Best bicycle shops in America; 3 lists name 250 bike stores

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Let’s make this the local bicycle shop award season. After stumbling across a recently published list of top 50 bicycle shops, I discovered two other lists of best local bike shops that totaled more than 200 names. They’re all listed below.

First Flight Bicycles made it onto all 3 lists

First Flight Bicycles made it onto all 3 lists chose its top 50 bicycle shops based on input from readers. The original list contained 80 nominees based on responses from 2,500 readers. The staff narrowed it down to 50, which it ranked.

The National Bicycle Dealers Association bestowed more than 150 America’s Best Bike Shop awards based on a form filled out by individual dealers and unannounced visits by an association representatives.They are not ranked.

Bicycling magazine’s list of about 50 lbo’s is simply explained as “our favorites.”

Oddly enough, very few bike shops appear on all three lists. The nine that did are:

Absolute Bikes (Salida, Colo.)

Bicycle Habitat (New York, N.Y.)

Bike Gallery (Portland, Ore.)

First Flight Bicycles (Statesville, N.C.)

Fitzgerald’s Bicycles (Victor, Idaho/Jackson Hole, Wyo.)

NYC Velo (New York, N.Y.)

Poison Spider Bicycles (Moab, Utah)

Wheat Ridge Cyclery (Wheat Ridge, Colo.)

White Pine Touring (Park City, Utah)

Bike Gallery in Portland made all 3 lists

Bike Gallery in Portland made all 3 lists

Here are the three lists. I simply cut and pasted them as their originally appeared.

#49 (tie) Budget Bicycle Center (Madison, Wis.)

#49 (tie) R&A Cycles (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
#48 Dirty Fingers Bicycle Repair (Hood River, Ore.)
#47 Bike Gallery (Portland, Ore.)
#45 (tie) Wheel and Sprocket (Hales Corner, Wis.)
#45 (tie) Ride Studio Café (Lexington, Mass.)
#43 (tie) Great Lakes Cycling and Fitness (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
#43 (tie) NYC Velo (New York, N.Y.)
#42 East Side Pedal Pushers (Austin, Texas)
#41 Recycled Cycles (Seattle, Wash.)
#40 American Cyclery (San Francisco, Calif.)
#39 Wheat Ridge Cyclery (Wheat Ridge, Colo.)
#38 Angry Catfish (Minneapolis, Minn.)
#35 (tie) Hub Bicycle Company (Cambridge, Mass.)
#35 (tie) One on One Bicycle Studio (Minneapolis, Minn.)
#35 (tie) BicycleSPACE (Washington, D.C.)
#34 Tree Fort Bikes (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
#33 Wheelhouse Detroit (Detroit, Mich.)
#31 (tie) River City Bicycles (Portland, Ore.)
#31 (tie) Orange Peel Bicycle Service (Steamboat Springs, Colo.)
#30 Chile Pepper Bike Shop (Moab, Utah)
#28 (tie) Velo Cult (Portland, Ore.)
#28 (tie) Bicycle Habitat (New York, N.Y.)
#27 Fitzgerald’s Bicycles (Victor, Idaho)
#24 (tie) White Pine Touring (Park City, Utah)
#24 (tie) Las Vegas Cyclery (Las Vegas, Nev.)
#24 (tie) Fat Tire Farm (Portland, Ore.)
#23 Paradise Garage (Columbus, Ohio)
#22 Poison Spider Bicycles (Moab, Utah)
#21 Comrade Cycles (Chicago, Ill.)
#20 Mellow Johnny’s (Austin, Texas)
#19 Vecchio’s Bicicletteria (Boulder, Colo.)
#18 Johnny Sprockets (Chicago, Ill.)
#17 East Burke Sports (East Burke, Vt.)
#16 Velocity Bike & Bean (Florence, Ky.)
#15 Freeze Thaw Cycles (State College, Pa.)
#14 Old Spokes Home (Burlington, Vt.)
#13 Over the Edge Sports (Fruita, Colo.)
#12 The Pedal House (Laramie, Wyo.)
#11 Bicycle Michael’s (New Orleans, La.)
#10 Monkey Wrench Cycles (Lincoln, Neb.)
#9 Absolute Bikes (Salida, Colo.)
#7 (tie) First Flight Bicycles (Statesville, N.C.)
#7 (tie) Fair Wheel Bikes (Tucson, Ariz.)
#6 Belmont Wheelworks (Belmont, Mass.)
#5 Bike & Bean (Sedona, Ariz.)
#4 Paradise Creek Bicycles (Moscow, Idaho)
#3 Proteus Bicycles (College Park, Md.)
#2 The Hub & Pisgah Tavern (Brevard, N.C.)
#1 Fit Werx (Waitsfield, Vt. and Peabody, Mass.)

