A must-visit destination for serious bike freaks prepared to lay down cash on a pet project, Redbeard opened its first tiny location at the end of 2012 and soon upgraded to more spacious Jay Street digs. It specializes in bike fittings, the precise adjustments of seats, handlebars and frames in relation to the rider’s body that the shop’s owners liken to tailoring an off-the-rack suit ($200–$500, depending on the style of bike). Redbeard also works with cyclists on custom-built road bikes with frames from Mosaic, Parlee, Waterford and more, creating masterpieces priced up to $20,000 that cyclists will want to secure with (several of) the shop’s high-security Abus locks. During warm-weather months, check Redbeard’s blog for information on community-oriented events such as all-level group rides, women-specific classes and more.
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