Brockton Cyclery is a full-service bike and repair shop carrying a wide variety of steel commuter, adventure, and touring bikes. They also build custom bikes from scratch.
With walls and floor covered in wood paneling, this 3,000 square-foot shop is manned by industry professionals who've been working in the store since its Bikes On Wheels days.
It hasn't changed too drastically since the Bikes On Wheels owner sold the store to his longtime head mechanic, Dan Lambert, with Brockton Cyclery still stocking a diverse selection for every type of rider.
For something stripped down but functional, city-friendly Civia bikes cost around the $600 mark and come in a few sunny colours.
Where Brockton Cyclery really shines, however, is its expertise in touring bikes, high-end road bikes, and gravel riding.
Endurance racing has become more popular in the cycling world, so if you're an amateur trying to eventually tackle the BT 700 (a gruelling "bikepacking" trip involving 715 kilometres of mostly off-road cycling), this store's a good pitstop.
At the back of the store is the repair room, where mechanics align skewed frames, true wheels, and do tire inspections.
It's also where BLK ELK, the store's bespoke bike service, builds custom titanium bikes from scratch. It'll cost much more than $2,000 for a hand-made bike, but is especially handy for riders with accessiblity issues or people of different sizes.
For those budding riders, there's also a wall of kids' bikes from brands like Early Rider.
Parts for sale include synthetic and vegan saddles and grips from Brooks. You'll also find a limited but thorough selection of commuter accessories like locks, helmets, and handmade bells from Spurcycle.
Whether you're planning to hit the gravelly roads for an upcoming race, or just trying to take a ride on the streets of Toronto, this cycling store is a one-stop shop for gear and expertise.