 National Bicycle Dealers Association


A Road Bike 4U Irvine CA
Absolute Bikes Salida CO
Absolute Bikes, Inc. Flagstaff AZ
American Cycle & Fitness Macomb Township MI
Art’s Cyclery San Luis Obispo CA
Austin Tri-Cyclist Austin TX
Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours San Francisco CA
Beacon Cycling Northfield NJ
Benidorm Bikes Canton CT
BG Bicycles Houma LA
Bicycle Gallery Jacksonville, NC NC
Bicycle Garage Indy Indianapolis IN
Bicycle Habitat New York NY
Bicycle Pedaler Wichita KS
Bicycle World Mt Kisco NY
Bicycles East Glastonbury CT
Big Poppi Bicycle Company Manhattan KS
Big Sky Cycling and Fitness Helena MT
Bike Authority Broadview Heights OH
Bike Gallery Portland OR
Bike Link of Hoover Hoover AL
Bike Rack Inc. Ridgeland MS
Bike World Collierville TN
Bike World Paducah KY
Bicycle World of Houston Houston TX
Bikes Plus Germantown TN
Bikesport, Inc Trappe PA
Bishop’s Bicycles Milford OH
Black Mountain Bicycles San Diego CA
Boulder Cycle Sport Boulder CO
Brands Cycle & Fitness Wantagh NY
Breakaway Bicycles & Fitness Portage MI
Bucks County Bicycle Company Levittown PA
Cahaba Cycles Birmingham AL
Camas Bike & Sport Camas WA
Capitol Hill Bikes Washington DC
Century Cycles Medina OH
Chubby’s Cruisers Culver City CA
Claremont Cycle Depot Claremont NH
Cool Breeze Cyclery & Trek Bicycle Store of Charlotte Charlotte NC
Crankers Cycling Lima OH
Criterium Bicycles Colorado Springs CO
Cycle Craft Parsippany NJ
Cycle Lodge Pembroke MA
Cyclery USA Redlands CA
Cycleton Denver Denver CO
Cycleworks Duluth GA
Danny’s Cycles Scarsdale NY
Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness So. Burlington VT
Eastern Panhandle Bicycle Company Martinsburg WV
Eddy’s Bike Shop Stow OH
Eden Bicycles Castro Valley CA
Element Multisport Chicago IL
Epic Bike and Sport Kansas City MO
Family Bicycles, LLC Kansas City MO
Fitzgerald’s Bicycles Victor ID
Folsom Bike Folsom CA
Fraser Bicycle Fraser MI
Free-Flite Bicycles Marietta GA
Freshbikes Arlington VA
Garrison’s Cyclery of Centreville Wilmington DE
Gear West Bike & Triathlon Long Lake MN
Genesis Bicycles Easton PA
Geneva Bicycle Center Geneva NY
Georges Cycles and Fitness Boise ID
Glacier Cyclery, Inc. Whitefish MT
Goodale’s Bike Shop Nashua NH
Gray Goat Sports Indianapolis IN
Green Bay Cycles Winnetka IL
Gregg’s Greenlake Cycle, Inc. Seattle WA
Gus’ Bike Shop North Hampton NH
Harlans Bike and Tour Sioux Falls SD
Harley’s Bicycles Hutchinson KS
Hawley’s Bicycle World Fayetteville NC
Healdsburg Spoke Folk Cyclery Healdsburg CA
Hickory & Tweed Armonk NY
High road cycles Wayne PA
Hi-Tech Bikes San Diego CA
Incycle Bicycles San Dimas CA
Indian Valley Bikeworks/BW Cycle studios Harleysville PA
Indy Cycle Specialist Indianapolis IN
Island Triathlon & Bike Honolulu HI
Jack & Adam’s Bicycles Austin TX
Keswick Cycle Glenside PA
Knapps Cyclery Lawrenceville NJ
Kozy’s Cyclery Chicago IL
Lakeshore Bicycles Jacksonville FL
Landrys Bicycles Natick MA
Jax Bicycle Center Irvine CA
Lee’s Cyclery Ft. Collins CO
Liberty Bicycles Asheville NC
Littleton Bike & Fitness Littleton NH
Machinery Row Bicycles Madison WI
Mack Cycle & Fitness Miami FL
Mac’s Harpeth Bikes Franklin TN
Marty’s Reliable Cycle Randolph NJ
McLain Cycle & Fitness Traverse City MI
Metropolis Bikes N. Hollywood CA
Motion Makers Bicycle Shop Asheville NC
Mountain Bike Specialists Durango CO
Newington Bicycle Newington CT
Northtowne Cycling & Fitness Cedar Rapids IA
NYC Velo New York City NY
Nytro Multisport Encinitas CA
Oakdale Bicycle Shop, Inc Oakdale CA
Old Town Bicycle, Inc Gig Harbor WA
Palo Alto Bikes Palo Alto CA
Parkside Bikes Louisville KY
Pasadena Cyclery Pasadena CA
Pedal Chic Greenville SC
Pedal Power, LLC Middletown CT
Penn Cycle & Fitness Minneapolis MN
Plano Cycling & Fitness Inc. Plano TX
Poison Spider Bicycles Moab UT
Pro Bikes Pittsburgh PA
Pro Cycle and Triathlon Fairhope AL
Race Pace Bicycles Baltimore MD
Recycled Cycles/Total Fitness, Inc. Fort Collins CO
Reed Cycle Eagle ID
Reser Bicycle Outfitters Greater Cincinnati OH
Revolution Cycles Arlington VA
Rock N’ Road Cyclery Mission Viejo CA
Rock On Wheels Cheyenne WY
Russell’s Cycle & Fitness Washington IL
Ryder Bikes Bradenton FL
S&W Sports Concord NH
Shenandoah Bicycle Company Harrisonburg VA
SkiRack Burlington VA
Southport Rigging, Inc. Kenosha WI
Spoke Folk Healdsburg CA
Spoke-N-Sport Sioux Falls SD
Spokes Etc. Bicycles Vienna VA
Stadium Bike Green Bay WI
Summit City Bicycle & Fitness Fort Wayne IN
Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop Lawrence KS
Sunnyside Bicycles Fresno CA
Syracuse Bicycle Syracuse NY
Takoma Bicycle Takoma Park MD
TEAM Cycling & Fitness Cincinnati OH
The Bicycle Escape Frederick MD
The Bicycle Wheel Johns Creek GA
The Bike Rack Washington DC
The Bike Shop State College PA
The Hub Bike Co-op Minneapolis MN
Topanga Creek Bicycles Topanga CA
Town Center Bike and Tri EL Dorado Hills CA
Trek Bicycle Store – Cincinnati Cincinnati OH
Trek Bicycle Store Of Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant SC
Trek Bicycle Stores Estero FL
Trek Bicycle Stores of Columbus Columbus OH
Tryon Bike Rochester NY
Valley Bike & Ski Apple Valley MN
Vitesse Cycle Normal IL
Webster Bicycle Webster TX
Western Bikeworks Portland OR
Wheat Ridge Cyclery Wheat Ridge CO
Wheel & Sprocket Hales Corners WI
Wheel Werks Crystal Lake IL
White Pine Touring Park City UT
Winter Garden Wheel Works Winter Garden FL
World of Bikes Iowa City IA

