- Harvest Cyclery
606 Bushwick Ave., at Jefferson St., Bushwick; 929-234-3555
Twenty-seven-year-old AJ Nichols, who grew up on a tobacco farm in North Carolina, spent his early years tinkering with bikes that his grandfather brought home from the town dump. After working in auto and bike shops in Asheville, Nichols ultimately ended up in Bushwick, where he took care of his newborn baby by day and restored bikes in his apartment’s basement by night before finally opening a brick-and-mortar location, Harvest Cyclery, last May. The shop, which features a nearly floor-to-ceiling tool wall and dozens of “garage queens” (refurbished ’cycles that were barely used and then stashed for years in sheds), specializes in bringing vintage bikes from the 1960s to 1990s back to life: mostly ten-speeds, English three-speeds, and American-made Schwinns. His prices range from $120 (for mechanical restoration) to $250 (for a top-to-bottom refurbish). Nichols is just as comfortable doing some standard post-winter rust removal as he is completely overhauling a bike’s drivetrain.
Best Bike Doctor
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).