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The Best Bike Stores in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / June 23, 2011

best bike stores TorontoThe best bike stores in Toronto show considerable diversity in their areas of specialty. From the humble repair-focused shop to places that deal almost exclusively in race-ready road bikes, Toronto's got it. In fact, for a city that often appears to struggle to be bike-friendly, there's actually an embarrassment of riches when it comes to retail outlets.

If it's possible to break these stores into categories, there are four main types of bike shops that we have in rather plentiful supply: those that cater to commuter/utility cyclists, those that focus on repairs and the used bike market, high-end specialty boutiques, and the bigger stores that pretty much do it all. There are pros and cons to shopping at any of these stores, as well as significant variance in price point. And yet, thankfully, on account of the many options out there, cyclists of all kinds can be confident that there are a selection of stores that will cater to their specific needs.

Here are the best bike shops in Toronto.

Note: This list was previously published in May 2008. Shops that were on the original list but did not make the cut for this one include the Bike Joint, Velotique, Cog's Cycle, Cyclemotive, Cycle Solutions, Set Me Free and West Side Cycle. Comments below made up until June 21st, 2011 are in reference to the old list. We've purposely kept the archived comments here because we believe they (mostly) add value to this topic. If you don't want to have to wade through all of them, simply hit the "sort by newest first" link at the top of the thread.

See also:

The Best Bike Repair Shops in Toronto

Sweet Pete's

Sweet Pete's

Located in Bloordale Village, 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 4000 square foot space is stocked solidly in the mid-range, with plenty of options in the $650-$750 zone. Primary bike brands include Trek, Giant, Kona and Opus. There's also a wide selection of helmets, locks, fenders/racks, and clothing. New for 2011 is an Annex location at Bloor and Howland. More »

Duke's Cycle

Duke's Cycle

With its recent return to 625 Queen Street West, Duke's is bigger and better than ever. After a fire consumed the previous location, the Duke family took the opportunity to increase the retail space by adding a huge showroom on the second floor, which features drool-worthy rides from Trek, Cervelo, Kona, and Cannondale. But 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. More »

Urbane Cyclist

Urbane Cyclist

Knowledgeable staff, well-chosen brands, and a central downtown location ensure that Urbane Cyclist is always one of the busiest shops in the city. Those looking for less common stuff like folding, touring and cargo bikes, will 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. More »

Bikes on Wheels

Bikes on Wheels

This Kensignton Market staple is a bike store operated by bike lovers, and it shows. 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 the store, which has now opened a Queen Street location, an inviting place to talk and shop for bikes and accessories. More »

Broadway Cycle

Broadway Cycle

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 (including the Roll urban line), the shop also carries Marin, Raleigh and Electra bikes. 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 »

Wheels of Bloor

Wheels of Bloor

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,Time and BMC. 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 wheelsets by companies like Mavic and Zipp. More »

Curbside Cycle

Curbside Cycle

Curbside Cycle is a natural fit in the Annex, where the store's serviced the commuter market for over 15 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. More »

Cyclepath Danforth

Cyclepath Danforth

Cyclepath Danforth is another of the jack-of-all-trades type stores with a huge stock of bikes that range from $350-$3500. The major brands on offer are Specialized and Trek, but whether it's a mountain bike or a single-speed commuter bike that one is after, the store is likely to carry at least a couple different iterations of the bike in question. As one would expect, the clothing and accessory selection is also ample. More »

Gears

Gears

Gears bike shop is perhaps best known for its larger Mississauga location, but earlier this year the store also set up shop in Leaside. 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. More »

Cyclemania

Cyclemania

Unlike most of the other stores on the list, Cyclemania carries its own brand of bikes, which come in a variety of models (i.e. road, mountain, touring, hybrid, etc.). These bikes are designed and assembled in-store (though the frames are built elsewhere), and as far as components goes, are fully customizable. In addition to the house brand, the shop also carries bikes by Fuji, Miele and Rocky Mountain. The staff deserve mention for their attitude-free service. More »

Discussion

448 Comments

Jay / May 1, 2008 at 12:56 pm
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These places are great if you're a rich bike snob.

I bought my bike for three-hundred-bucks at sport-chek. I have picked up some better parts here and there and haven't spent a lot of dough. I maintain it myself and encourage everyone to learn how to do the same.

Tatiana / May 1, 2008 at 01:02 pm
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Several places on the above list offer bikes in the $200-400 price range. And unlike Sportchek, these stores offer post-sale tune-ups, professional assembly and knowledgeable advice.
Jay / May 1, 2008 at 01:08 pm
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Good to know ... but just worth noting - Sportcheck does tune-ups and assembly and frankly, the guys I have dealt with there are pretty good.

My tune-ups were also free and unlimited for the first year I owned my bike.
Tatiana / May 1, 2008 at 01:17 pm
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Sportchek does free tune-ups and has professional mechanics? Good for them. I guess they aren't quite the Walmart of bike shops that I pictured them to be. (Though since I still want to find something to gripe about :-), a year is an absolute minimum for free tune-ups, imho. Lots of smaller shops offer two to five years worth of tune-ups with a new bike purchase.)
Jay / May 1, 2008 at 01:24 pm
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Haha ... a fellow griper ... what a pleasure!

I'm not trying to be a spokesman for Sportchek or anything ... just passing on my experiences.

I would rather deal with the mom and pop shops myself ... but find that most of the time they are out of my price-range.
Kari / May 1, 2008 at 01:25 pm
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I had my biked tuned up at Sportchek this season, since it's now the closest "bike shop" to my work (now that Cavern is gone :( ). The prices were good... $20 for a brake and gear tune up, and $10 for parts (replacement brake pads).

A couple problems, though- their communication system isn't all that good (they mistakenly charged me twice for the pads at the checkout), and a week later I had to get my back tube replaced (I rode over a staple) and the guy near my home in Parkdale (the shop with the big tractor tire out front on Queen West near Ronces) showed me how poorly the Sportchek guys installed my brakes. He re-did the back ones for me (free of charge, the guy's awesome!), and the difference is definitely notable.

I won't bring my bike back to Sportchek.
Jay / May 1, 2008 at 01:28 pm
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Yeah, the first time I took mine to sportchek in Scarberia they fucked up my bottom-bracket. So, I took it in right away to the eaton centre location and they fixed it right up and I haven't had any problems since.

So, I guess it really does depend on who happens to be working at the time.
Tatiana / May 1, 2008 at 01:32 pm
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Oh, don't remind me of Cavern! A definitely noticeable loss for the Toronto bike shop scene! :-(
Chris / May 1, 2008 at 01:36 pm
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Cervelo is a Canadian company too - a Toronto one at that! They're in Liberty Village...
Tatiana / May 1, 2008 at 01:49 pm
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Absolutely, Chris! I thought Cervelo was so high-profile (among roadies anyhow) that it needed no introduction. But it can't hurt mentioning it anyhow; maybe I'll fix this in the write-up. Thanks for the comment.
Matt / May 1, 2008 at 02:07 pm
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I went to Urbane Cyclist last week and stood in the store for half an hour while I was ignored by the staff. To make matters worse, three seperate pairs of women/girls walked in and were immediately helped by the staff. I guess next time I will have to strap on a pair of fake breasts if I want to get helped there.
Tatiana / May 1, 2008 at 02:16 pm
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I'm surprised to hear of your experience, Matt. None of my mail friends ever complained about being ignored at Urbane, but then I don't have a statistically representative sample, of course. To be fair, bike stores have been crazy busy the last couple of weeks, as the threat of the TTC strike coincided with the weather warming up. Perhaps they honestly didn't notice you in the hectic mess. Happened to me at various places; usually I forgive it, if it's not a persistent problem.
megan / May 1, 2008 at 02:26 pm
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There's also a place in Kensington Market, up some random alley (there's a sign on a non-alley road). Very very nice guy who repairs bikes, and also sells used bikes. Unfortunately I have no idea if the place has a name, or where it is. I found it by accident. Perhaps someone else can provide some enlightenment.
Danielle / May 1, 2008 at 02:55 pm
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@ Megan: You're talking about Mike The Bike. Sometimes he has a sign out, but he's usually in that little mall on Kensington just north of St. Andrew, for those trying to find him.

Back in Feb., I emailed Urbane a bunch of questions to start my bike hunt, wanted to start there because of the whole co-op thing. Never heard a word back. It put me off so much that I never bothered. Meanwhile, I got a lovely little model from last year from Sweet Pete's for $225 pre-tax. I've been really happy with that shop.
jainey / May 1, 2008 at 03:27 pm
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megan, i think he goes by Mike the Bike. he was super nice to me and completely honest about the used bike i purchased from him (which i loooved, until it got stolen.) his store is on Augusta, south of Bikes on Wheels. mind you, i think he only has a few people working for him so the service all depends on when you see him.
Dustin Parr / May 1, 2008 at 03:40 pm
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I've had nothing but good experiences at Urbane Cyclist, though I've never had anything serviced there.

Megan, You may be referring to Parts Unknown, which is in the alley by Segovia Meats, off Augusta. I'm still riding a 70's era Fuji Absolute I bought off him (George) several years ago.
Ben / May 1, 2008 at 04:20 pm
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I've heard that George and George's is gone now. He supplied the bikes used in the film Monkey Warfare I believe.

Anyone looking for a really cheap way to fix there bike (or get a used one) should check out Bike Pirates on Bathurst South of College.
poncho / May 1, 2008 at 04:46 pm
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Mike the Bike http://www.mikethebike.ca/

Great Service and good advice last year when I first started riding.
Sam / May 1, 2008 at 04:58 pm
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Are there any bike stores in North York? The only ones I know of are the bike sections in Sportchek and Canadian Tire...
sunnycuts / May 1, 2008 at 05:15 pm
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Cyclepath between sheppard and finch..great service good prices:) ( I dont work there)
sunnycuts / May 1, 2008 at 05:18 pm
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On yonge street btw:P cervelos =drool for car drivers its woud be comparable to a bugatti veyron in cycle version.


Dustin Parr / May 1, 2008 at 05:21 pm
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I've only ever bought small parts there, but Bayview Cycle just a little north of Bayview and Finch always seemed like a decent shop. I'd avoid any place where the staff seems to turn over every six months (SportChek, Sports Mart, Canadian Tire, Wal-Mart) purely for safety reasons.
Tatiana / May 1, 2008 at 05:29 pm
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For the nearly exhaustive list of Toronto bike shops, check out the Free Toronto cycling map. You can pick it up... um, in a bike shop... okay, that's not very good if you're looking for a bike shop to start with. :-) It is also online at: http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/map/map.htm , but in a rather inconvenient format (cumbersome PDF files that take forever to load). Black dots with numbers beside them are bike shops.
Ryan / May 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm
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While I have nothing to say about the quality of their work, I have been disappointed by the unfriendliness of staff at Cogs Cycle on Gerrard St. E. My last visit there (and I mean my last), I received the coldest retail treatment I have yet experienced in Toronto. And my hunch is it's because I was buying inexpensive accessories and used parts and installing them myself. They volunteered no advice only grudgingly answered my questions. All frowns and tight lips, while their well-chosen classic Funk blared out of an old speaker. At the end of the transaction, it was essentially "you've got your parts, now leave the store." I guess I wasn't in their demographic.
L / May 2, 2008 at 12:42 am
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I've heard of a notorious *gor, someone or other. what's the deal with that?
Tatiana / May 2, 2008 at 09:47 am
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@L: There used to be a "bike shop" across from Trinity Bellwoods Park run by someone named Igor. It was general knowledge that the guy sold stolen bikes. I believe he was forced to shut down. Then he reopened, at least temporarily, but apparently cleaned up his act. I'm not sure whether his shop still exists or not, and couldn't care less - I certainly wouldn't patronize it.
redleaf / May 2, 2008 at 10:01 am
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Thanks very much I love these lists and maybe someone here can help me.

My husband bought me the most amazing bike two years ago. I am now one of those people whose bike is much better than their ability to handle it. I need a place to take it that won't make me feel stupid for not knowing all the parts etc. I need a tune up (it's been in storage) and some lessons on how to care for the thing.
Tatiana / May 2, 2008 at 10:14 am
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@redleaf: Most bike shops on this list would probably be more than happy to help you, and not make you feel dumb. I had a short chat with someone in nearly all of the above places, and most of the owners and managers there told me that they treat all customers with respect, and would never judge anyone based on the bike he/she rides or the amount of bike knowledge he/she does/does not have.

One trouble might be though that right now everyone and her brother are bringing bikes in for a tune-up. Some shops are booking tune-ups for two months from now (i.e. if you bring it to the shop today, you'll get it back on June 30)! Curbside's repair shop is full - they aren't even taking any bikes in for tune-up right now any more. I might phone a few places and ask how long a tune-up would take at this point. The conversation would also give you some idea of whether the folks at that store are helpful or snotty.
chadw01 / May 2, 2008 at 10:22 am
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Can you guys recommend any good bike shops in the Durham region (i.e. Ajax, Pickering)?
Wes / May 2, 2008 at 11:33 am
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CAVERN: In case you all miss Keith dearly, perhaps you might be interested to know that he's now happily wrenching at Cycle Solutions on Parliament St.

CYCLE THERAPY: Another amazing shop that not only sells a wide variety of bike styles (although probably leaning towards the commuter-set, they also carry road/mountain/cyclocross stuff), but also has an amazing team of mechanics. I've never met anyone that can make the brakes on my 'cross bike feel as 'right' as John at CT. Setting up cantilever brakes properly is magic, as far as I'm concerned.

SPORTCHEK/ETC: If you think the only deals to be had are at Sportchek/etc, you're not looking hard enough. Given the same budget I'd rather have a nice, old, well maintained used bike sold by a shop with experienced mechanics than the new stuff they sell there. I'll take experience over shininess any day, not to mention feeling better by giving my money to a locally run shop. As for the free tune-ups for a year with a new bike, I can't think of any shop I frequent that doesn't already offer this..?
vanessa / May 2, 2008 at 02:02 pm
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igor definitely "reopened" but you'll only find him at night with PILES of bicycles on the sidewalk. he's a nuisance and i doubt he's dealing legally.
handfed / May 2, 2008 at 02:35 pm
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@redleaf You can certainly take your bike to any downtown shop and they'll take care of you, BUT -- prepare to $PEND. They looooove customers like you. On the other hand, as someone who genuinely enjoys restoring old bikes, I've been treated with nothing but contempt when trying to buy parts (especially at #3 and #15), since they know you're not going to pay their mechanics' $50/hr rate.

Tatiana - curious, you have chatted with people in most of these shops? Do you have a financial interest in promoting them?
redleaf / May 2, 2008 at 03:16 pm
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handfed: see that's exactly what I'm afraid of - some place that'll take advantage because I am clearly new at all of this.

Tatiana: thanks for the advice.
Tatiana / May 2, 2008 at 03:52 pm
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@handfed: Yes, I chatted with the people in most of these shop as part of the blogTO assignment. This is just doing basic research before writing up an article - I'm certainly not affiliated with any of these stores, and have no reason to promote them. Also, in case this was not clear, all of "Best of" lists come from the results of reader polls; writers don't pick the spots.

@redleaf: Of the above, places that especially stressed that they are "no bullshit" and don't try to push expensive products on newbies are The Bike Joint, Cogs Cycle, and West Side Cycle.
sh / May 2, 2008 at 11:29 pm
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Thanks a lot for this article, and the feedback from all the readers!!

I was going through this thread this afternoon, and after seeing poncho's post with MTB's website (Thank you, btw!) I went to the site, and saw a bike I liked, and immediately emailed him to hold it, I dropped by after work (it's so great they close at 8 pm!), gave in a deposit first because they wanted to tune up my bike and fix the brakes before they sold it to me. I love that, I love the genuine service they have to customers, newbies like me, and how they spend time on making the bike function at its best before they sell it.

Anyway, I've been to urbane cyclist too and I have to agree with Danielle... it's not that I emailed them and they never answered, but I went in person and the vibe they gave off there was just... if you're not in the "in" - as hardcore cyclists, or commuters or something, you're not really worth helping. I didn't get any, "is there something I can help you with?", nothing like that at all. But I don't mean to bash them, perhaps they cater to a certain kind of cyclist, and I'm just not one of them. I'm sure they're a great store though, but just not for me.

I think finding a bike takes a lot of research. I learned a lot from researching about buying a bike, different kinds, my framesize, men vs. women bikes, anyway... Thank you so much for this article. It came at the right time :)
jason / May 3, 2008 at 10:00 am
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a bit more info about bike pirates: A great place if you want to build a bike yourself or learn how to fix bikes. They're open noon-5pm to thursdays and saturdays.

http://bikepirates.com/
Niconico / May 6, 2008 at 02:38 pm
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For everyone who refers to SportChek, Canadian Tire and Walmart as bike shops thanks for the laugh. Hold on a second while I catch my breath.

At best SC, CT, and W offer reasonably priced sports equipment. If you're budget allows you to spend a couple hundred dollars on a bike then these shops are perfect for you. You'll get a great bike that will take you from point A to B. But, then if your bike breaks down I wouldn't expect that you could take your bike to the bike shops listed above for repair. The replacement parts might function the same but the quality and the fitting would be different.

Let me put it into another perspective. If I bought a Honda I wouldn't take it to Mercedes for repairs. And, if I did I would probably get funny looks or a raised eye brow. Sure they might be able to do basic repairs like an oil change or rotate the tires but the prices would be astronomical from what I'd be used to at Honda dealership. And here's another example that address the issue of customer service, this time I'll use makeup as an example. Let's say you're used to buying makeup from Shoppers. You walk in, tell them what you need, bang you're at the cash register and on your way. Next time you decide to visit a M.A.C. store. You walk in and it's busy, you have to wait for an artist. When the artist is free they spend the time with you selecting the products to match your skin tone, etc. They also give you advice on application and so on. As you can see the service and expertise is different in both examples.

So for the same reasons that you would have difficulty, frustration and what appears to be attitude by taking your $200 bike to a bike shop is the same reason why I wouldn't take a $2000 bike to SportChek etc.


As for the difficulty in finding the right bike for you especially if it's your first one can seem overwhelming. I've been there, too. In simplest terms buy a bike that's within your budget, comfortable to ride and in a colour that you like and you'll be happy.

Here it is in more detail. First, know your budget. That will tell you where you'll be shopping. Next figure out your need (transportation to work, after work fitness, weekend warrior, etc.) then your preferred riding style (road, mountain, beach cruiser, etc.). Then visit your local bike shops to see what they have that fits your criteria. Don't worry to much about the components because they will be just about the same with all the bikes within certain price ranges. Bike sizing is pretty standard (almost like S, M, L, XL) and you'll know which one is just right for you. Pick a couple of bikes and sit on them to test your comfort, even go for a ride around the block. And, once you've picked a bike make sure you get it fitted to you. Make it your bike.
chadw01 / May 7, 2008 at 10:01 am
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Well, since I didn't get any replies to my question about bike shops in Durham, I did my own footwork and found two shops in Pickering for those in Durham who are also looking for a bike:

Pedal Peformance
1050 Brock Rd S., Unit #9
Tel: (905) 837 - 2906
Fax: (905) 837 - 5653
http://www.pedalperformance.com/

Bay Cycle Sports
980 Brock Road South
Tel: 905 837-1433
Tel: 1-800-613-3585
Fax: 905 837-1434
http://www.baycyclesports.com

They are both off Brock Rd and Bayly and both have a decent selection of bikes. PP is smaller in the sense it feels more like a Mom n'Pop "personalized-touch" shop (their lower-end bikes are Norcos), whereas BCS is a lot more trendy with a bunch of late teens/early 20's types running the show (they carry Haro and Giant on the lower-end).

I haven't decided which one I'm gonna go with yet, but thought this might be helpful to any others in my area looking.

Cheers!
Chad
Debbz / May 9, 2008 at 02:18 am
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Wow, there is a shop on Lawrence just east of Pharmacy and I have been going to CyclePath on Danforth for 12 years, but this other shop D'Ornella's is across the street and the service there is absolutely terrible.

Moved into my new place decided to check them out, needed air for my bike.
They were straight up rude about it. Decided to go back about a month later needed a valve adapter for my tubes and they once again, were rude.
This week I popped a flat on my way to work. CyclePath was the closest walk as I'd left my repair kit at home. When I got there I realised I'd left my wallet/id on my kitchen counter. No Problem! The staff at CyclePath were generous and sent me on my way with a smile!

I will NEVER go to D'Ornella's again. I don't care if I have to travel to CyclePath on the Danforth to get what I need, for the service alone, not to mention great prices, I'll make the trek! Those very rude people at D'Ornella's need to take lessons from the staff at CyclePath, Seriously!

I work in the retail sector and NEVER would I treat people with such discourteous behaviour, regardless of their needs.
peter / May 16, 2008 at 11:20 am
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Wow, choosing a bike shop seems so complicated. I thought riding bikes was supposed to be fun, seems like a bigger decision on where to place my loyalties.

I'd hate to make the wrong decision, think I better just walk.
kate / May 18, 2008 at 09:12 am
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I know Urbane is supposed to be a great store, but they scratched my new bike when trying to put on a basket which never fit properly because the guy had no idea what he was doing, they lost my friend's wheels and were late fixing them and I find them to be incredibly rude. Cycle therapy is great now that a mechanic owns the store.
Jen / May 23, 2008 at 02:26 am
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Just bought a used bike from Bikes on Wheels in Kensington. Thanks for this posting and the comments from everyone. Had a good experience. Got to try some out and although I paid more than I could have (off craigslist, for example), I came away with something I felt comfortable with, some measure of assuredness in the okness of the bike, and didn't have to go all over town. The first day I went they didn't have anything out, but I was told the next day there would be a bunch of used bikes ready to go, and it was true.
Jason Y / May 30, 2008 at 03:39 pm
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It's not on the list, but I've had good experiences at CyclePath on Queen W. I marveled at two of the employees arguing over the merits of a unique key locking system for quick release parts. One thought I should buy it, even though it was expensive, because he favoured the convenience of being able to leave my bike intact when I parked it. The other thought it was just as easy to remove the seat and lock the wheel and save some dough. It's not a conversation you would hear in many shops, given that the bottom line tends to be to up-sell. The manager, Brad, was present the entire time and was doing his own thing so clearly this was normal dialogue.