Bicycling magazine

The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop
New Haven, CT

Intown Bicycles

East Burke Sports
East Burke, VT

Belmont Wheelworks
Belmont, MA

Drummond Custom Cycles
Enfield, NH

Cycle Smithy

American Cyclery
San Francisco

Above Category
Mill Valley, CA

Fit Werx
Waitsfield, VT

Sports Garage
Boulder, CO

Nashville Bicycle Lounge
Nashville, TN

Fair Wheel Bikes
Tucson, AZ

R&A Cycles
Brooklyn, NY

Las Vegas Cyclery
Las Vegas, NV

The Path
Tustin, CA

Bike Gallery
Portland, OR

Passion Trail Bikes
Belmont, CA

Monkey Wrench Cycles
Lincoln, NE

White Pine Touring
Park City, UT

Cascade Bicycle Studio

Bike & Bean
Sedona, AZ

River City Bicycles
Portland, OR

Trail Head Cyclery
San Jose, CA

Wheat Ridge Cyclery
Wheat Ridge, CO

Bicycle Therapy

The Outdoorsman
Butte, MT

First Flight Bicycles
Statesville, NC

The Hub (and Pisgah Tavern)
Brevard, NC

Budget Bicycle Center
Madison, WI

Power House
Hailey, ID

Metropolis Bikes
North Hollywood, CA

Recycled Cycles

Over the Edge Sports
Fruita, CO

Johnny Sprockets

Absolute Bikes
Salida, CO

Bicycle Trip
Santa Cruz, CA

Chili Pepper Bike Shop
Moab, UT

Great Lakes Cycling And Fitness
Ann Arbor, MI

Kraynick’s Bicycles

Mellow Johnny’s
Austin, TX

Nebo Ridge Bicycles
West Carmel, IN

Sellwood Cycle Repair
Portland, OR

Fitzgerald’s Bicycles
Jackson Hole, WY

The Pedal House
Laramie, WY

Freeze Thaw Cycles
State College, PA

Fat Tire Farm
Portland, OR

Bicycle Habitat
New York City

Velo Cult
San Diego, CA

Wheel and Sprocket
Hales Corner, WI

Bike Peddler
Santa Rosa, CA

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  2. I don’t know why, but Zumwalts Bicycle Center in San Diego is still rockin it since 1931. 4th generation family operation. If you guys value commitment to the sport over gross sales, these guys trump all others.

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