#50 Paramount Cycles— Anchorage, Alaska from America's 50 Best Bike Shops 2014

America's 50 Best Bike Shops 2014

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#50 Paramount Cycles— Anchorage, Alaska

Touted as one of the best shops in all of Anchorage, customers who visit Paramount continually compliment the shop for its friendly staff, superior service, fair prices and exceptional product selection. “Great people, wide selection and good deals,” one of their Facebook fans commented. paramountcyclesak.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Budget Bicycle Center

#49 Budget Bicycle Center— Madison, Wis.

Of the four Budget Bicycle locations, the fan favorite was The Used Bike Showroom and Museum in Madison. One reviewer said, “[It] covers everything in cycling and has amazing pieces of cycling history in both vintage bikes and original bike posters from the early 1900's and late 1800's. Very cool atmosphere and awesome staff!” With thousands of bikes on display, this store is said to be the largest bike shop in the world. budgetbicyclectr.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Mountain Bike Specialists

#48 Mountain Bike Specialists— Durango, Colo.

Durango’s Mountain Bike Specialists has led the local cycling community for over 45 years and they’ve got a decorative display of mountain bike memorabilia to prove it. The in-house cycling museum is repeatedly touted as one the shop's most loved features and customers can’t stop raving about outstanding service and guidance from the experienced staff. mountainbikespecialists.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Bike Gallery

#47 Bike Gallery— Portland, Ore.

Started by a local Portland family in 1974, this community favorite has taken off in the last 40 years to include six locations. All of the stores are in Oregon and equipped with expert employees. Over the years and across the area the values of the shop have remained unchanged. Classes like Commuting 101 teach locals how to safely ride to work and Bike Gallery helps local charities through events like “Wine Rides.” The annual wine ride event is a bike tour of wineries, with a catered lunch and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the Oregon Chapter of the Children’s Heart Foundation. bikegallery.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Old Town Bicycle

#46 Old Town Bicycle, Inc— Gig Harbor, Wash.

“The employees at Old Town Bicycle are engaging and really care about the people that come into the bike shop. They are very knowledgeable and care more about a happy customer than putting more money in their pockets,” one of our survey responders wrote about Old Town. Another chimed in to note that as a 70-year-old, female endurance cyclist, she’s treated with respect and taken seriously every time she enters the shop. “Not many of the younger men in bike shops want to pay any attention to ‘old women’,” she said. oldtownbicycle.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Cycle Alaska

#45 Cycle Alaska— Juneau, Alaska

This Alaskan shop specializes in rentals, tours and top-notch customer service. The staff is patient and will share information on lesser known trails in the area. “Excellent understates it. Better service than I could reasonably have expected,” said one reviewer on Google. cycleak.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Old Spokes Home

#44 Old Spokes Home— Burlington, Vt.

This Burlington shop prides itself on offering customers an alternative experience unrivaled by any other bike shop in the area. They’re not about selling sporting goods or the latest technology, just good, old-fashioned service that will help you find the right bike for your unique needs. One reviewer on Google puts it plain and simple: “They really know their bikes!” oldspokeshome.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Island Triathlon & Bike

#43 Island Triathlon & Bike— Honolulu, Hawaii

Locals say they're proud of this locally owned shop and visitors marvel at the level of service; Island Triathlon easily wins over both crowds. Group rides, in-store clinics and possibly the best bike gear in all of Hawaii make this shop a top choice on a recreation island. itbhawaii.com
—Diana Gerstacker

McCully Bicycle

#42 McCully Bicycle— Honolulu, Hawaii

McCully Bicycle knows about bikes and has a well-informed friendly staff that continually receives rave reviews for their outstanding attention to detail and friendly dispositions. The Hawaii-based shop has a wide selection of high-quality sporting goods (they supply gear for everything from biking and running to fishing and tennis) and their full-service repair shop is conveniently located just down the road so you can get your bike fixed fast. One happy customer shared: “These guys saved my trip! I brought my mountain bike to Oahu and on my second ride I managed to break my derailleur hanger and bend my rear wheel. Not only did these guys have everything I needed, they only charged $20 for a replacement hanger and wheel truing. I had to go to their warehouse to get this done, but it only took 30 minutes and I was on my way.” mccullybike.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Bicycle Habitat

#41 Bicycle Habitat— New York, N.Y.

In the heart of downtown Manhattan, Bicycle Habitat gives off a cool, low-key vibe in a big city. Voters loved the intuitive staff, exclusive gear and the free long-ride clinics. These “How to Train for a Century” events will prepare first-timers for long distance treks and 100-mile races, while introducing them to a community of hard-core cyclists. bicyclehabitat.com
—Diana Gerstacker

NYC Velo

#40 NYC Velo— New York, N.Y.

