Vermont has a thriving bicycling community. Vermont’s terrain is conducive to all styles of biking, and of all skill levels. Plus, there are so many great restaurants and pubs along the way, that you will want to make a day of it. So come along as we explore the best places to keep your bike primed and ready to ride with our favorite bike shops in Vermont.
Darren Ohl, a UCI certified bicycle race mechanic, opened the Vermont Bicycle Shop last year as a way to promote “happiness and health through bicycles and cycling.” Now, with a focus on the community, VBS offers discounts to volunteers and local non-profits. You can even order your custom ride online and pick it up at the shop. In some cases, they even deliver.
Owner Barrack Evans runs a full-service bike shop that specializes in tune-ups, repairs, and professional fittings. But the shop also offers bike rentals to both beginner and experts bicyclists, and for one all-inclusive price gets you a bike, a helmet, and Battenkill Bicycles’ deep knowledge about local routes and trails. Community events include day and scenic group bike rides through the idyllic Vermont countryside.
Established in 1987 by Doon Hinderyckx, GMB sells new bikes from Kona, Jamis, Raleigh, Transition, Santa Cruz, and their house brand, Hinderyckx bikes. This small, eclectic bike shop specializes in new and used bikes, repairs, and customization services. There are no frills here just gritty personal know-how about bikes and how they work.
Founded in 1985 by Patricia Miller, one of 100 women in the country who own bike shops (we are told by her website), North Star started out with a strong emphasis on women’s biking products. While women’s products are still promoted, the shop also offers outdoor gear, sports gear, Smartwool, men’s bikes, women's bikes, mountain bikes, road bike, Giant bikes, and more.
Established in 2006 by brothers Ezra and Noah Tautfest, Bicycle Express subscribes to the notion that there is no substitute for first-hand biking knowledge. The method is simple, “focus on one thing and do it well.” Both brothers are avid bikers, and they believe that quality, friendly service, and personal experience are the only things that matter at a great bike shop! Their promise to patrons is to fix bikes properly the first time as if they owned them themselves.
Co-owners Carl Robinson and Chas Lyons are passionate about biking and have been all of their lives. Both serve on local bicycle organizations and FHB sponsors community events, like leading group rides for beginners and pros. They sell bikes specializing in road, mountain, hybrid, and children's bikes, and they are dealers for Trek, Cannondale, Specialized, Raleigh, and Lynskey.
Founded in the early 1970s, the shop is now owned by enthusiasts, Jim and Diny Sweitzer. Avid local riders remember when the funky old shack ran a wood stove for heat and the lazy, communal nature of the place was a selling tool. WHS continues with this laid-back, amicable approach to cycling, and they rely on experience and knowledge to navigate the biking industry, matching cyclists with the right bike, or choosing the best Nordic ski for the terrain.
John Hibshman established Village Sport Shop in 1978 to offered a vast selection of sporting goods to be sold by a knowledgeable staff with a first-hand experience with the products. The store motto, “We are there after the sale” is indicative of John’s commitment to his customers. In addition, VSS also specializes in outdoor equipment rentals.
From measuring pedaling technique and posture to configuring the bike and working with a professional fitter, Fit Werx is bent on customer service first. Established in 2001, Fit Werx’s philosophy has always been that each customer is unique and should receive individualized care using the best technologies available at the hands of a knowledgeable staff.