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Bike shop guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on June 1, 2019 at 9:26 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

Milwaukee - North

There are no bike shops in Milwaukee's North Side.

Milwaukee - East

DreamBikes

2021 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
Harambee
(414) 763-0909
dream-bikes.org

DreamBikes is a non-profit endeavor with five locations across the United States. It is supported by Trek, who uses the bike shop model to provide paid, hands-on job training for youth in moderate-to-low income neighborhoods. DreamBikes is a great resource for used bikes and parts as well as occasional closeouts on new-old-stock bits from Trek's warehouse.


Erik's Bike, Board and Ski - East Side

1819 E. Kenilworth Pl.
East Side
(414) 831-9300
eriksbikeshop.com

Erik's started in Minnesota bust has since expanded to 30 locations around the Midwest. They are a full-service shop for new bicycles under any budget, from casual cruisers to high-speed racers. They also offer services for snowboards, downhill skis, skateboards and pro scooters.


Vulture Space

651 N. Plankinton Ave.
Westown, Downtown
(414) 301-1661
vulturespace.org

Vulture Space is a rag-tag, low-cost, do-it-yourself space that emphasizes learning through doing, and is based out of the Grand Avenue Mall. You can find tons of used bikes and components at reasonable prices, but you might have to spend some time digging through crates and getting your hands dirty.


Truly Spoken Cycles

604 E. Center St.
Riverwest
(414) 263-2453
trulyspokencycles.com

Truly Spoken Cycles was started in 2008 and was Riverwest's first bike shop. You can find new and used bikes there often in the mid-range value. Their service department has an ethos focused on value, and will often make efforts to save existing components before outright replacing them.


Hometown Bicycles

500 E. Center St.
Riverwest
(414) 510-2181
creamcityhostel.com

Hometown Bicycles started out as Coast In Bikes and was Milwaukee's first female-co-owned bike shop. It is now the only bike shop in Milwaukee solely owned by a woman. Hometown Bicycles operates out of the Cream City Hostel and is mostly a service-oriented shop with a limited amount of used bicycles for sale. The shop also specializes in cargo bikes and offers bike rentals.


Fyxation

2943 N. Humboldt Blvd.
Riverwest
(414) 372-7223
fyxation.com

Fyxation hit the scenes with a bomb-proof tire for urban fixed gear riding, but has since increased and evolved its offerings to include a variety of quality components and mid-range singlespeeds and geared bikes for a good price. The shop also has a variety of products and frames from other brands. Their Riverwest location is next door to a Colectivo coffee shop, which is a nice place to chill while your flat is repaired.


Everyday Cycles

826 E. Locust St.
Riverwest
(414) 585-0366
everydaycycles.com

Everyday Cycles was started by Greg Smith, the owner of Schlick Cycles, who custom build steel bike frames. Everyday Cycles focuses on special orders, and mountain biking and fat biking culture, though all styles of riding are welcome.


The Bikesmiths

2865 N. Murray Ave.
East Side
(414) 332-1330
thebikesmiths.com

A full-service bike shop near the UWM area with a pretty significant online store.


Milwaukee - South

Ben's Cycle / Milwaukee Bicycle Company

1013 W. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Village
(414) 384-2236
benscycle.com

Ben's Cycle is the oldest opperating bike shop in Milwaukee, opening its doors in 1928, a full 35 years before the next-oldest Milwaukee shop, Emerys Cycling, Triathlon & Fitness (though Johnson's Cycles in Wauwatosa opened a mere 11 years after Ben's). Owner Vince Hanoski is the third generation owner.

Ben's is a full service shop with a gigantic selection of bicycles and parts at any style and price point. Beyond the shop and the warehouse, Ben's also has a comprehensive online store. There is also a training center for indoor riding.

Ben's is also home to the Milwaukee Bicycle Company brand, which has designed a full slate of high-quality steel frames that are then hand-made by Waterford Precision Cycles (based in Waterloo, Wisconsin).


Bigfoot Bike & Skate

350 E. Ward St.
Bay View
(414) 332-3479
bigfootbikeandskate.com

Bigfoot Bike & Skate offers service for bicycles as well as rollerskates and skateboards. The bike focus is mostly on BMX-style bikes from 20-inch to 27.5-inch cruisers.


Milwaukee - West

Emerys Cycling, Triathlon & Fitness - Milwaukee

9929 W. Lisbon Ave.
Golden Valley
(414) 463-0770
emerys.com

Emerys is a full-service bike shop that also offers support for running, swimming and all-around fitness with equipment such as stationary bikes, treadmills and rowing machines.

They also specialize in adaptive bicycles for people who are differently-abled (handicapped, disabled, disfigured, etc.), giving everyone a chance to enjoy activities outdoors.


Milwaukee Bicycle Collective

2930 W. Clybourn Ave.
Merrill Park
(414) 431-0825
bikecollective.org

The Milwaukee Bicycle Collective was established in 2002 as a collectively-run, all-volunteer bike shop that takes donations of used bikes, fixes them up, and makes them available for purchase at a relatively inexpensive price. There is a big learning-by-doing, do-it-yourself ethos and an intense focus on re-use and recycling. If you want to learn how to overhaul a bearing set, adjust your own brakes, or restore and keep your favorite vintage bike in tip-top shape, this is the place for you.

Hours are limited by volunteers, so be sure to call before you go to make sure they're open.


Velobahn

3618 W. Pierce St.
Silver City
(414) 249-5657
velobahncoffee.com

Velobahn is a coffee shop and bike service shop, located right off of the Hank Aaron Trail in the Pedal Milwaukee building (which is shared by the Wisconsin Bike Fed.