Located in New York City’s East Village, NYC Velo considers itself one of the most unique bike shops in all of Manhattan and serves as a central hub for some of the city’s most passionate cyclists. Rave reviews repeatedly applaud the store for consistently keeping important parts in stock and easily assisting with last-minute, emergency bike repairs. nycvelo.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Huckleberry Bicycles

#39 Huckleberry Bicycles— San Francisco, Calif.

The phrase warm atmosphere doesn’t quite cover the friendliness of Huckleberry’s professional staff. “When you walk into Huckleberry Bicycles, it's like walking into the home of a friend. People smile, say hello, and are glad to answer your questions. They are personable whatever your level or style of cycling. This is a great shop for first-timers to visit, because they will encourage you without pushing you into anything too fast. I feel they want the best for me, on and off the bike,” said one commenter. huckleberrybicycles.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Velo Cult

#38 Velo Cult— Portland, Ore.

Our survey commenters made it absolutely clear that Velo Cult is much, much more than a top-notch bike shop. In addition to providing customers with friendly service and reasonably priced parts, this shop serves as a cafe, bar and concert space that’s become somewhat of a focal point of the Portland area. “I mean, it's Velo Cult. What more could a cyclist want: new bikes, classic bikes, craft beer, wrenches, movies, craft beer, live music, community, and craft beer,” one of  our survey responders excitedly pointed out. velocult.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Recycled Cycles

#37 Recycled Cycles— Seattle, Wash.

Looking to break from the basic bike shop model and do some good, Recycled Cycles opened their doors in 1994. They welcomed customers with expert advice, low prices and bikes that were getting a second life. Beyond Seattle, Recycled Cycles runs a “Bikes to Africa” program. They say they’ve delivered more than 56,000 bikes to places like Ghana and Sierra Leone since 1999. recycledcycles.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Vecchio's Bicicletteria

#36 Vecchio's Bicicletteria— Boulder, Colo.

Vecchio’s is widely regarded for going above and beyond providing a basic bike shop experience and is respected for delivering top-shelf service that surpasses the desire to simply sell bikes, parts and  gear. “They were busy but still found time to answer my questions, offer me a demo ride and sold me a handle bar. Awesome shop,” said one customer on Google. vecchios.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Monkey Wrench Cycles

#35 Monkey Wrench Cycles— Lincoln, Neb.

Monkey Wrench Cycles in downtown Lincoln pulls double duty as an unofficial museum for retro and antique cycles. Have a look around while owners Nate Woodman and Eric Petersen check over your bike. They are some of the best bike mechanics around, trusted innately by long-time customers. monkeywrenchcycles.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Hub Bicycle Company

#34 Hub Bicycle Company— Cambridge, Mass.

Hub Bicycle Company is the go-to bike shop for many in the Boston area because customers can easily tell that this store’s owners are brethren bikers and, without a doubt, love what they do. Here you can grab gear, bring in your bike for a tune-up or simply browse around and enjoy what customers have described as a cozy bike store atmosphere. hubbicycle.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Bike & Bean

#33 Bike & Bean— Sedona, Ariz.

Described as “a home away from home,” this Sedona bike shop is a whole lot more than just a storefront. In addition to the bikes and espresso combination, Bike & Bean offers free pizza after group rides, proximity to some of the best trails in Arizona and, more recently, a place to crash overnight. The owners of the bike shop also own a resort located behind the bike shop that "caters to the adventurous crowd.” bike-bean.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Angry Catfish

#32 Angry Catfish— Minneapolis, Minn.

Part bike shop and part café, Angry Catfish is intelligently staffed by a close-knit group of skilled bike enthusiasts who are ready and willing to tackle any bike debacle you might throw their way. One of our survey respondents says: “Loads of style inside the shop and out! Angry Catfish know their high-end products and the cafe staff will make you a perfect Americano while you wait for a repair.” angrycatfishbicycle.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Wheat Ridge Cyclery

#31 Wheat Ridge Cyclery— Wheat Ridge, Colo.

With more than 200 years of combined expertise in the cycling industry, the staff at Wheat Ridge certainly know their way around a bike. To meet all cycling needs, the massive Colorado store offers a vast selection of gear and they organize clinics on proper maintenance to help you and your cycle get better acquainted. ridewrc.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Proteus Bicycles

#30 Proteus Bicycles— College Park, Md.

