As a child, learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage. For most, it is the first real means of transportation and that first solo ride, without training wheels, brings with it an exhilarating sense of freedom. A well-built bicycle, if properly maintained, and cared for, can last a lifetime. Like a good auto mechanic, it’s important to have someone trustworthy to turn to when something isn’t right. With Push-button shifting, multiple axles, complex suspensions, and state of the art braking systems, today’s bikes are sophisticated machines. Whether it’s seasonal maintenance or a complete overhaul, the repair shops on this list can handle it. Just in time for the spring riding season, here are the best bike repair shops in Pittsburgh.
Pro Bikes LLC.
5876 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
With three locations around the Pittsburgh area, Pro Bikes LLC., has grown into a local authority on all things cycling related. A visit to anyone of the Pro Bikes locations is an experience and the sheer number of bicycles and bicycling accessories that fill each shop location lets you know, they’re serious about bikes. Not only selling them but also keeping them in perfect running condition. Everything from routine maintenance and flat tires to part replacement and tune-ups are all available at every Pro Bike location.
5842 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15217
Biketek is located in Oakland near the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon and Carlow College campuses. It is their belief that the first step in purchasing the right bike begins with an accurate and comprehensive fitting. Each rider is matched to his or her bike with the aid of a state of the art body scanning CRM. Developed in Germany, the body scanner utilizes non-invasive laser-pointer body measurements to calculate a proper fit tailored to each rider.
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1408 Bingham St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Thick Bikes, located in the South Side, offers everything you’d expect from a first-rate bike shop and much more. Owner Mike Thick, who was once synonymous with customized frames, forks, and handlebars has shifted his attention to selling the best bikes and offering one of the most comprehensive repair shops in town. To view their comprehensive repair shop service/price list click here.
Ambridge Bike Shop
518 Merchant St.
Ambridge, PA 15003
Everything from new assembly and minor adjustments to brake repair/replacement and even full restorations are available at the Ambridge Bike Shop. Owner Larry Lynch is committed to getting each and every person that walks through his shop doors back “out on the open road.” Since 1977, the Ambridge Bike Shop has prided itself on being a full-service bike sales and repair shop. Little has changed in 36 years and today Larry Lynch and his staff still take pride in providing complete customer satisfaction to every patron that walks through the door.
Iron City Bikes
331 St. Bouquet St.
Pittsburgh PA, 15213
Iron City Bikes is located near Schenley Park (Oakland) in the East End of the city. They are involved in all aspects of the sport, from racing to mountain bikes and everything in-between. Contact them by phone or email for answers to all your cycling questions. Their website is a little sparse but rest assured they know bikes and how to fix them. For bike repair and service it’s best to make an appointment or just bring in your bike and talk to them during business hours.
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Marcel Tourdot is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.