With summer months ahead, now is the perfect time to get your bike repaired. Spring is just around the corner, so it’s time to get those bicycles repaired. Whether you’re looking for a simple tune-up or a major repair, the bicycle shops listed below can help you get your bike ready for the summer. And even if you don’t need a repair, these shops are still great places to learn more about bike repair and bike care. Here are a few shops to help you get ready for summer riding.
12910 Plaza Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Freewheel Bike, located in Eden Prairie, provides exceptional bike repair service. The company offers tune-up packages, shock packages and several a la carte services. In addition, the company also offers a mobile repair service and a bike shop for those who have the know-how but not the proper tools. Freewheel Bike also has classes for those who wish to learn how to fix their own bikes. The company has two additional stores located in Minneapolis. Visit the Freewheel Bike service website for more information.
The Grease Pit Bike Shop
2750 Bloomington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Currently located in Minneapolis, The Grease Pit won’t necessarily fix your bike for you, but it will teach you how to do it yourself, according to the website. The Grease Pit is not a for-profit business. Instead, it’s staffed by a community of volunteers who seek to promote transportation without the use of fossil fuels. The bike shop has plenty of tools and provides lots of expert advice, and though the shop doesn’t charge set prices, some sort of monetary donation or skill exchange is expected.
Twin City Bike Repair
2096 Sandhill Drive
Shakopee, MN 55379
Twin City Bike Repair is a local small business with extremely competitive rates. The owner runs the company out of his home, so repairs are made by appointment only. Twin City Bike Repair also offers house calls, and often the owner can offer quotes and estimates over the phone. The company stocks parts for most common repairs, and service is always quick.
1712 Lexington Ave. N.
Roseville, MN 55113
Since it opened in 1991, Bicycle Chain has been an independently owned and operated bike store. The team at Bicycle Chain aims to help its clientele receive the best service around. The atmosphere of the shop has been drawing customers to it for years, and it looks as if Bicycle Chain is here to stay. The store also features a repair shop, and the staff members are both friendly and knowledgeable. Not only does Bicycle Chain repair and sell bikes, but it also rent bikes. That way, you can try something new while you wait for your bike to be repaired.
1316 4th St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Located in Minneapolis, Varsity Bike has several tune-up packages available, ranging in price from $39.99-$94.99. Varsity Bike doesn’t just do tune-ups, though. The repair staff is able to fix just about any bike problem, and it usually returns your bike within a day or two. In addition, the shop has a “full set of loaner tools” in case you want to fix your bike yourself.
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Kristyn Gansen is a freelance writer covering all things Minneapolis. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.