Ask the members of Detroit's cycling clubs for the best cycling shop and you'll get a long list, but these five always come out on top. So whether you need a new set of peddles or a top-of-the-line road bike, pedal on over to one of these shops.
American Cycle and Fitness
Trek Bicycle Store of Royal Oak
29428 Woodward Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Hours: Mon – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Though American Cycle and Fitness has multiple shops around Detroit, time and again, the Royal Oak store comes out on top. Sales Manger Colin Watkins stresses focusing on the needs of the customer and finding the product he or she needs. With more than 500 trek bikes in stock, a complete line of accessories and seminars ranging from tire repair to how to lube a chain, you will find the products you need and the service to go along with it every time.
Continental Bike Shop
24436 John R Rd.
Hazel Park, MI 48030
Hours: Mon and Thurs – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tues, Wed and Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – closed
Continental Bike Shop in Hazel Park offers a wide range of bikes, accessories and bike-fitting services to properly match each rider to the bike of his dreams. But it doesn't stop after the fitting session, customers may test ride bikes so they can truly get the feel for a specific model. When it comes to bike repairs and maintenance, Continental has a complete repair shop that in many cases offers a one-day turn around for repairs.
Cycletherapy Bicycle Sales and Service
3545 Elizabeth Lake Rd.
Waterford, MI 48328
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
If you are looking for a large selection of bicycle brands, accessories galore and a specialized fitting procedure with trained professionals, then Cycletherapy is the place to go. The shop offers everything from children's bikes to models for hard core BMX riders and road racers. It also offers just about every accessory you can imagine, a full listing of trail maps, cycling clubs and other information.
Jacks Bicycle & Fitness
24308 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn MI 48124
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – closed
Since 1935, the place to go for bicycles in the Dearborn area has been Jacks Bicycle & Fitness. With 500 bikes in stock and versions ranging from conventional to tandem and recumbent bikes, there is a bike there for anyone. You will find a full line of bike clothing, a laser-directed bike fit system, a mind-boggling selection of accessories and a staff that is both professional and friendly. There is also a second Jacks location in Monroe.
Al Petrie & Sons Bicycle Shop
22720 Allen Rd.
Woodhaven, MI 48183
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – closed
This is another bike shop in the Metro Detroit area with a long history — it opened its doors in 1946. With a focus on the top brands of bikes, clothing and accessories, riders may find all they need to take to the roads or trails. Petrie's repair and service facilities are routinely rated among the best in the industry, and with three generations of the Petrie family still in the bicycle business, meeting the needs of the customer is truly a family tradition. A second location is in Lincoln Park.
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