Bicyclists take their sport seriously, so finding an excellent spot to buy your gear and get some repairs is imperative. Those dedicated to this physically-demanding sport are in luck if they’re in Connecticut, as the state is home to an abundance of expertly-run shops looking to give you what you’re looking for. Here are the 10 best!
Pedal Power is a bike shop that aims to encourage Nutmeggers to cycle more. All staff are competitive cyclers and/or long-time bike repairmen, so you can expect them to know their stuff. Pedal Power offers bicycle fittings to equip you with the perfect bike for your body and ability level. They also have weekly group rides as well as weekly mountain bike rides.
Benidorm Bikes sells bikes suitable for rocky trails, roads, and even triathlons, and provides visitors with bike fittings. All staff are bike riders themselves, so they’ll be able to answer any and all questions. They also hold educational events and tutorials such as how to fix a flat or GPS courses to better plan rides.
The Bike Shop focuses on equipping riders with bikes specifically suited to them. They also encourage children to bike and sell both mountain and road bikes from Specialized for kids. Bikers can join in on Saturday morning rides at 8 a.m.
Devil’s Gear is filled to the brim with any biking gear you could possibly ever need. Bikes can be pretty expensive, but Devil’s Gear sells a selection of professionally refurbished bikes as well as bikes with heavy discounts, so that everyone can afford to begin biking. They also have gift cards for hard to shop for cycling lovers.
Shoppers at Zane’s will find hundreds of bikes from a variety of brands. All bikes purchased from Zane’s are guaranteed for life including full tune-ups and adjustments. They also offer a children’s trade in program for 12-inch and 16-inch bike models to be sure your little rider has a bike fit for them.
Serving the biking community for 40 years, Biker’s Edge is a shop full of professionals who welcome all riders: young, experienced, professional, and brand new. They have a wide variety of bikes on offer including BMX, mountain bikes, road bikes, and hybrids. They also buy and sell used bikes.
Stop by Danny’s Cycles for parts, tools, gear, clothing, car racks, and of course, bikes. For those looking to save some hard-earned cash, Danny’s also has great sales and you can even shop online if you can’t make it to the store.
This neighborhood favorite bike store follows the motto “Live to Ride, Ride to Live.” Bikers will certainly find that passion when they drop by the store in downtown Niantic. Niantic Bay Bikes is a fully stocked bike store selling clothing, helmets and safety gear, and bikes. In the summertime, they also have Sunday morning rides as well as tours.
Has your bike been sitting in the garage awhile? Bring it by D’Aniello’s for a tune-up or a complete overhaul that can be completed by their in-house experts. Once your bike is good as new, test out your “new” ride with one of their weekly group rides.
Bikes lined up on the floor, at eye-level, and hanging from the ceiling—there is certainly a wide selection to be found at Tony’s Bikes & Sports. They also do safety checks, scrubs, overhauls, tune ups, and bike builds. If your bike breaks down nearby, walk it to Tony’s and they’ll be able to fix a flat or adjust your brakes and gears.