Dismount is an independent community bike shop with a coffee pocket situated at the front.
Run by two friends, the store deals in adult and kids’ bikes, repairs, e-bikes, folding bikes, and a wide variety of accessories.
The space makes good use of what used to be home to a 2Q video rental store that had somehow managed to cling to business into this decade. Minimalist design and natural accents put the emphasis on products, a completely open and transparent repair area meticulously organized.
You won’t find too many skinny, ultra-cool road bikes here. Dismount wants to make city cyclists aware of the advantages of fatter tires, both for avoiding treacherous streetcar tracks and a smoother ride on notoriously bumpy Toronto roads.
Buy a brand new kids’ bike and through a two-year buy back program, within the next two years use up to 50 per cent of what was paid for it toward the next size up. This ensures kids are always enjoying riding the right-sized bike.
As for repairs, tune-ups run around $80 for the basics up to $250 for a full comprehensive check, $15 for simple flat fixes and brake or gear adjustments.
Dismount is one of very few sources in Canada for Road Runner products like the Burrito Supreme ($89.99), handmade in LA from durable cordura nylon with lots of loops to, say, add a strap for convenient portability.
Socks ($19.99 - $29.99) with bright designs are by Portland-based The Athletic, made in the US, Portugal or Italy.
Minor Figures supplies canned nitro cold brew ($4.25) in black as well as dairy-free latte and mocha varieties in addition to their famed oat milk.
Croissants ($2.70 - $3.90) are supplied by nearby French bakery Pain Perdu.
Dismount aims to be a community hub for cyclists and a gateway to cycling as well as a retail and repair shop. The owners do lots of mountain biking, and organize meet-ups at the store to take cyclists to nearby areas like the Don Valley.