One of the other things that has impressed me is that every time I go there, it's because I have some kind of emergency or another. One of the guys has always dropped whatever he's doing to help me out on the spot. I like that kind of service.

jy
dmitry / June 2, 2008 at 05:23 pm
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i found this site to be very helpfull. it's nice to see people helping people with advise and such. i just wanted to add another realy great little shop at younge just north of steeles. bike depot. they are a sister store to broadway cycle. i just purshased my langster there.(last year model. lucky for me price break)
staff; mike and jamaal were incredibly polite and knowlageble. i did not feel pushed or rushed into anything. i will be buying my next bike from them very soon. even if i do live on the other side of the city
mm / June 6, 2008 at 09:29 am
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I have a 1989 Trek 400 in mint condition I would like to sell - can anyone recommend a store's website that allows you to post classifieds? Thanks.
HUge / June 10, 2008 at 11:42 am
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Cyclemania on Danforth is the best. No up sell no nonsense no bull. They don't have the replace everything approach, they just fix what needs to be fixed.
Spiritmale / June 18, 2008 at 10:50 am
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Cyclemotive is a new player on the scene. I have no idea why they are on the list in this blog. I just had my bike there and they did a crap job. Will not go back there.
Nic / July 4, 2008 at 03:53 pm
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@Ben: George is still there on Augusta - I bought a sweet 70's cruiser off him last week for $120, and it passed the High Park test, so I'm pretty happy.
Geremiah / July 11, 2008 at 12:27 am
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I was starting my first triathlon and decided to check aorund to look at some bikes. I came across that shop d'ornellas. They were the worst guys ever. They never took me seriously because I was a student and made me feel that because I was poorer than the general clientele I did not matter. I spent $500 there but it was not enough to win their respect. I will never go there again. They were even rude to my girlfriend whe she tried to rent a wetsuit. I will never spent a penny there from now on even I live just close by.
Gloria / July 11, 2008 at 03:26 pm
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So awesome. Thanks for BlogTO for conducting the poll, but even more thanks to everyone's who commented. I'm buying a bike (after years of dormancy) and hearing heartfelt opinions is incredibly helpful.
maggie / July 13, 2008 at 08:57 pm
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Someone was asking about bike shops in North York -

On Avenue, north of Lawrence there's a place called Spokes and Sports. Same location/owner for 24 years, and a generally family- and commuter-oriented atmosphere. Very relaxed, very helpful, mid-range bikes (new only, no used stuff).

For the sake of full disclosure, I do work there, but I think we're a pretty nice place to buy a bike if you don't want to go all the way downtown.
Angie / July 14, 2008 at 06:14 pm
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I have to reccommend a mobile bicycle company called Cadence Mobile bicycle tech. I saw thier advertising around the city and decided to give them a try. The service was excellent! They came to my apartment and were very neat and professional. A+ technician with great personality and very easy to talk to. He walked me through everything he was going to do before performing any work.( no upselling or overcharging for things I don't want) Price was good too and there was no surcharge for them to come to me. I was totally impressed with the service and will do it agian.
Elvis McJagger / July 18, 2008 at 10:04 am
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Add me to the list of people who won't go back to Urbane Cyclist. I was buying a part from one guy when another employee asked him a question. He walked off and gave her a 5 minute lesson while I waited. When he walked back to hand me the part we had been discussing I handed it back to him and left. I'll shop elewhere. Cycle Solutions and Cyclepath Danforth are both great.
Krupo / July 19, 2008 at 12:48 am
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I'd pick Broadway Cycle over Urbane any day of the week. Got my bike there, and rebuilt it there too. Good place. :)
Jess / July 27, 2008 at 01:12 am
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Im sure everyone has heard by now what has happened with Igors shop on Queen. It was mentioned a few times above but no one really know what was happening with his shop. He has been arrested recently and the police have seized over 2500 stolen bikes from various storage garages. Screw that dick hole.
Jeff / July 30, 2008 at 12:06 am
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I cannot possibly see how Urbane made the top of your list. They carry bikes that are seemingly only for the commuter market, and the eclectic one at that. They seem to cater more to scene riders and cruisers more then anything (single speeds galore) and do nothing for the high end mountain or road rider. Add in thier less then impressive parts selection, and your number one choice seems far more personal then professional to me.
Tatiana / July 30, 2008 at 12:13 am
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Jeff, the choices were made not by me, but by blogTO readers. Apparently, among our readers there are more bike commuters than there are "high end mountain or road riders" (funny, I always thought "high-end" typically meant "expensive and fancy" and was applied to equipment, not people... ;-) )
Allison / August 1, 2008 at 10:07 am
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Alex / August 2, 2008 at 02:50 pm
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Cyclemania on Danforth is _great_, but their frame measurements on their bikes can be hinky. Cycle Therapy is, hands-down, the best and best-priced-for-the-work place to get stuff done on your bike in the city. They're knowledgeable, friendly, and accessible. But for my money, I'd take the bike pirates any day. If you want your repairs done right, it's best to do 'em yourself, or at least learn how the machine works so that you can call a bad mechanic on their bad job. Otherwise it's all "You didn't tell me I'd be needing a new chain!" and etc.
handfed / August 7, 2008 at 06:41 pm
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Here's a price comparison I did this week on the ubiquitous Kryptonite Evolution STD (big red U-Lock).

Urbane on John St.: $65
Curbside on Bloor: $79
Bikes On Wheels on Augusta: $89
Velotique on Queen: $65

compare:
Amazon.com with free ship to USA: $55
Ebay incl. shipping to Toronto from USA: ~$50USD

Given that the stores have no function in warrantying or servicing this item, I find the prices in Toronto absolutely outrageous!
Sean Howard / August 12, 2008 at 01:04 pm
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Hey... Thanks for this awesome review of bike shops! I used it to find Cycle Path. I actually tried CycleMania first but their hours are not what are on their website.... Loved the Cycle Path guys! No pressure, GREAT service... and 2 years of free tuneups with any new bike. Awesome!
john / August 16, 2008 at 02:20 pm
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Thumbs up from me for West Side. 2 years free labour.
Ernie / September 2, 2008 at 11:51 am
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The storebrand bike frames at Cyclemania are imported direct from the factory (from Slovakia, I think), and are built at the store, which lets you pick whatever features you want on your bke without any extra cost. Not for racers, mind you, but great if you need a reliable/strong commuter bike for 400-500 dollar range.
buylocal / September 8, 2008 at 10:35 am
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@handfed: It pays to know the price, but I don't see $10 as an unreasonable amount to spend for the convenience of walking into a local store to buy a U-lock.

As for the local store not adding value to you lock purchase, they will advise you what to buy (unlike eBay), answer your questions about how to install it (unlike Amazon), or even exchange it for a different size when you realize it's too small.

Buy Local!
Lisa / September 14, 2008 at 07:12 pm
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What about buying a bike from the Toronto police ebay auction site? I notice no one's mentioned that as an option.
Andrew / October 9, 2008 at 02:42 pm
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The Toronto police auctions are no bargain. Most of the bikes that end up there are low-end and abused or missing parts, and the prices quickly ramp up to unreasonable. And anything that's even vaguely new, high-end or name brand immediately becomes subject to an auction frenzy that pushes the price up to within 20% of a brand new model of the same bike. If you look really hard and are religious about sniping an auction, you might be able to find a good deal, but I wouldn't put my money on it.

For the record, I bought a bike this summer at Urbane Cyclist. Service wasn't necessarily any better or worse than anywhere else, but they had the bike I wanted in the size I wanted at the price I wanted, so after about 16 different bikes around the city, that's where I ended up.
Ivor / October 15, 2008 at 02:16 am
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Can anyone tell me why the bikes on the above mentioned stores are higher than the average hmmm lets say sportscheck?
is it because of the materials used?
or other reasons?
(newb on the bike scene)
Tatiana / October 15, 2008 at 10:36 am
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Ivor, in short it is not so much the materials (although to some extent that too), but:

* better frame design (for weight, stiffness, geometry etc.)
* better components (derailleurs, shifters, brakes etc.)
* better selection
* better qualified salespeople
* better assembly and post-sale tune-ups
Ivor / October 15, 2008 at 10:54 pm
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thanks Tatiana! appreciate you taking the time to give me a heads up. Ive been thinking about getting a bike for awhile but the prices has been keeping me at bay from purchasing one. but i will go in to the store and check them out now.
any other helpful tips is appreciated!
Tatiana / October 15, 2008 at 11:12 pm
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You don't need to pay $1000+ for a new bike - a reasonable, reliable bike can be had for about $300-350. It is very common to be put off by bike prices, but it helps to keep things in perspective. You can get a good solid bike for the same amount of money as one car tire change, or some new little techical gadget that will be obsolete faster than you can say "Apple iPhone". And with proper care (and, in Toronto, a good lock or two!) your bike should last you many fun-filled years. If you actually use it as transportation, in lieu of the TTC or a car, it would soon pay for itself.
Shane / October 17, 2008 at 01:04 pm
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I checked out Sweet Pete's and they had some great deals heading into the Fall bike show. Was specifically looking at the Giant OCR C3 that they had. The sales guy was nice and fairly helpful when you could get him to come over. Took the bike for a test ride on twice. Both times he was no where to be found when I came back. None of the other staff would help (especially guy at front counter).

After being ignored twice in two visits I decided to take my business a couple stores down to broadway cycle (Dufferin). The staff there were busy getting ready for the show but dropped everything every time I walked in the door.
pablo / October 23, 2008 at 12:37 pm
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hi from chile

please ...i need a rear hubs flip-flop,
somebody know a bike store in toronto where i can find it ?

gracias ...
Jonathan M. / November 12, 2008 at 11:23 am
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It's mid November, and I have been looking for a good way to store my bikes. I found a garage outfitting store in North Toronto and they have a several great ideas for my storage problem. One of them is the Slingger, http://www.1stchoicegarage.com/slingger_electric_hoist.html
If you need a way to get your bike out of the way for the winter, you have to check this out.

Jonathan
Tony / November 15, 2008 at 01:48 pm
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Agostino's bicycle shop on Queen St. West near Roncesvalles, there is no sign on the wall. Maybe you have seen his giant truck tire on the side of the road offering free air. His prices are the best and his service is amazing, you dont have to wait hours or days to get your bike on the road because he does it right away.
I believe the address is 1652 Queen St. west and he operates as "MOJO CYCLES" ...check him out and you will not be disappointed. My friend recommended this place to me after he went there for a road bike conversion. I recently had a tune-up done on my bike and was happy to see that my bike was all cleaned up, even the rust was gone. He takes the time to clean every inch.

Ps: Don't mind the mess, his service makes up for it !


Tony
Jason / January 19, 2009 at 04:12 pm
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I checked out Cyclemotive over on Bthurst St, definitely one of the nicer shops in the Toronto area. Great staff and awesome selection.
Ysstog / March 14, 2009 at 02:16 am
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West Side Cycle is the worst. That guy is crazy rude in there. I've been in three times and each time he's been snippy. One time he even said, "I don't have any competition". He also told me there was no such thing as 700x18-25 tubes, even though I buy them at Urbane no problem.

And for the folks who find Urbane staff rude, I'm frankly baffled. I find them very down to earth. Mind you, I usually walk into the back service department and ask for help as I generally just have questions or are buying parts. The main floor I always think of as just for buying whole bikes. I've never had a bad experience there.

Last year I bought a new frame on eBay and wanted them to take all the parts off of my current bike and throw them onto the new frame. They did it in the time it took me to go eat lunch and I was just a walk in customer. $40. That's pretty impressive if you ask me.

I used to really like Sports Swap at Yonge and Eg but now it's a Trek store, which blows.
chidi / April 3, 2009 at 01:16 pm
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I am pretty new to purchasing new bikes.
I need an oppinion on the new bike (CCM by Canadian tire)is is a good bike.
Alice / April 21, 2009 at 08:55 pm
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Man oh man, having trouble with bike shopping.

Dukes is out of my price range although do love it there. Helpful and answer your questions.
Had a great experience at Cyclemotive. Knowledgeable and listened to what I wanted.
Was really disappointed at Bikes on Wheels (who, two years ago, sold me my first bike - total newbie here - a large frame (5'9" and over ish) when I am 5'3".) They told me that the bike I had seen at Cyclemotive and the advice I was given (to 'pimp' up a TCR bike to my needs to commuting and 80-100km rides) was BS and that anyone who would give me that advice had no clue what they were talking about. Oh, and that I wouldn't be able to find anything for less than $1K.
Will try Urbane tomorrow although last time I went, I was treated like I was invisible and ignored. Probably too many couriers and people who knew what they were doing (and looked like they were ready to spend money) to waste their time with me.

Totally confused and frustrated by the process,

A
jamesmallon replying to a comment from Alice / April 23, 2009 at 11:25 am
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Alice, you can get a $1000 bike for those rides, or just a little more. All of my choices are steel, which is my strong preference.
http://ucycle.com/products/bikes/commuters/masi-randonneur
http://ucycle.com/node/159
http://ucycle.com/products/bikes/commuters/jamis-satellite
http://www.sweetpetesbikeshop.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&;flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=124&category_id=15&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1
jamesmallon / April 23, 2009 at 11:28 am
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As for bike shop rudeness, it does depend on the particular staff member, though I've never had good luck at Bikes on Wheels! If you have a number of questions, or need extra time, do NOT go when it is busy: weekends, Th/Fr evenings or sunny days. Go early in the week when it is cold and cloudy, and you'll get all the help you could want!
Alice / April 23, 2009 at 11:34 am
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Thanks James. Funny enough, I went to Bikes on Wheels on a rainy Tuesday at 4pm.

The bikes you recommend there - and a steel bike at that - would they be any good to transition from daily riding to road races and triathlons?
Ben / April 27, 2009 at 09:04 am
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In the rudeness stakes -- which are apparently chock full of contenders in the bike shop world -- my personal pick is Wheels of Bloor.

Made the trek out past High Park to their shop last year and was treated disgustingly. True, I was not in the market for a $3000 Cervelo, but I WAS interested in some of the under-$1000 Devincis they sold. They were NOT interested in selling me a bike, once I revealed my price range, and basically pretended to have other things to do like deal with *non-existant* other customers.

Never, ever, will I stroll in there again, even if I do decide to lay down $3000 on a bike.

As for good service? Sweet Petes on Bloor West. Great place! Was just there yesterday and will be back soon.
brian replying to a comment from Tatiana / April 30, 2009 at 09:38 am
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IGOR. Whenever I had a bike stolen in the past (hasn't happened for years, touch wood), the police would shrug and say, "You can probably buy it back from Igor. Otherwise, not much we can do."
Lee Dale / May 4, 2009 at 03:34 pm
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Hi Tatiana:

There's a type on the Bikes on Wheels description: ...though there ARE plenty of higher-end commuting...

Also, they're website is: http://bikesonwheels.ca/
Lee Dale replying to a comment from Lee Dale / May 4, 2009 at 03:35 pm
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Holy crap, I just typoed typo. #fail
nb / May 4, 2009 at 04:12 pm
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I’ve only had good experiences at West Side Cycle and Urbane, and I’ve never bought or looked for expensive items at those locations (mainly accessories rather than bikes).

I bought a new bike last year at Duke’s, and they’re great.

Set Me Free, however, which is up the street from West Side Cycle, is completely useless.
sm / May 5, 2009 at 01:16 pm
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I took my bike to Urbane Cyclist last week to get a new back wheel (it was bent in a minor accident). The mechanic recommends I also get new brake pads and a tune-up (it’s a brand new bike that I had already adjusted and fine tuned after having bought it about a month ago). I decide to get the brake pads changed anyway (just in case), but declined the tune-up. When I go back to pick it up, the repair report attached to my bike says “***Did safety check anyway***” (highlighted in pink!). So I’m appreciative, pay the $144, and leave. I walk my bike home because I had not brought my helmet with me, and I am a fanatic about wearing helmets. Then on the weekend, I take my bike for a ride, get on it, go down the hill that is right outside my building, AND tada – my back brakes aren’t working. Tell me someone – what constitutes a safety check? Something about brakes and safety go hand-in-hand in my opinion. Not only did they mess up the back brakes which worked fine before, but also let me walk out the store with messed up brakes. You would think the first thing you do is spin the back wheel and check the brake. I am taking it back today and hoping not to explode on them. How can you suck so badly at something you probably do for a living?
air_ick replying to a comment from Ysstog / May 8, 2009 at 11:03 pm
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sport swap moved to bayview & millwood (i believe...on bayveiw for sure) and they're still in the bike biz. i've been looking for a new commuter and they recommended me to a small shop on the corner of bayview and manor...if you're ever in that 'hood & interested.
Lennox- / May 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm
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Checked out Cyclemotive on Bathurst to get my mtb bike tuned. Definitely a recommendation here for for service and selection. The staff there are real helpful and laid back, unlike many of the other T.O shops. I even have my eye on a Scott road bike in there after wondering around. Sweet shop!

They can be found at www.cyclemotive.com
Sean replying to a comment from nb / May 17, 2009 at 07:58 pm
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Set Me Free is really terrible. Useless is probably the best description. West Side Cycle seems competent and very nice, but I'm certainly no expert. Bikes on Wheels were pretty helpful to me. Can try out their bikes no problem (at least the used ones). They seem fairly knowledgeable.
Michelle / May 24, 2009 at 09:56 pm
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@sm your experience at Urbane Cyclist does not surprise me.

I would NEVER recommend Urbane Cyclist. Every experience I have had there has been bad....I went to get a tune-up and they did as little as possible in order to turn around the bike quickly so that they wouldn't have to store it. When I got it back, the valve on the tire they replaced was damaged. So, I had to go back and have the tire and valve looked at and repaired. They changed the inner tube and the next day I got a flat - hard to believe this is a coincidence given that I have had the bike for 5 years and have NEVER had a flat. Poor work, poor service, poor attitude. DON'T GO THERE.
Sean / May 24, 2009 at 10:13 pm
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Well, since going to Duke's, Urbane, and Sweet Pete's, I have to say that Sweet Pete seems to have the most responsive, on the ball staff. That's a I will probably buy from Urbane though since they seem to be one of the few bike shops that stock a steel hybrid. I'd much rather buy from Sweet Pete. Still have to check out Curbside Cycle though.
Paul / May 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm
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As of this season Bikes on Wheels isn't selling used bikes. There are several shops in Kensington that offer good used stuff at more than reasonable prices. Shannen at Red Arrow Bikes (on Kensington Ave, between Exile and C-pub) is always more than helpful with any repairs. Don't be off put by the back alley location and the massive pile of bikes out back, he's a truly stand up guy and a great mechanic
Al Young / June 8, 2009 at 11:48 pm
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If your looking for used bike parts or used/refurbished bikes at reasonable prices, I recommend checking out Community Bicycle Network. There is tons of parts scatter around. Whatever part your looking for, they most likely will have. You can also save money on repair cost by taking advantage on their ToolWorks program. For six bucks, you get to use their equipment, grease and tools to fix your bike for an hour with 10 minutes of mechanic assistance (every additional 10 minutes is three bucks). The people there were really friendly and accommodating with any questions I had. You get a sense of satisfaction of fixing your bike yourself and you don't have to worry about getting screw over by lousy bike mechanics. Its on 101-761 Queen Street West (take the alleyway behind the building).

Here's their website for more info:
http://www.communitybicyclenetwork.org/
Al Young replying to a comment from Geremiah / June 9, 2009 at 12:55 am
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Yeah, the costumer service at D'Ornella is fucking lousy. Unless your a rich hardcore cyclist with a 3000$ bike, they won't give you the time of day. I went there once a few years back to ask about getting my back wheel repair and the guy there was a straight-up asshole. I was given the snob treatment and no help at all.
Michelle / June 9, 2009 at 08:59 am
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After a number of problems with Urbane (which I have included in the stream above), I decided to go to Duke's to repair a flat. Though Duke's confirmed it was the result of shotty work done at Urbane, I proceeded to get another flat after a $25 charge at Duke's. Coincidence - I find it unlikely. I have had the bike 5 years and never had a flat - as soon as the tire was changed at Urbane - tada! 3 flats one after the next. Anyway, I ended up changing the inner tube myself (something I should have done from the start) and have had no trouble with it since. Word of advice, if you can stick around and watch your bike being repaired, I would highly recommend it. Otherwise they'll charge for work they haven't done, or use old parts and claim them as new...Still on the hunt for a decent bike shop in the city with good service and NO ATTITUDE.
Michelle / June 9, 2009 at 09:04 am
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By the way, if anyone knows where the mechanics from Cycle Therapy ended up, I would love to find them. They were top notch.
tina / June 10, 2009 at 05:03 pm
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thanks for this informative post blogTO.

@handfed: thanks for the pricing info about locks.. that's exactly what i was looking for actually, and now i'm sad because i need a lock ASAP and can't be waiting around for shipping. looks like i'll be paying 50%+ more, depending on which lock i go with.

@lisa & andrew: RE: the police auctions, i disagree about them being bad. i bought my bike off there and got an excellent deal on an excellent bike. they do a great job at describing the damage. i honestly thought it was going to be worse than it was, and was thrilled to realize i got a great bike at an amazing price. i paid around $300 for a bike that retails new for ~$700 and it came with lights. only thing is i had to replace the chain because there was too much rust, though the bike shop i went to said i didn't even need to replace the chain. they did a great job describing the damage, and they were nice and friendly when i went there. i think the police auctions are great if you know what you're looking for and willing to risk.

i would go to cyclepath on yonge at eglinton/lawrence area, and seemed to not have any problems with them. the first time they were really helpful with locks, but the other times i just came in to grab bells and stuff. inexpensive bells, which they let me use their tools to install on my bike, which is nice of them. if i'm in the area and need something i'll stop by but i wouldn't go out of my way.

as for urbane, i had good experiences with them the first time i went in when no one was there.. this nice guy helped me out, he lived in my neighbourhood he was telling me. i had just gotten doored right outside of there so it was by chance i stumbled in, and they fixed up my brakes for me for free. i thought that was really nice of them. they were really nice. today (wednesday afternoon) i went in to buy a lock but their prices advertised on their website are much lower than the actual prices they're charging ($80 vs. $90). so i left and decided to go to dukes.

i wanted to go to dukes because they had them for cheaper and the girl seemed really firendly on the phone. they were really really nice there. most of them anyhow, there was one older guy who was kinda weird, but three out of four isn't bad. the mechanic joey was able to help me right away, and he was really great too. he explained everything to me as he did it so i would learn, which was really helpful, i really like when people treat you like you aren't an invalid and you can also learn just like they did. very nice guy and i definitely learned from that experience. another guy helped me mount my lock holder.. very nice of him to offer! prior to going in i was shopping around online and over the phone and decided to call and ask about prices for locks, and the girl i spoke to on the phone was really nice, which is why i decided to go there instead of buying the lock at urbane, especially after learning their prices were $10 higher than they advertised on their site. overall, excellent experience at dukes!! i'd definitely go back if i need something!! i think customer service is really important, because when you're dropping all kinds of cash on things like locks and bikes and labour you want it to be good, and i really like the way joey works (he seems to be somewhat of a perfectionist).. the staff are friendly mostly.. so yeah, definitely a good spot. i went on a wednesday afternoon. i think they're really cool there.
Melissa / June 11, 2009 at 03:52 pm
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If you're going to be heading up north (or live there) the staff at SILENT SPORTS are ridiculously helpful and knowledgable. The store is giant and full of everything human powered.

Yonge and Steeles

http://www.silentsports.com/store/
Sebastian replying to a comment from Jay / June 12, 2009 at 07:19 pm
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To Jay: "rich bike snob" ? You get what you pay for. You can spend more money and have a bike that's tailored to your needs and to your body measurements; one that you will likely keep and maintain for decades. Or you can go to Sportcheck, buy a crappy bike, and let it rust in your garage, or have it crap out on you after a couple years.

"Rich bike snobs" might be snobs, but you don't have to be rich to save up for a good bike - and it certainly is better value, in the long run, than the choice you have chosen to make. I guess that makes you a "cheap person that doesn't know anything about cycling or value."
orelga / June 15, 2009 at 01:40 pm
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Is there a difference in the bike you get by spending $400 at Sportcheck (their mid-upper range) or $400 at one of the above mentioned specialty shops (their lower range)?
Sebastian replying to a comment from orelga / June 15, 2009 at 01:47 pm
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@Orelga: YES. There is a huge difference. Sportchek or Wallmart sell bikes that are made in china and use low grade steel for the frames. A bike that's made in North America using Reynolds steel or any other highgrade steel will not rust within 10 years and will be a lot lighter and easier to ride. The components on those Sportchek bikes are also low quality and will likely need repairs often.

