11 Bike Shops in Philadelphia Where You Can Buy Gear, Get Repairs, and Take Classes

From helmet fittings to coffee while you wait on repairs, these Philadelphia bike shops have you covered.


These 11 bike shops in and around the city will get your bike tuned up and ready to ride in no time. / Photograph courtesy of Cadence Cycling Centers.

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 11 local bike shops that will do everything from servicing your current wheels to helping you find the ride that’s the right fit for you.

Bell’s Bike Shop

1320 East Passyunk Avenue, Passyunk Square

Founded in 2009 by Steve Bell, Bell’s Bike Shop specializes in hand-built wheels and custom-made bikes, plus upgrades and fittings. They house a variety of bikes, including mountain, road, track, single speed, BMX, and touring, meaning every rider can find just what they need.

Cadence Cycling Centers

201 South 25th Street, Center City and 3740 Main Street, Manayunk

Cadence will surely service your pre-owned wheels, but 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 and lab testing for avid riders.

Fairmount Bicycles and Brewerytown Bicycles

2015 Fairmount Avenue and 2819 West Girard Avenue, Brewerytown

These brother/sister shops focus on Philly-friendly biking — from commuting on city streets to cruising through wooded trails. In addition to housing a bunch of new and used bikes, they also offer rentals, whether you need a ride for a couple hours or a full week. Both host a variety of community rides and educational classes, good for beginners and seasoned bikers alike. Note: Brewerytown Bicycles is closed for the winter, and will reopen in the spring.

 

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Firehouse Bikes and Wolf Cycles

701 South 50th Street, West Philly and 4311 Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore

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. In 2012, they purchased Main Line mainstay Wolf 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 get bike recommendations over the phone if you can’t stop by the shop.

Fishtown Bikes-n-Beans

1321 North Front Street, Fishtown

Fishtown Bikes-n-Beans specializes in high-end road and mountain bikes, but carries new, used, and kids’ bikes. The shop is outfitted with gear and apparel, and also sells coffee in case you need that morning or mid-day pick-me-up. Plus, their friendly in-store cats John John and Cashie will make your buying experience purr-fect.

 

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Frankinstien Bike Worx

1529 Spruce Street, Rittenhouse

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 created one for Biria, which is their first bike made exclusively for the American market.

Kayuh Bicycles and Cafe

1900 West Girard Avenue, Francisville

Established in 2012, this community-based bike shop 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, group rides, and even open mic nights! Plus, the shop features an in-house cafe that serves up everything from bagels to lattes while you wait for your repair.

 

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Keswick Cycle

Multiple locations

There’s a reason Keswick is a perennial go-to: Its three locations allow for a vast back-stock. They carry every Specialized and Trek under the sun, along with electric bikes and triathlon bikes. No matter what your skill level, the staff (many of them former customers) just want to get you safely on the road. They ensure that helmets fit and review the rules of the road — which are probably more likely to stick coming from a cool bike dude.

Philadelphia Bikesmith

1822 Spring Garden Street, Spring Garden

This neighborhood shop is stocked with the likes of Kona, Liv, and Giant bicycle brands for purchasing (and test driving!), but also provides service for your current ride ranging from tune-ups and flat fixes to minor adjustment, and overhauls.

 

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Trek Bicycle

1923 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse

Formerly Breakaway Bikes, Trek Bicycle is stocked with the latest bikes, including Trek (duh) and Bontrager. If you bring your old bike, you’ll immediately get Bicycle Blue Book value, plus an in-store credit toward the purchase of your new ride. Trek also offers three different service packages, fit for every kind of rider and budget.

Via Bicycle

622 South Broad Street, Graduate Hospital

For more than 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 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 and Laura Brzyski. 

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