Cycling brings such a sense of freedom and in Canberra turning your wheels is easy on our excellent network of off-road paths and routes with fabulous scenery.
The benefits of cycling, especially during these challenging times, are enough to make your head spin. It’s healthy, fun, easy to fit into your daily routine and available to all ages and personality types. Some cyclists are serious commuters, some ride for leisure, some travel great distances exploring the environment around them, and some compete in elite challenges at paces that take your breath away.
Key to enhancing your cycling experience is having the right gear and apparel—whether you’re new to the sport or have been riding for years—but with so much available on the market, deciding what’s right for you can be daunting. That’s why it’s worth talking to experts about your needs.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a bike shop, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What to look for when choosing a bike shop retailer
Finding the right bike shop is essential to improving ride quality and the longevity of your bike. So what’s important when choosing where to go? It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a bike shop.
- Attentive and caring. You want a retailer who cares and listens to understand your needs, so you end up with a bike and gear that suits. Make sure the retailer is willing to answer your questions and provides advice based on the level and type of cycler you are.
- Helpful to novice cyclists. You shouldn’t feel intimidated when walking into a bike shop because you’re not an expert. Choose a retailer who knows you don’t have all the knowledge they do. Expert retailers are willing to help novice cyclists with as much enthusiasm and dedication as they are cyclists with a bank of knowledge.
- Proactive with tips. While a bicycle is basically a simple machine, it needs to be cared for. With straightforward preventative measures, a quality bike will give years of joy. It’s important to choose a retailer who will give you essential tips, like the need to keep drive trains clean, so gears are less likely to lose adjustment and components last longer.
- Support and advice. Staff should take time to listen carefully to your needs and share expert advice. They should be willing and able to help and be honest about what you require. They should also share tips that will empower you to embrace and enjoy the sport.
- After service. You don’t want to buy a bike or other gear and not be supported post-purchase. Make sure your bike shop is willing to have you pop by to ask questions after you buy or provide answers over the phone. Also make sure they have a service arm in case you need it.
The best bike shops in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
If you enjoy the thrill of traditional cycling, you are bound to love the experience that electric bikes offer! If you have never considered an e-bike option, you will be pleased to know that they offer the same great benefits as traditional bicycles. They are a cost-efficient way to get around, allow you to improve your health, and foster connectivity to the community.
Where electric bicycles come into their own is with their added benefits. The real advantage of e-bikes is that they provide a more comfortable ride. Whether climbing up hills, cycling with an existing health condition, or for a perspiration free morning commute, they are an attractive biking option.
To experience these benefits for yourself, pop in for a visit at Ion DNA. After first opening their doors in 2018, locally owned Ion DNA, was founded by former rally driver Rob Ogilvie. As Australia’s first dedicated all-electric vehicle showroom, they are bursting with the latest e-innovations.
Ion DNA is an electric enthusiast’s dream, featuring the full spectrum of everyday e-mobility solutions, from cars, to scooters, skateboards, and bikes. When it comes e-bikes, this team are the real experts. Boasting all the insider knowledge, minus sales pressure, they offer a refreshing change and a relaxed customer approach.
To see how electric biking can change your cycling experience be sure to visit Ion DNA.
Sinch 9 shared this review on Google, “Highly recommended! …. The show room has a great range of electrical vehicles from big too small. Friendly and knowledgeable staff that will go out of their way for customers which is rare these days.”
Trek Bikes Majura Park
Globally renowned Trek Bikes were borne from heritage founded on the principals of craftsmanship and rebellion. Fast forward forty odd years and you can now find this prestigious brand nestled right next to the Majura Parkway.
Trek Bikes Majura Park is a leading destination for the latest products from the best brands, top-notch service, tune ups, and professional bike fit services. As passionate advocates for the local cycling community, Trek Bikes Majura Park are known for supporting events and clubs in the Canberra area.
Krys Hinds shared this great feedback on Google, “The team at Trek - Majura park have consistently gone above and beyond expectations to help us out. Great customer service, great knowledge.”
Kingston Foreshore Cycles
Proudly locally owned and operated, Kingston Foreshore Cycles offers personalised bicycle services to riders of all skill levels and ages.
Conveniently located within Kingsborough Village, their beautiful store is home to a myriad of bikes, accessories, parts, and apparel, all designed specifically with cycling in mind. And, should your wonderful wheels need repairing, no job is too big nor too small for this crew.
With a personalised and tailored service approach you are sure to feel right at home. For expert staff with a passion for all things bikes look to Kingston Foreshore Cycles.
Nick Burrows had this to say on Google, “Best bike shop in Canberra. Super helpful and friendly. Great advice and service.”
Back Bone BMX
Since first opening their doors over fifteen years ago, Back Bone BMX have built a formidable reputation as Canberra’s BMX experts. You will find this gem right next to Belconnen skate park, featuring all the best bikes, parts, and accessories that BMX has to offer.
There is more to this team than purely retail, they are also heavily entrenched in the local BMX community. Whether it be coaching kids or building jumps they are helping to grow the sport from the ground up. For specialised gear for all your BMX needs look to Back Bone BMX.
Beagle Nose shared this glowing review on Google, “Best place for BMX. Great service. Small locally owned business that does a lot to support the local community. Highly recommended.”
Tune BikeWorks have built a stellar reputation for their bicycle repairs and maintenance offering.
With a collective 30+ years of industry experience, this team are known for their bicycle mechanical skills. Whether its solving problems, providing periodic upkeep, or refurbishment they have it covered.
For exceptional repairs on your beloved bike, look no further than Tune BikeWorks. New, old, big, small, fast or slow, whatever the bike they will have you pedalling in next to no time!
Courtney Brown shared this great review on Google, “Such a cool shop, customer service is A1. These guys really know their stuff and have a very wide range of parts and accessories in stock. Highly recommend.”
On the hunt for the best ways to commute around Canberra? Check out our articles on the best electric skateboard shops, the best electric scooter shops and servicing, the best electric bike shops and the best places to buy electric cars in Canberra for some great recommendations!
Your experience with bike shops in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find the best bike shop for me?
With a wide variety of bike shops in Canberra, do your research or browse around to make sure you’re getting the best deal. The thing that distinguishes a great shop, is a shop that takes the time to listen and care about customers, the ability to be ready to help and to be honest about what you can do. Different bike shops offer different specialities but if you follow our list of recommended bike shops according to you, you are sure to be a satisfied customer.
How do I know my bike is being serviced by someone experienced?
When servicing your bike, make sure that you are listened to and that the retailer takes the time to understand what your needs are. The more experienced staff will be knowledgeable and capable of answering all your questions.
How do I know which sized bike to buy?
The staff at your chosen bike shop should be able to help you find the right size. Manufacturers guidelines can also assist and bikes with a number (e.g. 47cm) tend to be based on the length of the seat tube, whereas bikes marked S, M and L take a top tube measurement into account.
Do I need accessories for my bike?
Apart from an essential helmet, it’s definitely worth buying a saddle bag for your bike to carry a spare inner tube and some tyre levers. You’ll also need a pump for your tyres in case you get a flat. It’s not worth leaving home without these things and if they’re in a little saddle bag that stays on your bike you will always be covered.
Are there local clubs or groups I can ride with?
Absolutely! The staff at your local store should be able to point you in the right direction of clubs or groups to get involved with. They are most likely cyclists themselves and would know the range of groups available - from beginners to serious cyclists.