Best bike shops
The Alternative Bike and Board
The granddaddy of local bike businesses (with 37 years and counting), the Alt is famous for its friendly staff and formidable repair shop. But when it comes to shopping, they have an unbeatable spread of boutique-brand bikes.
- 3013 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. • 612-374-3635
One on One Bicycle Studio
This Warehouse District coffeehouse/bike-shop hybrid (and occasional gallery) caters to architects, graphic designers and other creatives. Riders on tight budgets, don't miss the near-steals in the Bicycle Junkyard!
The shop with the coolest name, Behind Bars has become the unofficial arbiter of bike-art culture in funky northeast Minneapolis. Staffers are friendly and handy with wrenches to boot.
- 208 13th Av. NE., Mpls. • 612-436-0255
Clean, easy-to-browse showrooms loaded with big-brand bikes? Check. But the best thing about Freewheel? It's the Twin Cities' trailblazer when it comes to bike education. It was the first to offer bike-repair classes and private lessons for aspiring gearheads.
- 1812 S. 6th St., Mpls. • 612-339-2219 2834
- 10th Av. S., Mpls. • 612-238-4447
- 12910 Plaza Dr., Eden Prairie • 952-377-2230
The Hub Bike Co-op
The Twin Cities' only cooperative, worker-owned bike shop, the Hub has multiple appeal for socially progressive riders: It offers a fine stock of used bikes. The shop also promotes environmentally friendly causes.
- 301 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. • 612-238-3593
- 3020 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls. • 612-729-0437
Best bike hangouts
Sea Salt Eatery
Come summertime, tasty fish tacos lure throngs of leisurely two-wheelers, Schwinn family-packs and other fair-weather pedalers. Located in Minnehaha Park, just steps from the waterfall, this outdoor dining spot is a true bicycling haven.
Angry Catfish Bicycle + Coffee Bar
Classier than you might think, with rakish cycling wear, boutique brand bicycles and excellent espresso drinks, this upstart coffeehouse/bike shop is best enjoyed by sophisticated cyclists. Bonus: the shop's proximity to trails at Lakes Hiawatha and Nokomis.
Where racers and breeders converge with carbon speedway bikes and Burley trailers, this Seward destination hits the spot with healthy, organic eats.
Barley John's Brewpub
Think knee-high stockings and tweed caps. If it's a weekend afternoon, the gentlemen cyclists are sure to be pulling up on their Dunelt, Hetchins and other British-made bikes.
National Sports Center Velodrome
The only sure-fire place to spot cyclists breaking collarbones, this cereal bowl is the summertime setting for time trials and hard-core fixed-gear sprints. Check the website for events.
- 1700 105th Av. NE., Blaine • 763-785-5601
The Soap Factory
Perhaps it's the location (close to the Stone Arch Bridge), or maybe it's the casual environs (a tattered old factory without proper heat or air conditioning). Whatever the case, no gallery attracts so many cyclists to its openings and outdoor events like the Ten Second Film Festival on July 4th.