The time has come: People are finally pushing for the Philippines, particularly Metro Manila, to have a more bike-friendly environment. While it sucks that took a pandemic to force the issue, at the very least, biking is now being seriously considered as a viable transportation option. Cycling can be solitary (read: physically distant); It's also good exercise, good for the Earth, and affordable. Why did it take COVID-19 for everyone to look at cycling as an efficient way to get from points A to B?
We know a lot of people haven't cycled since they were probably eight years old, so we're taking it easy with these bike shops that would probably answer all your questions and needs as a bike convert.
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Head to any of these 10 places if you're looking to buy your first bike:
Cartimar, Pasay City
Bike enthusiasts and hardcore cyclists know that Cartimar, a market hub that's been around since the 50s, is something of a bike mecca. Make a beeline for Leveriza Street where you can find all the big bicycle shops like VeloCity, Paulina's, and Ross. These places accommodate any level of cyclist. Plus, they have provisions and services for everything from city bikes to commuter bikes and more.
GloriousRide Bike Shop Warehouse
Known as an "ol' reliable" in the biking community, GloriousRide's main shop is located in Diliman, Quezon City. For the newbie biker who's seeking options, this bike haven has everything from mountain bikes to folding bikes to all kinds of protective gear. They can also help customize, tune up, and repair bikes.
GloriousRide is available online and at 131-D Kamias Road, Diliman, Quezon City.
Originally a shop that specialized in motorized scooters, Skoot.ph has branched out to include beginner bikes for commuters who are opting for more pandemic-friendly modes of transport. The Binelli and Brooklyn road bikes are also pretty affordable, costing P5,500 and P7,000, respectively.
Skoot.ph is available online and at Unit 2H, Angeles place, F.T. Angeles Street, Pateros.
Don't let the scruffy interior of this shop intimidate you. All Terra offers a good catalog of mid-range to high-end bicycles, perfect for whichever level cyclist you are. The staff can also be counted on for help when picking out the right bike for your lifestyle.
All Terra is available online and at Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas Avenue
This bike shop in Kapitolyo, Mandaluyong City, deals in Specialized, Trek, Fox, Rockshox, SRAM, Bontrager brands, and other essential bike products. It's a good source of all things bicycle for avid cyclists, and also for beginners looking to amp up their arsenal.
WheelWorks is available online and at 51 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Japanese surplus shops
The most obvious place to look for a beginner bike would be a surplus shop—especially if you're not willing to invest big right away. Japanese surplus shops, in particular, are always reliable for a good bargain on bicycles, especially if you know how to haggle. Japanese surplus stores that sell bikes are spread all over Manila, stretching between Navotas and Manila.
Despite the kooky name, this one-stop shop has some serious bike digs. Some of the brands it carries are Momum, Abloc, Velopac, Velotoze, FixItSticks, Bianchi, Vee Tire, Suomy, Supacaz, Zefal, DT Swiss, and Continental. Plus, you can also buy and ship accessories to make sure your bike is completely roadworthy.
Team Pogi is available online and at 232 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig City.
Endless Bike Shop
The Endless bike shop offers all kinds of rides (road bikes, BMX, sidecars, and accessories), but its real advocacy is to promote mountain biking—a worthy hobby to get into once you've tackled the Metro's streets and we're in the clear. Run by a husband-and-wife team for almost 30 years, it's known in the bike community for its reliability.
Endless Bike Shop is available online.
Dan's doesn't need an introduction. After all, sports enthusiasts have flocked to this shop since 1996. They're known for being the official distributor of Trek Bikes, a brand that specializes in mountain bikes. They also offers products for power sports and running, in case you were looking for more than just biking!
Dan's is available online.
Always a trusty go-to for anything sports-related, Decathlon offers great options for beginner cyclists. They carry all types of bikes, even light versions for beginners—and all the other accessories they sell as well are worth checking out. Best part is that they currently deliver their items while the city is under quarantine!
Decathlon is available online.
Bonus option: Enso's Bikeshop by John Wilkie
Marikina natives know John Wilkie as one of the most dependable names when it comes to bicycles, and Enso's Bikeshop by John Wilkie in San Roque keeps up the tradition. They've got plenty of options for beginners and long-time bikers alike, as well as bicycles for kids and bike accessories. They've usually got brands like Schwinn, Cannondale, and Trek, plus folding bikes from Flik and Birdy.
Check out Enso's Bikeshop by John Wilkie on Facebook or contact them at 0915-857-0326.
Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Spot.ph editors.
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