Seattle is bursting with cycling opportunities, lanes, trails and bike-friendly traffic laws. Many residents commute to work by bicycle, combining getting a little workout in with their commute. Naturally, that means it also boasts more than a few brilliant bicycle shops, but these are the best of the best.
Greg’s Greenlake Cycle
7007 Woodlawn Ave. Northeast
Seattle, WA 98115
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Gregg’s Greenlake Cycle sits by the popular Green Lake Park in Seattle, a family owned business that opened in 1932. The company carries mountain, racing and commuter bikes to cover all of the city’s needs. Its focus is on customer service, getting the correct bike for each customer and providing information about cycling in the greater Seattle area. Its staff knows the best scenic trails and how to dress for the outdoors, the bike and the weather. The company has three locations, in Green Lake, Alderwood and Bellevue.
Wright Brothers Cycle Works
219 N. 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: Tues to Thurs – 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wright Brothers Cycle Works is a different type of cycle shop, opened in 1974. The company’s focus is on bike repair and hard-to-find parts and accessories. It serves customers interested in cyclocross, road racing, off-road racing and randonneurs with classes in basic maintenance, bearing maintenance and wheel building. To share in its co-op workshop space requires a membership, so call or drop by the shop for details.
VELO Bike Shop
1535 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
VELO Bike Shop on Capital Hill has served the community since 1968 with a full-service bike shop and expert mechanics. Its mechanics perform on-the-spot repairs, but recommend appointments for larger projects. VELO carries Giant, Bianchi, Marin, Masi and Redline bicycles and frames. Its staff not only helps riders select bikes, it allows for test rides to guarantee the perfect fit every time.
Montlake Bicycle Shop
2223 24th Ave. East
Seattle, WA 98112
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Montlake Bicycle Shop has been serving the Seattle community for 30 years. The company focuses on customer service, helping customers select the correct bike for their needs and fitting the bike to the customer. Its staff are accomplished, competitive cyclists versed in racing, touring or mountain biking. Montlake offers classes and a full range of cycling accessories in two locations.
1007 N.E. Boat St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Recycled Cycles opened its doors in 1994, with the idea of recycling bicycles. The company philosophy is to sell pre-owned, reconditioned bicycles at a lower cost than new bikes. It offers cycle repair, vintage parts, new and used sales, and rentals. Come here for classes on everything from wheelbuilding to stopping and going. The company offers an opportunity for bike owners to sell their cycles via consignment as well. See its website for details.
Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.