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 5 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 5 Canberra Bike Shops According to You
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 maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
Operating since 1975 they’ve been around longer than most, they recently relocated to their new three-level store in Fyshwick which stocks a large range of bikes, clothing and accessories. They also have a full on-site workshop which offers bike servicing, repairs and restoration. Rioter WalkTheWalk was happy with their experience commenting “Great service and reasonable prices.”
Located in Fyshwick, their industrial warehouse-style shop stocks a huge range of bikes and frames, components, accessories, wheels, tubes, tyres and apparel. They also offer a fitting service which matches your unique anatomy to your bike setup. In his Google review, Kevin Slattery said he thinks they’re “The best bike shop in Canberra. The staff are helpful and know their stuff when it comes to getting the right bike and set up.”
With stores in Civic and Belconnen, they also have a newer flagship showroom in Woden. If you like Giant, that’s their specialty. They also provide servicing, as well as suspension, wheel build and bike fitting. Corey Bacon gave them a glowing review on Facebook, commenting “Best damn bicycle shop in Canberra. Service is 1st class, the staff are very helpful and want to be there and they have everything you need and if they don’t they will get it.”
Bicycle manufacturer that has been operating since 2012. Their four signature model steel frames are all designed and hand built in Australia and available through a small network of workshops and mechanics. Luke Miller gave them a great review on Facebook, saying “Myles was very approachable, friendly and knowledgeable. He was more than willing and happy to answer all the questions I had. The bike feels great after the service he performed…”
Based in Braddon, they stock bikes from brands like Avanti, Cannondale, Malvern Star and Trek and components from Avid, Campagnolo, Fox, Shimano and Sram. They’re also an authorised Campagnolo pro shop. They’re a favourite among Rioters, with comments like “…good service and good range of bikes from MTBs to commuters to high-end road bikes” (Felix the Cat) and “friendly and knowledgeable, willing to offer to go out of their way, great servicing” (Dreaded Lurgee).
Who did you pick?
Thanks to our commentators who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra Bike Shops.
If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based Bike Shops. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?