The Best Used Bike Shops in Toronto
The 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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »