders who range from commuters to local racers who appreciate the sense of community fostered by the local shop. In addition to bike sales and repairs, the original location of the shop on nearby Barton specializes in bike rentals and tours.
After a fire consumed its previous location on Queen West, the Duke family took the opportunity to increase the retail space of its store, which now offers advanced fitting services and a wide selection of apparel. In the bikes department, you'll find rides from Trek, Cervelo, Kona, and Cannondale. As much as the shop stocks high end road and mountain bikes, the first floor remains focused on commuters and the needs of urban riders, be it service or accessories.
Once a fixture at Queen and John streets, Urbane is still one of the top choices for commuter cyclists. Those looking for less common stuff like folding, touring and cargo bikes, will also be pleased to know that Urbane carries a good selection of these hard-to-find products. The large service department is well equipped to handle most any repair job, and stocks a dizzying array of components and accessories.
Curbside Cycle is a natural fit in the Annex, where the store's serviced the commuter market for almost 20 years. One of the first Toronto shops to carry European brands like Batavus, Abici, and Pashley, the bikes here are generally easy and comfortable to ride (and won't stain your clothes). There's also a decent selection of mid-range road bikes as well as cargo bikes. Accessories are geared toward the urban rider, with lots to choose from in terms of locks, courier bags, and racks.
Broadway Cycle is one of those bike stores that does it all. Far from a bad thing, the ample stock and friendly staff mean that one could potentially stick with this store for all of his or her cycling needs, something that's actually become rare these days. One of the city's biggest suppliers of Specialized products, the shop also carries Marin, Raleigh and Electra bikes.
Wheels of Bloor doesn't do commuter bikes, mountain bikes, or bikes that cost less than $1500. No, this place is all about the rides that you see in the pro peloton. One of the city's biggest Cervelo dealers, they also carry respected Euro-brands like Look, Colnago, and Time. As should be the case at a high-end store like this, all bikes come with an in-depth fit process. Also noteworthy is the store's selection of wheel sets by companies like Mavic and Zipp.
La Bicicletta is one of Toronto's longest standing high end bike shops. The sprawling showroom on Castlefield is filled with the finest that Specialized has to offer as well as harder-to-find brands like Pinarello and Merckx. In addition to the bikes themselves, the shop has one of the best stocked clothing sections, complete with a full line-up from Assos and and Rapha. Bonus points for a comprehensive website.
Gears bike shop is perhaps best known for its large Mississauga location, but the store has expanded to Leaside as well. An active player in the Ontario race circuit via team and rider sponsorships, the store is "geared" toward both enthusiast and expert road and mountain bikers. Good fit services and indoor cycling classes make the store a great place to hangout in the off-season.
This is a dream shop for hardcore cyclists with advanced fitting technology and bikes from companies like BMC, Pinarello, and Bianchi. If you want to look like a pro out there, you can buy hard-to-find apparel from companies like POC and Assos here. If you're looking for a power metre or carbon wheels, this is one of the best places in the city.
Oxygen is one of those all-purpose bike shops that carries everything from crit-ready race bikes to everyday commuter rides and pretty much everything in between. The store is well-placed on one of the busiest stretches of road for cyclists in Etobicoke on Lake Shore Blvd. If you like established Canadian bike companies, take note that you can find Rocky Mountain and Norco bikes here.
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