For many of us, bikes have been a part of our lives since we were knee high to a handlebar. From training wheels to 10-speeds, bicycles spell freedom. And what better place to enjoy the wind running through your hair than the city where freedom rings – Philadelphia. To find out where to purchase the latest model and where to get needed repairs, check out this list of top bike shops in the City of Brotherly Love.
1923 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
( 215) 568-6002
Voted 2013 Best Bike Shop for the Spandex Set by Philadelphia Magazine, Breakaway Bikes has the perfect bike to match the competitive cyclist’s fingerprint. The mechanics are magicians with a wrench and offer friendly, streamlined service with a smile. Your bike is usually snapped back in your hands within three days, but you can also make an appointment for next-day service. Breakaway is in a class of its own due to its holistic approach as a bike shop, servicing the bike and the rider. The Breakaway Training Center on the second floor is the graduate school of performance workouts, where you clip your personal ride into a computerized system for a virtual race against classmates.
4323 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Clip your ride to a computer system, then get on your mark, get set, go! Whether you’re training for a 5K or a triathlon, indoor fitness classes at Cadence Cycling are guaranteed to improve your skills. You can join the staff every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. for a one- to three-hour group endurance ride through the streets of Philadelphia, or take a group mountain bike ride through Wissahickon on Sunday mornings. Of course, the shop carries top name bikes, including Fuji, Willier, Cannondale and Orbea, as well as a slew of accessories and a full-service menu.
Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles
933 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles is the go-to shop for the urban cyclist looking for a transportation or cargo bike. In fact, Philadelphia Magazine ranked it top Bike Shop for Commuters in 2013. Brooklyn Cruiser, Babboe, Bullit, Civia, Pure City, Pure Fix and Xtracycle are the stars of the shop’s brand lineup, and co-owner David Wilson can even design and fabricate a custom bike for the serious rider. This shop carries a full line of accessories – everything from bells and bags to rain gear and tents – and bike rentals are available, too.
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4040 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Keswick Cycle, one of the first Schwinn dealers in the nation, has been around since 1933 and now has not one, but three, locations in the Philly area. Today, the business is a proud retailer of Cannondale, Cervelo, Raleigh, Specialized and Electra bikes and accessories. While riders of all abilities can find the bike of their dreams at Keswick, the shop has an exceptional kids’ department. Housed in an old 4,000-square-foot bowling lounge, the super-sized Locust Avenue location has a fit studio and a huge selection of clothing and accessories.
1822 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Philadelphia Bikesmith in the Fairmount section is open daily for all of your biking needs. The shop carries a bevy of bikes for cyclists of all shapes, sizes and experience levels, but it’s the staff that makes this place a cut above the rest. Max, Richie, Sam and Lucas are fix-it gurus with a passion for bikes and customer service. In addition to bike fits and fixing flats, the friendly foursome offers fast turnaround times and reasonable prices for tune-ups and overhauls.
Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.