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Silk Road Cycles
Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-7pm
Nearby Subway Stops
G at Greenpoint Ave.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
This no-frills bike shop offers affordable, friendly service to the hoards of riders that whiz by each day on the Kent Ave./Franklin St. bike lane outside. The small staff of cycle-enthusiasts is more than happy to help customers of all skill levels, without a hint of condescension. Despite the bare-bones décor and homey, garage feel, the shop stocks a top-notch selection of new bikes from brands like Raleigh, Kona, and Surly; prices start at a few hundred dollars and go up to $2,000. Customers can also pick up accessories that range from the frivolous (streamers) to the essential (tire pumps)—Brooks saddles, Bern helmets, Knog lights, and panniers by Swift Industries are top sellers. With a genuine desire to help their fellow cyclists, the full-service shop’s staff is known for giving honest advice and reasonable rates while fixing a wide range of bike woes on everything from fixies to cruisers. There’s also complimentary coffee available, providing customers with a little extra jolt before they ride away.