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The best shops for cheap bikes in NYC

Where to find the best cheap bikes in the city—they're the waist-friendly alternative to pricey cabs and MetroCards!

By Tolly Wright

Everyone knows that New York is full of amazing things to do, but you know what makes all outdoor music festivals, great picnic spots and NYC parks even better? Riding your bike through NYC to get there. If you’ve got a need for breezy speed but don’t have a lot to spend, look no further than these bike shops in NYC selling new and used cheap bikes for less than $350. 

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Shops for cheap bikes in NYC

Waterfront Bicycle Shop
Photograph: Courtesy Waterfront Bicycle Shop

1. Waterfront Bicycle Shop

Shopping Sports West Village

Conveniently located by Hudson River Park’s very popular bike path, Waterfront Bicycle Shop specializes in bike rentals and repairs. If it’s been a while since the last time you were on two wheels, try renting from here for $12.50 an hour ($45 for overnight). If you find the ride smooth, this shop also sells well-maintained older rental models for $250 to $350.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Pat T.

2. Recycle-A-Bicycle

Shopping Sports Clinton Hill

Save a buck while you help save the environment by buying a set of pre-used wheels. This Lower East Side nonprofit fixes donated bikes and gets them rolling like new. The bikes are patched up by high schoolers and other young people who learn valuable mechanic skills through community and summer programs. You can also join in the DIY fun yourself—attend a class to learn how to fix flat tires and adjust and clean your bike.

Landmark Vintage Bicycles
Photograph: Jena Cumbo

3. Landmark Vintage Bicycles

Shopping East Village

For people who love the old-school look (like, 1940s old-school) this East Village shop is a dream come true. Many of the rides here are true delights, with quirky details like special handlebars and bells. While the more unique rides generally cost a bit more, road and hybrid bikes start closer to $200 and many options are in the $300 to $500 range.

NoMad Cycle
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Damon S.

4. NoMad Cycle

Shopping Sports Long Island City

Long Island City’s one-stop shop for repairs, bike maintenance classes and new bikes—in a super-friendly environment—this is the place to find a not-so-pricey bike. While it certainly offers its share of custom builds and high-end rides, new bikes start at just $300. Afterward, take your two-wheeler out for a debut voyage at nearby Gantry Plaza State Park.

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5. Bicycle Station

Shopping Fort Greene

Though mainly known for its exceptional bike repair services—a tune-up only sets you back $49—this beloved Park Slope bike shop also sells a fair selection of affordable new and used bikes. If you’re a really thrifty cyclist, you can nab a worn-in pair of wheels for as little as $150, but if you’re okay with spending a bit more for a brand-new ride, the store’s selection of road bikes and single-gears starts as low as $350.

Bicycle Fetish Day 2013
Photograph: Grace Chu

6. Harvest Cyclery

Shopping Sports Bushwick

For all your vintage bike needs, looks no further than this neighborhood shop in Bushwick. Specializing in repairing and selling vintage commuter and road bikes ($299 and up) from the 1940s through the 1990s, along with trusted brands like Schwinn, Raleigh and Lotus, this spot will get you riding around Brooklyn in no time. If your new/used ride needs a bit of tender loving care, the mechanics here can add new parts and perform a tune-up with the best of them—they have a full floor-to-ceiling tool wall just for the occasion.

Danny’s Cycles
Photograph: Courtesy Danny's Cycles

7. Danny’s Cycles

Shopping Sports Hell's Kitchen

While most of the rides at this large tristate area chain are fairly pricey, you can score the occasional deal. Drop by any of the five New York City locations (including one in Yonkers), or check online to see if there are any older model bikes on clearance. Good buys like a cute Electra Cruiser for $225 or a 2014 Raleigh Detour for $299 just might be waiting for you.

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