Maine Bike Shops | Basic Bike Equipment: How bike shops can help you

Maine bike shopMaine is home to more than 50 independently owned bike shops. These bike shops are staffed by people who know and ride bikes. Maine Bike Shops sell bikes of all kinds, fix bikes, perform tune-ups and sell a range of parts, accessories and clothing. Some bike shops also perform bike-fit services and rent bikes.

Bike shops can help you find the best bike for you. If you are in the market for a new bike, the Coalition recommends buying your next bike at your locally owned shop, as they fully guarantee their equipment, and will be very responsive if you have a mechanical problem or fitting issue.

Many shops host their own Bike Clubs. Whether you ride for recreation, transportation, fitness or fun, independently owned bike shops can meet your every need.

Basic Bike Equipment: Once you have your bike, there are a few other items you might consider buying as they will ensure your safety and comfort, no matter how long your ride. Below we have listed our suggestions and have marked the essentials with an asterisk (*).

Basic Safety:

  • Helmet*
  • Eye wear
  • Reflective clothing for night riding*
Basic Clothing:

  • Gloves
  • Biking Shorts—tight or baggy! (soften your seat)
  • Shirts/Jerseys
  • Neon Shells
  • Bicycle Shoes—more efficient and comfortable than riding in running shoes!
Basic Accessories:
  • Water Bottle cage*
  • Water bottle*
  • Hydration pack
  • Pump
  • Tube*
  • Patch Kit*
  • Multi tool (for quick basic repairs)
  • Headlights
  • Tail Lights
  • Rain Gear
  • Reflectors
  • Wheel Lights
  • Bell
  • Fenders
  • Rack (so you can easily carry panniers and other items)
  • Panniers, bags, baskets
  • Cyclometer (measures your speed, distance, average, time, etc)

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The Maine Bike Shops listed below are members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and generously contribute to our education and advocacy programs.  Please patronize these businesses!

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