If you’re reading today’s paper on a bus, train or trolley, this one’s for you.
Fairmount Bicycles is a freshly opened haven for cyclists based north of Vine Street and, unlike most other area bike boutiques, it caters primarily to commuters as opposed to competitive racers.
“I’m a casual rider. I don’t wear Spandex!” says owner Shelly Salamon, who fixed and sold bikes on Craigslist before opening the shop.
The cheerfully painted store sells new and used bikes and gear and offers on-site repairs. Already popular among neighborhood riders, Fairmount Bicycles quickly reached capacity for repairs. Fortunately, shop manager and bike mechanic Chris Harne says he’s happy to be so busy. “When I look back at night and think of all the bikes I worked on, I think ‘This was a good day,’” he says.
While Fairmount Bicycles stocks a few racers — including the Urban Xpress by KHS — most merchandise isn’t too fancy or complicated, making it perfect for new riders or cyclists who only ride to work or for fun. Used bikes start at $200, while new bikes range from $329 to $599.
Fairmount Bicycles also offers rentals for those looking to try a new way to get to work. For $18-$30, riders can borrow an appropriately sized bike, as well as a lock and helmet. Salamon hopes to eventually expand the shop’s offerings to include travel gear and more items for children.
If you go
Tuesday to Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6.pm.
2015 Fairmount Ave.