Example: If you go to Bikes on Wheels and spend 400 dollars on a Fuji or a Devinci it will not only ride better, but last longer than the 400 dollar Supercycle you buy from Canadian Tire. The Supercycle will rust, as its made from the same quality steel that your household plumbing uses.
orelga replying to a comment from Sebastian / June 15, 2009 at 03:37 pm
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Thank you for the prompt and informed response!
orelga / June 15, 2009 at 03:43 pm
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One more question: do bikes depreciate like cars at all? i.e: does a bike lose 20% of its value once its off the lot (or 1 year old)? If so, do these used bikes end up in bike shops or private sale?
Mike / June 15, 2009 at 04:30 pm
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So I dropped into Sweet Pete's today for a repair. My bike needed a new star nut inside the headset which isn't a big job but I think taking it to Urbane or Bikes On Wheels (two of my regular shops) woulda been an overnight thing. Sweet Pete's turned it around in the time it took me to go eat a hot dog and come back. Total cost for parts and service was under $15, including tax. Everyone there was super nice--no attitude whatsoever. I will definitely return.
dijon / June 16, 2009 at 08:28 pm
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hello dose anyone know ware i can get a good road bike for $600 with the curved handle bars? and what would be a good brand for that price?
pete replying to a comment from orelga / June 18, 2009 at 12:53 am
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Bikes depreciate way more than cars, generally. As soon as you ride it out of the store good luck selling it for more than half of what you paid... But if you find a bike you like and that fits properly there isn't really any reason to be selling the bike anyways. In my experience, once a person finds a bike they like they keep it for a very long time. Finding a good used bike is more often than not an exercise in frustration, just like with buying a used car your often buying other people problems and more often than not a used bike will have a worn out drivetrain which can be a couple hundred bucks to get it all replaced. And very often as well you make a compromise on fit when buying a used bike as size selection on a particular type or quality of used bike is limited to whatever is in the store. Buying privately can yield good results but you need to be educated as to what is a good bike and what isn't.. You need to know what your looking for. But to actually answer your question.. I'm fairly sure that most used bikes go the route of private sales, but it can be a risky proposition.
Also something to remember when buying a bike, your buying a frame and buying into the way a frame rides, feels and fits. The rest of the components are generally unimportant unless you really value some particular part like a really good fork but don't care about drivetrain, brakes, etc. as much.. but bikes at similar price points feature about the same value of the parts on it just often with a different distribution of high end and lower end parts. i.e. A Kona may have cheaper wheels but has some nicer Race Face cranks than say a Trek which has some nice Bontrager wheels with a cheaper Shimano or Icon crank.
Full Disclosure, I work at Sport Swap.
orelga replying to a comment from pete / June 18, 2009 at 08:20 am
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Thanks Pete, I appreciate the honest and thorough answer.
Mike / June 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm
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Where can I buy a cheap entry road bike like trek 1000 or giant ocr? The cheapest price I can find is over $700.
vlad / June 19, 2009 at 09:37 pm
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hi there! did anybody recently saw where to buy INEXPENSIVE bicycle shorts, not the fancy style, but regular, baggy shorts?
thanks!
pete replying to a comment from Mike / June 19, 2009 at 10:27 pm
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Thats how much an entry level road bike costs. You should budget between 700 and 1200 for a decent entry level road bike.
Cambio / June 20, 2009 at 01:21 pm
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Buyer beware regarding bike warranties at Curbside Cycle.

I had my freewheel stop working on a $400 Marin bike after only 3 months of casual summer riding. The store manager insisted that this was due to "wear and tear" rather than a manufacture defect and that it was not covered under warranty. After multiple "encounters" and a call to the manufacturer they finally agreed to fix it, however it remained in their shop for 1.5 months.

Great bikes, but poor service when it counts.
edward tan / June 21, 2009 at 01:59 pm
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Hi, I'm looking into purchasing a bike that I can use to get to work everyday instead of driving. I'm looking for something with a full chain guard or chainless, full mud guards and a coat guard. However, the only bikes I can find like these are those European city bikes that cost over $1000 a piece. Does anyone know of a place in Toronto that sells bikes like these for under $500? Something I can use to ride through rain, slush, snow and salt?

Thanks
orelga replying to a comment from edward tan / June 22, 2009 at 02:41 pm
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Hi Edward,

One such bike is Opus Classico. It costs $525 from Cogs Cycle. It has chain guard, fenders and rack. It does not have a coat guard.
orelga / June 26, 2009 at 11:49 am
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Is there a time of year that one is more likely to get a deal on a new bike? For example, when next year's models come out? Or just before winter when bike sales probably slow?
Alex / June 28, 2009 at 08:43 pm
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hi, i found a store called Broadway Cycle on Bloor and Dufferin, does anyone know if its good or not? On their website, i found a pretty good deal on an '08 specialized hardrock comp disc, can someone tell me any other place that has a great lineup of hardrocks??plz
Jove / July 2, 2009 at 02:18 pm
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I build and maintain my own bikes. On occasion, I also build and/or maintain bikes for others (family, friends). At any given time I have at least 4 built bikes and 1 partially built bike in my possession. My bikes range in price and purpose from a converted singlespeed winter/beater bike that would fetch no more than $100 on Craigslist to a fully customized carbon road bike that altogether would retail well over $4000. I get my parts from many sources, and have dealt with almost every single one of the stores listed on this list, in addition to many others that weren't mentioned.

All of this is to say... I believe I have an unusually intimate perspective with regards to bike stores. In that spirit, I'd like to share the following observations. No promises here, just observations from an experienced bike lover and amateur mechanic.

La Bicicletta was left off the list. This is my favourite high end road/cross store for a number of reasons: excellent selection, very well trained staff. For anyone who's been stung by Wheels of Bloor's complete disregard for customer service, treat yourself to La Bicicletta. They're at least as good as Racer Sportif in terms of selection and price, but they get the nod for friendliness and customer service over all other high end roadie stores in Toronto. Frankly, I don't know how Wheels of Bloor could have possibly made this list. The prevailing attitude I've experienced there made me feel like I was an inconvenience.

MEC is like the Ikea for cycling parts. Don't expect a lot of knowledgeable service or high quality stuff. But it's great for cheap commidities and the occasional deal on decent gear.

I have given Urbane chance after chance to demonstrate to my satisfaction that they've earned such a great reputation. I am still looking for any significant reason to give them my vote. Your mileage may vary. They DO seem to be the only shop in town that has a good selection of more esoteric bikes: recumbents, folding, tandems. I'm not really in that market, but I'll bet my first recumbent will come from them someday.

Similarly, I feel that Duke's to some degree became a victim of their own success, at least prior to the fire. They DID have very good stock and they DID have fairly good service, and they DID have somewhat competitive pricing. However, I never once felt like my business was truly appreciated. No matter if I spent $10 or $1000, it seemed like the general attitude was "meh... we get lots of other business. Take it or leave it". Things may have changed, although I doubt it; they still have the same people running the shop.

Cyclemotive, just around the corner from the old Duke's, was a real gem, and a stark contrast to the level of customer service I'd been accustomed to. Cyclemotive is very attractive to a cyclophile like me: very good selection, competitive prices, a depth of knowledge, and above all excellent mannerisms. There's a certain earnestness in all the staff - from the owner to the part time clerk - to listen and understand the customer. Despite what other posters suggested, Cyclomotive proper is relatively new, however the same family had been operating The Cycle Shoppe on Queen for many years. Cycle Shoppe is intended for the more casual rider whereas Cyclemotive is oriented towards performance riders. Same people running the shops. I do most of my business with Cyclemotive because of a solid relationship that was created over positive experience after positive experience. I also wonder about another poster's experience with their mechanic... from my experience they're definitely among the better shops in town. I ask them to do things that I'd rather not do myself (cut steerer, bleed brake lines, mount new headset cups, rebuild an internal 3 speed hub), and get great advice on more difficult tasks (wheel building, tapping a frame). Their work is as good as mine, if not better. The confidence that inspires is well worth the money.

CycleSolutions is also very good on the service side of things. Staff are really friendly... you could just drop by to chat instead of shop and they seem just as happy to see you. They also routinely have the best prices around. I go mainly to the Beaches location (higher end stuff), and have joined in a few group rides. The beaches crew are a laid back bunch. There are many deals to be had at the Parliament location too. A lot of my MTB stuff comes from them.

Curbside really helped me with my pet project to rebuild a classic '71 Raleigh Superbe. They had both older parts and more obscure parts in stock, and also gave solid advice on how to service this stuff. If you like classy rollers and city cruisers, this is the place for you. Prices aren't so hot, but the selection can't be beat for this bike segment.

long-ass post. Hope it was helpful in some way.
Sebastian / July 2, 2009 at 02:50 pm
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@Jove

I completely agree with you Jove; however there's a few things you should know about this list before stating a few of those points. Curbside is actually owned by the same people as BOW, and while they are a very good shop also, it would be a little regardless to put two of the same businesses on a top 15 list. That said, curbside does have all sorts of more obscure components and a huge variety of brooks saddles and they offer the best in the city for dutch cruisers and commuters, and they are definitely a great store.

I totally agree with you about Dukes, though. That place has jumped the shark. Once a great store, they now over charge for everything and the staff aren't that knowledgeable. I asked to see their 'riser bars' and the guy had no idea what I was talking about. I asked for 'track grips' and the guy had no idea what I was talking about, then had the gall to accuse me of making terms up!!

Curious: do you ride Fixed at all, Jove? Since I do, I have a penchant for fixed-friendly stores. Stores that stock track components and parts that aren't just ordered from the Specialized/Norco/Trek distributor catalogues. A lot of stores, even Dukes, just seem to stock catalogue parts.
Jove replying to a comment from Sebastian / July 2, 2009 at 03:54 pm
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Hey Sebastian. I checked out the new Dukes just to see how they were doing. Still seems pretty much like business as usual. Not bad, but really, not great.They still have their "Best of Now Magazine 2001" clipping up on the wall. Seriously... living in the past.

I have a single speed mtb for winter bashing. I haven't gone all out with fixed becuase I've grown too dependent on back pedalling to negotiate over/through piles of snow. Still, I have window shopped for fixie parts and gear. It's just a matter of time before I get or build my first fixed gear. For now, I'm just looking at what's out there and making plans on my first fixie.

To that degree, I'd suggest you look at Cyclemotive. Last I checked they had parts/frames from IRO, Masi, Fuji, Phil Woods, Formula, CInelli, KHS, and a few others, in addition to the more common catalogues. They had a Bianchi Pista that caught my eye, pimped up with a white chain and other niceness. If it isn't in stock at the moment, Aasif will order it in within a week. They don't do Specialized, btw... some kind of rift between Aasif and the Specialized rep. Even though I have a Specizlied Epic M4, it's never been an issue for me, asides from the ribbing I get every time I bring it into the store.

You could also take a look at Urbane and La Carrera. They both have a pretty decent stock of single and fixed gear stuff. Like I said before, I find Urbane to be good, but not as good as their reputation. I hope someone proves me wrong, truly. I have no comment on their mech skills/quality of work, since I've never had the need to get anything done by them. La Carrera seems to specialize in road/single/fixed. Nadir, the owner is really straightforward and seems totally trustworthy.

Finally, I still should mention La Bicicletta. They are beyond most people's budgets, but it's worth going there just to check out the bikes. Easily the best bike porn in the city. Everything is carefully selected, and the staff can tell you everything you might want to know about the gear. You might spot something within your budget.
Asif / July 4, 2009 at 11:52 am
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jon / July 4, 2009 at 06:32 pm
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@Jove

That was just about the most informative and helpful post I could ask for. Thank you!

Jon
Captain Morgan / July 5, 2009 at 11:53 am
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Definitely check out Bike Pirates over any of these places. Not only is it 100x cheaper, you'll also learn how to do it yourself next year, and the year after that. All in a safe, friendly environment - no need to be an expert.

For opening hours, check out "Contact Us" at:
http://bikepirates.com/
PGTA / July 5, 2009 at 11:41 pm
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Hi there!

Does anyone know of a place where I can buy a bike for $100-$150? I'd prefer not to go to stores like Canadian Tire though. I need a bike that won't give me a lot of trouble.

Thank you.
Kirk / July 6, 2009 at 05:48 pm
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Just avoid dornellas like the plague. Customer service doesn't get worse than this. They will just straight up ignore you. Crappy mechanics as well, dont even think of asking questions.They will make you feel retarded and sell you whatever is on the shop floor. The guys at sweet petes couldnt be nicer, I happened to stroll in there on my way to work and ended up buying a bike from Owen. They are a little pricey, but worth the experience. They do cater to the commuter market but do carry some of the mid to high end Madones and TCR's. 5*****
Larry / July 6, 2009 at 06:54 pm
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Not sure about Urbane being at the top. Others experiences of standing in the shop appears to be the case for both trying to deal with them over email and/or the phone. Emails have gone unanswered and transfers to the "parts" department left in limbo. I was trying to get some stuff ordered in for my visit to Toronto next week but have given up on this shop. Tried the next surly dealer I could find from their dealer list Curb side Bikes and had my order sorted in 5 mins. Guess some shops are just to busy to take on new business.
Mark / July 7, 2009 at 02:49 pm
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Another plus for Sweet Pete's. Walked in and Elvin let me try as many bikes as I wanted around the block and ask as many questions as I pleased, explaining to me what I was getting for my money and the differences between the price points.

Walked out with a Kona Dew Plus which so far has been the best bike I've ever ridden
Sal / July 12, 2009 at 02:28 pm
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Hey guys, I am a newcomer to Toronto and I feel having a bike here is definitely indispensable despite excellent public transportation. However, Im looking for a "transitionary" bike till I settle down and am in a better position to afford something more durable and for the longer term.

Id greatly appreciate it if anyone could recommend top three bike stores I should visit to buy a used bike. I am flexible if its a mountain bike or a road bike. So shops that actively help a customer to get the best fit etc for the bike and suggest alternatives.

Thanks in advance. (I live in High Park)
Jonathan / July 14, 2009 at 04:44 pm
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So about Cogs Cycle..

"Cogs Cycle is another down-to-earth repairs-oriented shop that will shower your bike in TLC no matter how fancy or modest your ride is. The mechanics at Cogs take pride in the quality of their repairs and the fast turn-around time."

That is simply not true. I went there about a week ago and I got nothing but attitude for wanting to restore my old bike. The guy with the ponytail was extremely rude, as I walked in with my new beater project - he was talking down to me the whole time and he seemed high-strung and emotionally imbalanced. I also caught him drooling over a girl customer, boldly staring at her prized parts and etc.. it was quite a scene. After ignoring me to gawk over this girl who had left the store by now, he got pretty desperate all of sudden and gave me a quote for something that I wanted.. I played along with no intention of handing over a penny to this man (just for entertainment/learning purposes), he wanted to overcharge me by about 25 dollars. Stay away from this place.. Go somewhere operated by a sane and honest person/people.
Sebastian replying to a comment from Jonathan / July 14, 2009 at 06:20 pm
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Hey Jonathon,

What did he overcharge you (in a quote) for by 25 dollars?

I wouldn't mind seeing how he quoted you....

S
Jimmy / July 15, 2009 at 11:23 pm
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hey would you by any chance know where to rent bikes? i'll be in toronto for a week and i would like to rent a bike to sight see the lakeshore. i'd really like to rent a tandem.
Bryan / July 21, 2009 at 10:14 am
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Can someone explain why you would want a fixed gear bike?
I like the idea, but it can't be very practical for commuting to work in the city, right?
Stan replying to a comment from Bryan / July 21, 2009 at 10:37 am
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Its a mainly a trend - there are some real enthusiasts out there but for many its to be a part of something, we all want to be a part of something elite. Not sure what it is about having no gears and for some no brakes that makes someone that hasn't ridden a bike in 10 years all of a sudden want to get a bike. Really get yourself a good commuter, realize what type of terrain you'll be riding every day and back to work and get the right bike. You can still get a fixie after if you want to have two bikes or really you can turn any bike into a fixie when you want its just the back wheel it may not look like a trendy road fixie, but what are you buying it for
Sebastian replying to a comment from Bryan / July 21, 2009 at 10:38 am
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Bryan: Before you begin to understand why, you need to understand that there are people that ride bikes for fun and not transportation. There are people that ride mountain bikes, there are people that snowboard, there are people that drive standard transmission cars - and there are people that ride fixed gear bicycles. They happen to use them for commuting, but most of the time they ride their bikes for fun. It's about turning city riding into a fun activity as opposed to a mundane commute. Riding on a fixed gear bike is about finding lines in traffic, finding the right paths, and it's a whole different feeling. Ontop of that it saves you money on maintenance and parts, and almost all of the bike's repairs can be done at home with minimal tools.

Would you ask someone why they would drive a standard transmission car? It saves you on gas, but is surely not meant for "city commuting." I bet you understand the pleasure of driving standard, though, right?
Sasha replying to a comment from Bryan / July 24, 2009 at 02:10 pm
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I recommend getting two different rims too, looks cool, gets you noticed, gets people to notice my wheels and that I'm riding a fixie.
I like a rim up front and a mag on the back BUT two different colored rims looks cool too, get a black front rim, and a yellow one on the back... SICK!!!
Bryan replying to a comment from Sasha / July 24, 2009 at 02:55 pm
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That about sums it up.
After doing some research and going on some test rides, I've come to the concusion that riding at fixi is all, "Look at me, look at me"
Unless you're in the veladrome......the benefits are far outweighed by the huge drawback of having only one gear.
Sebastian / July 24, 2009 at 03:01 pm
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Bryan, you're being ignorant. Why did you only choose to reply to that joke of a post and not mine?
You are so willing to hate and your closed-mindedness is sickening.
Sebastian / July 24, 2009 at 03:03 pm
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Also I LOL at "going on some test rides"

You probably need training wheels for a regular bicycle.


Just read this, on Sheldon Brown's website if you would like to open your mind.
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed.html


PS – The first tour de France was won on a Fixed Gear.
Bryan replying to a comment from Sebastian / July 24, 2009 at 03:14 pm
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Sorry for not responding you yours. You have some good points and I do appreciate standard trans. But I don't paint on the side of my car that it's standard and I don't care if other people know I'm driving standard. Relax on the name calling. You might hurt my feelings. I'm hardly ignorant if I researched and test drove them. And I started with an open mind but now my OPINION is that it's stupid unless you're racing.
krashTeste / July 26, 2009 at 11:41 am
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I'm looking to buy a vintage sytle cruiser bike. Multiple speed, new or used around $250-$300.

Any recommendations?

Thanks!
Isaac replying to a comment from Bryan / July 29, 2009 at 03:57 am
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It sounds like you mostly have a problem with people with ostentatious bikes. But this has nothing to do with fixed-gears; non-fixed bikes can also be flashy.

But to answer your original question, no, if you are going to be commuting long distances (especially with heavy loads), or over very hilly terrain, a fixed-gear is not the most practical option. Most of the bike stores on this list offer excellent commuter bikes.

And why would anyone do anything that's not ultimately and absolutely practical? I mean, you're right - fun is stupid. (Unless you're having fun racing, that is. Or is racing practical?)
Bernhard / July 29, 2009 at 04:27 am
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I wholeheartedly back Sweet Pete's.

I recently bought a bicycle (unfortunately not from Sweet Pete's; I found exactly what I was looking for at Urbane) and when I was shopping around I went to many of these stores.

At SP's I received by far the best service, most importantly from several different people on several different days (other stores were less consistent). The staff I spoke to were extremely knowledgeable and were genuinely interested in helping me find the best bike for me (they really helped me understand bike sizing, ideal bike geometry for different purposes, benefits of different materials, etc.). I never felt pressured in the least and they answered all my naive questions without a hint of snobbishness.

Also, when I wanted to try a bike that wasn't built yet, it only took them an hour and half to call me back with the bike ready to go. I know service times depend on demand and how many mechanics are working, but it was impressive nonetheless.

That being said, many of these other stores are great. Bikes on Wheels has some very friendly and very helpful staff, though the mechanics (or at least one of them) can be surly, especially if you ask them questions about how to fix things on your bike (for obvious reasons).

Urbane is also good, but I found the quality of service to be somewhat variable (some staff seem more interested that others). But on the whole, still a great store, and it had one of the better parts selections out of the stores I went to (and bike selection).

Anyway, I didn't know about the survey, but I definitely would have voted for Sweet Pete's.

Happy cycling!

Arthur replying to a comment from Ben / August 4, 2009 at 12:03 am
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To Ben about "wheels on bloor"
I went in there 4 days ago to by a $70 pair of road shoes, and the guy there was overly helpful! The ones i wanted seemed just slightly to small for me, he offered to sell me the next step up "at cost" just to have it fit better. I didnt like them, so he went behind the counter grabbed a book, and started giving me names and address of other stores to try that might have the type of road shoe i was looking for.

In the end another customer suggested they would stretch as a wear them and they should be fine. So the employee offered for me to buy them now, take them home wear them for an hour and see if they hurt my feet, and if they did bring them back for a refund. I ended up doing just that, and kept them, as they fit just fine and were comfortable.

This is by far the best service ive ever received at any bike shop in Toronto. For a simple $70(on sale from $129) road shoe. You're not getting good service because you werent buying a $3000 bike is the complete opposite of the experience i had buying something they probably didnt even make any money off of. The service i got there was tremendous!
Ross / August 6, 2009 at 11:19 am
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Highly recommend hellovelo.ca in the East end. Great service, and a great club for those so inclined.
Ian S / August 8, 2009 at 02:41 pm
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I have been cycling in TO for 20 years, and I have encountered rude service at many, many shops. My first bike was a high-end KHS mountain bike purchased at the now-defunct Spinning Wheels on Carleton, without a doubt the most pretentious and rude bike shop I had ever been to. After the purchase I took it elsewhere for service for the 10 years I rode it.

I purchased my current bike at Cycle Solutions on Parliament, nothing but good things to say about them, knowledgeable, helpful and great after the sale service. I moved to the West end and I now use Sweet Pete's. The service there was excellent, and I even called up a mechanic from the road when I had a problem and they talked me through it. That's service. Both places were unpretentious and helpful.

On the flip side, I took my bike into Broadway Cycle on Bloor last season for a spring tune-up (before I found Sweet Petes). I mentioned that I was feeling a grinding sensation when cycling, I suspected that there was something wrong inside the pedal casing (I couldn't find any obvious points on the outside where there was any contact or scraping). When I came back to pick up the bike they just handed it to me with the bill, no discussion, no indication of what they had done to the bike, just a bill. I ride about 80 miles a week, I want to know what is going on when I have servicing done. I also like to be told what things may need replacement in the future, and I like consultation on what is and is not to be replaced. There are usually options, and you should be made aware of them.

For example, I popped a spoke this May, and had it replaced. I then popped another spoke the next week. When I took the bike in to have it replaced the second time I asked if this was going to continue. The mechanic (at Sweet Pete's) explained how the spokes worked, how the material the spoke was made out of impacted the situation, and whether or not it was necessary to replace the wheel. They felt it was fine to ride given that the rest of the spokes were fine and they wheel itself checked out. I have been riding it for three months now without problems. I would have replaced the wheel myself, but this was one of those situations where the experts know better.


