Best new indie shops: Best for niche athletics

Channel your sporty side---or just look the part.

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  • Adeline Adeline

    Adeline Adeline

  • Pashley Poppy bike, $995, at Adeline Adeline

    Pashley Poppy bike, $995, at Adeline Adeline

  • Pashley wicker basket, $80, at Adeline Adeline

    Pashley wicker basket, $80, at Adeline Adeline

  • Belief

    Belief

  • Expedition One skateboard, $140, at Belief

    Expedition One skateboard, $140, at Belief

  • Nike SB Denim Dunk High sneakers, $108; Nike Purple Safari Dunk Low sneakers,...

    Nike SB Denim Dunk High sneakers, $108; Nike Purple Safari Dunk Low sneakers, $98; Nike Stephan Janoski sneakers, $75; all at Belief

Adeline Adeline

Adeline Adeline

Winner: Adeline Adeline
Cycling in New York is arguably less Sophia Loren breezing along the cobblestone streets than a deliveryman streaking through traffic balancing plastic bags on his handlebars. But this bicycle haven channels old-world European glamour with its selection of classic models and accoutrements. Whether you're looking to hit the streets or cruise down park paths, you'll find everything you need to ride in style: classic bike models ($409--$2,899) and accessories including bags ($25--$365), baskets ($22--$175), helmets ($20--$250) and books ($4--$55). The elegant and terribly English Pashley Britannia five-speed bicycle with a wicker basket ($1,295) begs to be paired with a flowing dress. For sportier cruising, try the Abici Granturismo Uomo one-speed ride, which is popular on the streets of Milan ($995). Most of these wheels are a pricey investment, so schedule a free hour-long appointment to test out bikes in the neighborhood. 147 Reade St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts (212-227-1150, adelineadeline.com)

Runner-up: Belief
In September 2010, this skate shop was founded by three childhood buddies: Jimmy Collins and brothers Phil and Raffie Gordon. Graphic skateboards ($99--$150) from 5boro, BLVD and other makers pop against the minimalist walls, as do the hip men's sweatshirts ($29--$80), sneakers ($35--$120) and hats ($10--$40) from brands such as 10.Deep, Crooks & Castles and Acapulco Gold. Once you're ready to shred some concrete, sign up for a lesson (one hour $35 for TONY readers) in the nearby Astoria Skate Park. Even if you don't learn to ollie, you'll at least look the part. 29-20 B 23rd Ave between 29th and 31st Sts, Astoria, Queens (718-721-4444, beliefnyc.com). Mention TONY at checkout to receive 15 percent off through May 1.

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