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The Best Bike Stores in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / May 2, 2014

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.

See also:

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

Sweet Pete's

Sweet Pete's

With a flagship in Bloordale Village and other locations in the Annex and at the Brick Works, Sweet Pete's caters to both commuters and hobbyist riders with a service-driven approach. Not the place to buy super expensive or low-end bikes, the 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. 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 »

Duke's Cycle

Duke's Cycle

With its 2011 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 »

Bateman's Bicycle Company

Bateman's Bicycle Company

Bateman's shop on Bathurst St. is staffed by enthusiastic crew of cyclists and attracts a healthy mix of riders who range from commuters to local racers who appreciate the sense of community fostered by the local shop. In addition to bike sales and repairs, the original location of the shop on nearby Barton specializes in bike rentals and tours. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

La Bicicletta

La Bicicletta

La Bicicletta is one of Toronto's longest standing high end bike shops. The sprawling showroom on Castlefield is filled with the finest that Specialized has to offer as well as harder-to-find brands like Pinarello and Merckx. Do not enter this place if you have money to burn, because you'll find a way to do it. In addition to the bikes themselves, the shop has one of the best stocked clothing sections, complete with a full line-up from Assos and and Rapha. Bonus points for a comprehensive website. More »

D'Ornellas

D'Ornellas

Owner Eon and his crew always seem to have a steal on last year's model hanging from the rafters. I bought my first decent road bike here (a bright red Specialized Allez), which was a great experience on account of the fair price and the expert fitting that came with the bike. Major brands include Specialized, Giant and Scott. Wait until the off season for the best deals. More »

Broom Wagon Cyclery

Broom Wagon Cyclery

Named after the truck that picks up riders who have cracked and lost the group at the Tour de France (and other stage races), this bike shop near Danforth and Pape is actually a commuter-oriented shop run by Marty Vanderhoek, who was previously the sales manager at Urbane Cyclist. You'll find city and mountain bikes from Opus and KHS along with a range of accessories and top notch mechanic service from Theo Tsimbidis. More »

Cycle Solutions

Cycle Solutions

With locations on Parliament and Kingston Road, Cycle Solutions is one of those local bike shops with a loyal following. Lots of Toronto riders swear by the shop's service and general lack of pretension related to high end bikes, which is sometimes refreshing given how much jargon tends to accompany the latest bikes and technological advancements. Major brands include Specialized, Norco, and Santa Cruz. More »

Cycle Butik

Cycle Butik

Cycle Butik serves the cyclist-rich Lake Shore strip in Etobicoke with a wide variety of bikes. There's no one major focus, as the shop carries everything from city bikes to tri-bikes and everything in between (yes, that means BMX and 29ers, too). A full service repair shop also does custom bike builds for those looking to put together their dream ride. More »

Discussion

24 Comments

nyliver / May 2, 2014 at 02:30 pm
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Skiis and Bikes - Don Mills
Sporting Life - Yonge/Eg
Bike Depot - Yonge/Steeles

All in North York.
nyliver / May 2, 2014 at 02:32 pm
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I agree John at Bike Depot is an amazing bike mechanic and customer service rep in store.

Had a couple bikes from there (one was stolen) he helped out with repairs and sizing. Always pleasant.

The owner's good a bargaining too. Parking in the back and a 5 year tune up policy make them a fav.
bisc / May 2, 2014 at 03:14 pm
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Switchback Cyclery opened near Queen and Broadview last year and they're great. Good service, enthusiastic and friendly staff, decent prices.

http://www.switchbackcyclery.ca/
Mike / May 2, 2014 at 04:13 pm
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Urbane is my favourite bike shop. Knowledgeable and friendly staff and great selection.
Bikemann / May 2, 2014 at 04:59 pm
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D'Ornella's is okay only just to make purchases of new products. I had my bike shipped and asked D'Ornella's mechanic service to reassemble it. They charged a huge fee and gave it back to me with the handlebars badly misaligned!
DoughNutt / May 2, 2014 at 05:55 pm
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I'm with Mike. +1 for Urbane.
Jeff / May 2, 2014 at 06:07 pm
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Sporting life at Yonge and Eglinton? You have GOT to be joking. They are likely the worst bike store in the city.