The Hub MKE

1824 W. State St.
Avenues West
(414) 301-1131
thehubmke.com

The Hub started as a hub for Pedal Power Cabs, a rickshaw company, but has continued to evolve the space into a bike shop. The storefront is going through the rigors of the occupancy permit and is thus not officially open, but would-be patrons can order mobile service by calling or texting their number.


Suburbs - North

Erik's Bike, Board and Ski - Whitefish Bay

151 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay
(414) 831-1001
eriksbikeshop.com

Erik's started in Minnesota bust has since expanded to 30 locations around the Midwest. They are a full-service shop for new bicycles under any budget, from casual cruisers to high-speed racers. They also offer services for snowboards, downhill skis, skateboards and pro scooters.


Emerys Cycling, Triathlon & Fitness - Menomonee Falls

N88W15036 Main St., Menomonee Falls
(414) 255-0770
emerys.com

Emerys is a full-service bike shop that also offers support for running, swimming and all-around fitness with equipment such as stationary bikes, treadmills and rowing machines.

They also specialize in adaptive bicycles for people who are differently-abled (handicapped, disabled, disfigured, etc.), giving everyone a chance to enjoy activities outdoors.


Belgianwerkx

10802 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon
(262) 518-0170
belgianwerkx.com

Belgianwerkx sells and services bikes of all lifestyles, but has a focus on racing. This includes sponsorship and support of its own Belgianwerkx cycling teams, which competes in multiple disciplines including road, mountain, cyclocross, track and triathlon.


Suburbs - East

Wheel & Sprocket - Fox Point

6940 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point
(414) 247-8100
wheelandsprocket.com

Wheel & Sprocket is Wisconsin's largest and most prolific bike shop, but that doesn't mean they're a faceless monolith. Their level of community support is unparalleled and they've been awarded the Best Bike Shop in the Country by National Bicycle Dealer Association & Interbike, twice.

Noel and Amelia Kegel are second generation owners after their father, Chris Kegel, passed away. It is now one of the two female-owned (or co-owned) shops in the area (Carolyn Weber's Hometown Bicycles is the other).

They offer bikes for all lifestyles, including commuters, racing, cargo bikes, electric bikes and more.


Suburbs - South

Erik's Bike, Board and Ski - Greenfield

8401 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield
(414) 448-1208
eriksbikeshop.com

Erik's started in Minnesota bust has since expanded to 30 locations around the Midwest. They are a full-service shop for new bicycles under any budget, from casual cruisers to high-speed racers. They also offer services for snowboards, downhill skis, skateboards and pro scooters.


South Shore Cyclery

4758 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy
(414) 831-0211
southshorecyclery.com

Southshore Cyclery is a full-service shop with an extensive online shop. But even though most components are available digitally, it's worth stopping into the shop to view their vintage bicycle museum for all-kinds of eye-popping history. Penny farthings, wooden frames and original Schwinns adorn the walls.


Wheel & Sprocket - Hales Corners

5722 S. 108th St., Hales Corners
(414) 529-6600
wheelandsprocket.com

Wheel & Sprocket is Wisconsin's largest and most prolific bike shop, but that doesn't mean they're a faceless monolith. Their level of community support is unparalleled and they've been awarded the Best Bike Shop in the Country by National Bicycle Dealer Association & Interbike, twice.

Noel and Amelia Kegel are second generation owners after their father, Chris Kegel, passed away. It is now one of the two female-owned (or co-owned) shops in the area (Carolyn Weber's Hometown Bicycles is the other).

They offer bikes for all lifestyles, including commuters, racing, cargo bikes, electric bikes and more.

The Hales Corners location will be closing and moving to Franklin by the end of June 2019.


Patio Bike Shop

9800 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners
(414) 425-3535
patiobike.com

Patio Bike Shop in Waukesha is a full-service shop and has been owned and managed by John since 1972. They are a full-service shop and offer a huge selection of over 2,000 bikes.


Cheata Bikes

2300 10th Ave., South Milwaukee
South Milwaukee
(414) 852-7284
cheatabikes.com

Before motorcycles were invented and long before electric bikes hit the mainstream there were bike frames modified with engines. Cheata Bikes keeps that tradition alive.


Suburbs - West

Allis Bike & Fitness

9622 W. National Ave., West Allis
(414) 327-1290
allisbike.com

Allis Bike is a full-service bike shop with a selection of bikes for any budget and a huge selection of BMX brands. They have been in business since 1951.


Johnson's Cycle & Fitness

6916 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa
(414) 476-2341
johnsonsbikeshop.com

Johnson's started out as a sporting goods store in 1939, but had transformed into a full-service bike shop by 1994. They carry many levels of bicycles, but also carry general fitness products as well as skateboards.


Wheel & Sprocket - Brookfield

13925 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield
(262) 783-0700
wheelandsprocket.com

Wheel & Sprocket is Wisconsin's largest and most prolific bike shop, but that doesn't mean they're a faceless monolith. Their level of community support is unparalleled and they've been awarded the Best Bike Shop in the Country by National Bicycle Dealer Association & Interbike, twice.

Noel and Amelia Kegel are second generation owners after their father, Chris Kegel, passed away. It is now one of the two female-owned (or co-owned) shops in the area (Carolyn Weber's Hometown Bicycles is the other).

They offer bikes for all lifestyles, including commuters, racing, cargo bikes, electric bikes and more.

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