Dozens of indie bike vendors will descend upon Brooklyn for a day-long bike-themed flea market next month — but what’s a bike lovin’ Brooklynite supposed to do the rest of the year?
Behold our short guide to the most specialized bike shops in this cycling-centric borough.
Looking for a bike that costs more than a car? Park Slope’s R&A Cycles is the competitive cyclist’s go-to shop for premier lightweight commuting and racing brands, including a carbon-framed Pinarello for a cool $16,500.
R&A Cycles [105 Fifth Ave. at Park Street in Park Slope, (718) 636–5242, www.racycles.com]
Gowanus’s 718 Cycles is the dessert buffet of bike shops. Customers here hand-pick new and used frames and parts, then watch as workers assemble a one-of-a-kind ride that fits their size and style.
718 Cycles [254 Third Ave. at Union Street in Gowanus, (347) 457–5760, www.718c.com].
Red Lantern Bicycles is the only bike shop in the state that serves beer, meaning you can toast then coast (once you’ve sobered up, of course!).
Red Lantern Bicycles [345 Myrtle Ave. near Adelphi Street in Fort Greene, (347) 889–5338, www.redlan
Dixon’s Bicycle Shop — Park Slope’s oldest family-owned bike store — offers friendly and efficient repair services at fair prices, with zero bike snobbery and plenty of gear for kids.
Dixon’s Bicycle Shop [792 Union St. near Seventh Avenue in Park Slope (718) 636–0067].
Escape the city without ever leaving. Red Hook’s new low-key one-stop shop offers a full-day bike rental for $60, compete with a lock, on a sleepy stretch a few blocks from the harbor.
Dog Day Cyclery [115 Van Brunt St. near Union Street, (347) 799–2739, dogdaycyclery.com].
— Natalie O’NeillReach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cn
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