Many a Parisian has given up on the traffic jams, the cramped, depressing metro, and the buses that never turn up when they’re supposed to, or at all, and instead chosen the freedom of a life in the saddle. To find your dream ride or to get your current one fixed up or tricked out, visit one of these ten trendy bike stores.
Founded in 1982, Bicloune has been welcoming bike enthusiasts to its store in the 12th arrondissement for well over 30 years. It carries new and restored bikes, including brands from France, the Netherlands, and the United States, as well as spare parts and cycling accessories. If your ride is in need of some serious repair work, it can be sent to the company’s workshop in Romainville on the outskirts of Paris and there’s even a shuttle service between there and the store if you need to drop it off or pick it up. Address and Phone Number:
Newer on the scene but with no less passion and expertise is Bicycle Store, which opened in the 3rd arrondissement in 2008. It is a specialized boutique, offering high-end bicycles for use in the city. This includes traditional styles of city bikes as well as foldable models, beach cruisers, and single-speed bikes. There is also a workshop staffed by highly trained mechanics committed to delivering the highest possible quality of service. Address and Phone Number:
After immediate success with their online store, BeastyBike, the two longtime friends behind L’Hirondelle Bike Shop decided they needed to open a location in Paris’ cool and calm 15th arrondissement. Everything that you can see on the site, you can find in the store, and there’s also a large adjoining workshop with a qualified mechanic who can show you how to change a part or help you figure out how to best personalize your bike. The team are passionate about everything to do with cycling and love advising and chatting with their customers about exciting new brands. Address and Phone Number:
Cyclope Bikes Shop recently moved from its former haunt on the Canal Saint-Martin to smart new premises in the 2nd arrondissement. The surrounds might have changed but the team inside are as talented and committed as ever, never forgetting a customer they’ve met or bike they’ve sold; it’s kind of like the Ollivander’s of the Parisian bike world. They’ll help you create your dream ride from scratch, piece by piece, making sure that the finished item is something you’ll have and love forever and not some garish indulgence you’ll be over in five minutes. Address:
Cycles Laurent is a classic family business, with experience stretching back over 75 years and three generations, but with a passion for the newest technologies on the market. The store currently carries over 30,000 products from 500 brands, each of them selected objectively for their quality and not because of any corporate tie-ins. There are also two workshops, staffed by the meticulous and skilled Franck and Tony, that are open throughout the year. You don’t need an appointment and your bike should be ready to ride again in under 48 hours, unless the work requires a part being ordered in. Address and Phone Number:
There are over 100 bikes available to try before you buy at ALLOVELO, and every brand imaginable is available on demand. This includes children’s bikes as well as folding, electric, and mountain models for adults. They’ll also purchase your old bike and deduct this from the cost of your new one and if it ever needs repairing they’ll lend you a replacement for free while it’s being fixed. You can also rent a huge variety of bikes, including tandems, cargo bikes, and trailers. Address and Phone Number:
Eddy and Hugo are the two childhood friends behind Vélo Vintage, a wonderful store in Paris’ 18th arrondissement. As you might have gathered from the name, they specialize in vintage bikes and their inspiration for the store is unabashedly ‘80s: bright colors rule and trendy collector’s items are high on the agenda. The guys are happy to let you test drive any of their old-school models and will help you find the picture-postcard bicycle that you’ve always dreamed of. Address and Phone Number:
La Bicyclette actually occupies two stores on Rue Crozatier in the 12th arrondissement, at number fives and ten. At each you’ll find a selection of old and modern bikes—city, road, racing, hikers, fixed gable, single-speed—as well as all the spare new and used parts you could ever need. There’s also a workshop for repairs, however, they won’t be able to help you with mountain or electric bikes. Address and Phone Number:
Gepetto & Vélos opened in June 1996 in the aftermath of the infamous metro strikes and ever since the team has been using their passion and expertise to further the cause of the cyclist here in Paris. As well as selling used and new bikes, which are sourced from France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and the United States, the capable hands of Annemarie and Raouf provide same-day repairs. You can also rent bikes, individually or as a group and with or without a guide, and pick up accessories like baskets, bags, baby seats, lights, locks, bells, and helmets. Address and Phone Number:
La Crèmerie is the spiritual home of BMXers in Paris and, helpfully, it’s located just around the corner from the Place de la République, one of their favorite spots to ride. The store has existed under numerous names and guises since 1995 but took on its current form and location in 2013 after being bought over by Bicycle Store, which also features on this list. As well as selling all the trendiest models on the planet, the store regularly welcomes BMX stars from around the world.