If you are stonewalled when you ask questions, leave. You can "road test" a store by shopping for something comparatively cheaper and seeing how you are treated. Shop around and don't be afraid to switch shops if needed. Just because you buy something at a store doesn't mean you need to keep going there. Unless you want to do everything yourself, you need to find a place where you can trust the mechanics. Being sent out of the bike shop with faulty brakes is baaaddd....



Alienat / August 10, 2009 at 03:49 pm
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Hello everybody and I just wanted to thank all of you for your contribution on this topic. I am a newbie at all this so please bear with me.

Reading through all these super helpful posts, I found Sweet Pete's as the best store around. What I wonder is (please do not laugh I am not rich or anything like that), do they at Sweet Pete's have some new mountain bikes priced around $200-$300 CAD? I worked hard to earn this money so I can buy this bicycle as birthday present to my older brother, and I really don't have more money to spend on this. Few people told me (in kind of rude way) that I should be looking at SportMart or SportCheck only because even Canadian Tire is super expensive store for people like me. "People like me" part I couldn't understand. I am not cheap, really... I just earned this amount of money and who knows when will be the next time I get some good season job again and my brother's birthday is closing fast (week to go).

Thank you all again, and please sorry if I insulted anyone in any way.
Sasha / August 11, 2009 at 09:25 am
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Another big vote for CYCLEMOTIVE. Such a nice service they are doing, super polite guys with manners. Did not even try to force me make any kind of decision. A lot of helpful advices. Went in, learned a lot of things, went out on my new bike happy as hell. As simple as that.

I'm highly recommending this store to my friends and contacts.

Good work guys!
Amanda / August 20, 2009 at 11:40 am
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For bike repairs, I'd recommend Cyclestork in the beaches. Just a guy working from his backyard, but he definitely knows his stuff. I've used them twice, first time he picked it up and delivered it. Second time I went to the shop. Both times I had my bike back the same day.
jimmy replying to a comment from Matt / August 20, 2009 at 02:05 pm
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Come on Matt, this store has some great deals & the staff is OK. If you are looking for someone to say HI to you, go buy your bike at Walmart!!
Li / August 21, 2009 at 11:08 am
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I have had a number of really bad experiences in Bikes on wheels. One of the times I went in because I had a flat tire and they were going to charge be $25 just to fix the inner tube. The guy who was running that area was extremely rude and was not paying attention to me. A younger guy at the store fixed it for me and charged me $20. I would never give them anymore of my service. I have since gotten the same thing done at The bike joint and they were very pleasant and it only cost $12.
Cynthia / August 22, 2009 at 02:51 pm
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Thanks to all for the extremely helpful info (esp. Jove)...My vote is for CYCLE SOLUTIONS.Dropped in one day and haven't bothered going anywhere else since.

I think it's also important to consider where you live...so if you live on the East side, then somewhere like CS makes sense if they have what you're looking for or if you simply need repairs....No point in going across town if you have what you want in your hood.

Babs / August 29, 2009 at 11:24 am
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I previously lived on the east side of downtown for 4-5 years, and always had great service and tune-ups from Cycle Solutions on Parliament. This year I moved to the west side and ended up going to CycleMotive for a tune-up instead, but I will never go back.

First of all, I went in to ask about a standard tune-up, which is in the $45 range, so I thought, sure I'll go here. When I dropped off my bike, however, the guy basically insisted I had to replace the gear shifters, the handlebar grips, etc. etc. So my $45 tune-up ended up costing around $170. Fine, I thought, if I need this stuff to make my bike run smoother, I'll suck it up and pay.

When I picked up my bike, however, I noticed that while I had a new gearshifter, the bike was still dirty and dusty and grimy, like they hadn't touch a thing besides the gears. Any time I had a tune-up at Cycle Solutions it was always clean and new-like when I got it back, but not at Cycle Motive. Since I was spending 4 times the amount of a basic tune-up, I expected a little more from Cycle Motive, but what I got was a lot LESS.

My brakes were actually WORSE when I got my bike back from Cycle Motive. The previous year's tune from Cycle Solutions had given me rock-solid braking performance, where I could stop almost on a dime. But on getting my bike back from Cycle Motive, I now have to RIDE the brakes until they gradually come close to stopping, even on only a slight downhill. I went back to Cycle Motive to see if someone would tighten my brakes. The head dude goes "Sure" and sends me off with some lackey, who proceeds to do NOTHING to my brakes, and basically tells ME how to tighten them up and then says it's probably my own fault because I've been riding the brakes. I tried to explain that the brakes actually worked better BEFORE, and I've never had to ride the brakes before coming to your shop, but he was probably too stoned to listen to me, and he continued to do NOTHING to tighten the brakes except wipe down my tire rims with a cloth.

This is not the kind of service I expect after basically spending 170 bucks on a "tune-up". The brand new gearshifters I bought 3 months ago are already slipping. My guess is if I had just taken my bike back to Cycle Solutions in the first place, they would've somehow tuned up my old gears without forcing me to replace them, and I would've left with a clean bike with working brakes for the regular 45 buck tune-up price. Instead, I'm pissed off at Cycle Motive for "up-selling" me for no reason, then giving me a half-assed tune up after I spent 170 bucks, and then get some shitty, slacker Queen Street attitude when I went go in there to get it fixed. I WILL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN.

I will ride across town to go back to Cycle Solutions to get them to remedy the half-assed job that Cycle Motive did.
Babs / August 29, 2009 at 11:27 am
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I previously lived on the east side of downtown for 4-5 years, and always had great service and tune-ups from Cycle Solutions on Parliament. This year I moved to the west side and ended up going to CycleMotive for a tune-up instead, but I will never go back.

First of all, I went in to ask about a standard tune-up, which is in the $45 range, so I thought, sure I'll go here. When I dropped off my bike, however, the guy basically insisted I had to replace the gear shifters, the handlebar grips, etc. etc. So my $45 tune-up ended up costing around $170. Fine, I thought, if I need this stuff to make my bike run smoother, I'll suck it up and pay.

When I picked up my bike, however, I noticed that while I had a new gearshifter, the bike was still dirty and dusty and grimy, like they hadn't touch a thing besides the gears. Any time I had a tune-up at Cycle Solutions it was always clean and new-like when I got it back, but not at Cycle Motive. Since I was spending 4 times the amount of a basic tune-up, I expected a little more from Cycle Motive, but what I got was a lot LESS.

My brakes were actually WORSE when I got my bike back from Cycle Motive. The previous year's tune from Cycle Solutions had given me rock-solid braking performance, where I could stop almost on a dime. But on getting my bike back from Cycle Motive, I now have to RIDE the brakes until they gradually come close to stopping, even on only a slight downhill. I went back to Cycle Motive to see if someone would tighten my brakes. The head dude goes "Sure" and sends me off with some lackey, who proceeds to do NOTHING to my brakes, and basically tells ME how to tighten them up and then says it's probably my own fault because I've been riding the brakes. I tried to explain that the brakes actually worked better BEFORE, and I've never had to ride the brakes before coming to your shop, but he was probably too stoned to listen to me, and he continued to do NOTHING to tighten the brakes except wipe down my tire rims with a cloth.

This is not the kind of service I expect after basically spending 170 bucks on a "tune-up". The brand new gearshifters I bought 3 months ago are already slipping. My guess is if I had just taken my bike back to Cycle Solutions in the first place, they would've somehow tuned up my old gears without forcing me to replace them, and I would've left with a clean bike with working brakes for the regular 45 buck tune-up price. Instead, I'm pissed off at Cycle Motive for "up-selling" me for no reason, then giving me a half-assed tune up after I spent 170 bucks, and then get some shitty, slacker Queen Street attitude when I went go in there to get it fixed. I WILL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN.

I will ride across town to go back to Cycle Solutions to get them to remedy the half-assed job that Cycle Motive did.
Babs / August 29, 2009 at 11:27 am
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I previously lived on the east side of downtown for 4-5 years, and always had great service and tune-ups from Cycle Solutions on Parliament. This year I moved to the west side and ended up going to CycleMotive for a tune-up instead, but I will never go back.

First of all, I went in to ask about a standard tune-up, which is in the $45 range, so I thought, sure I'll go here. When I dropped off my bike, however, the guy basically insisted I had to replace the gear shifters, the handlebar grips, etc. etc. So my $45 tune-up ended up costing around $170. Fine, I thought, if I need this stuff to make my bike run smoother, I'll suck it up and pay.

When I picked up my bike, however, I noticed that while I had a new gearshifter, the bike was still dirty and dusty and grimy, like they hadn't touch a thing besides the gears. Any time I had a tune-up at Cycle Solutions it was always clean and new-like when I got it back, but not at Cycle Motive. Since I was spending 4 times the amount of a basic tune-up, I expected a little more from Cycle Motive, but what I got was a lot LESS.

My brakes were actually WORSE when I got my bike back from Cycle Motive. The previous year's tune from Cycle Solutions had given me rock-solid braking performance, where I could stop almost on a dime. But on getting my bike back from Cycle Motive, I now have to RIDE the brakes until they gradually come close to stopping, even on only a slight downhill. I went back to Cycle Motive to see if someone would tighten my brakes. The head dude goes "Sure" and sends me off with some lackey, who proceeds to do NOTHING to my brakes, and basically tells ME how to tighten them up and then says it's probably my own fault because I've been riding the brakes. I tried to explain that the brakes actually worked better BEFORE, and I've never had to ride the brakes before coming to your shop, but he was probably too stoned to listen to me, and he continued to do NOTHING to tighten the brakes except wipe down my tire rims with a cloth.

This is not the kind of service I expect after basically spending 170 bucks on a "tune-up". The brand new gearshifters I bought 3 months ago are already slipping. My guess is if I had just taken my bike back to Cycle Solutions in the first place, they would've somehow tuned up my old gears without forcing me to replace them, and I would've left with a clean bike with working brakes for the regular 45 buck tune-up price. Instead, I'm pissed off at Cycle Motive for "up-selling" me for no reason, then giving me a half-assed tune up after I spent 170 bucks, and then get some shitty, slacker Queen Street attitude when I went go in there to get it fixed. I WILL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN.

I will ride across town to go back to Cycle Solutions to get them to remedy the half-assed job that Cycle Motive did.
Paul / September 5, 2009 at 07:15 pm
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I do not recommend shopping or fixing your bike at Broadway. I
have had two negative experiences this summer. Also, many people have told me bad stories about Broadway and I have read bad reviews online, so for all these reasons, I recommend going to another bike shop.
The first issue was a flat tire they fixed. The guy gave me the old tube so I could patch it. The next day I had another flat with the new tube. I brought the bike back, they refused to accept any fault and I would have needed to pay again to have it fixed. I instead went to another shop to buy tools to fix the problem myself. When I examined the two pieced tubes, the puncture was in the same place. I discovered a piece of metal logged in the tire which the mechanic did not find the previous day.
Today my issue was that they show a lack of customer service when it comes to any type of issue. I went to bike pirates to find a new seat post for my old bike. They didn't have the right size, but one of the volunteer offered to grab one from Broadway since he wanted to take a walk. Unfortunately the one he bought was not the right one. 10 minutes later I was at Broadway trying to exchange it. They did not have the right one, nor could they order one for me. Since we were out of options, I asked for a refund. I thought this was a fair. It was 10 minutes, everything was in the package, I had the receipt, I tried to exchange it first. Of course, they outright refused to refund me. I explained the situation, the owner blamed the bike pirates guy and said that he should know what he is doing and it is not his problem. Sure, the guy made a mistake, but only 10 minutes had passed, and clearly there are other issues at play. The broadway cycle guy went on a long rant about how he has $5,000 rent, and how bike pirates does not have to pay this. He told me that if I wanted to talk about fairness, I am riding a really old bike and his staff had to waste time to help me with my old bike. I think he is upset that I am not out buying a new bike.
Overall, we are talking about a $28 purchase for a product that was still in the package. Because they were so inflexible, I will never go back. Instead, I am writing bad review because I really feel that if I ever purchased anything there again, I could not trust them to stand by their products and help me out if there was a problem. Therefore, I wanted to warn others of the same.
orelga / September 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm
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Some observations from my bike buying experience: Sweet Petes lived up to the general praise it receives from this site. My girlfriend bought an Opus Cervin from them a few days ago (they are having an incredible sale on them $450+GST). I went to bikes on wheels to ride a fuji absolute (but they didn't have any) and ended up buying a Norco VFR 2 for $509+GST (they are having some good sales now as well). I decided to buy in the fall for the increased odds of getting a good deal. Do not go into any shop if you don't know the first thing about bikes. It is very easy to reasearch online what type of bike is good for your riding, and you can also get an idea of prices from many websites. Thank you for all the posts, they really helped.
Dylanfly / September 16, 2009 at 11:31 pm
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I can't get over how EXPENSIVE bike stuff is in Canada! In the States we had cheap online stuff from Nashbar, Cambria, etc. and big discount stores like Performance. To say nothing of eBay. Made bike riding soooooo much cheaper. Here in TOronto, you want a pair of tires and you're often looking at $25 to $50 per tire!

Are there ANY good online dealers? Are there any cheap shops in town?

Has anyone been to Bayview? Or La Bicycletta? I'm just dying to find the cheap deals.
tom / September 23, 2009 at 11:28 am
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Went to Dave fix my bike on Christie to get my wheel trued - was not impressed with the whole experience. First thing; sign on the door said gone to dentist back at 2 pm. I was there at 1:55 pm so I did some shopping, came back at twenty passed, no sign of life so I went for a walk and forty minutes later still not there. Great. Why do these people write these things and not stick to their word? I went back the following day. He said it would be 18 dollars “come back between three and six”. Considering it was a little after two, I was a bit surprised but okay. Went back at 5:30 wheel is not done, “Can you wait twenty minutes or come back tomorrow”.
“I live twenty minutes walk from the shop I’ll wait thanks” He tinkers around for ten minutes, hands me the wheel that’s the best I can do. (Maybe because it was almost closing time ) Still has a slight wobble but okay. Get home realize some spokes are loose – have no tension at all. This wheel will not last in this sate of repair.
Take the wheel back the next day. He says the wheel is old (it is about 10 to 15 years old), corroded and that some spokes are at the end of there travel he can’t do any better with the materials that he is given.
Ask him what could be done and he says that he could rebuild the wheel - this would cost 55 dollars. So to true this wheel that had a slight wobble would be 75 dollars or there abouts ( + taxes etc). No thanks that is preposterous.
I was not happy with this, in my book 10 or 15 years is not old. I restore prewar cars so a car that is 10 years old is not old. Metallurgy is also so good these days that an alloy of this age would show no perceptible sign of aging. Look at it in another way. Would you consider a 15 year old human old?
As to corroded, the spokes are stainless steel, the nipples are nickel / brass and the rim is anodized aluminum. With the exception of the aluminum which is anodized to stop oxidation these metals will not corrode at least not in my life time. If some spokes have come to the end of there travel it would indicate to me that the opposite side has extra and that the wheel is not sitting central in relation to the lengths of the spokes.
It annoys me that these people pass themselves of as mechanics, open shops, and lay it on thick .
I will not be going back to this shop and I would not recommend it to my worst enemy
jameson / September 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm
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In some shops you have to wait 4-5 business days to get a single wheel trued, it's at the bottom of their duties, he was simply being optimistic about the timing of his work. i don't see how 55 dollars is expensive to get a wheel rebuilt, considering that the previous build lasted 10 years, 55 dollars every 10 years is pretty good no? I've had wheels rebuilt after 2 years (alexrims on a rocky mountain). Wheel building is an art, not a science.
Raw416 / October 4, 2009 at 03:49 pm
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Not sure why I'm hearing negative reviews on Cyclemotive. The shop and service is beyond most shops here in T.O. Trust me, I've shopped at every store in the city. There guys are pros and have been in the game for a very long time. They even have a location on Queen West called The Cycle Shoppe. Don't follow bad reviews here people....Cyclemotive is definitely worth visiting.
Babs / October 4, 2009 at 08:52 pm
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Well Raw 416, you can say that the Cyclemotive guys are "pros" and have been in the game (whatever that is supposed to mean) for a long time, but it doesn't change the experience I had in their shop. I felt ripped off going there, and when I went back to get something adjusted after paying for a full tune-up, I got SLACKER service, not professional service. So I stand by my review above.

Unless you can provide more solid examples of how they go above and beyond other stores, I don't think a "trust me" endorsement stands for much.
LEK / October 8, 2009 at 07:53 pm
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Just a quick note about my experience at Cycle Shoppe - I know almost nothing about bikes so I decided to go to a shop rather than just buy a used bike off craigslist. The guys at cycle shoppe were very nice and helped me to pick out a used mountain bike. They said they would 'clean it up and give it a tune-up' and I could pick it up that evening. When I went back, the bike was still full of mud. I took it anyway, being so tired of taking the streetcar, but it quickly became clear that the front suspension was completely immovable. I took it back and was told 'that's what you get with a used bike' but they eventually did agree to pay for half of a replacement fork (though not for half the installation). I appreciate that they were under no obligation to do that, but I thought the least I could expect from a used bike was that all the bits worked properly. I ended up with a bike that wasn't a very good deal all in all.

All I'm really saying is beware if you're a bit clueless, take someone along who knows what to look for. And 'we'll make sure everything's working' might not mean what you would hope.
freeridin replying to a comment from Babs / October 10, 2009 at 06:05 pm
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We can see by the fact you posted your comment 4 times Babs you stand behind it. It also seems your going out of the way by doing so.

Maybe if you didn't post it 4 times, ppl would take you seriously and not assume you're someone from another shop. I like the Cyclemotive guys. Some things can be a little overpriced but their service is hands down the best in the city.
Babs / October 10, 2009 at 06:50 pm
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Actually, freeriding, I'm not sure why my original comment posted 4 times, but I didn't intentionally post it 4 times. Maybe there was a problem with the website that day. Blogto.com is free to remove the multiple comments if they wish, and I wish they would.

I'm not from another shop, I don't work for any cycling shops. I'm just a customer/cyclist. And I have to disagree with your statement that Cyclemotive have the best service in the city. My experience, as you no doubt read 4 times, was completely opposite.
bikefx / October 15, 2009 at 11:01 am
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Babs,
Sorry you had a one-time, personally unfavourable experience with certain individuals at one bicycle shop. Really.

I'm sure Cyclemotive, being the premier, customer-centred company that it is, has read you v. visible post and has learned from it thus, I'll bet they now include cleaning and testing as one their regular tried-n-true practices if they havent always already(Yes, u may have been that almost negligible percentile that was overlooked in cleanin/testing). FYI: Cleaning is a chargeable service, just like a tune-up is. Dont complain bc u didnt get the usual, extra bonus of a cleaning for free. You paid for a tuneup and replacing parts and that is what you got. Sorry bout ur brake issue, that shldve bn rectified by them asap. What did u end up doing w ur brakes?

The most mature action would be to first, keep it between you and the bike shop only bc u want them to be better, right? If they do not listen, then take others with you so that the matter has witnesses. If they still do not listen.... then Maybe it's more justified to air ur complaints/bashing in public but, honest to God Babs, regardless, it's not cool to bash ANYbody. Businesses included. Businesses are madeup of people, especially bike shops like Cyclemotive, Sweet Pete's, Duke's etc. And that IS what you did: Bash, complain, spread badnews about someone.
> Matt 18.15-17 and:
"The tongue has the power of life and death..."
(Proverbs 18.21)



babs / October 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm
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bikefx:

Please, spare me your religious holier-than-thou proverbs. It's a BLOG about bike stores, for god's sake. So yeah, what was I thinking writing about my experience at a bike shop!? God forbid.

Yes, I did try to rectify the problem. I paid a lot of money for something that was not done very well, IMO. I went back a second time, explained the problem, and received really lacking service the second time. I'm not about to go back there a third time.

You seriously think a customer should have to go back three times and take "witnesses" just to get the service that they (over)paid for the first time around? That's quite a hassle you're expecting their customers to go through. I'd prefer just to go elsewhere.
And guess what, bikeFX? Customers are people too! And if a business treats them badly, they're going to tell people about it.

Here's what else has power besides the tongue: Taking your money elsewhere, never buying anything from that shop again, and letting other people know that you had a bad experience at that shop so they can be forewarned. It's the power of the dollar and the power of the internet. I'm sure Cyclemotive is aware it exists.

By the way, I did write this in hopes that maybe somebody at Cyclemotive would see it and improve their customer service. But it won't be on my dime.

Contrary to the response that suggested I must work for a rival shop (which I don't), these responses from BikeFX and freeriding seem like they either work at Cyclemotive or have relatives that do. If you support them, good for you, that's great. If you don't like what I wrote about my experience, that's too bad. Call it "bashing" or "uncool" or whatever, but it WAS my experience, and I chose to share it with people by writing about it. It's called freedom of speech.
babs / October 15, 2009 at 12:43 pm
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BikeFX, btw, you want to know what I think isn't "cool"?

Taking your bike for a $45 tune-up, then spending $170 on parts that probably didn't need replacing (but they talked you into it), then getting your bike back with brakes that are WORSE than when you took it in, and going back a second time and still not having them fixed while some lackey tells you that it's your fault they don't work. Spending four times the amount of money, for a quarter the service that I've received in other shops. That's what I think is not "cool."
Jimmy / October 28, 2009 at 01:43 pm
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Cyclepath @ Yonge/Churchill in North York is a great store for service. This guy knows his stuff.
Prayedybrence / November 28, 2009 at 10:17 am
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I have a playstation 3 and i just got resistance 2. I am wanting to figure how we can use both playstation accounts at the same time to play co-op online.
Bone / December 23, 2009 at 09:02 pm
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I think you have to go into a store a few times to really get a sense of what they're about. You may just hit them on a bad day, otherwise. There can also be a huge variation within one store depending on who you deal with. I've got to say that I've never had a bad experience at Curbside. All the staff there have always been friendly, helpful, and apparently sincerely happy to see me. I just wish they carried more of the stuff I'm looking for. But good for them for serving a niche. I've also had great sales and service experiences at Sweet Pete's and Cycle Solutions. Never had a problem with either of them. Hoopdriver (on College), the new boutique kid on the block, is owned and staffed by a quiet but really nice guy named Martin Neale who has patiently taken time from his work on bikes to explain things to me without being condescending. I always try to buy something from him, no matter how small, each time I go in. Interestingly, the place where I get the most attitude is Urbane. There's a guy in parts there who either has a personal dislike of me or just shouldn't be in a service business at all. But, I guess, that's why he's in parts and not on the sales floor. I also guess he knows his stuff because he wouldn't win any personality contests. The guy who runs Cyclemania on Danforth is also a bit cranky -- but he's funny, eccentric-cranky and has come up with inventive solutions when fixing my old Raleigh 3 speed. Personally, I think we're pretty lucky to have so many great bike shops in Toronto. I just wish we had better Canadian online parts e-tailers like they do in the U.S.
J / January 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm
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I used to live around the corner from Cogs Cycle. I went there for a total of two times because they were literally around the corner. The place looks down to earth and the music that they play makes you think that this place is a welcoming place. But on both occassions I was very disappionted. They do talk down to you. I have met two guys who were jerks/bike snobs who couldn't care less about my business even when there wasn't anybody else in the shop. The place gets two thumbs down from me.

I have had pretty good experiences at Sweet Pete's, Urabane, and Bikes on Wheels. I usually don't go there during the busy hours so that might have helped with my positive experiences.
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fenejaind / January 29, 2010 at 09:25 pm
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Very nice Blog, I will tell my friends about it.

