Minibulles declares bike season officially open! (Between you and me, it’s about time). There’s only one snag: your bike needs work before hitting the road. Not to worry, we’ve tracked down the best places to buy or repair a second-hand bike, so that you can avoid breaking the bank before the summer holidays begin!
The recycled bicycle : Rebicycle is a company on a social mission: they breathe new life into old bikes. Their strong point? You can customise your bike down to the smallest detail. In the end, you leave with a quality bicycle that suits your taste and fits your budget!
The vintage bicycle : Fitz & Follwell plan guided bike tours of Montreal. Their elegant bikes are sold at more than 50% off once the season is over in October. That may seem like a long way off, but if you’re looking for a quality vintage bicycle, it’s worth the wait… especially if you have a soft spot for wicker baskets that are as practical as they are sophisticated! The good news? Take advantage of their “spring tune-up” package and receive a free steaming-hot coffee from neighbouring café, Café Plume!
The DIY bicycle : Community workshops Coop bécik and Santrovélo offer you the opportunity to learn how to repair your bicycle on your own. Through their minimal membership fees, you’ll benefit from the personalised advice of a volunteer mechanic and will have access to a wide range of tools. In addition to saving money, you will gain pride in yourself!
Minibulles believes in freedom of speech and did not receive any monetary compensation for this article.Rebicycle: 5445 de Gaspé Avenue, Suite 614, Montreal (by appointment only)
Fitz & Follwell: 115 Mont-Royal Avenue West, Montreal
Coop Bécik: 3200 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal
Santrovélo: 111 Roy Street East, Montreal