🚲 Bristol is truly a cycling city with 125,000 people taking to two wheels every week, and now you’re looking to join them. But where’s best to buy a bike in Bristol? Which bike shops have the best range and where can you buy a decent second-hand bike?
As a cycling city, Bristol has a whole host of bike shops to choose from. In fact, there are so many that choosing one can seem a bit daunting. A really good bike shop will help you find the bike that is right for you. They will ask where you will be cycling which will help determine what kind of bike you need.
If you’re staying on pavements then a road bike will be light and fast. If you plan to hit towpaths and bridleways then a gravel bike or mountain bike would be much more comfortable. If you are doing short city rides then a hybrid bike or cruiser will suit you best. If you want to travel further or want some assistance, e-bikes have come a long way recently and are making cycling even more accessible!
Whether you are purchasing your first bike, taking advantage of a cycle to work scheme or looking to upgrade your current bike for a winter of riding, here are some of our favourite bike stores in Bristol.
The team at John Wood’s Cycle Repair Centre are friendly, knowledgeable and keen to support cycling communities in Bristol. You can be sure of honest and sensible solutions to all of your cycling needs when you swing by the shop. They also have a fantastic range including Surly, Ridgeback and Marin. The shop is a treasure trove of bikes you didn’t know you wanted.
The team at Atmosphere have it all! Mountain bikes, folding bikes, step-throughs, hybrid bikes and more. They were also Bristol’s first e-bike shop and their knowledge really shines through. They also have a large workshop to assemble e-bikes and service them. It's really important to have someone who knows e-bikes inside and out to keep them running in tiptop condition.
If you are looking for something a bit different, then Sully is the shop for you. They stock a range of Dawes and GT bikes but owner Matt knows a thing or two about vintage bikes as well. So if a retro-style ride is more your thing, but you don’t want to get stung with a second-hand bike that isn’t fit for purpose, this is the bike shop for you.
The Bristol Bike Project is a Bristol institution. If you buy a bike from them it won’t cost the earth, it will stop a bike going to landfill and it will help get other people out on two wheels. Now that is a feel-good purchase! All of their donated bikes are carefully serviced by professional mechanics before going on sale for as little as £150. They definitely don’t feel second-hand once you’re pedalling away from the workshop.
Relatively new to Bristol, the Trek team offer amazing customer service and breadth of knowledge when it comes to buying a bike. They have a great range including women’s specific frames which really do make riding more comfortable, mark our words. You can buy a bike online with Trek via your local branch so you can order on your laptop but still get that great local service.
73 Degrees have it all, bikes, coffee and bike fits! They have also put together collections of road and off-road routes around Bristol so you can start enjoying your new bike right away. 73 Degrees cater for all levels of cycling and it is worth keeping an eye on the clearance page, you might just end up buying a really special bike for a bargain price.
If you’re about to buy a bike in Bristol, these are the bike shops that are worth a visit. It doesn’t matter what your budget is, what kind of cycling you want to do or if you would rather buy a second-hand bike, Bristol has the answer.
If you are in need of a bit more inspiration, then check out the #BristoliansOnBikes campaign from the Bristol Cycling Campaign. They’re sharing pictures of Bristolians and their bikes and stories about cycling in and around the city, perfect motivation material.
If you have a favourite bike shop that isn’t on this list, head to our contact page and tell us all about them.