Cycle Therapy, 1233 Dundas East, 416-778-6473, www.cycletherapy.ca Rating: NNNNN
With a prime location on the Dundas East bike lane, it's no surprise that in just one year - that's, like, what, eight months in actual cycling years? - Cycle Therapy has become bike commuter central.
Launched by Sherri Byer , a certified United Bicycle Institute mechanic, and avid cyclist Tomas Berinstein as a pretense-free repair shop, it quickly turned into a neighbourhood cycling hot spot - sort of like a clinic with a dash of retail, merged with a community centre, all for cyclists. At CT you'll not only score invaluable cycling/repair advice as you wait for your bi-wheeled baby to be fixed, but you can also cruise the retail section for the fine selection of accessories, featuring everything from high-tech cargo trailers (they even have dog carriers) to vintage parts and original decals. Or just park it on a couch in the waiting area, drink some filtered water and chat with like-minded cyclists.
Should your repair condition become severe, meaning your bike is out of commission for a few days, CT won't let you jones as a pedestrian - they'll arrange a loaner (when they can) until they can get you back off your feet again. Cycle Therapy's picks: Arkel "The Bug" rear pannier convertible knapsack, $142; Bike On Tours route maps for $9.99; Chariot "Cougar 2" baby carrier, $525; and flat tire repairs for only $10.
Look for: Cycling-related DVD rentals; the Continental Tire promotion, which guarantees that their tires will be puncture-free for the first 12-months or else replaces them; and Saturday afternoon workshops like Understanding Your Legal Rights As A Cyclist, on May 28.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.