With the longer days and warmer weather upon us, it’s prime time to explore the great outdoors. We all know New Yorkers love their bikes, and the city has made great strides to increase cycling’s safety and accessibility with new bike lanes and of course, the bike share program. Whether you’re weaving in and out of the heavy traffic on your way to work, or taking a scenic ride through the suburbs, pedal straight to any of these five stores for all of the bikes, equipment and accessories you need.
1603 York Ave.
New York, NY 10028
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Located in Yorkville on the Upper East Side, NYCeWheels has been leading the way in alternative biking for more than a decade. This store provides a massive selection of alternative cycling equipment, including KickPed, CityKicker and Razor kick scooters, eZee, Kettler and Gepida electric bikes, and Xootr, Dahon and Brompton folding bikes. This unique shop also likes to give back: It is helping to support cancer survivor Vicky Lynn as she heads around the world on her bike to spread cheer and raise money for the organization Tamika & Friends. The store prides itself on excellent customer service and high-quality products, and the staff practices what it preaches, only ride the bicycles the store sells.
Jeff’s Bicycles NYC
1400 3rd Ave.
New York, NY
Hours: Sun to Mon – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For nearly four decades, Jeff’s Bicycles has taken up residence on the upper east side, offering a variety of cycles for riders of all shapes, sizes and experience levels. Some of the bikes it features include Giant, Cannondal, Dahon, S-Works and Specialized. It stocks bicycles specifically for women, but it’s the staff that makes this store different. Expect professional, friendly and well-trained staff to make this a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Plus, the store allows test-rides and offers free tune-ups after purchase.
147 Reade St.
New York, NY 10013
Hours: Tues to Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Located in Tribeca, Adeline Adeline’s philosophy focuses on bikes that are easily incorporated into city life. The welcoming boutique carries an array of distinctive bicycles and accessories from the U.S. and Europe including Retrvelo, Paper Bicycles, Pashley, Linus, Bakfiets and Workcycles. Starting this spring, it will also carry Wren & Bella Ciao, Bobbin and Brompton folding bicycles. Apart from being stylish, the bikes that Adeline Adeline carries are great for lugging everything from groceries to laptops around the city.
254 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Hours: Tues to Fri – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Click here for free class schedule
718 Cyclery was founded by bike messenger who was hit by a car. It was this experience that urged him to learn about bikes inside and out, including building them from nothing and opening up his own shop. Today, the store aims teach bikers of all levels how to build bikes, offering regular classes free of charge. In addition, it is one of the few shops in the city that not only sells Public and Worksman cycles, but also allows test rides. The shop also sells Brooklyn Cruisers, Torkers, accessories and clothing.
Swim Bike Run NYC
203 W. 58th St.
New York, NY 10019
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.mm to 8 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Click here for a list of events
Helping New Yorkers stay active is the main goal of this sports store, whether that be cycling, running or swimming. But this shop isn’t just for those training for a triathlon. From someone preparing for that first ride to experienced cyclists, this shop has something for everyone – and a personal concierge gives you a hands-on experience to make shopping as easy as can be. All products are tested and deemed socially responsible. SBR sells an assortment of Cervelo and Trek bicycles, along with an extensive selection of apparel and accessories.
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Traci Tournoux is a freelance writer living in New York. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.