Posted by Editor on 11/27/15
We are pleased to announce the winners in our fourth annual search for the Best Shops in Canada, as chosen by you, the readers of Canadian Cyclist. We were amazed by the number of ballots cast - nearly 5,000 in 10 days! Votes came in from every province, plus the Yukon and North West Territories.
We have gone through the ballots and broken them down by region to determine the 2015 Canadian Cyclist Best Bike Shops. Twenty-four (24) shops from across the country have been selected, and they will each receive a certificate identifying them as the local bike shops most respected by their customers.
Twelve shops repeated as winners, meaning half are newcomers to these awards. The two shops that won in the previous three years - The Cyclery in Ottawa and Pedalhead Road Works in Edmonton - are on our list again, making them the only four-time winners.
Over 200 shops received nominations, with many shops tweeting about the competition, or including a link to it in their newsletters and Facebook pages.
Two things shone through for all of the top ranked stores: customer service and passion for cycling. Congratulations to all our winners. [Note: There were also numerous mentions of great coffee...]
Here are the 2015 Canadian Cyclist Best Bike Shops. We have included a quote from a voter for each shop.
Cycle Solutions - Corner Brook, Newfoundland
The passion that the owner and staff have for biking, an active lifestyle and giving back to the community makes this shop truly special. They also serve really great coffee too!
Mike's Bike Shop - Dieppe, New Brunswick
They are very generous and kind. I always see them involved in the.community and always ready to help you if you are having bike problems. Love this shop.
Savage's Bike Center - Fredericton, New Brunswick The owner and staff are amazing. Their main goal is to ensure that the customer is always satisfied. They also offer group rides from intro to advanced. The best part about this shop is that it makes you feel inclusive. It doesn't matter if you're overweight, out of shape or what your experience is, all are welcome and encouraged to join the group rides (both road and MTB). They are a shop with heart.
Hub Cycle - Truro, Nova Scotia
Great service and great owners and staff. Make you feel welcome every time you go in the store. Go the extra mile to make people happy with their purchase.
Quebec - Greater Montréal Region (GMR)
Cycle Technique - Montréal
Cycle Technique has everything, an incredible knowledgeable staff, great products, honest prices and all the services imaginable for a cyclist or a triathlete. To top it all, they are humble and will always go to great lengths to help out!
Momentum Solutions Vélo - Montréal
Service whenever needed. Never giving up on tough problems. Multiple services including training, club, etc. Great owners and employees always welcoming.
Quebéc - East
Sport Olympe - L'Ancienne Lorette
They are very gentle with their clients. Always ready to help and know what to do when we submit a problem we encounter. They will sell you the right product for your needs and will aways give you an excellent service after. You always feel appreciated when you go there. They will give you free clinics on how to repair and take care of your bicycle (basics and a little bit advanced if you ask. You never wait very long if you order some bike stuff from them. They have great ideas to help you ride all year (summer: group rides, winter: indoor training with their own instructor and installations).
Mathieu Performance - Quebéc City
You want it, they have it ... and more! Super service topped off with a smile!!
Quebéc - West
Centre du Velo La Shop - Gatineau
Great products but most of all "AMAZING" Service. Friendly, Personalized, Fast, Home feeling atmosphere. The store is own and run by guys that are passionate about their sport and industry.
Ontario - Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
D'Ornellas Bike Shop - Scarborough
Great service, passion for cycling and they are also very female friendly in support, consults and training for ladies. Great former Canadian champion as a leader. And they sell great products (and also support triathlons).
Evolution Cycles - Richmond Hill
The guys know their stuff and help me as new user how to maintain my bike and do not recommend part replacements unless necessary. They are always able to tweak my bike whenever I have an issue quickly so I can be on my way. I always recommend this bike store to my friends.
Ontario - East
The Cyclery - Ottawa
Great, friendly, funny staff that know what they are talking about and are there to help. And great selection of high-end and inexpensive items. The shop has supported race teams in the region for numerous years showing their commitment to the development of the sport, particularly the women's side of things as well.
Ontario - North
Parry Sound Bikes - Parry Sound
Aleesha and her staff are super approachable. They pour a lot of energy into sharing their love of biking, particularly with the youth of our town.
Ontario - Southwest
Liberty! Bicycles - St Catherines
Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, large and varied selection of products, and they host a number of successful local outdoor/indoor events. A St. Catharines institution for over 20 years! Go Lib!
Woodcock Cycle Works - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Amazing customer service; great mechanics; knowledgeable sales staff; they sell me what I need and didn't feel like I overspent -- plus their group rides are super fun! Can't wait for next year/season!
Dutch Cycle - Regina, Saskatchewan
The guys at Dutch Cycle treat you great and look after your bike as if it was their own.
BikeBike - Calgary
Sean Carter and company offer amazing service, helpful advice, ongoing support AND community advocacy for cyclists on top of it all. The total package.
Bike Bros. - Cochrane
Staff treat you like old friends. Great service and selection - far more than you'd expect from a small town bike shop. Oh, and they serve the best espresso in town!
Pedalhead Road Works - Edmonton
I've never been to a more helpful or classier shop. I moved away from Edmonton years ago and I still shop there over the phone, or make a stop in when I pass through.
British Columbia - Mainland
Velofix - Vancouver
Not only extremely convenient by being a mobile service, but the operator Mathew is very knowledgeable and personable.
British Columbia - Island
Dodge City Cycles - Cumberland
They are very knowledgeable. Super friendly staff. They have a really big selection of bikes and gear. They know the Cumberland trails like the back of their hands.
Russ Hay's The Bicycle Shop - Victoria
Family started and run, been going there for almost 40 years.
Trail Bicycles - Courtenay
They are an awesome crew of guys that are passionate about cycling, who provide great customer service and support a fantastic youth cycling team!
Icycle Sport - Whitehorse
They are always willing to help. They have excellent amount of stock and are super supportive of community events!
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