Thanks
raise creditSopordDon / February 10, 2010 at 09:05 am
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It is a top notch web-site.

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Thank you for all the detail .
Dan / February 14, 2010 at 05:57 pm
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If you want your bike worked on with no hassle, no hidden fee's, no shop time, just repairs and overhauls, visit Dan's Mountain Bike Repair. We have the lowest prices for repairs, replacement parts if part is not fixable, we are appointment based so when you bring your bike, its gets worked on. visit the web site given and see for yourself.
John / February 17, 2010 at 05:50 pm
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I live in the Bloor Bathurst area. When Curbside stopped working on bikes that they didn't sell I wasn't sure what to do. I was told to try a new store called Bateman's Bicycle Company at Bathurst and Barton. I was blown away, they were amazing. They were a super small shop, but had all kinds of cool stuff. I ended up having my bike fixed there a few times, and ended up buying a bike from the owner Rob. He knows bikes and offers amazing service. I really think that if your looking for a new shop you sould try them out. www.batemansbikeco.com
joe / February 22, 2010 at 05:09 pm
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If anyone knows a bike store that takes in people who wants to race and trains them, please email me. Im not a rookie cyclist but am very interested in racing and commited to who gives me their precious time. please let me know. thank you.
joe / February 22, 2010 at 05:09 pm
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email is j.demarco@live.ca, sorry i forgot to mention that
Jake b / March 3, 2010 at 02:01 pm
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Be careful of cycle solutions on parliament. Front of house staff very nice -
I took my hybrid bike in to change the pedals and waited for them to do this while they took my bike to the workshop in the back.

I paid them and cycled away but after about 1 km on Gerrard
my pedals started to lock up. I pulled over and noticed that
my rear gear change cable had been deliberately
somehow looped over the rear dérailleur -
the rear cogs had chewed through the plastic covering of the cable and was exposing the steel wire underneath. I jumped on the subway to sweet Petes who fixed it free of charge and said that
whoever tampered with it is a nasty piece of work.

So beware of cycle solutions
Denis / March 11, 2010 at 04:12 pm
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Like Jake, I was not always pleased with service at Cycle Solutions. Had to bring my Specialized Globe in to service disk brakes every 4 to 6 weeks. They didn't seem to be able to fix them. Bike stolen Dec 18 so problem over lol
Jennifer / March 19, 2010 at 12:07 am
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Hey all,

after much research for a nice city bike I finally found one that looks good that might be decent at the cottage and seems to be a good price. Norco VFR disc 4 ... found it at:
http://www.cycle-solutions.com/

Any opinions?
Jennifer / March 19, 2010 at 12:14 am
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opps here is the bike:

http://www.cycle-solutions.com/Product.aspxProductId=1512&;CategoryId=603
Jennifer / March 19, 2010 at 12:25 am
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ok the link seems to big to paste :-) Please use the search butoon, type " vfr 4 " .

Is this bike a good value? Should I buy it?
Theresa / April 1, 2010 at 02:37 pm
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Urbane "fixed" my bike by removing my back rain guard, claiming it was the cause of the chronic squeaking noise no one could seem to pinpoint at two different bike shops. Well, it wasn't the back rain guard and in retrospect, what a stupid diagnosis. They couldn't figure out what caused the problem, so instead of just admitting it, they charged me $20 by pretending to fix it. Thanks Urbane!
thersa / April 1, 2010 at 02:40 pm
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Urbane "fixed" my bike by removing my back rain guard, claiming it was the cause of the chronic squeaking noise no one could seem to pinpoint at two different bike shops. Well, it wasn't the back rain guard and in retrospect, what a stupid diagnosis. They couldn't figure out what caused the problem, so instead of just admitting it, they charged me $20 by pretending to fix it and leaving me with the problem of dragging around my rain guard and having to have it reattached. Thanks Urbane!
Sean / April 4, 2010 at 01:06 am
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I feel like a lot of people here are either all about their shop loyalty or their hatred of a mechanic who effed up their bike.
This list is a great start for someone who wants some suggestions of where to start shopping around, but no where does it say that these are the best places to buy a bike, buy components, buy clothing, get your bike fixed, get bike information, etc.
Personally i would never take my bike in for a tune-up, paying money for labour i could do myself seems silly. If you dont have the knowledge or can't afford the tools go to bike pirates and you'll never have to worry who was working on your bike.
A bike shop isnt a clothing store. You shouldnt be looking for a pretty smilling friendly girl to be nice and tell you your jeans look good. If youre looking for a new bike and have little knowledge you want a friendly person with general bike knowledge. If you want the perfect fixie drivetrain you want someone who knows and builds fixies. These two people ARE NOT ALWAYS THE SAME PERSON.
If i wanted a new bike i think id go to cycle solutions. When i wanted rare sized parts for my old commuter and went to urbane. When i wanted to build up a new fixie i found the right frame at bikes on wheels and then added lots of parts from the same place out of loyalty. So what if the guys were maybe a bit aloof, they knew what they were talking about in references to what i needed. Sure the mechanic was rude. He was also extremely helpful. Ill continue to shop there.
When Im shopping for something expensive i do my research and then take advice from others knowing theyre just bike people too, not gurus.
Singh / April 6, 2010 at 04:30 pm
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I have a limited budget but don't want to buy a bike from Canadian Tire. Which of these bike stores have bikes within $300. Also, if you could recommend a specific bike within this price range, that would be great.
orelga / April 7, 2010 at 05:47 pm
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Sean, you have summarized things perfectly!
Sarah / April 10, 2010 at 09:18 am
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Any suggestions for kids bikes - ages 10 - 12?
Elina / April 14, 2010 at 11:16 am
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I'm looking for a child seat (front or rear) to put on my bike. Does anyone know any stores that sell them?
Lisa / April 18, 2010 at 08:23 pm
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Has anyone been to Mojo Cycle's @ 1652 Queen St. West(east of Roncesvalles Ave)? I would rank them in the top 3 for service and turn around time. They fix your bike on the spot and get you on the road right away, or you can expect to pick it up the next day if it's in for a tune up. I recently had my old rusty 60's Raleigh cruiser tuned up, and it looks like a new bike now.
Guess what ! He's open until midnight, 7 days a week :)

Look for the gigantic tractor tire on the sidewalk in front of the shop. It has an air compressor inside for free air.
Lisa / April 18, 2010 at 08:24 pm
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Has anyone been to Mojo Cycle's @ 1652 Queen St. West(east of Roncesvalles Ave)? I would rank them in the top 3 for service and turn around time. They fix your bike on the spot and get you on the road right away, or you can expect to pick it up the next day if it's in for a tune up. I recently had my old rusty 60's Raleigh cruiser tuned up, and it looks like a new bike now.
Guess what ! He's open until midnight, 7 days a week :)

Look for the gigantic tractor tire on the sidewalk in front of the shop. It has an air compressor inside for free air.
Lisa / April 18, 2010 at 08:25 pm
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Has anyone been to Mojo Cycle's @ 1652 Queen St. West(east of Roncesvalles Ave)? I would rank them in the top 3 for service and turn around time. They fix your bike on the spot and get you on the road right away, or you can expect to pick it up the next day if it's in for a tune up. I recently had my old rusty 60's Raleigh cruiser tuned up, and it looks like a new bike now.
Guess what ! He's open until midnight, 7 days a week :)

Look for the gigantic tractor tire on the sidewalk in front of the shop. It has an air compressor inside for free air.
Girl Beach Cruisers / April 27, 2010 at 03:47 am
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We, at Sixthreezero, take pride in our bikes and so should you. Please understand that misuse of the product can result in damage and possible injury. Take care of your bike.
Paul / April 29, 2010 at 10:54 am
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Hi everyone, maybe someone can help me out for a location of a used bike. Recently single and not allot of money right now, I am lookin for summer transportion, 4 better health, away from TTC (at least during the summer months) and seeing Toronto again on 2 wheels. I work pretty far from home, about 3 hours walking distance (yes, done 4 times this year). Looking for a mountain bike (half decent please). I need to know if there's any bike shops in T.O. that sell good used bikes.
Don / April 30, 2010 at 01:24 pm
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WOW! you list 15 bike shops in downtown GTA. I know for a fact the ones you listed are for sure not the best. Did someone forget that the GTA is larger than south of Bloor Street?

Do your research, you only have two shops that make the cut.
Andy / May 2, 2010 at 01:38 pm
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I'd have to agree with an earlier poster's thoughts about Cyclemotive. I had a tune-up there recently and it wasn't completed properly. They upsold unnecessary parts rather than spending the time to actually find out what was wrong. The staff were rude when asked to make the situation right.

After a trip to the community bicycle network, i've realized what a good bike shop is actually like.

I am never returning to Cyclemotive and if you're looking for work on your bike or to purchase, i'd go elsewhere.
Rincon / May 11, 2010 at 02:58 pm
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Cycle Solutions is the best. Bought a Giant Rincon Disc from them with 2 years of tuneups. Very helpful and friendly staff. No Pressure. Bought at Kingston Rd Location
Kelly / May 17, 2010 at 09:43 am
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I have a great bike for sale or trade.
Its a men;s bike for taller men. I'm a 5'10" female :)
Let me know!
Kelly / May 17, 2010 at 09:46 am
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I have a great bike for sale or trade.
Its a men;s bike for taller men. I'm a 5'10" female :)
Let me know!
Brian / May 20, 2010 at 11:42 am
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I am looking for a shop that sells the Surly Long Haul Trucker. Any thoughts? If anyone has one to sell I am in the market right now. I am 5'9" with a 32" inseam in case you are wondering if your bike might fit me. Thanks. Great site.
Brian replying to a comment from Kelly / May 20, 2010 at 11:43 am
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more info on the bike please ( :
Kelly replying to a comment from Brian / May 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm
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Hi Brian,its listed on CL.
Its a great bike. So have a look at the link below and let me know. Thanks for your interest and take care.

http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/bik/1747275039.html
kelly replying to a comment from Brian / May 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm
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Hi Brian,its listed on CL.
Its a great bike. So have a look at the link below and let me know. Thanks for your interest and take care.

http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/bik/1747275039.html
Marina / May 29, 2010 at 08:32 pm
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I am looking for training wheels for 18'' bike. Any suggestions where can I buy them? Please not a Canadian Tire...
Brian / May 30, 2010 at 09:17 am
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Niagara Cycle Works has training wheels. They are about $20 dollars and non-Canadian Tire.
http://www.thefind.com/sports/info-heavy-duty-training-wheels#price=$1-$18000&;page=1&store=212903
Brian replying to a comment from Marina / May 30, 2010 at 09:19 am
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Niagara Cycle Works has training wheels. They are about $20 dollars and non-Canadian Tire.
http://www.thefind.com/sports/info-heavy-duty-training-wheels#price=$1-$18000&;page=1&store=212903
Nancy / June 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm
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Hi,
What does everyone think of Sporting Life? They do carry some high-end brands and have pretty decent service.
sarah / June 8, 2010 at 08:07 pm
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You forgot about the sweet store on Bathurst and Barton.
Batemans Bicycle Company
Great deals, service and bikes
sarah / June 8, 2010 at 08:08 pm
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You forgot about the sweet store on Bathurst and Barton.
Batemans Bicycle Company
Great deals, service and bikes
des m / June 12, 2010 at 10:41 am
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cavern cycles r.i.p, great mechanic, good prices,quick turnaround time last i heard he was working at a bike place on parliament,

i question if the reviewer really has dealt with some of the above mentioned places, i've dealt with 2 of them, 'bikes on wheels', good mechanic, WAY OVERPRICED!!$60 for a tuneup?, and the turnaround time is way too long,Danforth Cyclepath- average priced, terrible tune up, waste of money,

I highly recommend L&J cycles davenport and ossington, good mechanic, good prices, quick turnaround time

Robert Bader replying to a comment from Chris / June 14, 2010 at 02:54 pm
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Who sells the Mixer by Charge Bikes in Toronto?
james / June 19, 2010 at 02:34 pm
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Hi
Does anyone know where I can get a good tune up- Yng Eg area for a vintage bike? ( without crazy $$$)
Thanks
Tim / June 19, 2010 at 02:59 pm
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Liberty Cyclist in Liberty Village. 171 East Liberty st. Unit 125.
Tim / June 19, 2010 at 02:59 pm
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Liberty Cyclist in Liberty Village. 171 East Liberty st. Unit 125.
Tim / June 19, 2010 at 02:59 pm
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Liberty Cyclist in Liberty Village. 171 East Liberty st. Unit 125.
Lori / June 25, 2010 at 02:30 am
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I don't know how to ride a bike. I want to get one in the $100-150 range for practice.

Does anyone know a brand I can get?
Or which stores carry used/new bikes in that price range?
Lori / June 25, 2010 at 02:32 am
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I don't know how to ride a bike. I want to get one in the $100-150 range for practice.

Does anyone know a brand I can get?
Or which stores carry used/new bikes in that price range?
Rome / July 4, 2010 at 01:05 pm
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There are bike snobs (mine is lighter than yours) and then there are the sensible people who look at value for money. C'mon paying anything more than $300~350 for a bike is just ludicrous. For the best deals, Sport Chek is ok but also consider Canadian Tire.
Julian replying to a comment from Kari / July 9, 2010 at 06:48 pm
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The guy in Ronci with the big tire out front is indeed awesome. My bike has never felt so good since I started going to him for my annual tune-ups.
slawek / July 15, 2010 at 10:13 pm
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hello everyone

i ride a bike almost everyday i go from Mississauga to beaches, its a nice ride, but i just wonder do anyone here bike in groups? i'm usually a solo rider, but wondering if anyone rides in groups.

thank you
slawek / July 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm
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if you want a good bike for a good money try kijiji.com they have some good bikes for good money, ive picked up a supercycle with dual suspension for 100 bucks,

john / July 26, 2010 at 11:37 am
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Someone mentioned a while ago that most of the bike shops deal in performance bikes (mountain, racing, etc..) and don't have a good selection of high quality comfort bikes. I don't know if readers are familiar with 'beach cruisers' but they have big tires, a wide comfortable seat and generally have either 1 or 3-speed. They're built for comfort and nice to look at :)

There's a new shop that just opened up on the harbourfront, specializing in these cruising bikes, they're mainly a rental shop for the Harbourfront and the Island, but they sell them as well. Very nice bikes, I just rented a couple for me and my girlfriend last weekend, thinking about buying one as well, was looking around online to see if any other shops carry them, haven't seen any so far. If anyone else is interested, they have more info at,

http://www.h2ibikes.com
Mike replying to a comment from Jay / July 27, 2010 at 08:17 am
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The unfortunate reality is bikes are expensive, but the more you spend the better you get, for 300 you are not going to get a great bike, chances are it wont be carbon either. And god forbid a pro rider win on the bike, it will be even more expensive the next year..... But either way the actual best bike shop in toronto was snubbed, la bicicletta up at dufferin and castlefield is by far the best.
Mike replying to a comment from Jay / July 27, 2010 at 08:17 am
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The unfortunate reality is bikes are expensive, but the more you spend the better you get, for 300 you are not going to get a great bike, chances are it wont be carbon either. And god forbid a pro rider win on the bike, it will be even more expensive the next year..... But either way the actual best bike shop in toronto was snubbed, la bicicletta up at dufferin and castlefield is by far the best.
Bender / August 8, 2010 at 03:38 am
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Well, the bike shops listed do charge more for what the products are worth, i.e., you're getting crap for what you pay for. $300 for entry level junk is expensive junk. I assembled my road bike with no more than $20 and sweat equity. It doesn't take a genius to tell that some gen-x, Kensington Market haunting, faux-green, free-loving, poseur wrote this trash. Not just any poseur, the kind that went to school and barely made the cut for a piece of paper only to say it wasn't to impress mommy and daddy but it was for my indie self and show favoritism for the asshole he met at the local coffee shop who happens to have a bike shop down the street. Word of mouth, yeah, yeah. If you know some of the guys that work at these places, you'd know they pick up pretty much anyone who's willing to trick you into buying something from them, guilt tripping you and giving you the idea that you're the one better off at the end of the transaction. Why've they been doing it so long? They weren't bright enough to qualify for better things to do. If you think they care about you, they'd look into building their our bike frames and the like and you'd be dishing out no more than $100 for a decent commuter. Maybe even teach you how things work and you'd make your own. Think about it. And think about it. And think.
PTK / August 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm
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@Bender, you must be the angriest cyclist of all time. I hope that whatever it is you do you do for free, because all the people that work at these shops are working FOR A LIVING, not for charity and goodwill. If the customer service is friendly then that's all you can really ask. If you want a shop that will teach you to build your own TO has one (Bike Pirates), and stick to that. If you hate retail, industry and fair market pricing for goods and services rendered so much that your bitterness spills into the interwebs maybe it's you that needs to think about it, and think about it. And think.
14 years shreds any thing / August 10, 2010 at 07:31 pm
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hey id recommend bay cycle and sports, its located on brock road, its a great bike shop got all kinds of bikes, weather you like down hill/free ride to bmx'ing, they instale and do every thing for you and have great deals! the owner is an awsome guy and so is every one else thier! they have every thing avery part, you could walk in their and custom build a bike! unlike other places that only carry bikes and mabey a few extra parts. i buy all my bikes their, every thing on the bikes are dialed and ready to run if not they put em together in like 5 min and you can test them out and see what you like, and its not like you ony got like 4 bikes to choose from they have like 15 to 40 bikes to choose from any where from starters to what the pro's use. its a definet hot spot for all my friends who bike and many people i know im am so surprised its not on this list. you dont need to look at bikes on thier website but you can and thats a good place to see what trhe got, but just walk in they'll set you up with a bike you need and one that fits you budget!
14 years shreds any thing / August 10, 2010 at 07:31 pm
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hey id recommend bay cycle and sports, its located on brock road, its a great bike shop got all kinds of bikes, weather you like down hill/free ride to bmx'ing, they instale and do every thing for you and have great deals! the owner is an awsome guy and so is every one else thier! they have every thing avery part, you could walk in their and custom build a bike! unlike other places that only carry bikes and mabey a few extra parts. i buy all my bikes their, every thing on the bikes are dialed and ready to run if not they put em together in like 5 min and you can test them out and see what you like, and its not like you ony got like 4 bikes to choose from they have like 15 to 40 bikes to choose from any where from starters to what the pro's use. its a definet hot spot for all my friends who bike and many people i know im am so surprised its not on this list. you dont need to look at bikes on thier website but you can and thats a good place to see what trhe got, but just walk in they'll set you up with a bike you need and one that fits you budget!
14 years shreds any thing / August 10, 2010 at 07:34 pm
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hey id recommend bay cycle and sports, its located on brock road, its a great bike shop got all kinds of bikes, weather you like down hill/free ride to bmx'ing, they instale and do every thing for you and have great deals! the owner is an awsome guy and so is every one else thier! they have every thing avery part, you could walk in their and custom build a bike! unlike other places that only carry bikes and mabey a few extra parts. i buy all my bikes their, every thing on the bikes are dialed and ready to run if not they put em together in like 5 min and you can test them out and see what you like, and its not like you ony got like 4 bikes to choose from they have like 15 to 40 bikes to choose from any where from starters to what the pro's use. its a definet hot spot for all my friends who bike and many people i know im am so surprised its not on this list. you dont need to look at bikes on thier website but you can and thats a good place to see what trhe got, but just walk in they'll set you up with a bike you need and one that fits you budget!
Tina / August 12, 2010 at 11:58 am
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Cycle Solutions is a TERRIBLE STORE! I left a broken bike there last summer and had them give me a quote on fixing it. It was going to be quite expensive, so I decided against it. When I called them to get it back so I could extract the $34 special bike seat from it, they told me they no longer had it and it had been donated. They never called to inform me that they would be donating it, and the guy I spoke to argued with me insisting they'd call before doing so. This was an outright lie, because I NEVER had any phone calls from them. I asked them how to get reimbursed for my bike seat and they told me they don't do that. So, basically, they stole my bike. DO NOT GO TO CYCLE SOLUTIONS. GO ANYWHERE ELSE! They do NOT help customers. They LIE to customers. They have HORRIBLE customer service.
Slawek / August 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm
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Hello Everyone

I just want to share this with people who love biking, i found a great website where you can bike in a group, super people great trails, awesome time spent, for anyone who wants to ride in a group and have a great time check this out, the pace is good too for people who likes leisure rides

http://www.meetup.com/TorontoBikeMeetup/
Slawek / August 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm
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good bike store to fix your bike is located at jane and bloor its called browns, i took my bike there cost me 50 bucks for a maintenance, good service
luke / August 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm
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where can i find a good priced bmx orange brake cable in toronto and a good bmx parts store?
luke / August 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm
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where is a good bmx parts store in toronto and where i could find coloured brake cables
Laura / September 1, 2010 at 06:40 pm
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I have had really good luck with the Trek Store up at Yonge and Davisville. Every time I go there they are really helpful and seem to know what they are talking about. I didn't buy my bike from them but I did buy a rack and basket and they installed it right away which was cool.
Bvistris / September 29, 2010 at 02:28 pm
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I go to Set Me Free on College St. for tune-ups, storage, repairs. I gave them a shot because they're in my area. Nice staff, very friendly, they seem to do good work too - in my experience. I saw some bad reviews here in the comments, but I don't know if that was just because those comments were from a couple years ago and Set Me Free's since improved, or my inexperience, ignorance, or if I'm just naive. After all, I'm not a die-hard cyclist or an expert by any means - just a guy who needs to get to work, shop, and generally get around. But I do like Set Me Free and their service. Just one customer's opinion. Hey, maybe I'm getting hosed and don't know it, but I've been going to them for a little over a year with no problems. You can call me names and disagree if you want - won't be the first time!
David / October 1, 2010 at 02:47 pm
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I'd like to mention that i recently patronized Cogs Cycle on Gerrard St. E, and i was extremely displeased with their service. They were rude, abrubt, and rather cold in general. I was there to have wheels installed on a bicycle, and they seemed very uninterested in actually helping the customer with questions or concerns, and more into actual sales of store bicycles and discourteous service.I asked if i could leave the bicycle there to have the repairs done and the store clerk sneered that there was no place for my bike. I asked then if they would do the repair and again with a sigh the clerk told me she didn't know how long the mechanic would be with other customers. After going back and forth for a minute about whether they could do the work or not, i opted to just take my business elsewhere and left the store surprised and the experience i just encountered. I took my bike to Cyclemania @ 281 Danforth Ave. This is a professional, courteous,establishment with great service and helpful staff.
Kevin replying to a comment from Jay / October 15, 2010 at 01:06 am
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That whole rant sounded pretty snobbish to me, buddy. On your left, by the way.
John / October 30, 2010 at 09:38 am
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Trek Bicycle Store of Toronto is the best. Biggest selection of bikes even though they only carry one brand. Huge spacious store. Huge mens and womens clothing selection. Lots of accesories for every type of riding. Super friendly and helpful staff. The best mechanics in Toronto that not only tune your bike but also work on some of the best riders bikes in Canada.
John / October 30, 2010 at 09:38 am
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Trek Bicycle Store of Toronto is the best. Biggest selection of bikes even though they only carry one brand. Huge spacious store. Huge mens and womens clothing selection. Lots of accesories for every type of riding. Super friendly and helpful staff. The best mechanics in Toronto that not only tune your bike but also work on some of the best riders bikes in Canada.
John / October 30, 2010 at 09:38 am
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Trek Bicycle Store of Toronto is the best. Biggest selection of bikes even though they only carry one brand. Huge spacious store. Huge mens and womens clothing selection. Lots of accesories for every type of riding. Super friendly and helpful staff. The best mechanics in Toronto that not only tune your bike but also work on some of the best riders bikes in Canada.
John / October 30, 2010 at 09:38 am
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Trek Bicycle Store of Toronto is the best. Biggest selection of bikes even though they only carry one brand. Huge spacious store. Huge mens and womens clothing selection. Lots of accesories for every type of riding. Super friendly and helpful staff. The best mechanics in Toronto that not only tune your bike but also work on some of the best riders bikes in Canada.
John / October 30, 2010 at 09:39 am
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Trek Bicycle Store of Toronto is the best. Biggest selection of bikes even though they only carry one brand. Huge spacious store. Huge mens and womens clothing selection. Lots of accesories for every type of riding. Super friendly and helpful staff. The best mechanics in Toronto that not only tune your bike but also work on some of the best riders bikes in Canada.
Rodrigo / November 2, 2010 at 06:53 pm
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Hello all,

I live in Brazil but good road bikes here are very expensive!!!
I love ride but I never had a road bike and now I want to start.
I need help!!! I need someone that comes to Brazil and would bring a road bike for me!
I have no much money and I need to find a good road bike!
Thank's

Rodrigo
shane / January 5, 2011 at 03:16 pm
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Can anyone suggest a good store that sells indoor BIKE RACKS for hanging my bike?
I'm hoping to hang it vertically OFF the floor to create space in my apt.
I just came across VELOTIQUE'S, "CycleRak 2000" for $50.
Looks good but I'd like a few to choose from.

