The best bike stores in Toronto show considerable diversity in their areas of specialty. From the humble repair-focused shop to places that deal almost exclusively in race-ready road bikes, Toronto's got it. In fact, for a city that often appears to struggle to be bike-friendly, there's actually an embarrassment of riches when it comes to retail outlets.

If it's possible to break these stores into categories, there are four main types of bike shops that we have in rather plentiful supply: those that cater to commuter/utility cyclists, those that focus on repairs and the used bike market, high-end specialty boutiques, and the bigger stores that pretty much do it all. There are pros and cons to shopping at any of these stores, as well as significant variance in price point. And yet, thankfully, on account of the many options out there, cyclists of all kinds can be confident that there are a selection of stores that will cater to their specific needs.

Here are the best Bike Shops gyms in Toronto.

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Sweet Pete's

With a flagship in Bloordale Village and other locations in the Annex and at the Brick Works, Sweet Pete's caters to both commuters and hobbyist riders with a service-driven approach. Not the place to buy super expensive or low-end bikes, the 4000 square foot space is stocked solidly in the mid-range, with plenty of options in the $650-$750 zone. Primary bike brands include Trek, Giant, Kona and Opus.. read more

Bikes on Wheels

This Kensignton Market staple is a bike store operated by bike lovers, and it shows. In addition to its focus on the utility cyclist market with slick fixed gear and sturdy commuter bikes, there's also a selection of mid to upper end mountain and road bikes as well. Excellent service and a pretension-free atmosphere make the store, which has now opened a Queen Street location, an inviting place to talk and shop for bikes and accessories. read more

Duke's Cycle

With its 2011 return to 625 Queen Street West, Duke's is bigger and better than ever. After a fire consumed the previous location, the Duke family took the opportunity to increase the retail space by adding a huge showroom on the second floor, which features drool-worthy rides from Trek, Cervelo, Kona, and Cannondale. read more

Bateman's Bicycle Company

Bateman's shop on Bathurst St. is staffed by enthusiastic crew of cyclists and attracts a healthy mix of riders who range from commuters to local racers who appreciate the sense of community fostered by the local shop. In addition to bike sales and repairs, the original location of the shop on nearby Barton specializes in bike rentals and tours. read more

Curbside Cycle

Curbside Cycle is a natural fit in the Annex, where the store's serviced the commuter market for over 15 years. One of the first Toronto shops to carry European brands like Batavus, Abici, and Pashley, the bikes here are generally easy and comfortable to ride (and won't stain your clothes). There's also a decent selection of mid-range road bikes as well as cargo bikes. read more

Liberty Street Cyclery

Owned and operated by long-time bike mechanic Ed Tsui, Liberty Street Cyclery is all about quality repairs and custom builds. The small, cafe-like shop does 24 hour tune-ups ($60) and functions quite a bit like an old garage-style store where those passing by stop in to chat about riding or to get advice on future purchases. A great place to go if you want help building a bike from scratch. read more

Broadway Cycle

Broadway Cycle is one of those bike stores that does it all. Far from a bad thing, the ample stock and friendly staff mean that one could potentially stick with this store for all of his or her cycling needs, something that's actually become rare these days. One of the city's biggest suppliers of Specialized products (including the Roll urban line), the shop also carries Marin, Raleigh and Electra bikes. read more

Wheels of Bloor

Wheels of Bloor doesn't do commuter bikes, mountain bikes, or bikes that cost less than $1500. No, this place is all about the rides that you see in the pro peloton. One of the city's biggest Cervelo dealers, they also carry respected Euro-brands like Look, Colnago,Time and BMC. As should be the case at a high-end store like this, all bikes come with an in-depth fit process. read more

Urbane Cyclist

Knowledgeable staff, well-chosen brands, and a central downtown location ensure that Urbane Cyclist is always one of the busiest shops in the city. Those looking for less common stuff like folding, touring and cargo bikes, will be pleased to know that Urbane carries a good selection of these hard-to-find products. read more

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