It’s been said time and time again that Philly is an ultra bike-friendly city. You’ve seen the proof: on your commute you’ll likely pass dozens of locals zooming down bike lane-lined streets. Maybe you’re one of these city bikers or maybe you want to become one. Either way it all starts somewhere: at a bike shop.
Whether you’re an old pro at city biking or you’re just dipping your toes into the pool, here are eight local bike shops that will do everything from servicing your current wheels to helping you find the bike that’s the right fit for you.
Where: 1923 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse
Go here for: The unbeatable service plan: Every bike purchase comes with the assurance of lifetime service.
Breakaway owner Glenn Krotick has a store stocked with the top bike brands like: Trek, Specialized, Felt, and Cervelo. Every bike purchase comes with what they call a “silver tune,” which is essentially lifetime service for the bike — as long as it’s still with its original owners. The second floor is a clever fitness facility with daily classes — you bring your bike, clip into a computerized system, and race your classmates. Despite some fancy racing models, commuter bikes remain the top sellers, confirmation that novices are more than welcome.
Where: 5000 Ridge Avenue, on the border of Manayunk and East Falls
Go here for: The life-long relationship.
While Cadence will surely service your pre-owned wheels, the real perks kick in when you choose to buy your ride from them. Because your bike will need some TLC from time to time, Cadence offers a free Basic Tune annually for the life of the bike, where they’ll tune, wipe down and lube up your bike. Plus, Cadence aims to be an all-inclusive hub in the Philadelphia cycling community — aside from retail and service, they also offer spin classes at their indoor studio as well as race coaching.
Where: 701 South 50th Street, West Philly and 4311 Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
Go here for: The ideal upcycled ride.
Here, you’ll find mostly refurbished (read: wallet-friendly) rides; owners Monica Pasquinelli and Sam Davis scoop up cycles at bike swaps all over the northeast, then turn them over to their expert repair crew. Two years ago they purchased Main Line mainstay Wolff Cycles, which means more room for new lines from Linus, Jamis, KHS, and more. To add some convenience to your bike-buying process, you can order your bike here over the phone and purchase it via PayPal.
Where: 1529 Spruce Street, Rittenhouse
Go here for: No frills service on your single-speed or fixed-gear bike.
This rider-owned and operated shop is all about the bike life. They specialize in single-speed and fixed-gear bikes, but also dabble in hybrid and flat bar road bikes. It’s also worth noting that this impressive shop also designs and builds bikes — they’re currently selling their own design for Biria which is their first bike made exclusively for the American market. Now that’s pretty darn impressive.
Where: 1900 West Girard Avenue, Francisville
Go here for: Amenities — like a cafe — while you wait for your repair.
Established in 2012, this community-based bike shop is striving towards change and progression in Philadelphia — North Philadelphia, to be exact. Kayuh focuses mainly on bike repairs, but has some brand-spankin’-new bikes in their shop for retail sale. This local shop aims to give a home-y, unpretentious vibe to their customers who are able to benefit from monthly repair clinic workshops and Sunday group rides. Plus, the shop features an in-house cafe that serves up everything from bagels to lattes while you wait for your repair.
Where: 4040 Locust Street, University City and 408 North Easton Road, Glenside
Go here for: A notable kids’ selection, with mini-versions of adult favorites. Staff members ensure that helmets fit and review the rules of the road — which are probably more likely to stick coming from a cool bike dude.
There’s a reason Keswick is a perennial go-to: Its two locations allow for a vast back-stock. They carry every Specialized and Cannondale under the sun, along with rarer niche bikes, like the chainless, designer-y $1,700 Roll 8 Rare. But don’t be intimidated: The unpretentious salespeople (many of them former customers) just want to get you on the road.
Where: 1822 Spring Garden Street, Spring Garden
Go here for: The flexible service.
This neighborhood shop is stocked with the likes of Kona, Live, and Giant bicycle brands for purchasing (and test driving!), but also provides service for your current ride ranging from tune-ups, flat fixes, minor adjustments, and overhauls. The shop’s guard dogs (AKA snuggle bunnies) will be there to greet you and lend a paw if you have any questions or concerns throughout the process.
Where: 622 South Broad Street, Graduate Hospital
Go here for: The unique finds.
For over 20 years, Via was a community staple in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Philadelphia. After a move in early 2017 to the new Broad Street location, the shop lost about half of the space that they had in their previous location, but you better believe they are still tinkering away on used bikes to reliably repair for Philadelphians. Via is home to an extensive collection of unique and rare bicycles, as well as a large array of parts to help collectors outfit their vintage rides.
Additional reporting by Bailey King.
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