Boston’s Best Bike Repair

March 23, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo Credit: Bikes Not Bombs/Instagram)

(Photo Credit: Bikes Not Bombs/Instagram)

Boston is quickly becoming a city full of bicycle-riding commuters. With bike lanes now incorporated into a number of streets, getting around by bike keeps getting easier. What may not be so easy is figuring out where to take your bike if it needs a tune-up. Whether your bike sat in a basement all winter and just needs a little tweaking, or it is also your main form of transportation – and you’ve been riding through the winter and need a good old tune-up to fix weariness from potholes and road salt, with spring right around the corner, use this guide to take your bike back onto the road with ease.
(Photo by Spencer Platt-Getty Images)

(Photo by Spencer Platt-Getty Images)

Quad Bikes
51 Shepard St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496-5955

A non-profit bicycle repair shop in the heart of Harvard Square, Quad Bikes not only provides expert Ivy League-quality repairs at reasonable prices, the staff will teach you how to ride a bike too. If you are ordering a bike that requires assembly, consider having it delivered to Quad. With the appropriate arrangements in place, Quad will assemble your bike for you and offer a convenient time to pick it up. Before visiting the shop, note that the store opens in the afternoon and does not offer morning hours.

(Photo Credit: Bikes Not Bombs/Instagram)

(Photo Credit: Bikes Not Bombs/Instagram)

Bikes Not Bombs
18 Bartlett Square
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-0226

Bikes Not Bombs is a great local organization that also works towards a higher mission – to provide bicycles to underserved populations around the globe. If you are interested in contributing to charity while having your bike repaired, be sure to visit. If learning more about your bike is one of your goals, Bikes Not Bombs can help. The shop also offers classes in bicycle repair to give you the confidence to take care of your own bike.

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(Photo Credit: Papa Wheelies/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Papa Wheelies/Facebook)

Back Bay Bicycles 
362 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 247-2336

Located in Back Bay, Back Bay Bicycles will get your bike road ready in no time. As with many stores in Back Bay, this bike shop is located in the basement of a brownstone. Don’t let the size of the shop fool you, however. Known for quick repairs and great in-store discounts, Back Bay Bicycles will get you out of the door and riding in a short period of time.

(Photo Credit: Urban Adventours)

(Photo Credit: Urban Adventours)

The Bike Shop at Urban AdvenTours
103 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 670-0637

Located between Faneuil Hall and the North End, Urban AdvenTours has a solid reputation for in-town bicycle tours for riders of all abilities. Urban AdvenTours’ green-rimmed bikes are easy to spot; but did you know that the company also provides bike repair services and bike rentals? If you are a commuter in need of repairs and a loaner bike, consider this shop. In addition, Urban AdvenTours can assist you with shipping your bike should the need ever arise.

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(Photo Credit: International Cycle)

(Photo Credit: International Cycle)

International Bicycle Centers
89 Brighton Ave.
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 783-5804

For riders located in the Allston/Brighton and surrounding neighborhoods, International Bicycle Center offers expert repair services at affordable prices. In addition to full-service repairs and tune-ups, it also offers a unique kids bicycle program for the younger riders in your household. If you purchase a kid’s bicycle, you may return that bike to exchange it for new one in two years with 50 percent of the bike’s value in credit. To make your visit easier, International Bicycle has a parking lot tucked behind the store. It also has a sister store in Newton.

Cristy is a city dwelling enthusiast, an arts, culture, and technology lover, and an all around curious person. As an examiner, she covers all things Boston. Her work can be found on


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