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The Best Used Bike Shops in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / June 19, 2013

used bike shops torontoThe best used bike shops in Toronto offer a useful alternative to fending for yourself on Craigslist. While there's certainly some premium involved in buying from a store rather than some dude in sweatpants, you tend to get what you pay for. If you know a whole lot about bike maintenance, it probably makes sense to skip the middle man. For those of us, however, who prefer to ride rather than tinker, it's nice to know that your potential bike has been tuned and inspected by someone who knows what they're doing. As an added bonus, many of these shops will stand behind the bikes they sell in the event that you encounter problems post-purchase.

Toronto's used bike shops are typically geared to the commuter cyclist, though there are some exceptions where you'll find higher end single speed/fixie conversions of vintage steel framed rides. Because stock turns over quickly during the summer months, you'll want to check in at your shop(s) of choice on a regular basis if you have something specific in mind.

Here are the best used bike shops in Toronto.

See also:

The best bike stores in Toronto
The best bike repair shops in Toronto

Bike Pirates

Bike Pirates

This is a DIY lover's paradise, and also a great place to find genuine deals on used frames and refurbished bikes. Complete bikes start at $50 (that'll get you a true beater), but the best way to do it here is to build a bike up from scratch under the watchful eye of the staff, who will pitch in with instructions and advice. A registered non-profit, Bike Pirates "sells" used parts by donation. More »

My Little Bike Shop

My Little Bike Shop

On warm summer days, a crew of bike fanatics assembles in front of this shop on College near Ossington, no doubt drawn by the vintage steel frames that adorn the walls bearing names like Cinelli, Copi, and Colnago. This is pretty much the best place in the city to get a vintage single speed. Oh, and the best part is that shop owner Cam Zalewski will come in for customers who can't make it during regular business hours. More »

Mike the Bike

Mike the Bike

Located in Kensington Market, Mike the Bike is the type of place to get practical commuter bike for cheap. There's better stuff that comes in, to be sure, but the stock is unpredictable, so it's a good place to make multiple visits to when you're on the hunt for a new (er, used) ride. Prices typically range from $200 to $350. More »

Set Me Free

Set Me Free

Dealing with bike store employees can be a bit like ordering a coffee from a snobby barista, but thankfully that's not the case at Set Me Free's various locations (Roncesvalles, Little Italy, the Beaches). Friendly staff with a laid back attitude are helpful with repair advice and on helping one to make the a good decision on what ride to choose. More »

Cyclemania

Cyclemania

Although Cyclemania focuses much of its energy on its own brand of bikes, there's typically a decent used selection at both the Danforth and Bloorcourt locations. Another store with high service standards and a lack of pretentiousness on the part of employees, it's also a great place to get your bike repaired. More »

Ride Away Bikes

Ride Away Bikes

Ride Away Bikes has a variety of both new and used bikes, and is a good place to pick up a single speed or fixie for tooling around the city. In general, the store avoids the type of vintage junk that you'll see at some other places, so you'll want to be prepared to spend at least $250. More »

Sandy's Bikes and Books

Sandy's Bikes and Books

Sandy's Bikes and Books has been kicking in Leaside for as long as I can remember. It's a the type of place where return customers linger and chat about bikes even if they're not immediately in the market to make a purchase. And, of course, what makes the shop unique is that it doubles as a used book and vinyl shop. More »

Red Arrow Bikes

Red Arrow Bikes

Another Kensington Market shop, Red Arrow has a small selection of used bikes as well as cycling accessories and messenger bags. It's a store run by bike lovers, so you can expect top notch repairs and informed advice when looking for a used ride. Oh, that and couriers hanging about. But they're pretty cool if you talk to them. More »

Riders Cycle and Board

Riders Cycle and Board

One of my favourite bike shops in the city, Riders' co-owners Jeff and Valentine are as friendly and knowledge as they come. There's a wide variety of used offerings, ranging from cool vintage bikes to those that'll just get you from A to B. With a no junk bikes policy, most of what's available starts at $200 and goes up. More »

Charlie's Freewheels

Charlie's Freewheels

Now here's a good story. Founded in memory of cyclist Charles Prinsep, the shop offers bicycle maintenance training to youth in and around Regent Park. The result is kids with another skill in their back pocket and, for customers, bikes and bike repairs at wallet-friendly prices. Everybody wins. More »

Newson's

Newson's

Around since 1931, Newson's does both a bike and hockey equipment exchange. As far as the former goes, it's a good shop to trade in an existing bike to move into something new or to snag a deal on a refurbished ride. In other words, if you have bike riding kids, it's a smart place to go to get them the next size up. There's adult bikes too, but the selection isn't as robust. More »

Discussion

12 Comments

You Missed... / June 19, 2013 at 03:44 pm
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Igor Kenks !!!
kasual / June 19, 2013 at 04:58 pm
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best used bike shops:

- eBay

- craigslist
KM / June 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm
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Thanks for putting together this list!
AG / June 20, 2013 at 01:38 am
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My Little Bike Shop has some insane, rare and just ridiculous bikes, and Cam is a good dude. Red Arrow will help you out and is also run by awesome people.
markosaar / June 20, 2013 at 08:08 am
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My dad who lives around there claimed that Sandy's is gone. Can someone confirm or deny?

I really like(d) that place.
Duggler / June 20, 2013 at 09:31 am
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George at Parts Unknown 7 Fraser Ave. (King & Dufferin) The best cheapest and nicest place...
geoff / June 20, 2013 at 10:45 am
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Come celebrate eight years of bike pirates Friday July 12 for surprise birthday ride and picnic.
Sydney / June 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm
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You've got BikeSauce under Best Bike Repair Shops in Toronto, but we sell used bikes too! We build up used bikes on Wednesdays, so the best day to buy is Thursday.
Bobby Hamon / July 13, 2013 at 03:13 am
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I grew up at Logan Ave. and Queen St. E. On Queen St. north side, just east of Logan Ave. was a bicycle shop, which was there in 1945 and is still there today. At least it was when I last visited TO in 2008 and spoke with the daughter of the owner. I can't remember it's name as I'm a bit aged now and so is my CCM.
Jj / July 28, 2013 at 04:09 am
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Where can I find some lowrider bikes like all chrome gold or silver? Anywhere I can rent for a day? Reasonable prices please help in Toronto
peterhue replying to a comment from kasual / April 22, 2014 at 11:28 am
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Or free bikes at https://www.freecycle.org/ (amazing if you get excited by random old stuff and adventures)

And Kijiji is really big in Toronto http://www.kijiji.ca/h-gta-greater-toronto-area/1700272
glebfect / April 23, 2014 at 07:01 pm
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Too many times I've heard some variation of "because my last bike got stolen, I don't want to spend much money on a new one."

Consider that 99% of used bikes are, infact, stolen bikes, and you see how this becomes something of a problem.

If you've ever had a bike stolen, don't buy stolen bikes. They used to belong to somebody who loved them.

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