bike industry

New bike shops: evidence of strong growth in cycling?

It's hard to keep track of all the new bike shops over the last year or two. Can the Toronto market sustain them all? Is it a sign of a booming bike market? Last year saw:

  • Sweet Pete's B-side as the original Bloor West shop opened a second in the Annex (517 Bloor West), a more "traditional" North American bike shop.
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op started selling their own bike brand, designed, it seems, mostly for the West Coast market.
  • Bike House, a tiny Latino bike shop that exists on low rent costs at Augusta and Dundas to fill a niche on the lower end.
  • Liberty Street Cyclery, a bike shop accessible for the quickly growing "island" but takes some work to find hidden just south of the Liberty Noodle.
  • the ramshackle but very useful Parts Unknown gets closed by the landlord of the Kensington back alley but George rebounds as the Epicyclic just off Queen and Denison.

And this year:

  • Bikes On Wheels in Kensington Market just opened a new location on Queen St West (779 Queen W), with their same range of city, fixies, road and cargo.
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