The staff at Proteus Bicycles is constantly commended for treating customers kindly and fostering a friendly atmosphere that’s welcoming to all. Regulars regard Proteus as the bike shop with the best service and stock in the area and repeatedly express the fact its employees will make you feel like family from the moment you walk through the doors. proteusbicycles.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

White Pine Touring

#29 White Pine Touring— Park City, Utah

People are completely dedicated to this Park City shop, which got it’s start in mountain biking and now offers tours, classes and expertise on everything from rock climbing to skiing. “Put simply, the community as a whole benefits by having White Pine available as a resource and I won't shop, rent from, or consult any other bike shop when I'm in Park City,” said one commenter. whitepinetouring.com
—Diana Gerstacker

American Cyclery

#28 American Cyclery— San Francisco, Calif.)

One survey commenter sums up this shop perfectly: “I have been doing business with American Cyclery for years. They are honest, have a great line of some hard to find items (like the Campi mountain bike brakes only available in Europe that are now on my cross/city bike) and they love bikes. This is a really great shop to deal with.” americancyclery.com

Shenandoah Bicycle Company

#27 Shenandoah Bicycle Company— Harrisonburg, Va.

This Virginia shop is loved for its staff, gear and full calendar of events—they have something going on nearly every day of the week. They arrange rides for every skill level, both road and mountain bike rides and they even get out there and work on local trails. shenandoahbicycle.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Mellow Johnny's

#26 Mellow Johnny's— Austin, Texas

Mellow Johnny’s main goals: serve the bike community and introduce outsiders to the “bike life.” Self-described as a “temple of two-wheeled living,” this shop sits in the center of downtown Austin and with an in-store café and locker rooms complete with showers and secure storage for commuters, it serves as a central hub for the city’s cycling community. mellowjohnnys.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Lee's Cyclery

#25 Lee's Cyclery— Fort Collins, Colo.

This classic shop has been outfitting riders for more than 50 years with the best equipment and service available. If expansion is any measure of success, Lee’s has three separate locations in Colorado. “This shop has fitted the last 3 generations of my family. Lee doesn't oversell. Employees want to see you happy, healthy and active and are happy to be a part of that lifestyle. We will only go to Lees for this reason,” said one commenter. leescyclery.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Summit City Bicycle & Fitness

#24 Summit City Bicycle & Fitness— Fort Wayne, Ind.

It seems that Summit City customers have nothing but good things to say about this top-level bike shop that provides nothing but the best bike experience on a regular basis. One reviewer on Google raves: “Outside of providing a first-class shopping experience, they've been a fantastic source of knowledge. Not only have I taken a bike repair course there that has helped save me tons of money over the years, but they're constantly holding free classes on everything from commuting to winter riding. I've become friends with several of the employees, and given the great atmosphere, superior service, and great selection, I won't take my bike anywhere else in the city.” summitcitybikes.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Solon Bicycle

#23 Solon Bicycle— Solon, Ohio

“Solon Bicycle has the best attitude of any shop I have ever been to. Quite possibly the friendliest bike shop in America. I moved away years ago and miss this shop desperately,” said one commenter. There’s a lot to miss at this award-winning cycling haven, including the staff, who are a bunch of friendly “bike junkies” that really know their stuff. solonbicycle.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Absolute Bikes

#22 Absolute Bikes— Salida, Colo.

Absolute Bikes is a full-service bike shop and one of the best things about it— aside from providing you with everything you need to get ride ready— is that some of the Midwest’s best biking trails lie right outside its doors. Equipped with everything from bikes (including rentals) and accessories to parts and maps this Colorado-based shop is open seven days a week and always ready to meet all your biking needs. absolutebikes.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Freeze Thaw Cycles

#21 Freeze Thaw Cycles— State College, Penn.

The crew at Freeze Thaw Cycles breaks from the pack of typical bike shops in more ways than one. Perhaps the most interesting thing they do differently is recycling—they track down and use recycled parts to build new bikes. Their full service workshop was the subject of praise from many voters. freezethaw.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Chile Pepper Bike Shop

#20 Chile Pepper Bike Shop— Moab, Utah

Time and time again Chile Pepper Bike Shop is applauded for its top-shelf service and unyielding attention to customers. “I was very impressed with the manager, who took a few of my concerns seriously and went out of her way to understand my opinion,” said one customer on Google. “The bikes were in great condition, and the mechanic (Chad) who checked me out was very polite and friendly. I had the kind of experience that you want when you are headed out mountain biking for the first time in 10 years.” chilebikes.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Belmont Wheelworks

#19 Belmont Wheelworks— Belmont, Mass.

