3 of the Best Bike Shops in the Niagara Area

March 27, 2016 1:31 pm

FARblog11Whether you’ve been an avid cyclist for years or you’re just now remembering the thrill and freedom a bike offered you back when you were a child, heading out on a bicycle for a day or an hour has a lot to recommend it. Great exercise that doesn’t wear on your joints the way running or racquetball does, it can help keep stress at bay. And, because you do it outside, it can help keep you connected to a sense of place while you get a regular dose of vitamin D.

For visitors to the Niagara region who love cycling, there are scores of excellent roadways and trails to bike along, which is why cycling in the area is fast becoming almost as popular as touring wineries. To keep up with the cycling craze, quite a few bike shops have sprung up throughout the region as well Here is a look at three of the best, whether you’re in the market for a brand-new bike, you need a replacement tube, or you just want to step into the heady smell of bike tires, sweat, and good-natured people.

Liberty! Bicycles

This downtown St. Catharines bike shop offers a lot of almost everything. They offer an impressive array of bicycles, including Specialized, Cannondale, Kona, and more. Whether you’re in the market for a road bike, a dual suspension mountain bike, a couple of kids’ bikes, or you just want to see what’s current in bicycle design, their showroom is impressive. They also do repairs and host rides. If you’re looking for a bike shop and a small sense of community while you’re in the area, Liberty! Bicycles will feel like a second home.

Pedlar Bicycle Shop

A Norco, Giant, and Haro dealer, this Niagara Falls-based shop takes all the guesswork out of selecting a bike or getting work done on one. Family-owned and operated, the good people at Pedlar have over 40 years of experience working in the bicycle industry, and they’re routinely award the prize of being Niagara’s Favorite Bike Shop in newspaper polls.

They have over 1,000 bicycles in stock and their array of accessories, clothing, and parts is second to none. Especially if you don’t want to wander outside of Niagara Falls to meet your cycling needs, Pedlar is the perfect place.

FARblog12Canal City Cycle

A Thorold-based bicycle shop, Canal City Cycle offers a wide range of bicycles, accessories, and clothing for sale. They also have a repair shop staffed by fast and knowledgeable workers, and if you want to bike while you’re in the area, but you don’t feel like packing your bike into some sort of checkable luggage, you can rent top-of-the-line bicycles here, too. Because they’re located in Thorold, the shop is close to some of the most picturesque biking in the region, which makes renting from them a clear win. Rent bikes for everyone in your party at this shop, and whether you’re looking for a paved path or a day of rugged mountain trails, you’ll be near enough to pedal to it.

Be a part of the swooning cycling masses as they pedal across the Niagara region. Whether you’re young or old, looking for single-track or hoping for an easy, wide, and loping road, the place is filled with great biking trails, and thanks to these bike shops and others like them, you’ll never want for anything bike-related while you’re here.