Where to get a bike fixed?

bike pedal mediumSuper Girl asks via Twitter:

just searched @alloveralbany for recommendations on bike repair shops in the area, but got no results. please help! have no clue where 2 go!

We checked, too, and it doesn't look like we've had this question before.

So, where should Super Girl go to get her bike fixed?

Earlier on AOA:
+ Summer school: Buying a bicycle
+ 2010: Ask AOA: Where to buy a bike


Downtube Bicycle Works in Albany, of course.
466 Madison Ave. Albany, New York 12208

I think the best bicycle mechanic around here is Bill at Adirondack Bicycles in Scotia. He really knows his stuff.

I highly recommend Downtube. downtubebicycleworks.com


Downtube Bicycle Works on Madison in Downtown Albany

Bluesky Bicycles, Elevate Bicycles, Spa City Bicycle Works all in Saratoga Springs.

I don't have any experience with these purveyors, these are just the ones I know about.

1. CK Cyles (formerly Klarsfeld's Schwinn Cyclery) on central ave. in colonie (near colonie center)

2. Down Tube on Madison in Albany towards downtown (near lark st.)

There are other local ones in Delmar, Troy, etc. to recommend but I would say these are some of the best in the Albany area.

I have been a customer of Klarsfelds (now CK cycles) for over 20 years.

CK Cycles on Central Ave (near the Northway Mall/Colonie Center). They're awesome.


DIY! Bike repair/maintenance is stupid expensive. All you need ares some basic tools and an internet/youtube connection.

I actually don't love Downtube, sorry to say. I brought my bike there a few times and got basically a non-fix fix on a broken cassette that they didn' t even realize was cracked. Didn't go back.

I now go to CK.

I'll also throw in for CK. :) which reminds me, I should get my bike out of my basement... ;)

Mad Dog Bicycles in Delmar has a good reputation.


Both Downtube and CK are good shops if you're looking for something in Albany. I've purchased bikes from both of them and also had service done.

Downtube also periodically offers a DIY bike maintenance workshop through Knowledge Network that's worth the investment. It'll give you an idea about the basic tools you need to carry with you and how to fix a flat.

I like Bike Barn in downtown Cohoes. Got a pretty recent tune up (while I waited!) and it was reasonable


If you want to learn how to fix your own ride, you should check out Troy Bike Rescue or Albany Bike Rescue. They both offer workshops & advice on bike repair for free or a small donation. They are great resources we are fortunate to have in our community.


I've had good work done at both Broadway Bikes in Albany (which is related to Plaine & Sons), and at Steiner's (Valatie, Glenmont).

The Bike Blog at the TU also keeps a running list, re-posted from time to time, of local bike shops.

Bike Barn in Cohoes, yes, but also DIY. Bike repair is pretty simple and rewarding.

Also recommend Bike Bard in Cohoes. I had a bike rack "incident" that destroyed both tires among other things. They did a great job fixing everything.

thanks for all the recommendations everyone! i'm in delmar so i might check out maddog first & work my way around albany after that for estimates.
unfortunately the last time i rode my bike (3 years ago) it went down hard due to my crazy dog chasing some wild turkeys. it seems the frame is slightly bent and i have no clue what to do to fix it, or if it is even fixable. for general maintenance i would probably try the diy route. i love how aoa is such a great resource in the area. thanks for posting my question!

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