Belmont has garnered an extremely loyal following through their expert fittings, attentive service, and their events and classes for the local cycling community. “Belmont Wheelworks, simply put, is the best that exists in the industry,” said one commenter. wheelworks.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Over the Edge Sports

#18 Over the Edge Sports— Fruita, Colo.

In addition to its well-versed staff, top-notch gear and super enthusiastic owners (George Gatseos and 'Rad' Ross Schnell are both avid competitive mountain bikers) this Colorado bike shop is conveniently located in one of the world’s most renowned biking destinations. The entire team at the OTE Fruita location (the brand has three other locations in the U.S. and Australia) is constantly commended for providing valuable trail information to both locals and visitors and it’s clear that each team member lives and breathes biking 24/7. otesports.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

River City Bicycles

#17 River City Bicycles— Portland, Ore.

Based in Portland, River City Bicycles goes above and beyond in educating cyclists. Free weekly bike maintenance classes, weekend group rides and a passionate staff have earned this shop a stellar reputation. “River City has become a destination for many cyclists whether visiting for the latest and greatest gear or just to pay homage to arguably the best cyclist ever at the Eddy Merckx shrine,” said one voter. rivercitybicycles.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Tree Fort Bikes

#16 Tree Fort Bikes— Ann Arbor, Mich.

Tree Fort Bikes exudes all the top-notch qualities that a beloved bike shop should; community involvement via sponsorship of local cycling groups, a friendly and knowledgeable staff made up of bike enthusiasts just like you, a well-stocked shop that promises to meet every customer’s needs, a full service repair shop, and of course, a passion for sharing their obsession about all things bike with every person who walks through their door. treefortbikes.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Johnny Sprockets

#15 Johnny Sprockets— Chicago, Ill.

The inventive nature of this shop doesn’t stop at the name, Johnny Sprockets is considered one of the best when it comes to no nonsense service and reliable repairs. Customers say they have reasonable prices and friendly mechanics who will try anything to get the job done right. “They are willing to go to great lengths to find solutions to problems I might have with my numerous bikes both old and new.” johnnysprockets.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Bicycle Michael's

#14 Bicycle Michael's— New Orleans, La.

"Even in the wake of Katrina, Bicycle Michael's was serving the citizens and visitors of New Orleans when so much of the city had yet to return home,” one reader said about this well-loved community shop that many have described as a “neighborhood hub.” Praised for their pleasant staff and on-point rental services our readers made it quite clear that this community minded shop should not be excluded from our list. bicyclemichaels.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Poison Spider Bicycles

#13 Poison Spider Bicycles— Moab, Utah

With a reputation reaching way beyond Moab, Poison Spider Bicycles is the go-to shop for gear, advice and Thaw, an annual event to kick off the biking season. “I don't even live in Moab and I know about this fabulous shop,” said one survey responder. poisonspiderbicycles.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Strictly Bicycles

#12 Strictly Bicycles— Fort Lee, N.J.

Strictly Bicycles specializes in custom builds, repairs and almost any type of product you can think of. The shop is stocked with gear for everything from mountain biking to triathlons and road riding to children’s bikes and owners Nelson and Joanna Gutierrez have been in the business for 20 years. Located on one of the Northeast’s most popular cycling routes the well-loved bike store also features a small café where riders can pop in for coffee, cappuccino and even Belgian waffles. strictlybicycles.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Brands Cycle & Fitness

#11 Brands Cycle & Fitness— Wantagh, N.Y.

Each top shop on our list was recognized for great customer service, but the team at Brands Cycle took it to the next level. Everyone from beginner triathletes to life-long cyclists raved about the knowledgeable and helpful staff. “Unbelievable the level of support they gave us. No question was silly. For a newbie it can be very intimidating entering this sport (triathlon). I live in Brooklyn yet I consider Brands my go-to shop. That is how great they are," one survey commenter added enthusiastically. brandscycle.com
—Diana Gerstacker

First Flight Bicycles

#10 First Flight Bicycles— Statesville, N.C.

We feel it’s only fair to let our readers do the talking here: “First Flight has the most knowledgeable staff. No one wants to oversell you— they just want THE best fit for you... whether it's an entire package or just a bicycle bell or tube. Their good attitudes are always a plus, too! Great rides and great location,” raved one survey responder. “The Hub is chock-full of cool gear and there are always plenty of local brews on tap,” added another. firstflightbikes.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Fit Werx

#9 Fit Werx— Waitsfield, Vt.

