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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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