Our ratings of area bike shops will help you track down shops that will make it easy to buy a new bike. The best shops offer good advice, carry a wide selection of bikes, make them easy to test ride, and help you choose a bike that suits you well.

When you’re ready to buy, make sure the store will do a high-quality job of assembling and adjusting your bike, and make free readjustments—preferably for at least a year after you buy. Our ratings of stores for reliability, and for performing repairs properly, will help you make a good choice.

You’ll want to shop for price, but it probably won’t take long: Our mystery shoppers found very little price competition exists on new bikes.

On the other hand, prices for bike accessories vary a lot. We’ve found that prices for accessories—but not for new bikes—from online/mail-order sellers are often lower than prices at local stores.

If you don’t need a new bike but just want your old one to keep riding well, our ratings of bike repair shops will help you find reliable, reasonably priced options.