Atlantans love their bicycles as much as they love the city’s beautiful cycling trails. Finding the right fit in a cycling shop is absolutely essential to keeping the city’s cyclists happy. Riders need gear that fits like a glove and staff that knows its repairs and replacements. These cycle shops are the cream of the city’s cycle shop crop.
1035 Monroe Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Intown Bicycles has served midtown Atlanta since 1985 with Raleigh, Jamis and Electra bikes as well as many customized framesets and accessories. The shop also provides service packages including tune ups, cleaning, and repairs, and connections to larger communal riding groups. Visit its website for tips on safety and cycle repair.
4335 Cobb Pkwy.
Vinings, GA 30339
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Event calendar is available here
Atlanta Cycling originally opened off Ansley Park and Piedmont Park in the 1980s. It offers dozens of lines, including Willer, Trek, Cannondale and Cervelo. Piedmont Park is probably one of the best parks in the entire city, with expansive areas to explore. Each of its purchases comes with lifetime adjustments and maintenance to ensure constant customer satisfaction. The preferable location here is the location in Vinings, near the popular 61-mile Silver Comet Trail, but the original Intown location on Piedmont Avenue will service bikes just as well.
Little Five Points
1125 Euclid Ave.
Atlanta GA 30307
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Outback Bikes knows how to make its customers feel at home despite its trendy L5P spot. It offers all sorts of bikes for every type of riders: road bikes (Bianchi, Marin, DeRosa), mountain bikes (Outback), fixer-uppers and beginner bikes (Langster, Pista), and BMX. Outback also hosts a Wednesday night ride from April through October through downtown and nearby Inman Park, Kirkwood, Druid Hills and the Virginia Highlands. A second store out in Gwinnett County offers similar services, but this store provides a better selection and longer hours.
2825 Peachtree Rd. Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30305
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Peachtree Bikes has two other locations in Sandy Springs and Palmetto, but the Buckhead shop is the only one in Atlanta proper. The shop carries almost 20 bike lines, and its webpage allows you to preview each one to become familiar with characteristics before stepping into the store. In addition to leisure riding and mountain/trail cycling, Peachtree Bikes offers gear and accessories for cyclocross and racing. The shop hosts group rides and clubs so any rider can insert his or herself fully into the cycling community.
The Bicycle Doctor
2910D Cole Court
Norcross, GA 30071
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Bicycle Doctor is a store that stands out not just for its sales, but for its service. Aside from the brands it offers, the shop is terrific at providing prompt and reliable repairs to your bike. Its maintenance packages are quite affordable, while its staff is willing to help you select the right upgrade or pick out a new bike altogether no matter how long it takes to find the right fit.
Michael Francis is a freelance writer studying at Georgia State University. His work can be found at Examiner.com.