Winter's snow is melting, spring sun is shining, and bike paths are officially re-opening, so you know what that means: Montreal bike season is here.
You're gonna wanna brush up on your bike etiquette, but you'll also want to get your bike in gear (pun intended). To help you find the best bike shop for your needs, we, with some help with our pals at Allo Vélo, have got a legit list of Montreal's many bike shops.
5165 Notre-Dame W.
A combo bike boutique & cafe, Allo Velo does things a bit differently, in a very good way. Specializing in urban bikes and unique accessories, Allo Velo gets all its bikes straight from Europe (some exclusive to the store) that make up wide selection, with builds appealing to everyone's vibe. Friendly and helpful, these guys live and breathe bike culture, and will help you out no matter your skill level.
788 Atwater Ave.
Hardcore cyclists will love Cycle Technique. With an on-site training facility and coaching services, triathletes, road racers, and athletes in general will love this spot. 808 Fixed Gear Shop next door is owned by the same people, which is a less intimidating shop with basic repairs and more hip/fashionable bikes.
2727 St.-Patrick St.
Right by the Lachine Canal, My Bicyclette will be a God-send to those who need a quick tune-up before rolling out onto the waterside bike path. If you don't have your own bike, you can also rent one from the shop, and take a custom guided bike tour. Families will appreciate the amount of kid-friendly bikes and equipment in stock too.
169 Ontario St. E.
This shop wins points for the name alone. Situated near the Village, this shop welcomes openly queer customers and is popular with bike messengers as it carries a lot of custom single speed and city bikes. Good repair work make it a good choice for any cyclist.
Le Grand Cycle
901 Cherrier St. E.
What used to be an old diner is now Le Grand Cycle. For ten years Le Grand Cycle has been catering to a variety of cyclists, providing repairs and a selection of mountain, road, and city bikes. They're also right next to the Cherrier bike path if you need a quick tune-up.
2127 Rachel St. East
Cool vibes emanate from Vélo iBike. You can get tons of custom work (and accessories) done at Vélo iBike, and they're the leading fixed gear bike shop in the city. Check out the website too, which features all the bike porn you could ever want.
Fitz & Folwell
1251 Rachel St. E.
Renowned for their Montreal city-wide tours, Fitz & Folwell has tons of cool planned trips for you to explore different aspects of the city while on two wheels. With a strong focus on exploration, the shop sells city bikes and accessories, as well as offering repairs.
Martin Swiss Cycles
313 Victoria Ave, Westmount
Offering bike repairs since 1937, Martin Swiss Cycles is a staple for upper Westmount cyclists. The shop carries road bikes, mountain bikes, and even has specialty locksmith services to keep your bike extra safe.
75 Villeneuve St. W.
A small shop, but C&L is the leading custom builds bike shop in the city, with tons of brands, apparel, and parts to help you create your ideal cycle. They're also the only place you can find Marinoni frames in Montreal.
6010 Sherbrooke St. West
If you're in NDG, then McWhinnies is probably already your go-to bike spot. Open for over 70 years, the shop has a long standing reputation for being reliable. Traditional, old-school, and welcoming, McWhinnies does all the basic repairs and stocks low priced bikes; great for beginners.
173 Rue Jean-Talon East
Open for 30 years, Dumoulin has and does everything a good bike shop should, including repairs. A wide selection of bikes is available, but the shop has a definite focus on Brompton folding bikes.