Cool post this morning from BlogTO… on the Best Bike Stores in Toronto!
Some excerpts of stores that I’ve been to or have friends who swear by them:
Cogs Cycle is another down-to-earth repairs-oriented shop that will shower your bike in TLC no matter how fancy or modest your ride is. The mechanics at Cogs take pride in the quality of their repairs and the fast turn-around time. The store also has a selection of new and used bikes. [I love Cogs. This review is spot-on. The mechanics also take the time to explain stuff to you so that you don’t feel like you’re being used… that the repairs they do are actually needed – Joe]
The Cyclepath Danforth has bikes of every kind to fit every budget. With over a thousand bikes in stock, they probably have just the bike you want. There is also a wide variety of accessories and parts to choose from, and of course, like any self-respecting bike shop, The Cyclepath Danforth has knowledgeable mechanics and great customer service. [This is where I bought my new bike, a Trek 7100, in March – and for a bigger bikeshop, it’s customer service is great. I haven’t always had good service at the bigger shops – Joe]
Like most Toronto bike shops, Curbside Cycle stocks a variety of bike styles in all price ranges, but they are unique in carrying genuine European city bikes. These bikes by Batavus, one of Holland’s oldest bike manufacturers, are meant to be ridden by everyday people in everyday clothes. They come with full fenders and full chainguards (no more greasy pant legs!), feature an upright riding position, and are virtually bombproof.
The Bike Joint‘s motto is “Good repairs – no attitude”. Whether you ride a rusty craigslist special or a feather-weight racing machine composed of unobtainium, you will receive the same great service at a very reasonable price. Focusing on repairs and tune-ups, this little unpretentious shop delivers top bang for your buck.
Much, much more over on BlogTO. Great job guys!
You can also scope out all of Toronto’s Bikeshops on the Interactive Bikeshop Map, to find one near your home or workplace: