After years of battling potholes, angry drivers, and narrow roads, Boston cyclists are finally having their day in the sun. New bike lanes (and lights), as well as education and advocacy have changed the game in the last decade. While we’ll probably never solve the pothole issue, it’s now surprising when you don’t see people biking to work or cruising on local paths.
If you’re going to rely on your bike to be your primary ride around the city, you need to know where to get the best gear, repairs, and advice. Our list of 15 need-to-know bike shops in Boston will have you ready for the roads, no matter what neighborhood you find yourself in.
Wheelworks Bicycle Shop
Often lauded as the best bike shop in Boston, Wheelworks is a staple of the local cycling scene. Stop by the shops in Somerville or Belmont to select a new ride, get your current bike tuned up, or just to chat about the best local trails. The knowledgeable, friendly staff can point you in the right direction. They’ll help you find what you need, even if you’re not sure what that is. If you’re seeking gear for the whole family, check out Wheelworks Too for a huge selection of kids’ bikes.
Open since 1922, Landry’s has been helping Bostonians bike better for nearly 100 years. Landry’s has a shop on Commonwealth near Boston University and a few locations outside the city as well. Stop by to pick out a new ride using Landry’s detailed fitting services or get your gear tuned up for the coming season. If you’re looking to meet other local cyclists, join one of Landry’s group rides or its triathlon club.
Broadway Bicycle School
This collectively run bicycle shop has been open in Cambridge since 1972, so it’s no newbie to the Boston biking scene. Broadway Bicycle specializes in performing expert bike repairs and sells new and used bikes and parts. Take one of Broadway’s classes to learn everything from the basics of bike maintenance to advanced techniques, or learn to build your own wheels to really customize your ride.
As cycling in the city has grown more popular, bike shops catering to those needs have sprouted up all over town. Open since 2013, Bicycle Belle in Somerville is all about getting you ready for the road. The shop specializes in city cycling and stocks a range of accessories to keep you safe and comfortable whether you’re commuting to work or doing errands. And if you’re looking to haul more by bike, no matter if it’s bags of groceries or your bundle of joy, Bicycle Belle has got you covered with its selection of cargo and family bicycles.
If you’re looking to pick up a new or new-to-you bike without breaking the bank, Bike Boom is your go-to shop. Located in Somerville’s Davis Square, Bike Boom specializes in affordable bike repairs and sales. At the store, you’ll find a large selection of new and used bikes for under $400, a steal when new bikes can set you back thousands. Bike Boom stocks a wide selection, including multi-speed road bikes, fixed-gear road bikes (“fixies” for serious two-wheelers), and vintage three-speed English cruisers, so you can always find what you need.
Blink and you’ll miss this small shop in Somerville’s Ball Square. But make sure you don’t because it’s one-of-a-kind. Paramount Bicycle specializes in repairing and building bicycles, and stocking bike parts of the highest quality. The owner has 35 years of experience in the industry, which he puts into every custom build, whether it’s for a whole bike or just a wheel. Expect personal, no-nonsense attention at this unique shop.
Somervelo is the new kid on the block in the Somerville cycling scene, but it’s already making its mark with a focus on quality service. Located in Union Square, this small shop specializes in bicycle repairs of all kinds, from tune-ups and total overhauls to wheel builds. Bonus: You can book an appointment online!
Community Bicycle Supply
Open since 1977, Community Bike Supply is conveniently located in the South End on Tremont Street. The shop has a huge selection of bicycles, whether you’re looking for a mountain bike to take to the trails or an urban bike for your commuting needs. Community sells its overstock for wicked cheap, so check in regularly to find a sweet ride for less.
Back Bay Bicycles Boston
This bike shop on the corner of Commonwealth and Mass. Ave. in Boston has a deal you won’t be able to refuse: A lifetime of free tune-ups with every new bicycle purchased. In addition to bike sales, Back Bay Bicycles also has bike rentals if you only need a ride temporarily, and the shop has resources about the best places to ride in the city (and outside of it). You heard it from us: If you find yourself in need of a bike shop north of Boston, visit Papa Wheelies, Back Bay Bicycles’ sister store in Portsmouth, N.H.
Superb Bicycle, which is dedicated to providing the highest-quality service (one might say … superb?) and selection to its customers, calls the Fenway neighborhood home. While Superb prides itself in having the largest offering of track and single speed bicycle frames in Boston, the shop can also custom build just about anything you want. With your unique bike, you also get free labor for the build, free wheel build for custom bikes over $1,500, and one free year of tune-ups. Superb indeed!
Giant Cycling World Boston
Lucky for us, the first U.S. outpost of Giant Bicycles put up shop in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. The store stocks a Giant (yes, we went there) selection of bikes for men, women, and kids, plus the gear you need to outfit your kit. And ladies, Giant also has an off-shoot brand of top-notch bikes and apparel called Liv that’s specifically designed for women cyclists.
A repeat winner of Boston’s Best Bike Shop from DigBoston, Cambridge Bicycle can be found on Mass. Ave. near M.I.T. The big sister store to the above-mentioned Superb Bicycle, you’ll find a great selection of new bicycles and accessories whether your goal is to ride for business or pleasure. Cambridge Bicycle has been open for more than 15 years, and the location has been a bike shop since the 1960s, so kick up a convo with the staff for some next-level knowledge.
Ferris Wheels Bike Shop
You’ll be glad that you won’t easily miss Ferris Wheels’ sweet storefront in Jamaica Plain because the shop has been expertly serving the community for more than 30 years. They absolutely pack the store floor-to-ceiling with bikes. Ferris Wheels sells and repairs new and used bicycles and stocks a range of gear, including specialty items like cargo bikes. Ferris Wheels also offers workshops and rides – plus a FREE monthly pancake breakfast for commuters, a great incentive to ride to work if we’ve ever heard one.
Cambridge Bicycle Exchange
You’ll find the Cambridge Bicycle Exchange just outside of Porter Square on Mass. Ave., a super convenient location for Camberville cyclists. The shop makes sure all new bikes are fitted just for you and offers six months of free follow-up service and tune-ups on all new bicycle purchases. If you’re just looking for a temporary ride, you can snag a rental from Cambridge Bicycle Exchange and hit the nearby trails.
Menotomy Village Bicycles
This uber unique bike shop is your go-to source for vintage bicycles of all shapes and sizes. Housed in the basement of the labyrinthian Cambridge Antique Market on Route 28, the small shop stocks about 100 used and vintage bicycles plus some parts. Menotomy is a massive resource for the vintage bike market, both in store and on the shop’s website. If you’re looking for something fun and funky, this is the place to go.