With spring officially here (finally!) and summer well on its way, it’s the perfect moment to get your bike in shape for cruising around the city. There’s no better way to enjoy the nice weather than gliding around town on your bicycle, and whether you’re dealing with an old vehicle that needs a total revamp, or an up-to-speed ride that just needs a little routine service, there’s something to be found in Vancouver for you. These picks range in area and price, from super-professional to co-operative space. Happy riding!
Bikes on the Drive
1350 Commercial Drive
Since 1955, Bikes on the Drive has been East Vancouver’s choice bike shop. Located on the heart of the Drive near Grandview Park and Britannia Community Centre, Bikes on the Drive works hard to make cycling fun and available to everyone. Those looking to make the big decision of purchasing a new bike can expect to feel ‘truly comfortable and respected’, with a no-pressure, no-commission policy. One year of free service and adjustment is also available to shoppers, along with professional bike fitting and hundreds of available in-store accessories. The store carries one of Vancouver’s largest selections.
The Standard Bike Shop
751 Gore Avenue
Mechanic owned and operated, The Standard Bike Shop is located right on the Adanac bike route at the corner of Union and Gore. They offer free repair assessments and same-day service for those who rely on their bicycle to get to work or school. They’ll go over your bike and the care it needs with you one-on-one, offering you a written assessment and quote. By getting to know their regular customers their mechanic/owners are able to offer the quickest and most efficient service.
Our Community Bikes
3283 Main Street
OCB is much more than a bike store. The best-known project of Vancouver umbrella organization Pedal Energy Development Alternatives, it is a full service repair shop, recycling depot, and educational workspace. OCB is also a cooperative and safe space for all marginalized people, where all staff are both teacher and student. The shop offers a variety of rates for assisted or self-directed repair, as well as standard drop-off service. They also offer a variety of courses and volunteering opportunities for those interested in cycling.
3317 Cambie Street
Cambie Cycles is Canada’s premier retailer of recumbent bikes. They offer an amazing variety of bicycles and bicycle related products of all kinds, including the famous recumbent bikes, trailers, tricycles, unicycles, scooters, folding bikes, and electric bikes. You truly have every possible option at Cambie Cycles making it perfect for the shopper who is looking for something hard to find or out of the ordinary.
10 E Broadway
Located near Main and Broadway, Mighty Riders is a bike shop with some interesting extras. They can fix, fit, or sell you a bike. They carry brands including Brodie, Foundry Cycles, Lynkskey Performance, Soma, Redline, and Waterford. They also sell clothing! Next to their Broadway location is an entire store dedicated to bike clothing, On the Rivet. OTR carries hats, accessories, and cyclewear appropriate for any season or weather.
Ride On/Ride On Again
3463 Main Street/2255 W Broadway
Ride On and Ride On Again, serving Main Street and Kitsilano respectively, offer new and used bicycles, parts and services. Ride On was original Vancouver’s only BMX specialty store, and now carries and services all types of bicycles including fixed and single speeds, road bikes, commuter bikes, cruisers and even hybrid bikes! Their used bicycle program provides affordable, donated, used bicycles. Ride On aims to ‘leave the pretense at the door’, and recently opened a Toronto branch, Ride Away Bikes.
By Genevieve Michaels