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Where to Buy a Bike for Every Budget in WNY

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Written by Morgan Culhane

Published on May 12, 2016


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With talk of a new master plan for bicycles, which could mean 300 miles of bike lanes in Buffalo, and Slow Roll Buffalo events every single Monday night this summer, and awesome events like The Skyride popping up, there’s no better time to join the city’s growing bike community. If you’re eager to start riding this summer there are plenty of affordable bike shops to check out right here in the Buffalo area. With so many options, it’s really a matter of deciding how much you want to spend and how often you plan on riding. As usual, we’re here to help with a list of some of your best bets!
 

Option 1: Rent

Aren’t sure if you’re QUITE ready to invest in a bike? Renting is the perfect way to find out what you like and what you don’t, what you could use more (gears, cushy seat) and less of.

 

Blue Bikes at Canalside

Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, this program provides the city with nearly 50 rental bikes. Bike rentals are $15 an hour and come with a helmet and bike lock. These bikes are available daily from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and BCBS members receive $5 off rentals.  
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Dick’s Bicycle Shop

781 Niagara St., Tonawanda, NY 14150
Located in Tonawanda, Dick’s Bicycle Shop offers affordable rentals for the whole family. Available rentals include regular bikes, higher-end bikes, and tandem bikes (!!). Rent by the hour or for the full day; – basically the sky’s the limit. Hourly rental rates range from $10-$20; full day rentals range from $25-$100; and family discounts are available.
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Campus Wheelworks

744 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222
Campus Wheelworks, conveniently located in the Elmwood Village, offers high-quality rentals for all riding occasions. Fat bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, and single-speed cruisers are all available for daily rental. The first day is $40-$50 depending on the style you choose, and $20-$25 for each additional day.
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BikeShare at UB

Exclusively available to University at Buffalo students, faculty, and staff, this bike share program is just $10 a year, allowing for easy transportation all around and between UB’s campuses.
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Spinlister

If you need a bike for the day, Spinlister may be just what you are looking for. This global bike share program helps riders find bikes available for rental in their local area. Prices vary depending on what you are looking for and what the bike lister chooses to charge. #uberforbikes? kinda?
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Option 2: Buy Used

Buying used is the perfect happy medium if you want a bike to call your own, but aren’t quite ready for the new-bike sticker price. And let’s be honest, don’t we all?

Dick’s Bicycle Shop

781 Niagara St., Tonawanda, NY 14150
If you’ve rented from Dick’s and loved your set of wheels or are simply looking for a more permanent ride, they have a selection of used bikes starting as low as $75 ranging to $250 that’s worth checking out. New bikes are also available for purchase starting at $300.
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Rick’s Cycle Shop

55 Allen St., Buffalo, NY 14202
Conveniently located in Allentown, Rick’s Cycle Shop offers a selection of used bikes averaging between $200 and $300. New bikes are also available for purchase starting at $270.
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North Star Bikes & Sports

1897 Eggert Rd., Amherst, NY 14226
At North Star Bikes in Amherst, you can find an ever-changing selection of high-quality bikes of all shapes and sizes. With prices for used bikes ranging from $200 to $350, there are often affordable options for all types of riders. New bikes are also available for purchase starting at $360.
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Option 3: Buy New

If you depend on your bike every day for transportation, fitness, or leisure, it may be time to think about investing in a new ride that will last you for years to come. That’s where these guys come in.

 

The Bike Shop

145 Swan St., Buffalo, NY 14203
576 Main St., East Aurora, NY 14052
With locations in Downtown Buffalo and East Aurora The Bike Shop offers road bikes, tri bikes, mountain bikes, and hybrid bikes. Prices vary depending on the style of bike you are shopping for. With single-speed bikes starting at $200, and mountain bikes as low as $600-$700, there are plenty of affordable options at both store locations.
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Handlebars Cycle Company

685 Englewood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14223
With all styles, shapes, and sizes available this bike shop in Tonawanda has something for riders of all levels to see. With single-speed cruisers starting at $300, hybrids ranging from $425-$750, and road bikes for $1,000 and above, you can expect a quality ride from this shop. Be sure to watch out for closeout model sales too if you’re looking for affordability and quality.
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Shickluna Bikes & Darts

1835 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216
Right on Hertel Ave, you can find a range of bikes that considers everyone from to leisure riders to professional racers. With an inventory that includes road, off-road, hybrid and sport bikes, prices tend to vary starting at $350.
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Whether you’re a leisure, recreational, active, or avid rider, now is the perfect time to try or buy a set of wheels that doesn’t require gassing up. Get on it and let us know how it goes! Did we miss an awesome bike shop? Let us know at info@stepoutbuffalo.com.
 
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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/morganculhane/" target="_self">Morgan Culhane</a>

Written by Morgan Culhane

Morgan is a storyteller with a passion for exploring Buffalo's food and beverage scene. She enjoys drinking craft beer so much that she started a business dedicated to promoting this industry. As the co-founder of Content on Draft, she develops social media marketing strategies for craft beverage companies in Buffalo and beyond… and she loves it!
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