At Top Gear Bicycle Shop’s two locations, a team of master technicians tends to road and mountain bikes while a staff of avid cyclists outfits shoppers with appropriate gear for their riding surface of choice. Trek, Look, and Felt bikes stand out among the shop’s collection, which includes mountain, cyclocross, and pro-level road bikes.
The professional spoke-spinners at Trek of Pittsburgh have access to a stock of brand-name bikes and are well equipped to deck out cycles of all shapes and sizes in the latest gear. With a laser-guided bike-fitting pod, matching velocipedes to velocipedalers is scientifically simplified. Those who are already becycled will find a sloshing CamelBak of biking accouterments at Trek, including actual CamelBaks ($74.99), a Pearl Izumi camisole ($45), and effervescent headlights ($29.99).
Inside Kent Cycle, rows of handpicked, name-brand bikes from Surly, All-City, and Torker idle atop sleek hardwood floors, hungry for the chance to feel pavement beneath their tires. Elsewhere in the shop, mechanics keep mounts riding smoothly with regular tune-ups, and riding gear such as gloves, messenger bags, and long-sleeve jackets keep torsos free of moisture and safe from road debris and juggling pins lobbed by unicycle gangs.
Ohio Cycleworks & Indoor Cycling brings cycling sessions indoors while maintaining the comforts of riding your own bike. Up to six riders hook their road bikes into a CompuTrainer device, which carefully calibrates speed and power and displays their real-time stats through digital screens overhead. Experienced cyclists train alongside newbies, pounding out miles without the hassles of inclement weather and aggressive vehicles while forging camaraderie and pushing their workouts to the limits in a safe, supervised setting. The trainers also offer private coaching to help riders improve their performances. During these sessions, they still draw upon technology and can determine where you are producing power in each pedal stroke and the number of baseball cards needed to make your back wheel sound like a Harley.
Biketek welcomes all cyclists for supplies, repairs, and tune-ups, whether they ride recreationally or compete in triathlons. In addition to road, triathlon, mountain, single-speed, and hybrid bikes from Felt, Jamis, and Raleigh, the shop stocks a sizeable collection of gear from Giro, Sidi, Topeak, and Shimano. GU and Hammer Nutrition products, meanwhile, give riders the power necessary to win races and corral herds of stampeding tricycles. For six months after they purchase a new bicycle, buyers can come back to the shop for free maintenance and fit adjustments.
On the upkeep side of Biketek’s coin, technicians repair and maintain rides with tune-ups, part installations, and other services. They also fit bikes to riders with Body Scanning CRM technology, which uses software and noninvasive laser-pointer body measurements to determine the ideal saddle height, angle, and fore-aft position, as well as handlebar height and rotation. Although everyone can purchase a fitting session, Biketek offers one free to anyone buying a new road, triathlon, or cyclocross bike.
Browse Golden Triangle’s bikes and rates to find the proper urban steed for slick city cycling. Ride upright in comfort on a hybrid bike built to ride most trails ($8/hour, $30/day) or upgrade to a hardtail Kona Mountain Bike to take on the wheel’s natural enemy, steeply sloped curbs ($10/hour, $40/day). Nothing says I love you and I trust you like riding a tandem bike for two ($12/hour, $40/day), except for riding a four-wheeled surrey equipped to seat up to three adults and two children, or a pair of figure skaters and one fourth of a barbershop quartet ($20/hour, $50/day).