- Bicycle Habitat
244 Lafayette St., nr. Spring St. 212-431-3315
Frank’s is known for fast, reliable repairs; Toga Bikes is praised for its sophisticated inventory and generous service policy; and Bike Works is regarded (especially by the single-gear crowd) as the place that can bring bikes back from the dead. But Bicycle Habitat is the best overall, for its price range, beloved repair crew, and its owner, Charlie McCorkell, who’s been a cornerstone of the city’s biking community for more than two decades.
Best Bike Shop
From the 2009 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).