Spring has sprung in Montreal and one of the finer things to do at this time of year is busting out your trusty bicycle and enjoying the return of the warm weather. Sure walking around is pleasant, but there is nothing quite like cruising around on two wheels, breeze in your hair, without a care in the world - Well apart from the giant pot holes, reckless motorists, the fear of getting doored, and oblivious pedestrians Montreal is prone to. All that a side, you need to get your velo properly tuned up after being ignored all winter long, or if you're a lucky boy or girl, it's time for a brand-new baby to call your own.
Montreal has been ranked as the #1 Bicycle-Friendly City In North America and #3 Best Cycling City In The World in the past, so it only makes sense that we have world-class shops that not only provide top quality frames and accessories, but also legit cycle wisdom to keep you rolling pretty all summer long.
1. Allo Vélo Boutique & Café
Where: 5165 Rue Notre-Dame O
Why: Amazing location, delicious coffee, friendly staff, and amazing range of European city bikes.
What makes them awesome: Conveniently located close to the beautiful Lachine Canal, Allo Vélo is a bike/coffee shop hybrid that loves its bikes almost as much as it loves its clients. The charming boutique carries a curated line of unique European city bicycles like Creme Cycles, VANMOOF, and Gazelle, as well as the largest choice of commercial and family-oriented cargo bikes in Canada including Triobikes. Sip on an authentic Italian latte while you wait for your bike to repaired by Allo Vélo's friendly experts or browse their range of quality accessories to suit all your needs. Featured in Momentum Magazine's article, "5 Great Bike Shops in North America", you can expect fast turn around, courteous service, and a real passion for cycling - a true St-Henry gem.
2. Cycle Neron Montreal
Where: 930 de Courcelle
Why: Wide range of bicycles and accessories, quick turn around, and personalized service.
What makes them awesome: Cycle Neron Montreal offers many different types of bikes including road, mountain, urban, cyclo-cross, kids, and BMX, as well as a great selection of high-quality composite materials. The workshop is run by a woman mechanic, well-known for her personalized, one-on-one service that makes you feel comfortable asking any and all questions, regardless of your level. Find a complete range of affordable services to keep your bike running smoothly, and an apparel boutique to keep you looking fly. If you're in the market for a new bike, Neron even lets you to try it before you buy it in the quiet (and pot-hole free!) Home Depot parking lot across the street, so you can be completely satisfied. If you have a problem with your bike, Neron will take care of it.
3. Bicycles Eddy
Where: 6341 Boulevard Monk
Why: Carries everything from road, mountain, and hybrid/urban bikes, along with all the parts, services and accessories to keep your bikes rolling.
What makes them awesome: Family-owned business since 1946, Eddy's friendly and experienced mechanics and advisors provide honest advice, great repair services and fast turn around at prices for every budget. The showroom has over 300 bikes on display including a lot of local brands like Devinci and Argon18, as well as trusted names from outside of the province like Norco Bicycles from Vancouver. Bicycles Eddy constantly strives offer new quality products and the latest in industry trends to help you make the best possible choice.
Photo cred - Jim Sandilands
4. Martin Swiss Cycles
Where: 313 Victoria Ave.
Why: High-end and consumer products bike shop located in quaint Victoria Village with unbeatable service and selection.
What makes them awesome: Serving the community since 1937, Martin Swiss specializes in high-end bicycles and accessories. The full-service repair shop offers everything to keep your bike running smoothly for the season including quick turn-around tune-ups, flat-tire changes, and bike fittings. If you're in the market for a new bike, whether it's a custom build or just a reliable weekend hybrid for cruising around town, you can trust the expert advice of Martin Swiss' knowledgeable and friendly mechanics. Martin Swiss also has a locksmith boutique right next door so you can make sure no one nabs your ride when you're not looking.
Photo cred - ABC Cycles
5. ABC Cycles
Where: 5584 Av du Parc
Why: Two floors with over 300 bikes and more than 500 brands of parts and accessories.
What makes them awesome: In operation since 1932, ABC Cycles was founded by Cyro Sylvestre, a former winner of the Montreal Italian Cyclists Championship. Three generations later, ABC still runs on a passion for cycling and offers a one-stop shop for all your biking needs. With one of the largest showrooms in the city, you'll find everything from tricycles, BMX, mountain bikes, street hybids, and electrics all under one roof, and ABC will even let you try out a bike for a couple of days before buying to make sure it's right for you.
Photo cred - Brakeless
Where: 5390, Av Du Parc
Why: Find a great selection of fixed-gear bikes and parts, underground apparel, and fresh haircuts all in one place.
What makes them awesome: What started as a simple shop for all things fixed-gear, Brakeless has grown into one of the coolest boutiques in Montreal. Brakeless stocks numerous hard-to-find parts and accessories, a selection of slick track bikes, and Sylvester, the shop's owner, seriously knows his stuff. Also a great spot to find authentic "streetwear" thanks to their awesome boutique, offering raw and unique local brands, and while you're at it, the Squire barbershop will style you up good before you get back on the road.
Photo cred - Fitz & Folwell
7. Fitz & Folwell
Where: 115 Avenue du Mont-Royal O
Why: Premier cycle boutique specialized in vintage-inspired touring bikes, that offers rentals, accessories, parts, repairs, and city tours.
What makes them awesome: Not only does Fitz & Folwell offer a gorgeous selection of European and vintage-inspired bikes, but also all kinds of carefully chosen bags, baskets, racks, and other beautiful and practical accessories to go along with. The staff are super friendly and will help you to find the perfect bike to suit your needs, and Fitz & Folwell also offer bike rentals, that come with or without awesome tours led by charismatic guides with expert inside knowledge about the city.