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Old 09-18-06, 03:16 AM   #1
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Toronto Bike Shops

This Sunday I will be running the Scotia Bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and will spend a few days in downtown Toronto...do you know of any cool bike shops to visit?
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Cavern Cycles, 179 Queen st. east.
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Depends what you mean by cool?

Cavern Cycles has practically nothing to look at. They have a couple of Fuji track bikes on the wall and about 6 or 7 lower road frames hanging up. Frankly, I don't know what's so interesting about that.

If you like eye candy, LaBicicletta has the most amazing array of fabulous bikes: BMC, Willier, Colnago, Pinarello.

Wheel of Bloor is small but has a lot of Argons, Scotts, Cervellos.

There are a lot of bike shops with a selection of Specialized and Cannondales (like Dukes, Dornellas).

My favourite for sheer beauty is LaBicicletta.
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Yeah, La Bicicletta is quite a bit out of the way but has lots of cool stuff, if you are a road racer-type maniac (and I mean it in a respectful way ).

However, if you are an urban commuter, you might like Urbane Cyclist (a central location is a plus). They have all sorts of funky and kewl machines: recumbents, recumbent trikes, European commuters, folders (including one currently on display with leather Brooks seat, leather handlebars and wooden fenders and chainguard), Surly's, their very own touring frames/bikes and other bikes I simply can't easily describe so weird they are - as well as the usual array of hybrids and some road/cyclocross/MTBs. They have some pretty nifty selection of accessories useful to a transportational cyclist too. And the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and have a cool laid-back attitude.
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Yeah, Urbane is probably my favourite right now. I was never too happy with Duke's and recently had a middling experience with CycleTherapy.
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The above posters are correct, if you want a snobby high end showroom type bike shop go to La Bicicletta. If you want an honest to goodness bikeshop, go to Cavern. Urbane also has a nice "showroom" type store but without the attitude and has friendly staff. Same goes for Cycle Therapy out in the east end.
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Interesting responses.
I find Dukes is very uneven. There is one guy (Dave something) that is very knowledgable and loves road bikes but he has been working in service recently...which is a mistake because he should be working with the public.
Some other guys do have attitude and no knowledge.

Cavern: guy know his stuff, just doesn't have much in the shop.

Cycle Therapy: nice enough to tak to and decent stock. However, I think they may be the most expensive shop in Toronto item by item. THey had a sale last weekend and I went over. THey wanted were willing to discount tires from $35 to $31.5 for the 'special' sale but I found the same tires elsewhere at $29.50. They were selling Mavic ES wheels at $1800 when they are usually about $1500.
So, nice people, but at those prices I'd shop elsewhere.

Labicicletta has fabulous high end bikes, but I find if you speak to Heath there, you don't get pretension but rather a passion for the equipment. But, you guys are right, the prices are not for the faint of heart. But I will say this, the prices are (for the same items) much better than, say, Cycle Therapy. In fact on tires and other odds and ends, Labicicletta is about 10 to 15% cheaper than Cycle Therapy.

Urbane, I find, is an interesting compromise. They do have some nice urban odd-ball stuff. They have the best selection of recumbants I've seen. But I would never buy a road bike there...they don't know how to do a fitting and their attitude is 'ride in around the block and if it feels good, it's right for you'. They take no time in making sure you get what is right for you. And, frankly I find they really do not know about bikes. But they are very friendly.

that's my take on things.
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Urbane, I find, is an interesting compromise. They do have some nice urban odd-ball stuff. They have the best selection of recumbants I've seen. But I would never buy a road bike there...they don't know how to do a fitting and their attitude is 'ride in around the block and if it feels good, it's right for you'. They take no time in making sure you get what is right for you. And, frankly I find they really do not know about bikes.
LOL. Actually, from what I can tell, they do know about bikes. They are just not at all roadie-oriented. Far from it. So I wouldn't buy a road bike from them either, btw. They don't have too many road bikes 'round there anyway.

But I don't think the OP wanted to buy a bike while visiting Toronto. He wanted to poke around a cool bike shop. He didn't give his definition of "cool", so I gave him a shop that fits my definition of "cool".
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