Best Bicycle Shops In Pittsburgh

June 25, 2011 12:20 PM

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freeridepgh Best Bicycle Shops In Pittsburgh


With a host of great trails around the Pittsburgh area, cycling is becoming more and more popular around the region. Whether you’re a casual rider looking for a new bicycle to hit the trails of Western Pennsylvania or a serious cyclist in need of repairs, these are a few of the best bicycle shops in Pittsburgh.

Free Ride Pittsburgh

214 N. Lexington St.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15208
(412) 254-3774

Any serious cyclist needs to know what to do if the brake line on their bike breaks in the middle of a ride; and Free Ride Pittsburgh is just the place to help. Not your traditional repair shop, Free Ride Pittsburgh is a place for cyclists with that “do-it-yourself” spirit. Run entirely by volunteers, Free Ride bills itself as a “bicycle educational facility” with the credo: “Get a bike, fix a bike, give a bike.” They even have an “Earn-a-Bike” program in which adults can literally earn a bicycle by repairing it and volunteering in the shop.

Kraynick’s Bike Shop

5003 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15224
(412) 621-6160

A gem in Garfield, Kraynick’s Bike Shop on Penn Avenue has been around for more than 60 years. The shop doesn’t have a sleek exterior or fancy exhibit space, but hardcore cyclists will quickly recognize it as a diamond in the rough – jam-packed with just about every part they could possibly need. Visitors can even make their own repairs on site with Kraynick’s tools.

Pro Bikes

5876 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill
(412) 586-5497

4203 William Penn Highway, Monroeville
(412) 229-8473

102 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park
(412) 851-1109

With three Pittsburgh-area locations, cyclists are sure to find a Pro Bikes shop that’s not too far from home to meet all of their riding needs. Pro Bikes touts itself as “Pittsburgh’s premiere cycling retailer” and the shop recently gained nationwide recognition with Bicycle Retailer and Industry News listing it as one of its Top 100 retailers in 2009!

Big Bang Bicycles

347 Lebanon Rd
West Mifflin, Pa. 15122-1021
(412) 462-4600

Cyclists in the South Hills may want to pay a visit to Big Bang Bicycles in West Mifflin. One KDKA staffer says Big Bang has great service – spending the time to make sure you get the right fit for your bike. They have it all – with products from all around the world – for beginners to the professional rider, from road bicycles to mountain bikes.

West Liberty Cycles

2693 West Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15216
(412) 343-4230

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist in the market for a new mountain bike or BMX equipment or a parent who needs help fixing the flat on your child’s bike, West Liberty Cycles has you covered. From Cannondale bikes to “one of the largest selections of cycling shoes in the Pittsburgh area,” West Liberty Cycles has been serving local bicyclists for two decades.

Gatto Bicycle & Fitness

117 E. Seventh Ave.
Tarentum, Pa. 15084
(724) 224-0500

From the recreational rider to most skilled mountain biker, Gatto Bicycle & Fitness in Tarentum promises to have “the frames and accessories for a dream ride.” Aside from parts and accessories, Gatto also offers maintenance and repairs.

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  • joe

    Ya Dirty Harry’s in Verona should definitely be on this list! Very knowledgeable,
    friendly. Great repair shop. They also all ride and race, even their owner rides.
    If you are looking for a real shop check Dirty Harry’s out.

  • Jeff Berkoben

    How could you miss Dirty Harry’s in Verona. They have terrific bicycles and their staff is superior to most. It is my favorite bike shop.

  • Dan

    Great maintenance and repairs from Gatto? I bought my bike from the Gatto on 910 and took it for its free tuneup/inspection. The guy looked confused when I said that I was told that the purchase comes with a one time free inspection/tune-up. I then squeezed the front brake lever and said “it looks fine to me.” Yea, real good staff there…not.

    • Dan

      oops, major typo. The employee squeed the brake lever and said …., not _I_.

  • sally

    I agree, Dirty Harry’s in Verona should be on this list. My fiance works there as a mechanic. The whole staff is very experienced. Leaving Barry’s shop out is a very glaring omission. Post should be updated!

  • jonathan

    Thick BIkes has always exceeded my expectations

  • mountain man

    gatto’s can kiss my dupa. Dirty Harry’s for sure. More expereinced, kinder staff.

  • Mary

    My friend bought a bike at Gatto and returned for the One year tune-up. When he went back to pick it up he was told it wasn’t ready. After waiting another week he was told again it wasn’t ready. After getting the run around for a month AFTER the date it was to be ready, they still said they were working on it. He told the guy at the counter he wasn’t leaving without his bike & was told the bike was in parts. My friend then leaned over the counter and told him to go in the back and get the bike or else. The bike was wheeled out, in one piece, never even looked at. They’re even worse for motorcycles.

  • Bobo

    Definitely Dirty Harry’s Bikes in Verona is the best bike shop in the area. Staff there are very knowledgeable and some of the best riders in area. Excellent selection of bikes. Obviously, their PR department isn’t up to snuff to get themselves inserted into this article though!

    • Dab3

      I’ve had a not so great experience at dirty harry’s. I don’t think thru should be on the list.

  • Anonymous

    you need a bigger chain!

  • swin

    How could you forget Scholl’s in West View and Wexford? This is a family owned bike store that’s been in business for over a generation, long before biking got popular. Presently, Dave and ken Scholl operate the two stores their parents founded. There’s a generation of experience and parts available and fantastic service. Dave Scholl once converted a 3-speed cruiser bike I had into a 21 speed mountain bike.

  • Charva


  • dave

    TED’S BIKE SHOP – Ted is the man.

  • wheeliejimmy

    Definitely Dirty Harry’s Bikes in Verona is the best bike shop in the area.Berry and the crew rocks.Awesome shop and great rides.

  • Eguinaldo

    Does anyone recomend a store in PGH to buy a Specialized Rockhopper ?
    I need a e-mail adress because I’m in Brazil…Thanks

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