741 N. Fourth Ave.
READERS' PICK: These two shops couldn't be more different, which is the kind of contradiction we love. Full Cycle's emphasis is on inventory, and it stocks a full line of high-end European and American (Trek) road bikes and an array of recreational Schwinn models, as well as every accessory you could possibly need to keep you flying down the road at top speed. The techs here are competitive cyclists themselves, and are pretty good at helping you put your money where it's to your best advantage. At this level, buying a bike is like a cross between getting fitted for a suit and choosing a new car: There are lots of measurements to be taken, and lots of packages and accessories to consider. It takes a professional to walk you through it, and for our readers Full Cycle provides the service they trust.
Ordinary Bike Shop, on the other hand, is just what the stick-person shingle out front says: an ordinary bike repair shop. Small place, small inventory of easily affordable street bikes (though they have some sweet retro-style Schwinns that'll steal your heart at a glance), small change for simple repairs. Free air. But Ordinary is extraordinary in its attitude-free service, honest deals and willingness to go the extra mile, whether it's placing a special order or calling a competitor, to get you what you need to get back in the saddle in the shortest time possible. Quality repairs, knowledgeable advice and straightforward trouble-shooting--these guys are the best friends your ride ever had.
READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP: Ajo Bikes, 3816 S 12th Ave.