Thanks.
Geoff replying to a comment from Jay / January 14, 2011 at 02:41 pm
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DIY space that helps people fix and maintain their own bike.

Bike pirates
j. / March 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm
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Just steer clear of the Cycle Shoppe and the Cyclemotive on Bathurst/ Queen St.
Owner totally disinterested in cycling, just in it for the money. Lazy and unscrupulous type. Staff- just anyone who agrees to work for min. wage, part time hours and seasonally.
Will sell you parts and accessories you don't need.
After season is over take off back to India or wherever they are really from and banks his pillage over there.
So much so for supporting Canadian jobs an d businesses.
Shan / March 16, 2011 at 03:30 pm
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Bateman's Cycle, on Barton St. at Bathurst, is so great - the prices are competitive with other shops and back in the fall when the front wheel of my bike randomly fell off, the owner just put it back on for me and filled my tires up with air and didn't charge me anything :) Because of that, I took it there for my spring tune-up that was just around $30.00 and made it feel like I've got a brand new bike to ride! Big cheers for Bateman's!
Megan / March 16, 2011 at 04:21 pm
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For bike stores in Durham Region you can't beat Northern Cycle. Mountain, Road, Downhill, BMX. One year of free adjustments and tune-ups when you buy your bike. Makes a huge difference to have someone with skills working on your bike.

I don't think they do online ordering, but here is the website: www.northerncycle.com
Anne / March 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm
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Hi everyone, I am new here, great post...need some help however...I never used to bike often, so had a bike from Canadian tire...yes I know, pls no comments...not sure why i did not learn my lesson so i went to buy another bike thdere but one of those electric ones....Now both of my bikes chain are all rusted...I read to put some orange derust cleaner thing and than oil, peddle and it should fix it...well, tried that today and the chain will not move, it is frozen, rusted and can,t pedal.

So I was looking into cost to replace a chain, but now sorta thinking, maybe I should just get a new bike, ssomething proper from a good bike shop. My situation however is that I commute to work every day with this bike aprox 10Miles all flat. I do not have the best back, so I dont want one of these bikes that lean forward too much. I do want to be able to go fast enough...Can anyone recommend something for me, I am femail 5ft 7. I also dont really want to have to spend too much money, can I get something decent for $500?
Anne / March 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm
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Hi there, I need some help, I have to bikes from Canadian tire, a mountain one and electric. The mountain I had fixed up last year and changed the tires to be more of a road bike. I started commuting to work this way aprox 10miles all flat. My problem now is that both chains are rusted. I tried fixing after reading stuff on internet, I tried an orange deruster cleaning solution and than some oil to lube. The problem, my chain is not allowing me to pedal, it is frozen and all stuck. Anyhow, Since my bikes are not the best, I am wondering if someone can recommend something for me. I am femal 5ft7...I dont have a good back so I cant really do good with one of those bikes that lean forward a lot. i would be riding flat road mainly. Can I get something for 500 and less? is that reasonable?
Vince / March 22, 2011 at 11:11 am
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@Anne. You can get a fine bike for $500 or less. Go check out some real bike stores and not department stores like Cdn tire. When they ask you what you're looking for, tell them you're looking for a hybrid. They're comfortable commuter bikes, you sit up right, relatively fast, and will probably outlast any dept store bike. But as with anything steel, if you leave it out in the elements, it'll rust no matter what brand you buy.
Yunus replying to a comment from Anne / March 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm
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That is why you should not get a steel bike. Aluminum bikes are available at most bike shops and I do not reccomend you go to Canadian tire. I suggest you go to any bike shop and ask them you want a hybrid or road bike. The staff at bike shops are very friendly and will help you.
anne / March 22, 2011 at 09:22 pm
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ok great thanks guys...yes i have learned my lesson about the element and also about cleaning my chain regularly..I will try to go to one of those seminars thingor ask the guy at the shop to show me...
Allan / March 27, 2011 at 09:06 pm
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okay so I need a bike that will basically take me from home to work and back in the downtown core. Nothing fancy and I don't want to spend over $200 for it. I know everyone on here is avoid Sportchek and Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart at all costs but is it even worth it to go looking and shopping around if that's all I'm really going to do with the bike?

Anyone suggest a good bike shop that can sell me a bike within my price range?
Nessah replying to a comment from Allan / April 2, 2011 at 09:11 am
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I'm in the same boat as Allan - but if possible, even less than $200 (so I don't mind getting a used bike at all).

If anyone can make suggestions and point us in the right direction, that would be awesome =)
Simon Carr / April 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm
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Waahh, I thought MEC was supposed to have done away with all of these places by now when they got into selling bikes (trollface.jpg)

Anyway once the new Dukes store is done I think it might be high time for me to get a new commuter. I've always had good experiences there. Come to think of it we're a bit blessed to have such a good array of indie bike stores.
kelly / April 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm
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Hello everyone,
I bought a bike used on kijiji and want to refurbish it. I'm not able to do that myself. Do you know anyone/establishment that refurbish bikes?
Thanks for your time!




kelly replying to a comment from Bender / April 5, 2011 at 01:20 pm
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hi bender.
you say you know how repair bikes. Can you teach a chick how o repair her bike?
annexlikeconsumersdistributingandwolworths / April 6, 2011 at 11:30 am
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Dave fix my bike is BOGUS.
He did work without my inherent CONSENT
charged me DOUBLE what was agreed apon
He is NOT A NICE PERSON, BUT A MEANIE.

Bikes on St.clair should change its name to BIKE SHOP PRICED FOR FOREST HAELIANS. $20 just to LOOK AT YOUR BIKE? what happened to an estimate? that is fooo-taise.

the bike joint is AWESOME.
GREAT SERVICE, GREAT PRICES, GOOD PEOPLE.

And the chinese place on bathurst is good too.
annexlikeconsumersdistributingandwolworths / April 6, 2011 at 11:31 am
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Dave fix my bike is BOGUS.
He did work without my inherent CONSENT
charged me DOUBLE what was agreed apon
He is NOT A NICE PERSON, BUT A MEANIE.

Bikes on St.clair should change its name to BIKE SHOP PRICED FOR FOREST HAELIANS. $20 just to LOOK AT YOUR BIKE? what happened to an estimate? that is fooo-taise.

the bike joint is AWESOME.
GREAT SERVICE, GREAT PRICES, GOOD PEOPLE.

And the chinese place on bathurst is good too.
annexlikeconsumersdistributingandwolworths / April 6, 2011 at 11:32 am
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Dave fix my bike is BOGUS.
He did work without my inherent CONSENT
charged me DOUBLE what was agreed apon
He is NOT A NICE PERSON, BUT A MEANIE.

Bikes on St.clair should change its name to BIKE SHOP PRICED FOR FOREST HAELIANS. $20 just to LOOK AT YOUR BIKE? what happened to an estimate? that is fooo-taise.

the bike joint is AWESOME.
GREAT SERVICE, GREAT PRICES, GOOD PEOPLE.

And the chinese place on bathurst is good too.
Andrew replying to a comment from megan / April 7, 2011 at 01:18 am
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The bike shop you are referring to is known as "RED ARROW BIKES" (if i am not mistaken) and it is run by a pleasant fellow by the name of Shannon, who (when i went to see him last) is/was a mechanic for Bikes on Wheels (at that time).

His business model is based on reclaiming old frames/junkers and turning them into solid, ridable bikes for resale.

I first met Shannon 2 or 3 years ago when i went looking for a frame to build my girlfriend a single speed. He denied me a frame for resale, but it was through this rejection that i learned about his business model.

Note: he denied me a frame because it would go against his business model of scouring for "quality junkers" that were worth rebuilding for resale. You see his profit margins are so thin that what he found he had to horde till he could fix it up for resale. This i totally understood.

Long and the short of it is that after we talked a little while and he found out that the frame i was looking for was in fact for my girlfriend and not for myself he was able to make an exception as he had a frame exactly in her size that had an ovalized head tube, which in his eye was deemed unworthy of his efforts.

I never took the time to thank him (should do so) the bike turned out great despite the ovalized head tube and has lasted longer than the relationship :P

I myself have gone on to work for Broadway Cycle on the west side of Toronto. We have not yet made it into this blog as we under went heavy renovations this winter, but have been approached by the kind folks at Blog TO. I am excited to get a chance to show off our stuff!!!
Andrew replying to a comment from megan / April 7, 2011 at 01:26 am
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My last post was in responce to "Megan / MAY 1, 2008 AT 2:26 PM" concerning the random bike shop she found in Kensington down a back alley.

Hope this finds you Megan.

Andrew replying to a comment from Paul / April 7, 2011 at 02:09 am
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Call me biased as I work for Broadway, but i remember the day you came into our shop. I was not the mechanic that did the repair on your tire but i put your big red clunker on a side stand and spent a good amount of time with you re evaluating your flat even though you were not spending a lot of money at our shop (not the point in my eyes), we also have a 14 day guarantee on repairs.

If i remember we together found that shard of metal in your tire. Not you, we!

I said our bad and sympathized with you about the post situation but said my hands were tied, but not to worry about the tube.

From there I remember how it all went wrong.

The problem was that the seat post that was purchased by the guy from bike pirates was anodized and thus once placed in a seat tube of the wrong size was badly scratched and would be very hard for us to re sell. You went and talked to the owner who explained this to you as i had.

His mentality was since you put your faith in the "volunteers" at bike pirates and not in our staff it was not our mistake and thus had very little sympathy for you, with good reason as his product was now damaged goods.

You at this point got hot headed and started insulting and threatening him with bad publicity. Catch more flies with honey buddy.

As a result the free tube i promised you went out the window as the owner has vito power over anything i promised you. On top of that you did not get the refund for the post.

Really the situation sucks it's true, but you left out a lot of details in your story. I feel it is important that i defend the honor of my shop as i witnessed this situation first hand

I'm not saying that the owners actions were entirely justified, but lets face it you pissed off the wrong guy, what did you expect.

Had you come to us with the bike in hand in the first place we would have told you right away that we did not have what you needed and sent you on your way.

Instead you put your faith in an over confident volunteer, with no bike for reference, who told us he needed a "blank" seat post.

Try to take this as a learning experience.I tired to help you, mate. Next time know when to call it quits and cut your loses.
Calvin / April 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm
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You have got to be kidding? Duke's? Urbane Cyclist? And, especially, Curbside (which owns Bikes on Wheels...don't let the Kensington "cred" fool you)?

These are THE most pretentious and overpriced bike stores in the city. (And I've patronized all of them.) "Best of"....yeah, right. It's like those other Best Of polls that say Pizza Pizza is the best pizza, Second Cup is the best coffee, etc.

Try Bathurst Cycle on Bathurst north of Bloor. About 1/4 to 1/3 cheaper than nearby Curbside. Excellent work and selection. Nothing fancy, but who needs fancy when all you want is a good set of wheels or great repair?
Jen / April 9, 2011 at 06:38 pm
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I agree, I walked into Urbane Cyclist ... 3 staff chatting and didn't bother asking me if I wanted help ... left, never to return. seems like these shops are for the elite (or fools who like to pay top dollar). i would rather buy a big chain where the prices are more realistic and the staff aren't bike snobs
Simon / April 9, 2011 at 06:50 pm
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TO ALL THE OWNERS OF THESE SO CALL "PROFESSIONAL" BIKE SHOPS:
talk to your snobby staff - not all of us want to waste our money on a 2k bike in Toronto (the city of bike theft)

All of these private shops have bad reputation for pretending like they like their customers while severely overcharging for bikes. Anyone who drives a bike over 1k in Toronto is a fool at it will eventually be stolen.

I can't wait until some of the larger companies from the U.S. come down here and put you all out of business. Better yet, but online now.
Ryan / April 9, 2011 at 07:28 pm
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"Anyone who drives a bike over 1k in Toronto is a fool at it will eventually be stolen."

Or they're someone who bought a good lock and has the option to store their bike securely.

And not everyone wants the bare minimum of a bike - which is to say, either a used bike of dubious ownership or a Canadian Tire bike. I rode my CT bike for years, but once I had the money to buy something better, I upgraded to a nice Trek hybrid (around $600) and never looked back.

If you've got the money and like to ride, you won't regret spending a bit more money for a nice bike.
Sydney / April 12, 2011 at 03:03 pm
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It's really unfortunate to hear that some of the folks above have had such negative experiences at particular bike shops.

I just want to take this opportunity to say that I have had nothing but awesome experiences at Bikes on Wheels and Sweet Pete's. I bought a used bike at Bikes on Wheels a few years ago, and some of the guys still remember it when I bring it in. I recently took it in to Sweet Pete's for some repairs, and the guys and ladies there were great. B.O.W and S.P.'s employ gooooooood people!
Calvin replying to a comment from Sydney / April 12, 2011 at 09:46 pm
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Well, since you note that we've had negative experiences, here's why:

I went to Bikes on Wheels for repairs. The repairs were done. Period. No explanation of what was done, other than more was done than needed (that part was explained), and of course it all cost more. I got some handlegrips and was having some difficulty putting them on. Rather than suggesting maybe they were the wrong ones--I opened the package already and heaven knows what problems that might have caused them if I were to return them--the oh-so-cool guy at the cash suggested I used WD40 to slide them on...."old trick," he said. More like "old fool" I was. Didn't work. Went once again. Same indifferent service, same we're-too-cool-for-you crap.

Curbside has some AMAZING staff, especially Eric. Too bad the store has turned into a hyper-expensive colour-coordinated store for the well-heeled. And the owner...what a pill. Was bringing my bike to the back for repair, as instructed, and he grunted at me to move it because he needed to move in new bikes. I thought, F you buddy. A real sour face.

Urbane....well, I went in....walked around....resoundingly ignored. A common experience, I gather. Wandered out. You lose my business.

I go to Bathurst Cycle (as mentioned) or Carerra on Harbord for repairs. Decent people, friendly, interested in you. Great service. Unlike BoW, they actually *clean* your bike when they give you a tune-up.
shopboy replying to a comment from j. / April 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm
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LOL at "actually clean your bike when they give you a tune up"

Do they detail your car when you get a tune up? Everyone thinks they should get everything for nothing when it comes to bikes. Clean your own bike or PAY to have it done.

Calvin replying to a comment from shopboy / April 13, 2011 at 01:19 pm
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"Everyone thinks they should get everything for nothing when it comes to bikes. Clean your own bike or PAY to have it done." Hmmm...must be one of the guys who works in the bike industry.

I never said I was expecting something for nothing (but, for some reason--likely your anger at having to serve clients who aren't as cool as you are--you did). I used the word "actually" to denote surprise. I have NEVER had my bike cleaned by any bike shop before these times, and I do NOT expect it. I clean my own bike. However, these two shops did clean my bike; and their "detailing" sure as heck made an impression on me, even if they never do it again.

But you're of the cohort who expects to be paid for breathing, likely. The service industry has changed, and not for the better. (And I know: I'm part of it.) From poor put-upon actors to the afore-mentioned cooler-than-thou bike repair dudes, the notion that your job entails actual service is an alien notion.
Mike W replying to a comment from shopboy / April 13, 2011 at 02:17 pm
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As an interesting side note most dealerships do give your car a basic clean when you bring it in for a tuneup. They do label it 'complimentary' though
shopboy / April 13, 2011 at 03:42 pm
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What the f does this have to do with coolness? Christ! Wanting to be adequately paid for a service rendered makes someone too 'cool' for you?

Give your head a shake.

shopboy / April 13, 2011 at 03:57 pm
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& fair enough about not expecting the cleaning but rather making a point of good service for that shop. I took it out of context
Calvin replying to a comment from shopboy / April 13, 2011 at 06:45 pm
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I never said that not getting extra service made the purveyor of such services "too cool."

I have said that shops wherein one gets more "attitude" than service is endemic in the service industry. With my job in the service industry I go the extra mile (and don't get "extra" for it). Why? Because I have pride in my job and I know that going that extra mile will mean repeat business. It doesn't take much to make people happy. And giving my bike a quick wipe--what? two, three minutes?--sure made my day.

I am not for the exploitation of labour. Don't expect me to show up if you don't pay me. By the same token, when you pay me you can expect that I won't pretend that because I'm so hip, or in a hip biz, that I'll condescend to customers, as they do (to return to the original point) at BoW and Curbside and Duke's and Urbane Cyclist.
B / April 15, 2011 at 08:32 am
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I must say the stores up there are great.

However I hate being in a store speding thousands fo dollars and having a kid who is 14 working on it. Now I understand that kid may know about bikes, but not compared to a person who has been in the business for 15,20,30 years.

Not many places in toronto offer service like this and the few I have went to I have found elitism and bike snobs in the store.

Brampton cyclepath has a great service centre with 4 people there with at least 18 years or more in service experience.

No snobs just relaxed cool people whowill work on your 20 dollar bike or 15000 dollar bike and do an equally good job.
B / April 15, 2011 at 08:32 am
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I must say the stores up there are great.

However I hate being in a store speding thousands fo dollars and having a kid who is 14 working on it. Now I understand that kid may know about bikes, but not compared to a person who has been in the business for 15,20,30 years.

Not many places in toronto offer service like this and the few I have went to I have found elitism and bike snobs in the store.

Brampton cyclepath has a great service centre with 4 people there with at least 18 years or more in service experience.

No snobs just relaxed cool people whowill work on your 20 dollar bike or 15000 dollar bike and do an equally good job.
B / April 15, 2011 at 08:32 am
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I must say the stores up there are great.

However I hate being in a store speding thousands fo dollars and having a kid who is 14 working on it. Now I understand that kid may know about bikes, but not compared to a person who has been in the business for 15,20,30 years.

Not many places in toronto offer service like this and the few I have went to I have found elitism and bike snobs in the store.

Brampton cyclepath has a great service centre with 4 people there with at least 18 years or more in service experience.

No snobs just relaxed cool people whowill work on your 20 dollar bike or 15000 dollar bike and do an equally good job.
Kelly / April 15, 2011 at 02:29 pm
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Cyclemotive - they did a great job on my tune-up, were friendly and very helpful. 5 Stars!
Karen / April 16, 2011 at 07:43 pm
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BIKE SNOBS would like us to think bicycles are complicated fragile pieces of machinery (like cars)

all this noise about the best "bike servicing" is only from marketers trying to empty your wallet (car dealerships do this to)

remember when we were kids? we drove our cheap bikes carefree and they lasted forever, even though we beat the hell out of them

... did you ever take your kiddie bike in each year and get a "tune-up" for $50!!!

unless you are racing, buy cheap bike from Canadian Tire/used online (they drive just as good) and some tools ... learn how to tune it yourself at a co-op like Bike Pirates (who are helping to put these rip-off cycle shops out of business)

i agree with the earlier comment ... buying an expensive bike in toronto (with the 3rd HIGHEST BIKE THEFT RATE IN THE WORLD) and it will eventually get stolen (buying an expensive krytonite lock will do nothing if they want it)

I had 2 bike snob shop bikes stolen ... now i shop Canadian Tire and SAVE MY MONEY!

Vic / May 8, 2011 at 10:58 pm
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I'd agree with you Kelly, Cyclemotive should top out the list as thats my favourite bike store in T.O. Have been going to them for many months now, never knew they also own another shop around the corner on Queen West, the Cycle Shoppe. Kudos.
spray replying to a comment from Jay / May 11, 2011 at 06:16 pm
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@Jay
A rich bike snob?

Don't be a dick. People have different hobbies. Some people only need a bike to cruise down the street, while others cycle 150+ km in a single day. Different choices for different needs.
Psycholist replying to a comment from Karen / May 17, 2011 at 02:39 pm
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Karen, go watch some reality shows on the couch! Don't pretend to know bikes from low end to high end, you are obviously being a troll. Get a life!
Psycholist replying to a comment from Karen / May 17, 2011 at 02:40 pm
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Karen, go watch some reality shows on the couch! Don't pretend to know bikes from low end to high end, you are obviously being a troll. Get a life!
Psycholist replying to a comment from Bender / May 17, 2011 at 02:41 pm
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You weren't loved by your parents were you?
Cindy / May 28, 2011 at 05:48 pm
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Best bike store if you don't want to waste your money or have your ride stolen: CANADIAN TIRE
Slyfox / May 29, 2011 at 06:40 pm
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I went to Bay Cycle and Sports on Brock Road in Pickering today and spent about an hour waiting for help and was just being ignored. I went and asked for help and was told to wait a bit, only to be ignored again for a while. I noticed that other customers who came after me were being served ahead of me. So I decided to leave the store after being very disappointed with this type (or lack) of customer service and instead went to Dornellas near Pharmacy & Lawrence which was much further from my house, but I had bought a Giant MT bike from them around 6 years ago, so thought would revist them. The customer service at Dornellas was *excellent*. As soon as I walked in, the staff were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and respectful. They answered all my questions and concerns, and then measured me up for the bike and made sure everything was customized for me. I ended up buying a nice 2011 Giant TCR Composite road bike, and couldn't be happier with my buying experience. So I am definately going back to Dornellas for my future needs. Of course I will not be recommending Bay Cycle and Sports on Brock Road to anyone! That's just my experience.
Slyfox / May 29, 2011 at 06:42 pm
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I went to Bay Cycle and Sports on Brock Road in Pickering today and spent about an hour waiting for help and was just being ignored. I went and asked for help and was told to wait a bit, only to be ignored again for a while. I noticed that other customers who came after me were being served ahead of me. So I decided to leave the store after being very disappointed with this type (or lack) of customer service and instead went to Dornellas near Pharmacy & Lawrence which was much further from my house, but I had bought a Giant MT bike from them around 6 years ago, so thought would revist them. The customer service at Dornellas was *excellent*. As soon as I walked in, the staff were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and respectful. They answered all my questions and concerns, and then measured me up for the bike and made sure everything was customized for me. I ended up buying a nice 2011 Giant TCR Composite road bike, and couldn't be happier with my buying experience. So I am definately going back to Dornellas for my future needs. Of course I will not be recommending Bay Cycle and Sports on Brock Road to anyone! That's just my experience.
Middle Class in Toronto is Being Eradicated / June 1, 2011 at 02:50 pm
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Yeah totally agree this is a rich bike snob list... I mean you didn't even list Uncle Jacob's on Spadina - which is like the most popular bike shop in toronto (vis. affordability).