The master fit and expert advice out of Fit Werx earned them the number one spot on last year’s list. Still legendary with their customers, one voter sums up what makes the shop so great: “Fit Werx is the only bike shop I frequent. Their customer service is second to none. Bike fitting is expertly done and they are always well informed about the latest technology. All other shops should try to imitate these guys, as they are truly the best.” fitwerx.com
—Diana Gerstacker

BicycleSPACE

#8 BicycleSPACE— District of Colombia

Customers of this small but well-stocked D.C. bike shop can’t say enough about the friendly staff’s extensive knowledge-base and willingness to help. In 2012 it was named the best bike shop by The Washington Post and voted the city’s best bike shop by both the staff and readers of Washington City Paper. With nearly 200 votes it easily snuck its way right to the top of our list, too. bicyclespacedc.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

CamRock Sport

#7 CamRock Café & Sport— Cambridge, Wis.

“CamRock is owned by an amazing couple who have years of experience and passion for biking. Wonderful atmosphere nestled on a great trail,” said one commenter. This shop is a haven for avid cyclists, and with delicious food, yoga and indoor cycling classes and live music on Saturday, it’s a wonder cyclists ever make it to the nearby trail. camrocksport.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Big Poppi Bicycle Company

#6 Big Poppi Bicycle Company— Manhattan, Kan.

This small town bike shop is all about keeping customers happy by providing “the best cycling experience possible” and building a bike community that “makes other towns jealous.” According to our survey, Big Poppi has succeeded in both, proving its prominence as a well-loved Kansas bike shop that not only offers a superior stock of top-notch services and equipment but also old-fashioned customer service that easily beats what any big box store could ever deliver. bigpoppibikes.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

The Hub & Pisgah Tavern

#5 The Hub & Pisgah Tavern— Brevard, N.C.

The crew at The Hub has a separate outdoor gear shop, a tavern with six beers on tap and an exceptional location. Sitting at the mouth of the Pisgah National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Hub has immediate access to some of the best wilderness on the East Coast. They share great information about the area on their website and offer even better tips over a few beers at their shop. thehubpisgah.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Wheel and Sprocket

#4 Wheel and Sprocket— Hales Corner, Wis.

Wheel and Sprocket serves the Hales Corner community with sincere enthusiasm not just for bikes, but multi-sports like triathlons and cross-country skiing, too. Our readers especially praise the shop for its friendly and welcoming staff who they say are willing to go above and beyond to get customers exactly what they need. “It's the staff at Wheel and Sprocket that makes it the best bike store, hands down. Kudos to everyone there for doing a spectacular job,” one commenter said. They add: “An extra thank you to Dan Sipin for customizing my Soho and for all your help on the Trek 4000!” wheelandsprocket.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Pedal House

#3 Pedal House— Laramie, Wyo.

Located in a former saloon and brothel, this shop is rich in history, passionate riders and expertise. Several comments pointed to The Pedal House as the most authentic bike shop out there. “Best service out of any bike shop I've been in, and I've been in bike shops all over the US,” said one voter. If you’re having trouble finding the joint, keep an eye out for a colorful two-story mural of cyclist Thomas Stevens riding his high wheeler. pedalhouse.com
—Diana Gerstacker

Blue Ridge Cyclery

#2 Blue Ridge Cyclery— Charlottesville, Va.

With nearly 300 votes and countless comments raving about the enthusiastic support that Blue Ridge Cyclery shows the Charlottesville biking community this grassroots bike shop easily earned the second place spot on our list. Glowing reviews of Blue Ridge Cyclery include mentions of excellent customer service, an unrivaled selection of high quality products (and the willingness to quickly call items in if they’re not in-stock), a friendly and highly knowledgeable staff, and a genuine passion for all things bike-related. “Everyone in that shop loves to ride bikes, and they love talking about bikes, and helping people who ride bikes. The atmosphere is friendly and professional, and they are always glad to see you. Their mechanics are top-notch and they back what they sell,” one commenter raved. blueridgecyclery.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Fair Wheel Bikes

#1 Fair Wheel Bikes— Tucson, Ariz.

Home to one of the best group rides in the country, some of the most incredible custom bikes and the rarest European parts, this Arizona shop was the only one on our list to receive more than 300 votes. Nearly every voter gushed about the selection, knowledgeable staff and the outstanding customer service. One fan even shops from overseas, “I have lived all over the world and am currently in Europe, I still procure items from Fair Wheel. This might be the best shop on the planet in all honesty.” fairwheelbikes.com
—Diana Gerstacker

America's 50 Best Bike Shops 2014