This has been updated for August 2017
Whether you ride for fun or have a serious passion for cycling, finding a bike shop you can trust is incredibly important.
When you’re buying a new bike, purchasing gear, or getting your current bike serviced, you want to be sure you’re getting the best possible bike shop experience. That’s why we have read through your feedback and collated a list of the top 4 bike shops in Canberra.
Have a read, and if you don’t agree with our list, let us know in the comments below.
Let’s get right to it.
What Makes a Great Bike Shop?
A fantastic bike shop can improve your ride quality and the longevity of your bike and peripheral equipment.
So, what should you be looking for in your next go-to bike shop? Here’s what we think:
- Knowledgeable. Staff at the best bike shops know the ins and outs of cycling. They can recommend the best bike for your needs. And, they can perform comprehensive services and repairs on your bike.
- Affordable. We don’t mean cheap as chips, but the best bike shops in Canberra are reasonably priced.
- Passionate. If you’re a passionate cyclist, you should be able to share that passion with the staff at your chosen bike shop. Organised rides and other group activities make the experience even better.
- Reliable. You drop your bike off for a service and have a fantastic experience. Six months down the track, you get another service. This time, it’s rubbish. Excellent bike shops are consistent and reliable.
- Well-stocked. Great bike shops offer an extensive range of brands, gear, and other cycling equipment.
The Top 4 Canberra Bike Shops According to You
We’ve considered your feedback and put together this list of the top 4 bike shops in Canberra.
Onya Civic was a top contender among our commenters. This reliable bike shop features a huge showroom, a fully equipped workshop, and a well-stocked inventory. They specialise in Giant bikes, so if you have one or are interested in purchasing one, Onya Civic could be the bike shop for you.
In addition to their quality services, Onya Civic prides itself on its community involvement. The team supports local ride clubs and facilitates organised trips as often as possible.
Our commenters were particularly impressed with their customer service. Takahe wrote, “I have had really helpful and non-pushy service at Onya in Civic.” And, commenter robwoozle wrote, “A while ago I was looking for a new mountain bike. I wandered into Onya Bike in Civic, and they had to be the friendliest folks I’ve encountered in a bike shop in ages. They were interested in my riding, my budget and other bikes I’d looked at.”
For nearly 15 years, Ride Shop has supported the cycling community in Canberra and surrounding areas. Customer satisfaction is their number one priority, and they happily welcome riders at all stages into their store.
Tim, the owner, and his staff share a passion for all things bike related. They stock an incredible range of both TREK and CANNONDALE branded bikes and offer comprehensive bicycle servicing. The team go above and beyond to find their customers the ideal bike.
One of our commenters, Dreaded_Lurgee, summed up their experience with Ride Shop. “Ride Shop in Braddon is my fave overall,” she wrote. “Friendly and knowledgeable, willing to offer to go out of their way, great servicing.”
If you are a serious rider, The Cyclery could be the Canberra bike shop for you. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable, the bikes are high end, and the servicing is executed professionally.
In addition to selling top-tier bicycles, The Cyclery offers organised group rides, bike hire, a fully-equipped workshop, and Body Geometry FIT, a process that can help you become the best rider you can be.
Our commenter, niftydog, praised The Cyclery for their educated staff: “For extremely knowledgeable sales people and excellent advice, Lonsdale St Cyclery cannot be beaten.” Niftydog also shared some valuable insider advice, “There is a price premium, but they will reward customer loyalty with discounts that even out the prices.”
Although a relatively small shop, Cycle Surgery is a fantastic option if you want the most bang for your buck.
Cycle Surgery is particularly good for repairs and servicing. One commenter, robbiem, said, “I can highly recommend Simon at Cycle Surgery in Florey.” Another, Mike_Bessenger, wrote, “For a small shop, they carry a load of stock. I’d say their range is bigger and than most of the large shops. Best of all is the pricing, I bought a full groupset and they matched online prices.”
Which One Will You Pick?
Have you had experience with any of these bike shops?
Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments down below.