What are you 905?
Kevin / June 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm
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Last summer, I bought a Supercycle at Canadian Tire for $150 (on sale %50 off). Since then, I have driven it downtown almost every day (even through the winter). If the bike broke today, it has paid for itself 20 times over.

Yet I constantly here these store criticizing "department store" bikes. That's what most people can afford!

Don't be fooled by the bike snob list. If you look downtown, the majority of people do not want to ride an expensive bike.

Like a car, it is a bad investment. Spend 1k and up on a bike so you can be paranoid all the time that it is going to be stolen in the city with the highest rate of bike theft? And then pay $50 a year for a tune-up? NO thanks expensive bike shops. I'll stick with Canadian Tire. And service myself it a place like Bike Pirates.

Go there or buy a used bike, but stay away from the over-priced stores on this list unless you like getting ripped off. Unless you plan on racing, a Supercycle is super enough.
steve / June 17, 2011 at 12:28 am
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regarding cyclemotive mentioned above. just dropped by last month to get my own opinion. i am in the market for a competition road bike. competed before and all my life around competitive cycling.
the have a nice revamped store and good brands and.. no clue really about competition cycling. try to pull your leg, push stuff, they just know nothing about road racing. period. no one in the shop ever raced and all they say is cliches and bs. that includes the owner i also talked to.
at the same time they want to get that expensive and profitable high end chunk of the bicycle market and pose as experts. they are not la bicycletta for sure.
sure works and gets them money but the business model is to spin marketing and get your money.
on their extensive and professional web-site info regarding le tour is pasted from the official TdF web site without mention. that is copyright violation.
there seems to be some 'queen street style' among staff and owner has it, too. they all come forward as some junkies at first. if u guys read this- won't work if you want to sell pro bicycles price of a car.
Nice layout and stock, but uninformed people and wrong attitude make for poor experience.
parr_t / June 20, 2011 at 06:18 pm
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Ok, this is becoming waaaay too complicated. Why should anyone care where someone buy's their ride? If someone wants to pay big dollar, while attending the risk of having it stolen, let them. Who cares? If it makes them happy then all the better. I'm not personally being 'put out' by someone spending a grand of their own money on a bike. I hope for them there smart enough to take care of it.
And speaking of which: Several libraries and bike shops hold $30 classes on how to maintain your bike. If it's the old mighty dollar that your concerned about, buy cheap, acquire some bike tools (not hard to do) and learn how to fix and tune your own bike. Problem solved. If your truly bothered by the expense of certain bikes...then that's your issue. Don't put it on the shops trying to run a business. Unless you have run a successful business for yourself, how can you really judge how others do it? It's like trying to tell a mother how to raise her child when you've never had children yourself. There are plenty O' bike shops out there, we all have choices.
We're all part of the greater good by riding anyway, for the environment as well as your own health. And every time your on your bike riding, your sending a positive and reinforcing message to anyone who is otherwise ignorant or fearful of riding in the big city. Think about it. Why does this have to be about who's right and who's wrong?
If you don't like the green peppers at the grocery story you shop at, go somewhere else. But don't criticize or condemn someone else for their personal choice.
A study was done on the volume of cyclists within a certain area of the city. In September of 2010 approx. 20,000 cyclists were on the road from 7am to 7pm within the circumference of Bloor - Queen - Jarvis - Spadina. And this is only Mon-Fri in September. That's not taking into account mid summer and weekends. Over 60% of people living in Toronto own bikes (1.8 million people). How many bike shops are in Toronto? eeeeyaa...
I say we go a little easier on our fellow cycle mechanics, and the 'mom and pop' shops that are running a business 'geared' towards an obvious passion we all share. Right?
I'm all about a healthy debate, but name calling and belittlement is juvenile.
Safe riding ya'll!
calvintoronto / June 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm
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In regards to part_t's comment: no one is belittling shops for being in business. This thread was about the attitude one gets from various shops when trying to get a simple repair job done, or to purchase a bike. Many of the comments posted here easily apply to other retailers. That's all. As customers, we certainly do have the right to comment on how others run their business, since they are in business to sell to us. No, we may not know how to run the business; but it's a no-brainer that anyone knows that decent, non-condescending attitudes are essential to staying in business.
jake / June 23, 2011 at 11:05 am
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Spokes and Sports- On Avenue Road, north of Lawrence..really nice folks there ..I recently went there to take in my Sportcheck bike for a repair..I must have been asked like 3 or 4 times if I needed help...really nice folks and they went above and beyond on my bike repair.

They have some decent prices on bikes, but im still getting a good return on my investment on the bike I got at Sportcheck.
Rick Yazwinski / June 23, 2011 at 11:16 am
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I would have been happy to see blacksmithcycle ( http://blacksmithcycle.wordpress.com/ ) on the list. They're new and small, but have great stuff and awesome staff!
spock / June 23, 2011 at 11:26 am
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to avoid confusion, why not just have a '2011' list and leave the other one archived as '2008'?
Guy / June 23, 2011 at 11:32 am
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I think the shop has little to do with it now.

I need a service person behind the desk that can do a good job time after time.

I used to go to the Brampton Cyclepath they had an older guy (didnt speak english) and a younger guy blain or bob. Now those two did more repairs ina day then most 5 men teams and did an amazing job. The knwoledge in that shop is unsurpassed. None of this 20 something bike snobs. 40 something people with families who actually know what they are talking about.
Greg / June 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm
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301.
Justin replying to a comment from Cindy / June 23, 2011 at 06:54 pm
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I'm very dissapointed with those supporting the department store bikes... I mean toys.

Sure spend 150.00 every year on a toy and lock it up with your Cheap 20.00 coil lock. you will never experience the terms efficiency and comfort, or keep your bike for very long.

Your department store bike was designed for a child. One that rides it rarely. A child doesn't understand the concept of friction or efficiency. Just that you pedal a bike to go forward and brake to stop.

Those tires on the department store bike can barely hold 65psi. How are you suppose to get around? 9 times out of 10 I see some one on a Cheep bike pedaling their ass off and still going super slow because they dont even put air in their tires. I guess Some department store cashier failed to notify the customer that they need to maintain their bike.

Afriad to lock up your 400-700.00 bike? Protect it by investing 150.00 into locking it up properly.

I will have to continue this rant later.
TokyoTuds / June 23, 2011 at 08:34 pm
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Maybe the newest top-end shop around ... try Cycleforth at Danforth & Chester;
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cycleforth/224175790929208?sk=wall
Johnny Tronno replying to a comment from spock / June 24, 2011 at 09:51 am
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Most logical Spock! I agree.

I must have read for 10 minutes at the beginning of the thread only to realize I was reading 2008 responses. There has to be a better way!?
Kriokrio / June 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm
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Mike the Bike (around at dundas and spadina) is nice used bike shop,
Also you can rent the bike only for $8( i cant really remember but) for whole day(till they close at 8)
Better than bixie if you need bike for a long long time.
However, come as early as possible to rent cuz those bikes r on sale so.
Leia replying to a comment from Jake b / June 26, 2011 at 07:15 pm
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I had a similar problem with Cycle Solutions (Parliament). Two tune-ups, two instances of everything fucking up royally within a 4 block ride of the store. Not impressed in the least.
Michael Lee / June 26, 2011 at 08:24 pm
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Checked out MiketheBike today expecting good service from the comments on here. I haven't been treated that badly for a looooong time. How do you chase away two customers who are eager to splurge on two bikes and keep a business going?
MiketheBike = Worst service and bikes that look like they're falling apart from rust. Stay far far away.
Artzy / June 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm
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I've been using 'Spokes and Sports' (Avenue Rd) for 10 years and recently I had 3 flat tires in 3 weeks. The second one they fixed without charging labour and the 3rd one they fixed on the spot for free.

Really prompt, friendly service every time.
Justin replying to a comment from Guy / June 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm
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Visit bike depot for the service you are looking for. John is in his late 30s and can bang out a repair in a blink of an eye without error.

Visit broadwaycycle and you will met Theo. No other man in the gta can match this guys knowledge when it comes to bikes. He is above an beyond the comprehension of product knowledge and bike servicing. He is a computer when you ask him any compatibility questions. Problem solving is not an issue. Seized b/bs... Any type, removed in under 15mins.. Beat that.
The guy is like 24 or 25. It takes a lot of reading, studying and experience to be that good.
v. / June 29, 2011 at 11:09 am
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Cycle Couture! They specialize in commuter bikes. The guys who work there are amazingly nice. They do tuneups too.

Ken K / July 1, 2011 at 09:59 am
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Not one comment about La Bicicletta on Castlefield?
Could they be that bad? Nice bikes for 6+ grand and clothing for 1 to 6 hundred if you like Assos.
Annie / July 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm
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I like going to The Cycle Shoppe on Queen West. The staff there always take great care of me. I just love my Electra Ticino! www.thecycleshoppe.ca
Derek Jessop / July 8, 2011 at 10:32 am
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Bicycle Solutions on Parliament Street should be on the list. Knowledgeable, honest and fair, Kayle's team works.
BrisbaneBikeHire / July 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm
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Are there any major bike rental outfits in Toronto? I think there is a market for such a service.
stouffville landscaping / July 11, 2011 at 08:31 am
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I know there is a rental place on Centre Island, but other than that I don't know
Alec / July 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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As a cylcing enthusiast, visited quite a few of these stores and found Broadway Cycles and Gears to be the best overall. Duke's because of their size and reputation have an attitude problem, been there twice and will never go back. I usually prefer Specialized for roads or Marin for my mountain bikes. What I look for in a bike store is their understanding of your requirements, knowledge of the product and "not upsell you". Most good bike stores will explain the options, problems etc. and give a price range for the solution. Also, if you happen to be a regular as I am, throw in a few free goodies. Try not to buy a bike on Sat or Sun, its always crowded in summer, you may or may not get the desired level of service.
Mnaovkhhjnxkyf / July 17, 2011 at 04:18 pm
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I usually trailer my boat without the boat cover on. However, I had to bring it to a location where it is very dusty and will not be covered under an awning or garage so I wanted the boat cover on to help keep it cleaner. I have seen some guys trailer with the cover on but not many. Is it bad to trailer while covered? Maybe it would be a good thing to cover it and increase MPG. What do you think? which boat cover you suggest to buy, I checked boatcovers.bestdealsoffer.com, any other suggestions?

Neil replying to a comment from Alec / July 19, 2011 at 10:35 am
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I agree with Alec - Dukes does not care about customer service. When I called with a complaint with their service department, the person who answered was rude. I then sent an email to discuss the situation, and it has been ignored (currently 3 weeks since I sent the email).

I posted more details under the Dukes review.
calvin replying to a comment from Neil / July 19, 2011 at 05:06 pm
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Good for you, Neil. I went and posted comments there too.

In fact, I encourage everyone to go to the specific stores listed here in blogto and post what you think of them. Most of them are like Dukes.
Amar / July 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm
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Had a good experience at The bike clinic. Broken spoke repaired in no time. Wheel trued and brakes tightened. 20$. 800 Bloor Street West. more of a service place rather than a buy a new bike place.
I would avoid the bike joint on harbord. Too many bikes to be serviced not enough time to finish. Previously excellently reviewed didn't make the TO blog list - going downhill.
David / July 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm
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A comment about Urbane Cyclist. I bought a bike from on June 26. The place was extremely busy but they agreed to prep my bike for me so I could take it away the same day. (I live outside Toronto).

However when I called on July 25 to book my bike in for its first "mini" tune up they told me they could book me in for August 10. After they realized I bought the bike from them they did revise the date to August 3 providing I could bring it in by 10am and leave it with them the entire day. That's too much aggravation just to get a quick tune up, so I'm foregoing the freebee tune ups and getting it tuned somewhere else. I would like to get an answer from Urbane as to why there is such a long wait for servicing, and why they think we have nothing better to do except wait around their store all day for our bikes.
yunus / July 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm
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David, all bike shops in Toronto have a waiting list for bike tune ups and service. There is simply a high demand for bike service in summer and bike shops are very busy with tune ups. My store, the cycle solutions on kingston road usually has about 200 bikes in store waiting to be tuned up in the summer months. However they do treeat me very well since I bought the bike from them and do service on it anytime on the spot. Usually if you want a tune up or service done on your bike you will have to wait. There are other people before you who brought their bike and they deserve theirs done first. There is no point in complaining about wait times when there is such a high demand. If anything you should learn how to do minor tune ups at home or open up your own bike shops and see how hard it is to keep everything up to date and running smoothly.
Paul / July 30, 2011 at 03:02 pm
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Yunus, My bike is my transportation around town and when it needs service I hate hearing that its going to be ready in a week, cus that means I have to get on the Stinky TTC.
Just a heads up for people in the Dundas & Roncesvalles Village, MOJO CYCLES II has just opened up a couple of weeks ago. They have another shop on Queen West too, So if you are looking for always on the spot service and pretty much same day or next day tune ups, you should head on over. They have a really inviting vintage styled new space and setting up to have a refreshment bar inside as well. I was told they will have absolutely free winter storage, since the shop is really deep. Always happy to deal with them as they are more of a mom and pop shop.
Check them out at 2170 Dundas St. West, just east of Roncesvalles Ave.
Oh yeah and 15% off, if you have not already received their postcard ad in your spokes yet.
Paul / July 30, 2011 at 03:13 pm
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Yunus, My bike is my transportation around town and when it needs service I hate hearing that its going to be ready in a week, cus that means I have to get on the Stinky TTC.
Just a heads up for people in the Dundas & Roncesvalles Village, MOJO CYCLES II has just opened up a couple of weeks ago. They have another shop on Queen West too, So if you are looking for always on the spot service and pretty much same day or next day tune ups, you should head on over. They have a really inviting vintage styled new space and setting up to have a refreshment bar inside as well. I was told they will have absolutely free winter storage, since the shop is really deep. Always happy to deal with them as they are more of a mom and pop shop.
Check them out at 2170 Dundas St. West, just east of Roncesvalles Ave.
Oh yeah and 15% off, if you have not already received their postcard ad in your spokes yet.
Paul replying to a comment from yunus / July 30, 2011 at 03:15 pm
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Yunus, My bike is my transportation around town and when it needs service I hate hearing that its going to be ready in a week, cus that means I have to get on the Stinky TTC.
Just a heads up for people in the Dundas & Roncesvalles Village, MOJO CYCLES II has just opened up a couple of weeks ago. They have another shop on Queen West too, So if you are looking for always on the spot service and pretty much same day or next day tune ups, you should head on over. They have a really inviting vintage styled new space and setting up to have a refreshment bar inside as well. I was told they will have absolutely free winter storage, since the shop is really deep. Always happy to deal with them as they are more of a mom and pop shop.
Check them out at 2170 Dundas St. West, just east of Roncesvalles Ave.
Oh yeah and 15% off, if you have not already received their postcard ad in your spokes yet.
Paul / July 31, 2011 at 09:53 am
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Had a bad experience at Cyclemotive on Bathurst. 4 employees behind the service counter at the back carried on with their conversation when I walked up to them to look at product on the back wall, none of them said Hello. Then walking around the shop for 15 minutes, I had to almost bang shoulders with a sales guy before he said Hi.
This all happened with only 1 other customer in the shop.

PS: Sorry about the previous multi post. My internet was acting up.

eric / August 2, 2011 at 01:31 pm
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lookin to purchase bike for commuting to work ... not very knowledgeable about much ... can anyone guide me a little ... any good places to check out in North Etobicoke ... been reading many of the post, just a little overwhelmed with all the info ... e.
Jon / August 3, 2011 at 10:51 am
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does anyone know where you can buy good used road bike parts in Toronto?
Jon / August 3, 2011 at 10:52 am
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does anyone know where you can buy good used road bike parts in Toronto?
SAM / August 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm
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Hoopdriver - on college near Dufferin. They take the time to talk to you and find out about how you use your bike before selling you stuff/making changes to your bike. Quality products in the store. And the bike mechanic there is very skilled - she can always find the problem. And it's run by the owner - and he cares about bikes - not like a big shop with lots of employees
Jon / August 5, 2011 at 09:15 am
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Why is it that none of these stores can offer consistent, good service. Seems that should be a basic of any good retailer. To add to the list I just replaced my stolen bike with a new one from Sporting Life. The prices are surprisingly good and sales staff helpful, however as soon as I had a minor issue I was met with with attitude from the technical guy. Sounds just like all the others...
Ben replying to a comment from Paul / August 8, 2011 at 01:01 pm
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Hey Paul !
Took your advice and went to Mojo Cycles @ 2170 Dundas St. West. Really awesome shop, and amazing service. Had a tune up and picked up the same day. My bike was spotless and just like new.
Thanks again Dude !
Steph / August 10, 2011 at 10:40 am
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Hey everyone!

I'm going to university of Toronto and need a good and reasonable price bike to travel around with. I roughly need to bike at least 30mins a day. I don't know anything about bikes, so it will be great if you guys can help me out. Also do bikes made for girls or boys actually make a difference? Thanks!
jamie / August 10, 2011 at 05:36 pm
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Steph, if you want a good, cheap bike, get a friend to help you look on Craig's or Kijiji with you. If you don't know anyone knowledgable enough, just take a day or so to shop around some of the shops on the list here, or any other shops. This may sound too obvious, or you may not feel confident enough yet, but mid-August is the beginning of buyers' season in bike shops. Most are starting to lower prices to reduce inventory. Take a clipboard with you, notes will help you remember, and it may impress the staff to be more patient, even solicitous.
The difference between boys (cross-bar) bikes and girls (step-thru) bikes is cultural, and has no effect on the ride for anyone but hard-core riders. A few years ago, some companies were making 'girls' bikes for men too, as they are a lot easier to get onto. Some couriers were taking up the idea.
UGGS UK / August 17, 2011 at 07:08 am
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"Also do bikes made for girls or boys actually make a difference? Thanks!"
UGGS UK / August 17, 2011 at 07:10 am
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(cross-bar) bikes and girls (step-thru)
UGGS UK / August 17, 2011 at 07:11 am
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(cross-bar) bikes and girls (step-thru)
liam / August 17, 2011 at 06:44 pm
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does anyone know of any bike shops that sell BMX or dirtjumpers
_n / September 1, 2011 at 11:31 am
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Internets: Of all of these bike shops, which would you recommend to go to for a professional fitting?
Jss / September 2, 2011 at 10:41 am
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Buying a bike and having a bike serviced / repaired are two different things. A store may be good for sales, but have poor service, or the reverse may be the case. The store is only as good as its employees, and staff does change, mechanics do move around.
If you want a special type of bike or you need parts, you have to go to a bicycle shop, not a department store. But you never know where you may discover good service.
I was touring through south eastern ontario when I had several spokes broken in my rear wheel by a stone thrown by a dumptruck. I limped into the next (very) small town and into the canadian tire store. They explained they only assembled bikes, and they referred me to a local mechanic who did all their repairs and adjustments. He had me on my way in no time. Yes, canadian tire didn't fix my bike, but they had connections with someone who could. That's why I'm not surprised to see that you can get great service in unexpected places like mojo cycle.
Jss / September 2, 2011 at 10:42 am
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Buying a bike and having a bike serviced / repaired are two different things. A store may be good for sales, but have poor service, or the reverse may be the case. The store is only as good as its employees, and staff does change, mechanics do move around.
If you want a special type of bike or you need parts, you have to go to a bicycle shop, not a department store. But you never know where you may discover good service.
I was touring through south eastern ontario when I had several spokes broken in my rear wheel by a stone thrown by a dumptruck. I limped into the next (very) small town and into the canadian tire store. They explained they only assembled bikes, and they referred me to a local mechanic who did all their repairs and adjustments. He had me on my way in no time. Yes, canadian tire didn't fix my bike, but they had connections with someone who could. That's why I'm not surprised to see that you can get great service in unexpected places like mojo cycle.
Kathy replying to a comment from Jay / September 20, 2011 at 09:05 pm
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It's good to know there are other places to go to for bike repairs like sportschek......I just had the worst customer service experience at RACER Sportif on bloor, it was very frustrating and dissappointing and hope that no one has such a bad experience that I did.
Chris replying to a comment from _n / September 24, 2011 at 06:56 am
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I'd call Julien at Vitess for a pro fitting. Hello Velo would have been amsuggestion too but they're now closed.
May replying to a comment from megan / October 1, 2011 at 01:25 pm
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the shop in the alley is called RED ARROW BIKES they moved up the street last year to 19 Kensington ave in kensington market. It is the best bike shop. Shannen is so helpful, kind and he's got great prices. The bike i got there also came with a one month warranty on all the parts and labor. He's also been a bike mechanic for 20 years...
Kathy / October 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm
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I had the worst ever customer service experience a few weeks ago. I hope no one experiences the disrespect and lack of competency that my husband and I encountered at the RACER SPORTIF on bloor. I will never go there again and DO NOT recommend this shop to anyone. Does anyone know of a good bike we can take our bike to? Thanx
Kathy / October 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm
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I had the worst ever customer service experience a few weeks ago. I hope no one experiences the disrespect and lack of competency that my husband and I encountered at the RACER SPORTIF on bloor. I will never go there again and DO NOT recommend this shop to anyone. Does anyone know of a good bike shop we can take our bike to? Thanx
May / October 3, 2011 at 11:44 am
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@Kathy try Red Arrow Bikes on Kensington ave. The owner Shannen is friendly and honest about what you'll need to make your bike safe. He also tends to have his repairs done the same day! I highly recommend this shop.
lsmythe / October 10, 2011 at 09:52 pm
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I avoid Bay Cycle and Sports in Pickering, I ordered tires from them once, and was told they would be there in about a month. I checked in about 6 weeks later and was told they hadn't ordered them yet!

bikeboy / November 19, 2011 at 01:19 am
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Urbane. knowledgeable staff YES. Rip-off palace YES again. Great at upsetting and then had the gaul to add in repairs I didn't ask for. Not going back there again. I prefer more honest repair shops.
bernie javier / November 27, 2011 at 12:58 am
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BROWN'S SPORTS AND CYCLE. My first road bike was bought here. I drove all the way from Scarborough, not easy getting there but it's all worth every drop of gas and sweat. I'm not an easy customer but Jean-Paul and Sandra were patient and helpful. Thanks a million guys ! Highly recommended, i'll be back to get a bike for the wife -- see you soon.
Debbz / December 1, 2011 at 12:57 am
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Cyclepath on Danforth, all I can say is..THE Best! Riding to work one day, popped a flat, drop by the store get the tire changed..my wallet is not in my bag!! They say come back another time and have a great day and ride! I went back and paid another day. That, is customer service. I have bought 3 bikes from them over the years and always reasonable prices and fantastic service. Thanks Cyclepath, glad to see them on the list. :)
Zed / January 9, 2012 at 04:50 pm
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Just a quick mention on Mojo Cycles (Queen St Location). My chain broke and I locked it up outside his store. Called today to see if he was open. He said yep, until midnight. Told him I wanted to get my chain fixed. He asked did you leave it locked outside? I replied, yes. He said, it's fixed. I just fix those left outside like that as I know people need to get back on the road quickly. Now that's customer service. Big Box stores, take note! Haven't been to his son's new location on Dundas, but if he follows his fathers lead, success will continue. Thanks Agostino!
Industry Wrench / January 16, 2012 at 09:14 pm
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"I would like to get an answer from Urbane as to why there is such a long wait for servicing, and why they think we have nothing better to do except wait around their store all day for our bikes. "

As a former wrench at Urbane Cyclist, I can assure you that Urbane Cyclist is probably one of the *busiest* shops in Toronto and take on work that other shops won't touch, and they only have so much storage space. You were literally being booked at the earliest possible date, and they need to offer quick turn-around because they've maxed out their storage space despite expanding it repeatedly.

