Initially a mode of transportation, riding a bike has taken on many forms over the years as a hobby and for competitive sports. Baltimore-area bike shops uphold this tradition and encourage you to continue the practice. Whether you teach a child or train for races, bicycling brings both exercise and fun. Find your next ride at one of these shops.
Race Pace Bicycles
9930 Reisterstown Road
Owings Mills, Md. 21117
Locally owned since 1978, Race Pace is continually found among the National Bike Dealers Association’s (NBDA) top 100 bike shops in the country. With locations in Federal Hill, Ellicott City, Columbia and Westminster, it touts one of the largest selections of bicycles and bike gear. Purchase or rent out bikes for children, mountain, commuter, cyclocross, hybrid and more, as well as wheels, bar ends, brackets, brakes, cables, chainrings and cassettes or freewheels. Clothing lines include riding gloves, race socks, Lyrca shorts and protective outerwear while you can get equipped with all of the extras you may need, from backpacks to water bottles. Skilled technicians are on hand for repairs, adjustments and maintenance, as well as proper bike fitting. Best of all, a free rewards program allows members to earn points for extra savings. Always involved in the community, Race Pace hosts free repair and riding clinics in addition to area rides, cycling events, triathlons and clubs.
Twenty 20 Cycling Co.
725 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
This Hampden bicycle shop was founded in 2010 to provide local bikers with the best products, as well as connections to bicycle events. Every bike purchased comes with a two-year warranty and experienced mechanics are on hand to perform any repairs or tune-ups. Alternatively, you can always rent a bike, whether a 10-speed city bike or lightweight racing bike. While there, try out Body Geometry Fit, a technologically supported process where a Master Fitter will analyze your cycling position and make adjustments to your bike to ensure a more comfortable, efficient ride with less risk of injury. Browse through the selection of helmets, cycling apparel, safety reflective lights and sunglasses. Twenty 20 Cycling is also a promoter of the annual Charm City Cross, a cyclocross racing event held in Druid Hill Park. Join the shop for weekly rides, no matter your level of experience, as well as casual rides around the community.
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Joe’s Bike Shop
723-B S. Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
If you’re looking for a bike shop that has it all, head over to Joe’s in Fells Point, with the original location still in operation in Mt. Washington. Bicycle brands include Trek, Seven Cycles, Foundry and more, with bike frames so you can customize your own. There is clear pricing for parts and labor, with helpful staff and servicing professionals. Joe himself clearly has a deep passion for the business as he previously worked as a bike messenger and mechanic. Furthermore, he runs a summer mountain bike camp for young bicyclists to learn bike maintenance and key cycling concepts from experienced racers, not to mention for the kids to experience the pure joy of riding. Joe’s holds free “flat changing” classes the first Saturday of every month at 6 p.m. so be sure to stop by either shop, or check for upcoming events to learn more.
The Hub & C’ville Bikes
821 Frederick Road
Catonsville, Md. 21228
Though a relatively new shop in the area, opened only in 2012, the Hub and C’ville Bike shop has quickly made an impression on the local community. Friendly, informative staff can help you sift through a variety of completed bikes as well as wheels, tires and many other parts for you to customize your own. Accessories include eyewear, child seats, nutrition, locks, helmets, car racks, clothing and shoes. Take your bike to the mechanic shop for correcting suspension, drive-train or whatever your needs may be. C’ville Bikes hosts multiple weekly rides starting from the Strawberry Fields lot behind the shop through nearby Patapsco State Park trails, Halethorpe and Arbutus, or Ellicott City and Marriottsville, each with coffee and goodies.
1544 York Road
Lutherville, Md. 21093
Since 1968, this small shop has served Lutherville-Timonium bicyclists of all kinds. Today, Lutherville Bikes is a specialized dealer of a wide range of brands from DeVinci to Ventana, with special pricing on last year’s bicycles. It sells bike gear, apparel, accessories and nutrition. Even if what you’re looking for isn’t there, the staff is more than willing to find it and get it there quickly. The team of skilled and knowledgeable experts help to maintain or repair your bike, whether road, mountain or hybrid.
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