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BIKES ON WHEELS 309 Augusta, 416-966-2453, bikesonwheels.com
Bikes on Wheels has a rich history. Founded decades ago, the shop started off as a worker cooperative. It's since changed ownership and settled comfortably into its niche as a family-run bike shop with two locations - the original in Kensington Market, the other on Queen West (779 Queen West, 647-352-6550).
Friendly service and reasonable prices combined with its Market milieu and bizarre decor make this shop one of the most popular destinations for cycling aficionados and newbies alike. The free air offered outside during operating hours doesn't hurt either.
Bikes on Wheels has a clear community focus, hosting lots of cycling events, and has its own road race, triathlon, 'cross and mountain teams.
The cool collection of accessories and apparel is up to the task of equipping the legions of cyclists who now see cycling as a lifestyle rather than just another way to get to and from work.
Bikes on Wheels picks: Poler everyday accessories like backpacks, tents and "napsacks," which are wearable sleeping bags. The owners also want to highlight their family-friendly gear, like kids' bikes, baby/toddler seats and helmets. "Not many people know we're a family-run business, so we have first-hand experience in what products worked great for our own kids."
Look for: The new e-commerce site (shop.bikesonwheels.com) is a big priority for Bikes on Wheels, so expect to see a lot more products there in the near future. Join the shop's email list for online promotions and exclusives.
Hours: Monday to Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.