Biking in Baltimore is easy and cycling shops are ready to get you on the road. Biking in Baltimore is not just about fitness and fun. These days people sit in the saddle to save on gas and protect the city’s beautiful environment, as well. From the serious spinner to those who only dust off the spokes occasionally, the Baltimore area offers bike trails, paths and lanes on the streets, in parks and through the woods in every direction. When you’re ready to ride but need some new wheels, accessories or a tune-up, these cycle shops will have you on the road (or trail) in no time.
Joe’s Bike Shop
5813 Falls Rd.
Baltimore, Md. 21210
723-B South Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Joe’s Bike Shop, a neighborhood staple in a Tudor-style building on the edge of Mount Washington, recently opened a second location in Fells Point. The popular bike shop, which caters to all level of riders, operates on the philosophy that cycling should be fun as well as useful. From road, mountain and cyclocross bikes to cruisers, children’s bikes and BMX options, both stores have everything a biking enthusiast could want, including clothing and accessories. There is a Joe and he knows bikes. He’s worked as a bicycle messenger, in a bike shop as a salesperson and a manager, as a mechanic and even tried his hand at racing. Each summer, Joe runs a mountain biking camp for kids ages 12 to 16 in an effort to teach kids to love riding their bikes.
Light Street Cycles
1124 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Hours: Sun and Mon -– by appointment only; Tues to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
After April 24, hours will change to: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Light Street Cycles knows typical cycle-shop customers just don’t exist, which is why it carries a wide variety of bikes to appeal to riders across the spectrum. It stands ready to fit customers with the wheels to get them rolling, from jogging strollers to adult trikes, as well as road bikes, mountain bikes and everything in between. The folks at this cycle shop believe the city is a jewel for cyclists of all levels, just waiting to be discovered by its customers. Not only does it share its enthusiasm for riding, it also provides trail maps and information on group rides in an effort to get more riders on the road.
Baltimore Bicycle Works
1813 Falls Rd.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Hours: Mon – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tues to Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Baltimore Bicycle Works boasts that it is the city’s only worker-owned, democratically operated cycle shop. This shop works to put more people on bikes based on a love of cycling’s practicality, sustainability and fun. Its collection of new bikes is geared toward riders looking for versatility and includes commuter cycles, folding bicycles and cargo bikes, perfect for hauling groceries from the store. Baltimore Bicycle Works also carries used bikes and rentals, and handles repairs and fittings. Whether you are an elite rider or urban commuter BBW’s staff welcomes the opportunity to fit you with the right bike and keep you on the road for years.
1544 York Rd.
Lutherville, Md. 21093
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In business since 1968, Lutherville Bikes has a reputation for matching new and experienced riders with the bikes that meet their specific needs. Employees know the shop’s products and enjoy getting to know their customers. ”Fit first” is the motto at this shop, which prides itself on assessing each customer’s flexibility and fitness levels before finding them a bike. With four certified bike fitters on the staff, riders will be comfortable on their bikes and in knowing they will get the most out of their new or existing bikes. At Lutherville Bikes, a test drive goes beyond the parking lot. For a fee of $50 (applied to the purchase of your new bike) customers may reserve and borrow a demo bike for 24 hours, giving them an opportunity to test it on routes they ride daily.
Twenty20 Cycling Company
725 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Just because it’s one of the newest cycling shops in the area, doesn’t mean it’s still on training wheels. Since opening in 2010, Twenty20 Cycling Co. has made its mark, promoting the region’s only internationally sanctioned cyclocross event, Charm City Cross. This shop is not just for racers. Casual riders will also appreciate the expertise offered by the staff and may be inclined to join them for a weekly ride around the community. Twenty20 is a great place to rent a bike for the day as it carries a wide selection of urban, road and mountain rental bikes. If you develop a passion for the pastime, be sure to visit this store in the heart of Hampden where staff use Body Geometry Fit Integration Technology (BG FIT) to make sure you get the ideal bike for your needs.