Top 10 bike shops in the Twin Cities

Categories: Cycling
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The Hub Bike Co-Op
Knowing the choice bike shops during 30 Days of Biking is like knowing where the emergency exits are on an airplane. In order to get the most out of your bike, you need to know where to get repairs, where to get a beautiful dose of espresso, and, most importantly, where to party. Here are the Twin Cities' 10 best bike shops.
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Freewheel Midtown Bike Center
(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.

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One on One Bike Shop (OOOBS)
(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.

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Cycles for Change
(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.

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Omnium Bike Shop
(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.

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Angry Catfish
(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.


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Jimmy Yang
Jimmy Yang

Funny I'm at one on one right now. Great service.

burger_nazi
burger_nazi

This list depends on a lot, and I think shows CP's weakness on reporting, since the author probably doesn't know much besides talking points for each shop.


Having spent more than ten minutes waiting in line at all the Hub locations, I wouldn't trust them with any bike worth over $300 or so. If you care about your bike but don't know how to do all of the servicing, take it anywhere but the Hub.  

peterlat
peterlat

Two other great shops/repair facilities in worth mentioning, both in S. Minneapolis:  Brett Sloma does great repair work and modifications at very fair prices.  He's in the Longfellow neighborhood:  612-414-0518.  And Hiawatha Cycle, not far from Minnehaha Park and the VA Hospital, is a wonderful shop for sales and repairs.

peterlat
peterlat

Two other great shops/repair facilities worth mentioning, both in S. Minneapolis:  Brett Sloma does great repair work and modifications at very fair prices.  He's in the Longfellow neighborhood:  612-414-0518.  And Hiawatha Cycle, not far from Minnehaha Park and the VA Hospital, is a wonderful shop for sales and repairs.

BobTheBiker
BobTheBiker

Defining Angry Catfish as "hipster" shop doesn't make sense. Just because the owner has a beard doesn't make this high end shop "hipster" by any means. Please tell me a "hipster" doesn't spend 10grand on a bike.

ChrisJardine
ChrisJardine

The most attractive part of Grand Performance is upscale bikes with down-home service.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

My son has ridden his bike to and from school every day now for 4 years (middle school and freshman year of high school). Middle school was 4 miles each way, and high school is 2 miles each way.  So he's put a lot of miles on a couple of bikes.  One was stolen off the bike rack at school.  We've had to have some service done.  We live in S. Mpls.  Angry Catfish is close by.  They did great service work on his bike and treated him well.  We bought the replacement bike at Hub on Lake and M'haha.  They were also great.  I think a young kid who uses a bike for transportation and has the money (his dad's) to pay for service will probably get pretty good and friendly service.  So I'd give thumbs up to both these shops, but they're not cheap.  I don't ride every day for basic transportation, so I tend to buy bikes at Salvation Army or off of Craig's List, and I fix them myself until they're too trashed and then I get another beater, myself.  Old cheap habits die hard.

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

I like the idea. I will not leave the house without a light. However, I wouldn't like the idea of getting a ticket if your battery died on a ride, or your light fell off, but I suppose it would be worth it. Light is much easier to see than a reflector. There should be some standardization with the lights as well, that would help a lot.

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

You're required to have a front light and a rear reflector, by law.

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