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Top Bike Stores In Denver

August 15, 2011 5:59 AM

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Bicycle Dr. (credit: Young Kim)

Bicycle Dr. (credit: Young Kim)

There are any number of great bike shops in the Denver Metro area, many of which I have yet to visit. Which, actually, is difficult to imagine as whenever I see one, I stop, wander through, and invariably buy something, whether I need it or not. (In MY mind, I ALWAYS need it. In my wife’s mind, I never do.) Here are some of my favorites. I’d love to hear which ones turn the crank for you.

Wheat Ridge Cyclery

7085 W. 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
(303) 424-3221
Wheat Ridge has been my go-to bike shop since I first stepped in there in 1986 (back when it was smaller than an English phone booth and run by Eugene Kiefel). Now, it’s absolutely huge (run by son Ron Kiefel) and is a tremendous shop with great selection and solid pricing. You can find just about anything there. It’s a great place to be fit for a bike as well. The only problem is that it’s a long way from where I am … driving up Wadsworth from the SW side can take FOREVER.

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Bicycle Village

Various Locations in the Metro Area
Bicycle Village has four stores in the Metro Area and one in Colorado Springs, so it is very easy to not only find a shop nearby but to also find one you can likely ride to for service, parts or simply to hang out for a bit. They offer a great selection of bikes and there is almost always some kind of sale going on. The one caution that I would have is: don’t do what I do — walk into any bike store and point at the one with the pretty color and whine — does that come in ultra-short? Use the staff at a place like Bicycle Village to help you find the right bike for your needs, one that fits properly! This is a good place to do that.

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Performance Bicycle

Various Locations
Performance Bicycle is a national chain with four stores in the metro area and one in Boulder. The store offers good prices on gear, especially when you get one of their Points Cards. I am a huge fan of their Performance bib shorts. The fabric and padding are great and they’re never “see through” so you don’t have to worry about freaking out the family in the mini-van behind you reading the words “Left” and “Right” that were tattooed on your derriere in a vindictive fraternity prank. No. No. I’m not talking of myself. Heavens no.

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Green Mountain Sports

12364 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80228
(303) 987-8758
Green Mountain Sports is a great local bike shop that offers incredible service. It’s also a store that supports a lot of local racing, including the team upon whose roster my name appears. I would say that I “race” with the aforementioned team, except for the fact that such hasn’t been the case this season.

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University Bicycles

839 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 444-4196
University Bicycles is the place I always head to in Boulder at the west end of the Pearl Street Mall. The rest of the family can shop wherever they like — I go to UBikes. My favorite jersey (a Rapha in French national colors) came from there — and I’m going to go back for another one in Italian colors. As soon as I can afford it.

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Turin Bicycles (credit: Jesse Sarles)

Turin Bicycles

700 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 837-1857
I haunt Turin thanks to the simple fact that it’s only about 3 1/2 blocks away from the station. On a quiet afternoon, it’s a great break to wander down, walk in, smell the grease and buy three or four things that are on my “highly debatable needs” list.

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Bicycle Dr. (credit: Young Kim)

Bicycle Dr.

860 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203-2749
(303) 831-7228
A great place for tune ups and talk. Get the deluxe tune up and you get free “minor” tune-ups for a year.

– By Greg Moody

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  • Peter Pereira

    My favorite bicycle stores are Turin, Wheatridge Cyclery and the Denver Spoke. I bought my Motobecane and Colnago from Alan at Turin. I also met Eddie Merckx at his appearance at the Denver Spoke. Finally i did the Sunburst Criterium in Wheatridge and had the privilege to meet Eugene and of course Rondo. Thanks for the article on bike stores.

  • Jim

    My favorite shop is Golden Bear in Broomfield. It has great selection and great staff that take care of you and are always there to help. It is a great shop!

    • Alex

      I love Golden Bear as well. It’s a smaller shop with great customer service.

  • Jillian

    Check out new Wash Park store, Estelle Cycles, on 1st and Penn. Great mechanics, amazing bikes!

  • Patsy

    Our favorite is Derby Bike in Thornton, great bikes and a great staff!

    • Liann

      Derby is awesome! I just bought a new bike and it was amazing how well they took care of me, my fitting, and the cost was stellar – definitely DERBY!!

  • Jerry Mathers

    mojo wheels is a good one. great pricing.

  • Dan

    I love University Cycles in Boulder. Even though I live in Denver, I will make the trip to their store to have all three of my bikes tuned up or to purchase accessories. The level of professionalism has been beyond expectation. I have brought many cycling buds to their establishment to purchase equipment.

    Tried going to Turin a couple of times and each time I walked out disgusted by the snobbery.I guess they didn’t think my $2-$3k was enough money to bother showing me any customer support time prior to my purchase. Cya

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