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The Best Used Bike Shops in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / May 5, 2014

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

Photo by Martin Reis

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Bateman's Bicycle Company

Bateman's Bicycle Company

Bateman's bike shop on Bathurst St. does much of its business in new bikes, though you will find used options here as well, especially during one of the shop's swap events. In addition to bike sales and repairs, the original location of the shop on nearby Barton specializes in rentals and tours. 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 »

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 »

Mojo Cycles

Mojo Cycles

Mojo Cycles is cosy bike shop that services Roncesvalles Village. Mainly focused on city riders, the shop features both new and used bikes, the latter of which typically fit into the vintage category (rather than beat up CCMs). If you're looking for a steel bike with a bit of Italian flare, it's worth popping your head in here. 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 »

Wheel Excitement

Wheel Excitement

Wheel Excitement does a big bike rental service in the summer months thanks to its waterfront-facing location on Queens Quay. But in addition to rental and repair service, the shop has a steady stable of used bikes on offer. If you're looking for a ride that's more about utility than strutting, this could be a good option. 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 »

Discussion

20 Comments

Hobbes and Goblin / May 5, 2014 at 04:07 pm
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Handy list.

Though I find your "Best of..." lists very downtown and west end centric. If I send you a metro pass will you send your reporters east of the Don River every once in a while?
Al replying to a comment from Hobbes and Goblin / May 5, 2014 at 04:14 pm
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I agree. It seems us east-enders are shunned again. We do have great things going on over here, you know.
Tim replying to a comment from Al / May 5, 2014 at 04:49 pm
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Thanks for your feedback. It would be helpful if you could suggest some of the great used bike shops on the east side that were overlooked here.
Steve / May 5, 2014 at 07:49 pm
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I agree. I find the comment sections sometimes MORE useful in terms of pinning down the truly 'best' spots in the city. Don't underestimate the people reading your own recommendation and why you feel it deserves a spot on the list.
kris / May 5, 2014 at 07:51 pm
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Great list. Good thing Uncle Jacob's isnt on that list!
David / May 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm
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George, previously from Parts Unknown, is now at the end of Fraser street.
noel / May 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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"some dude in sweatpants"?

Half the people on craigslist know more than most of the bike shop employees in town.
CPenn / May 6, 2014 at 06:45 am
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Saw a custom bike I want cruising east bound on Queen in front of Nathan Phillips SQ last year. Anybody know who makes this monster cool urban chopper hit me up for a sure biz connect? It was a lifted modified beach cruiser chopper with rear and front shocks and a memory foam spring loaded spyder bike long seat.Dude was riding smooth at a seat height above your average traffic automobile. Any TO Bloggers seen this and know who makes it?
tommy / May 6, 2014 at 10:34 am
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Don't forget about city auctions too:

http://www.platinumliquidations.com/sections/bicycles.html
Biker / May 6, 2014 at 01:35 pm
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I've brought my bike to Set Me Free three times for repairs, and each time to fail to actually fix what they charge me for. I've heard several other people say the same thing. While they are nice, do not go there for any repairs. They won't help you, and they will charge you.
Alex replying to a comment from Hobbes and Goblin / May 7, 2014 at 10:15 am
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Agreed, the east end needs some serious representation on BlogTo. Also, this list is more about bike repair shops than used bike shops. This list was incredibly unhelpful.
Stephanie / May 21, 2014 at 09:07 pm
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There's Benjamin Sports on Donlands, just south of O'Connor. They have some very pretty 'dutch' style bikes for sale at a decent price.
Stephanie / May 22, 2014 at 10:33 am
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I don't think Sandy's should even be on this list. I stopped in this morning and was informed that he sells only a very few second-hand bikes.
Lorrie replying to a comment from Tim / May 25, 2014 at 07:37 am
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You guys do your research to find these "best of" places.. why keep your research to the central & west end of the city? You're asking us East Enders to do the research for you? Why not take that guy up on his metro pass, get out here to the East End and hunt down some good places? Not just for bikes, but for everything? Walk along the boardwalk and talk to the locals. Walk along Queen, East of Woodbine, talk to locals. Go into the stores. Talk to the owners. Do what you do for the other parts of the city. We like the East end and enjoy the small town feel of it. We don't want to travel through all that downtown traffic. We need more press. Everyone likes to support their local stores and community.
Lorrie replying to a comment from Tim / May 25, 2014 at 07:39 am
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I have summers off.. If you want to put me on payroll I could do some legwork for you.
Mathew Syrokomla / June 30, 2014 at 08:28 pm
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I've had 23 bikes stolen. For years, I haven't been buying brand new bikes. To keep losing money? I've often taken bikes to Cuba as gifts - lots of fun and happy faces. For them a regular Chinese bike (which they consider of poor quality) available there costs about 150 pesos. An average Cuban earns ca 15 pesos a month. However, for the last few years, airline companies, including charter lines, have been charging $30 per bike. If I buy a used bike for $20, it finally costs me $50. So I have been looking for presents from friends to reduce the bike transportation costs - and, obviously, replace the latest stolen two-wheelers.
Mathew Syrokomla / June 30, 2014 at 08:31 pm
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Would anyone want to donate a wide-tired bike? I'm going to Cuba on July 21, 2014.
Liz / August 5, 2014 at 04:30 pm
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You forgot about Uncle Jacobs, on Spadina!
Alex replying to a comment from Liz / August 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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What a crook!!!! that is why that useless place is not on the list! If you want to look for your bike that got stolen, AND get assaulted, go to uncle jacobs!
Alex replying to a comment from kris / August 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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AGREED!!!!!!!

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