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.
Experts in all things BMX, they’ve been around for more than twelve years and have built a great reputation among BMX-enthusiasts earning them great online reviews just like this one: “These guys are the best around for sourcing and building your BMX. Their custom builds are so good – and their service extends well beyond the transaction. They put so much back into their sport and community.” (Jim Breeze, Facebook). You’ll find them next to the Belconnen skate park.
You’ll find their Canberra store on Flemington Rd in Mitchell. They stock a huge range of bikes including road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, commuter bikes, BMX bikes, kids bikes and scooters. They’ve also received some great online reviews with comments like “Can’t fault them. BEST customer service around. I absolutely love my new bike and they are only too happy to help with any questions you have, or show you how to use the gears correctly…” (Michelle Wandtke, Google).
On Emu Bank in Belconnen, they cater for everyone from leisure riders through to serious professionals. They stock road, lifestyle, kids and mountain bikes and scooters, and can also help with repairs and servicing (both basic and extensive). They’ve also received heaps of fantastic online reviews, like this Facebook review from Bryce Wain: “Great shop, great team. Paul will always go above and beyond to get our bikes back on the road.”
A service and repair shop in Hackett Shopping Centre that can help with everything from a basic service to comprehensive and specialist services. They carry parts and accessories from brands like Lezyne, Shimano, SRAM, Maxxis and Schwalbe. Jonathon Troy (Facebook) said he was “Extremely satisfied with the service. I broke a gear cable on my way from work and it was fixed in half an hour without having to book an appointment. Well worth crossing town for.”
Ran by David Cook, they’re a family-focused business that specialises in things like balance bikes, three wheel scooters, mountain bikes, road bikes, skateboards, parts and accessories. Their servicing and repairs have also received a good rap online with plenty of positive comments like “A+++ shop with a friendly and knowledgeable team! I have been taking my bike for repair and service for the past year, always a top notch job.” (Kenneth, Google).
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?