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Find a great bike shop in NYC

From high-end racers to cruisers, we’ve ranked the top bike shops in NYC that offer the best set of wheels for your buck

By Lauren Rothman and Eva Medoff
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Cycling is a big deal in this city. And while you can pedal to the metal at some of the best gyms and health clubs in NYC, why not get some fresh air and bike New York with great outer-borough routes? Oh, because you’ll need a set of wheels first. We know, shopping for a bike—and all the add-ons you need to go with it—can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to the pedaling scene. But luckily, New York is not shy of bike shops, so whether you’re looking to rent, repair or buy, find the best bike shop NYC has to offer that will have you cruising the best parks in New York City in no time.

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Find the best bike shop in NYC

1. Bfold

Shopping Sports East Village

For folks who love the idea of leaving their subway days behind them but worry about storage, Bfold might be the perfect specialty store. As its name suggests, the East Village purveyor only sells bikes that fold, such as the Xootr MG ($269) and the stylishly hipped-out Tern GSD ($3,999)

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2. Bellitte Bicycles

Shopping Sports Queens

Who knew Queens was home to the oldest bike shop in the country? Founded in Jamaica in 1918 by Sicilian immigrant Sam Bellitte, the shop is still family owned and brings in the masses with decently priced tune-ups ($69.95) and used rides.

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Zen Bikes
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3. Zen Bikes

Shopping Sports Chelsea

For its convenient location, attention to service and good value, Zen is our favorite bike shop in the city for the average two-wheel commuter. With an inventory of all-new bikes and a focus on lightweight, street-friendly road and hybrid styles—Felt, Linus, Bianchi and more specialized bikes, ranging from $429 to $6,000—this is a city bike shop for city riders. During cycling season and especially now when things are just starting to open up, stay up to date on the shop’s free flat repair and basic maintenance classes by checking its Facebook page. After buying a new bike, you’ll also have lifetime access to free basic tune-ups or half-price deluxe tune-ups. Score!

718 Cyclery bike shop
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4. 718 Cyclery

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If you'd like to design your dream bike from handlebars to wheels (and even help put it together), this Gowanus bike shop will meet your needs. Focusing on adventure (mountain and touring) bikes as well as cargo bikes, 718 has pioneered the “Collaboratively Built” process. First, sit down with owner and architect Joe Nocella and sketch out your vision. He'll draw up several options (with frames from Surly, Salsa, Jones, Rivendell and more), which he’ll share in a Google Doc before you narrow down your final design. Once the parts arrive, you're encouraged to put some elbow grease into your ride alongside the shop's mechanics. More tech-savvy than hands-on? Just watch the entire process online. Collaborative builds are pricy, starting at around $1,200, but with 718’s free open-to-the-public weekly maintenance classes (Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm), you may never have to pay for a repair again. In addition, 718 hosts regular shop rides, week-long tours and races.

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5. Kickstand Bicycles

Shopping Midtown East

This small-but-mighty bike shop located under the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge sets itself apart with owners Ben and Andrea’s passionate dedication to service and reasonably priced stock of KHS, Nirve, Masi and Torker two-wheelers. With a focus on hybrid, road and commuter bikes ($350–$4,000), Kickstand is a judgment-free zone where even the smallest repairs and most basic queries are treated with attention and respect. Not ready to commit to a bike purchase? The shop offers helmet-and-lock-included rentals ranging from $9 for an hour to $45 for a weekend. Looking to learn more about bike maintenance? Stop in at any time for a free on-the-spot tutorial on DIY flat repairs.

6. Bicycle Station

Shopping Fort Greene

Bicycle Station owner Mike Rodriguez is a veteran racer and mechanic who’s been working with bikes for more than 40 years—and with each visit to the Fort Greene shop, that immense store of knowledge gets shared with the customer. With an unpretentious eye toward individualized service and competitively priced repairs (an all-inclusive tune-up goes for a hard-to-beat $49), the shop’s stock focuses on affordable used ($150–$500) and new ($350–$5,000) road bikes, fitness bikes and hipster-cherished single-speeds from Jamis and Land Shark, among others. After opened his first store in Park Slope in 1992, he moved on to Prospect Heights before landing at his current location, and Rodriguez’s deft customer service is matched only by his mechanical expertise.

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7. Joyride Bikes

Shopping Ridgewood

Formerly Bike Slug, Joyride Bikes is a focused, knowledgeable shop that nonetheless doesn’t take itself too seriously. It consistently wins praise from customers for its comprehensive, never-fail repairs and tune-ups as well as its community-oriented attitude. Need to borrow a bike tool you don’t own? Just ask. Mechanics will also give you an on-the-spot diagnostic and can offer a basic tune up for just $65.

Redbeard Bikes
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8. Redbeard Bikes

Shopping DUMBO

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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9. Bicycle Habitat

Shopping Sports Nolita

The second-largest bike shop in the city boasts a massive inventory (at least 200 fully assembled models at a time), so it's safe to bet it'll have whatever kind of bicycle you're looking for. Most popular, however, are the recreational and commuting bikes, from brands like Trek and Specialized ($350–$15,000). The six to eight mechanics in the shop on any given day are on call for speedy repairs, and three smaller—but equally impressive—locations in Chelsea, Park Slope and Prospect Heights ensure that the chain’s impeccable service and selection is available city-wide.

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10. Bike Works NYC

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The mechanics at this laid-back, nearly 20-year-old shop have a reputation as experts—which may account for the fact that half of the space is used for repairs, leaving room for about 15 two-wheelers on the shop floor. City bikes from brands like Soma and Surly (starting at $720) trend toward fixed-gear and road touring models. Those looking for custom assembly and repairs can stop searching: Local frame builders often refer cycle enthusiasts to the shop.

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