Despite the negative press you read about a lot of shops, a lot of people are working really hard. Try working in the industry, and you'll learn!
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Shawn Fitzpatrick / February 11, 2012 at 04:13 pm
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Hello Riders,

Oxygen Bike Co is a new bike shop in Toronto's west end along the Waterfront Trail on Lakeshore (Etobicoke). When building the business model and policies, we've used the countless opinions and comments on this blog to create a local bike shop that caters to road, mountain and urban commuters. We also carry BMX, dirt jumpers, cruisers and hybrids since there are so many different types of riders out there.

Keep your comments coming about other shops (and ours of course) because all of us can learn from each other to ensure Toronto's bicycle retail community is friendly, approachable and professional.

If you are on the west end, come by and visit us.
coach hire hertfordshire / February 26, 2012 at 09:46 pm
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I leave a leave a response when I appreciate a post on a site or if I have something to add to the discussion. Usually it is a result of the sincerness communicated in the article I read. And after this post The Best Bike Stores in Toronto. I was actually moved enough to drop a thought :-P I do have 2 questions for you if you usually do not mind. Is it just me or does it seem like a few of the remarks come across as if they are coming from brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are writing on additional social sites, I'd like to follow you. Could you list every one of all your community sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?
reycroxas / February 29, 2012 at 05:15 am
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Thanks for the nice review of bike shops. Your site is very informative, it helped me a lot where to buy good quality bike.
Keep up the good work guys.
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Ben / March 7, 2012 at 02:32 pm
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Just wondering if anyone has heard of Jamis Bicycles? Found someone selling them at unbeleavably low prices and im wondering if they are worth a look...

Thanks
BIKE-PILE replying to a comment from Chris / March 9, 2012 at 07:35 pm
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Just an FYI that Paul from Hello Velo is now fitting at Blacksmith Cycle. 1101 Queen St. W.
Andrew / March 18, 2012 at 11:56 am
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Where do they get these stores from D'ornellas in Scarborough is an amazing bike shop. Considering that the owner is a former Olympian. TO blog needs better researchers. The city is not Bathurst to Parliament.
Matthew / March 22, 2012 at 10:06 am
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I Googled used bike stores in Toronto and didn't find anything. Can anyone suggest a store I could find a used touring bike? Ideally I'd like to find a Nishiki International. I had one years ago and really liked it until it was stolen.
yunus / March 27, 2012 at 03:22 pm
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Cycle Solutions at 615 Kingston Road is the best Ive been to. I bought a bike from them and 2 years later they are still servicing and giving me tune ups for free.
Ali / April 1, 2012 at 06:57 pm
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I was bike shopping today and started at Duke Cycle which was pricy but amazing professional service, Lisa was very informative and knows what she is talking about. After that I went to Cyclopath Danforth, it was the complete opposite I had to ask for help and was not even offered any suggestions or opinons the service was unprofessional kids that looked like they smoked something and ignorant rude punks. The manager refused to even discuss a deal and was very snobbish. I know a bunch of ppl that are looking for bikes for the summer, i WILL MAKE SURE THEY AVOID SUCH PLACES ,,,,

Avoid Cyclopath
Steve / April 14, 2012 at 02:20 am
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Jamis bicycles are awesome !
I just picked up a Jamis Beatnik at Mojo Cycles, 2170 Dundas St. West, just east of Roncesvalles Ave. Im pretty sure they are the only local shop downtown dealing them. Apparently They will also be carrying a line of FELT commuter bicycles.
Joe just opened this shop last summer and I've already heard a lot of great things about them.
So far the most recommended bicycle shop if your in the Roncy neighborhood.





Doug / April 15, 2012 at 05:27 pm
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Anyone has comments about the bikes at MEC?
Also, any recommendations for a 24" kids mtn bike that needs to last for 3 kids (approx. 6-7 yrs)? Thanks.
Chopper Custom Bike / April 18, 2012 at 02:11 am
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All the bikes are awesome, but the think what i don't like. If any part of the bikes got damage it would be too difficult to find that part. Is I am right?.
2 wheelers in india / April 19, 2012 at 05:22 am
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Awesome bikes haven't seen these kinds of bikes.
redcaesar replying to a comment from Danielle / April 24, 2012 at 10:24 am
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Yes I have experienced both issues with Urbane mentioned... I've been ignored in store and emailed them question about availability of products on their site and never heard back.
Clueless / May 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm
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Forgive me for posing this question, I just don't understand. Why are so many people willing to drop a paycheck or two on a new bike? I don't get it. Does the average cyclist really need a $1000 bike. Or an $800 bike, or a $3000 bike. I could see if you're planning to do a tour-de-france or something, I just don't get how a $200 bike differs from an $650 bike if all you're in for is a 30 min bike down Dundas St E to get you to/from work.

I'm open to what people have to say. Personally, I'm just looking for an affordable bike that will shift gears when I tell it to, break when I need it to, and get me to where ever it is I'm going to. I just don't get how a flashy bike will help me do that. Is is a style thing? A trend? Or are $200 bikes really that crappy??

On top of that, I know it would kill me if ever my bike were to get stolen... I rather hand my paycheck over to a homeless guy to be honest.

To me, the cost of a high end bike just doesn't seem worth it. I guess I'm just wondering if anyone could run me through the PROS and CONS (especially the cons) of purchasing a high end bike. I find I learn more when people are being critical (and that I don't want or need to be sold on spending more money on something if it's unnecessary).

Thanks before hand for any advice, and sorry if I come off as being a little brash. I just don't get the high price of bikes and I'd like to make an informed decision when I head out to make my purchase.
Rafter replying to a comment from Jay / May 25, 2012 at 04:50 pm
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Yeah, I'm a rich bike snob. I prefer a frame that's hand-built in Massachusetts with Italian components that will last a lifetime, in contrast to a stamped out bike made in China that will last a season before it rusts and seizes. But to each their own.
Rafter replying to a comment from Clueless / May 25, 2012 at 04:56 pm
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How much do people spend on cars? I have a $3000 bike (that I bought used for $800) that I've ridden tens of thousands of km's on over the 16 years that I've owned it. I will be selling that one for close to what I paid for it because I just bought an $8000 titanium bike that will probably be the last bike I ever ride. (bought used for $2000). To me these investments are a small price to pay for the pleasure and freedom that they afford.
Rafter replying to a comment from Clueless / May 25, 2012 at 04:57 pm
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I also have a 50 year old vintage bike that is my daily transportation for which I paid $80 and rescued from a barn in up-state NY. How do you like them apples?
Mike Dougherty / June 3, 2012 at 03:58 pm
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@Clueless I'm not any kind of avid rider, used to be but these days I just ride to work in the summer(15km away) and that's about it. All I can say is you get what you pay for but you also have to balance the cost with your needs. I don't need a $3000 bike to ride to work but I don't want some Crappytire special that doesn't work well and needs fixing all the time(ask my Mother how I know). If you want the gears to change when you want them to and brakes(not break I hope!) to work when you need them then I'd spend the extra on a better bike. However, if you ride 5km downtown and have to lock it up outside then I'd get something decent but basic, you don't need 21 speeds, disc brakes or suspension for a short commute. I paid $800 for my bike on clearance, it works great as a commuter and is good enough that I could go trail riding with it but even though I did invest in a good lock I almost never leave it locked up outside unless I can watch it constantly or it will only be there a few minutes.
Patricia / June 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm
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I have to say....just when I thought I had to retire my wheels, I called my friend to tell her the bad news. She told me about Red Arrow Bike Repair in Kensington Market and that same day I brought in my baby. Not only was my bike fixed but it was efficient, thorough, and cost effective. I cannot express how amazing Red Arrow bike repair is. I will only bring my bike into Red Arrow from now on and happily spread the word for everyone else to enjoy this amazing repair shop. Thanks Red Arrow!!

And just to clarify...I thought I was going to have to retire my bike because after I brought it into Urbane, based on their advice for all the repair/service/costs they recommended I figured it wouldn't be worth fixing. Although Urbane's advice was not entirely untrue, it just wasn't the BIG picture. Shannen at Red Arrow does in fact see the big picture and that's why he's the best :)

He's got that 6th sense when it comes to bike repair that can't be taught!
miqui replying to a comment from Jay / June 8, 2012 at 09:29 pm
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Dude. If i am riding everyday, which i am. I am not buying the fat heavy steel Chinese/Taiwan made junk. I spent 650 and got me a nice Chinese/Taiwan made aluminium piece of junk. :-) Half the weight of the Canadian Tire stuff I investigated initially. Best purchase i have made in awhile.
miqui replying to a comment from Clueless / June 8, 2012 at 09:32 pm
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Clueless. Buy a bike in the 650 800 range with really nice components. All aluminum like a Scott SUB 40 or 60, or similar. It is such a huge ride difference from a crappy steel stamped bike that you will never buy one again even if you are on welfare.
Josh / June 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm
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Stay in school. Don't do drugs. Drink your milk. Work Hard. Save Up. Buy a Bike.
Branko / June 8, 2012 at 11:31 pm
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@clueless... I have a 10 year old CCM commuter which I bought for $250 new @ old Duke's shop. Sure not as nice/fast as my $1200 (entry level) road bike... but still going strong. Don't listen to all the loser snobs here... If you're only riding short distances around the city there's really no need to buy anything better. Also, can't stress this enough, buy locally! Don't go to big box stores as your local bike shop will usually give you 2-3 years of free tuneups and basic fitting (very important) even with low-end models.
Don Cheadle / June 10, 2012 at 03:29 pm
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A lot, if not most, of these shops in Toronto are not very helpful unless you are willing to make a major purchase (a new bike). A lot of people enjoy riding bikes in a manner simillar to driving cars - sexy, top of the line, etc...But, just as many of us prefer to fix up old stuff we find at garage sales, or a neighbor is getting rid of, etc. That is the best part of cycling for some - fixing them up, making a working bike out of 'junk' - derusting it, getting new parts, etc. You go in a shop, and 2 of the clerks will have rude attitude but 1 in there will totally get where you're coming from and be very very helpful - has nothing to do with the stores, entirely based on the individual bike shop workers.
amanda replying to a comment from Clueless / June 15, 2012 at 11:11 am
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You do not need to spend a fortune on a bike. For the little bit that you said you'll be using it, I'd recommend looking for a good used bike on something like kijiji. I would also recommend finding a good mechanic. I just recently discovered brad at lepierre on Markham. He is a miracle worker. He turned my used cruiser that I brought for 10 dollars into a bike that works like New for less than 100. The important part is doing your homework, find a bike you fall in love with, and a mechanic you trust. Good luck in your hunt!
karla / June 20, 2012 at 08:48 pm
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Well, after reading about Blacksmith Cycle on queen west, I was excited to try their line up of Storck bikes because I wanted something unique. Mike, the owner was great (initially) at responding to my e-mail (wanting a bike between $2,000 - $3,000 even when they usually cater to more high end sales) but when I arrived, he was busy and I was "helped" by Jeff. He seemed uninterested when i mentioned my price point but kept talking to me. I asked about fitting and pointed to their high end fit machine...he said, that is only for our custom bikes that are much more expensive (which is strange because Mike said, he may be able to create a custom bike for me). He was clueless about their current on-line promotion for the Storck bikes and couldn't believe the low price. They didn't have my size in the shop and went out front to ask if Mike had some elsewhere. After what seemed like eternity, (10-15 minutes), he came back and said...Mike was busy and couldn't get an answer (it only takes a minute to ask a question). He then proceeded to offer me another frame for that price. I also asked if I could still receive the discount if it took a while to get the bike in after the sale was over and he seemed even less interested in dealing with me. I said I would think about it and left. I e-mailed Mike and asked how long it would take to get the frame in and never received a reply. I guess it goes to show you that high end bike stores really only cater to high paying customers. I was very disappointed as I had planned to buy an entry level racing bike and upgrade components overtime.
dave / June 20, 2012 at 09:36 pm
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I am looking for a chainless bike. Does anybody sell them here in Toronto??
Fletch / June 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm
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Trek sells some belt drive bikes like this one:
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/town/urban_utility/soho/soho_deluxe/#
I get fantastic service at the Trek Store on Yonge St. (south of Eglinton)
Cody Bullen replying to a comment from karla / June 26, 2012 at 12:08 am
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If you are looking for a road bike around $1000 to $3000, check out Oxygen on Lake Shore. BlackSmith is good for really high end stuff like Stork with Di2 components. For your budget, you'll get a nice 105 or Ultegra bike at Oxygen. You might even get a BMC for that price.
Karla / June 26, 2012 at 05:37 am
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Thanks Cody. I went to Chain Reaction on Dundas West and those guys were great. Spend > 3 hours with me testing bikes, fitting etc and got my hands on a bike with 105 well within my budget.
Marlowe3000 replying to a comment from Zed / July 2, 2012 at 07:48 pm
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Mojo Cycles Dundas St location (2170) is fantastic. Great service, no attitude, and the best tune-up my bike's ever had. Go there.
Karla / July 10, 2012 at 07:55 pm
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Although Chain Reaction did a decent initial fit, I went to Scott and Gears Bike Shop in Mississauga because things still didn't fit quite right and he was amazing. I wasn't sure what kind of fit was need and instead of him saying, you should get the more expensive fit, he said lets see what $100 fit can do first and that was all I needed. He measured my ass and found a better seat, then moved it up and back, dropped the handlebars and move them out further. He also adjusted my cleat clip locations. After that, he worked the gears to make them shift a bit smoother. He is THE ONE to go see.
Cheap BMX Parts / July 17, 2012 at 10:11 am
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It is a great list shared in this post about the best bike repair shops in Toronto. This place, which are shared are nice places.
Json Nor / July 20, 2012 at 04:04 pm
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Thanks for finally writing about >The Best Bike Stores in Toronto
Ginger Sanders / July 26, 2012 at 01:37 pm
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Thanks so much for posting this! I have my own air compressor and tools, so I can fix the little things, but I have been stumped as to larger repairs. Hopefully one of these businesses will be helpful!
Linda / July 28, 2012 at 10:09 am
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The Toronto Island an excellent city to ride bike but only on the off-season because its not possible during summer.
irene / August 2, 2012 at 01:14 am
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I am seeking advice, recommendation or referral from the readers and posters here. I am a mature female, short - 4'11", plus size and novice cyclist. I want to get back to cycling for leisure and exercise. Can some recommend a bike shop that either caters to sizing and building bikes for us short heavier riders? I live north of Peterborough but willing to travel to the city for the right resource. Thank you in advance.
FM / August 6, 2012 at 05:08 pm
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I bought a Giant Road Bike from Bay Cycle in Pickering. In hind sight, I wish I would have bought it from someone else. the sales person didn't even fit me for the bike; I'm 5'8" and he put me in a small frame (it was the first time I bought a road bike so I didn't know any better).

Furthermore,that same sales person bought the same bike I did. After a couple of months he upgraded to a Norco CRR3 and the store put his used bike back on display and listed in for the same price as a new model. When I saw that I decided I would never buy from there again.
Steve replying to a comment from Tatiana / August 23, 2012 at 02:54 pm
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If you ride a bike you should at least learn how to do minor adjustments to your derailers and brake cables etc...anyone can do it...there are plenty of video's on youtube to help you....it's a no brainer. Buy an excellent high-end branded bike from Craigslist for a fraction of the cost and with a little self confidence, you can maintain it yourself. Stop being such a baby.
Nara / September 17, 2012 at 01:30 pm
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There is a wonderful bike shop at queen and triller with used bikes. The prices are very reasonable and the store owner will tune up the bike for free before you pick it up! I got a nice road bike and basket with a tune up and new brakes for 275$ there! Very honest place
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 06:07 am
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Thanks Cody. I went to Chain Reaction on Dundas West and those guys were great. Spend > 3 hours with me testing bikes, fitting etc and got my hands on a bike with 105 well within my budget.
concrete / September 26, 2012 at 06:20 pm
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cool story, admin!
Virginia / October 4, 2012 at 01:56 pm
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This bike is a retro remake from 1892 in Holland. It is so well equipped and extremely comfortable. This bike retails in Canada for just over $1000. and is rare to find. Only a small number of retailers carry it. It is in excellent condition. I am currently unable to ride it and need the money more :((. I am accepting serious inquiries only.

The bike can be viewed in person in the downtown Toronto area. Please again serious inquiries only.

The pictures were taken on October 1 2012.

thanks for looking
Virginia / October 4, 2012 at 01:58 pm
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As per the post above by Virginia. I realized that it was a paste add. What I want to say is that I am currently selling a womans Gazelle Dutch bike. If you would like to see pictures please just send an email to knuckalena@yahoo.ca I am selling it for $750 :))
Cheers Virginia
lol / October 15, 2012 at 03:08 am
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that old little skinny guy at mojo on queen in parkdale is the sweetest man ive ever met... super hardworking and will fix your bike at a honest price, and fix it for free if you come back later if anything goes wrong... seriously this guys is AWESOME, so sick of the dickheads that work at these "cool" bike stores and their customers who consider bikes a fashion acessory aka linus bikes
Richard Sanger / October 20, 2012 at 09:28 pm
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BAD KARMA at BIKES ON WHEELS Queen West: first, they talk my 17-year old son into spending $63 on two rear cogs for the fixie he's built himself ($40 on a high-end fixed cog; $23 on the free wheel that costs $17 elsewhere). I phone up to complain about the $40 cog. "That's what things cost. It's really good quality. It'll last a lifetime" Within 10 days, Malcolm's chain has come off and the fixed cog has warped. We go back to the store: "No cog lasts a lifetime". We'd like our money back, or a different cog. "Wait a minute. Did you put the cog on?" No, they did. "Did you put the wheel and chain on?" Yep. "Well, you obviously installed it wrong" I really don't think so-it was tight-tight-tight. "We can't take responsibility". And no apologies for the slimey sales job.
Brandon Ram / November 1, 2012 at 02:07 pm
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Funny story: Saw Pete Lilly of Sweet Pete's bike shop walk into the local gentlemen's club in bloordale.

Looks like Pete is not so sweet!! Other than that, good shop!
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Taylor / February 3, 2013 at 04:21 am
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I'm 5'3, looking for a classic bike like these ones

http://curbside.on.ca/collections/cycles/products/bobbin-daytripper

http://www.sweetpetes.com/product/12opus-womens-classico-163728-1.htm

http://www.linusbike.com/models/mixte-3-limited-edition/

...but I don't have much to spend, my preferred price range is between $200-400. The stores above seem great and carry the type of bike I want, yet currently I don't think I'm comfortable purchasing a bike over $450. Any suggested stores for my case?
Marlon replying to a comment from Taylor / February 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm
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Taylor,
Please e-mail me if you are still looking for this type of cruiser bike. I may have a solution for you.

marlon_canales@hotmail.com.

Thanks.
Mary-Ann / March 7, 2013 at 01:24 pm
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Never shop at Brown's!! I bought a bike at the bike show. Didn't notice any Final Sale signs, wasn't told it was a final sale. Tried to return it and was told that there were signs 'everywhere' and it was too bad, but I should have asked, they never take back bikes - then I was hung up on. How have they been open for so song with that kind of customer attitude? Should have gone to Duke's - excellent attitude - excellent service!!!
David Levin / March 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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Sweet Petes. Here's my experience today. I had booked an appointment to bring in my bike for a tuneup. I arrived at 10.50am and the store opens at 11am. It's freezing cold and snowing. Walk up to the window and 2 staff members are clearly visible inside so I gently knock on the door to get their attention. They both stand there and look at me as if I don't exist.

Then another staff person rides up and they open the door to let her in no problem. I explain that I have an appointment and maybe I could come in and wait. The staff looks straight at me and slams the door in my face. Unfortunately I was halfway in and had to jump back for fear of getting hit. By this time I'm reasonably frustrated and I ask for his name (just in case the owner has any interest.) He slams the door and the other staff gives me the finger.

This bike shop wants to be bankrupt. Let's all do this bike shop a favor and stay away so that they can quickly get their wish.
Alex / April 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm
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Get out of the sheep pen of bike shop and just go to EspressoCycles, Located at Runnymede and Annette

espressocycles.ca
C.Bike / April 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm
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Looking for my first road bike. Looking for a used bike in the $200-$400 price range. I'm short, so im looking for a small frame size. I've looked all over Kijiji, Craigs List and eBay, but have not had too much luck.

Anybody have suggestion on which store can help me the best, or any suggestions in general?

Thanks!
Born&Raised / May 30, 2013 at 02:56 am
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Mojo Cycles @ 2170 Dundas St. West just east of Roncesvalles Ave.
what an awesome shop !
One of the best bicycle shops in the city. Joe will take care of you. Took my bicycle in for a spring tune-up and it came back spotless including the rust removed. How many bike shops include that in a $45 tune up?
Also have to say this place has the most chill atmosphere with a really comfy orange leather sofa to relax on if you want to hang out while they fix your bike. Oh yeah ! and if you are up for the challenge, you can shoot a game of foosball with Joe on a really sweet vintage table he just picked up for the shop.

All in all it was the best experience I've had at a bicycle shop ever !
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Not That One / June 9, 2013 at 04:21 pm
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Liberty Street Cycle, Bikes On Wheels, Wheels of Bloor..... great shops. Check Go to them all!

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Curbside Cycle has the best service I've experienced. Eli (or Ali) not only took the time to fix the problem I had, but also fixed two other things while explaining the process to me. This is while mike the bike ruined my bike two weeks ago and Urban cyclist scheduled to fix my bike in 10 days.
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jameson / August 2, 2013 at 06:37 pm
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Went into Urbane today and browsed bikes for 20 minutes without someone asking me if I needed assistance...Why is this place possibly so well regarded?
bart / August 17, 2013 at 02:38 pm
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Cycle Solutions on Parliament is great for service. They have been conscientious and friendly every time I have been there. No complaints with their work, either. D'Ornella's on Lawrence East is another story. The best I have encountered there is just-not-being rude; courtesy, helpfulness -- never. I only go there for v. minor things since I pass it on my way home from work.
bart replying to a comment from David Levin / August 17, 2013 at 02:44 pm
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I bought my last bike at Sweet Pete's (the westernmost one on Bloor) and have taken it in for service once. I did not encounter rudeness but I didn't encounter much that I would consider positive either. I think I still have free service with Sweet Pete's but I would rather take the bike to Cycle Solutions for tune-ups etc even if I have to pay. I just prefer a helpful rather than condescending attitude.
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You asked why Urbane is highly regarded? It's because Urbane has a loyal following of bike couriers downtown. They were The Bike Ranch on Adelaide back in the 90's. But if you asked me, Urbane doesn't deserve the reputation it once had.
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