I tried buying a small part for my brakes there. They had it (every store has this part for Shimano brakes) but they wouldn't sell it to me. They insisted I pay for a full bleed as well. After informing them that you can shorten Shimano brakes without a bleed and that I just needed the part, they refused.

Got it down the street at Cycle Path for $5.

Sporting Life is for yuppies that buy bikes to match their cars. End.
Parker replying to a comment from Jeff / May 2, 2014 at 07:10 pm
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x 100
Mike in Parkdale / May 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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Your photo of cycle butik is out of date. The actual location is really well laid out and open..
Bob / May 3, 2014 at 09:20 am
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Ed, that is all!
Inspector Peugeot / May 3, 2014 at 01:24 pm
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The variety of offerings and personal friendly service at Mojo Cycle is amazing
DANO / May 3, 2014 at 07:36 pm
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BIKES ON WHEELS RUUUUUUUUULES!!!
Tip for downtown dayjobbers / May 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm
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One thing Urbane wins on is their early opening hours. If you need to drop off or pick something up before 9 a.m., they're one of the only options downtown, maybe in the city. Thanks for opening up at 8 a.m. on weekdays.

I've had good experiences at Bateman's, Bikes on Wheels, Sweet Pete's and MEC's bike dept. Less impressed in general with Curbside, since forever, and Duke's in recent visits (used to be among the best, I don't think it is anymore though).
BestInTheWest / May 5, 2014 at 10:43 am
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The crew at Liberty are SO helpful and honest. However, it gets packed there in the summer...probably because they do one of the most thorough tune-ups in the city (imo).

They really know their shit and build the best custom bikes.
John / May 5, 2014 at 12:01 pm
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Ed at Liberty Street Cyclery is the only person in the city I trust with my bike. (i've been burned elsewhere)

Great guys, great atmosphere, great shop!
horsepower / May 5, 2014 at 02:32 pm
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I must also echo the sentiments regarding Ed from Liberty Street Cyclery.
Dude is honest and not looking to waste your money. Probably the best mechanic in the city by my estimation. I've have nothing but positives to say about him and his crew.

As a side note, this site lists their tune up at $60, but has recently gone up to $70. No matter, I'd still gladly pay that amount for their quality work.
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John Helfrich / May 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm
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Bike rental shop, not really a bike store, but hey, it's east of the DVP. Queen and Woodbine - Beach Toyz.
Jeremy / May 11, 2014 at 11:09 pm
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lol, bikes on wheels @ kensington sold me a shite bike, then tried to get me to pay for the repairs while it was clearly under warranty, all the while undermining me as a customer b/c i didn't look like their usual clientele. This was awhile back so maybe they've stepped it up, however I won't be returning.

tldr; don't bother with bikes on wheels unless you know the staff personally.
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cyclefreak / May 30, 2014 at 04:37 pm
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Cyclemania!!!!
Robert Armstrong / June 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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For a great selection of Folding Bikes check out Solorock Sports located in East York at 1021 Pape Avenue. Solorock has been around for over 7 years and has become the go to store for reasonably priced folding bikes in Toronto. Owner Charles Wang also services his product line and has reasonable prices ranging from $150 to $550 for his high end Model "the Flash" which considering the cost of bikes these days is well worth the money not to mention the portability and the peace of mind of avoiding Bike Theft because you can bring it inside fold it and put it in your closet. Solorock Sports is open 7 days a week from 11am to 7pm. Check them out!!!
Gillio / June 10, 2014 at 01:07 pm
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Skiis & Biikes at Don Mills and Eglinton should be on this list.
Excellent service and super friendly people.
James T / June 27, 2014 at 03:21 pm
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Not a big fan of Skiis & BIkes. Their selection of bikes is pretty underwhelming considering the size of the store and when one compares them to some of the other bike retailers on this list.

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