Top 10 bike shops in the Twin Cities
|The Hub Bike Co-Op|
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(2834 10th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.238.4447; freewheelbike.com)
Nestled on the Greenway, with coffee and savory scones aplenty, Freewheel is a cultural hotspot. As one of Minneapolis's busiest, most important bike paths, much goes down here, from the Winter Bike Expo to Powderhorn 24. Fuel up before a jaunt to Lake Calhoun, or change out of your sweaty duds in the locker room. Wash your bike in the shower stall, or use the fix-it station to make adjustments. Best of all, Freewheel's vibe is always friendly -- the antithesis of the surly bike shop stereotype. It's hard to choose a between the Cedar and Midtown shops, but Midtown is probably our fave.
(117 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.371.9565; www.oneononebike.com)
When people talk of a bike shop that defines a city, they're wishing for an LBS like One On One. Situated in North Loop near a plethora of strip clubs and sex shops, OOOBS is legendary. All the major Minneapolis bike parties started or happen here, including ARTCRANK and the Stupor Bowl. Two Minneapolis bicycling bigwigs, Gene Oberpriller and Hurl Everstone, work in the liquor-bottle-lined workshop every day, doling repairs out for a dollar a minute. You can also get great coffee at OOOBS, and good soup (there are new bowls daily). Another bonus: Handsome Cycles just moved in next door.
(712 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.222.2080; www.cyclesforchange.org)
This not-for-profit bike shop, located in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul, works to make bicycling welcoming by selling refurbished rides at low cost, and by offering bicycle maintenance classes. Formerly known as the Sibley Bike Depot, it's run by volunteers who will teach you to fix your bike by yourself, and give you the space to do it. The thrust of CFC is empowerment and independence. Kids from the neighborhood can even repair bikes there to eventually earn a bike of their own.
(520 Selby Ave., St. Paul; 651.224.2432; www.omniumbikeshop.com)
Located in St. Paul's Cathedral Hill neighborhood, Omnium Bike Shop follows a three-point mission: living it, loving it, sharing it. That means the shop staffs cyclists who live the #bikelife wholeheartedly, spreading bike love in a welcoming way while helping to maintain the Twin Cities' vibrant, cohesive bicycling community (i.e. throwing barbecues and bashes). Being "omnium" means being the best, and according to the website, OBS aims to do that by being "the most approachable bike shop in the Twin Cities." Like ACF, Omnium has a kickass design sense. It's also the most social media-engaged of the shops on our list.
(4208 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.722.1538; www.angrycatfishbicycle.com)
Right off Hiawatha, near the heavenly pastries of A Baker's Wife, is Angry Catfish, the shop on this list that -- with its refined tastes and immaculate sensibility -- best fits the word "hipster," awesomely so. Its Intelligentsia coffee -- brewed via airpot, pour over, chemex, syphon, or French Press -- is delicious, and its clothing and bikes are high-end. Slip on a new pair of Rapha commuter pants, then pinky-sip a Cortado as you browse the Civias, Surlies, and Colnagos.