Cycling is an easy way to exercise, offers tremendous health benefits and you can ride almost all year long in Houston. This is the kind of hobby/exercise combo that just doesn’t have to cost a small fortune or a ridiculous amount of time skill building. All you need is a bike, time and road or trail stretching into the horizon. Here are some of the best places in Houston to help you get started and keep you on track.

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ICycle Bike Shop
1503 W. 18th St.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 862-8520

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – closed

This northwest side shop can provide a child’s first bicycle or a top-of-the-line racing rig. In its location for 10 years, its staff is novice-friendly, but knowledgeable enough to assist the most serious biker’s needs. Outfitting first-time riders for the MS150 is its a specialty. ICycle sponsors a bike club, which hosts a group ride every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and another each Saturday at 8 a.m. With the 8.5-mile West White Oak Bayou Trail winding nearby, riders are always welcome to park in their lot and ride the trail at their leisure.

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Bike Werks
4554 Kingwood Dr.
Kingwood, TX 77345-2600
(281) 361-7171

Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun – noon to 5 p.m.

This shop has been taking care of Kingwood-area riders since 1994 and offers notable brands including Gary Fisher, Giant, Diamondback and Electra with a wide variety of in-store stock.  Customers praise the quality of attention to detail and customer satisfaction. The staff also offers safety tune-ups and comprehensive rebuilds of most bikes. For skateboarders, the shop also stocks Oakley and Sector 9 boards.

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Bay Area Schwinn Cycling & Fitness
2049 S. Richey
Pasadena, TX 77502
(713) 472-6651

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – noon to 5 p.m.

Bay Area Schwinn caters to southeast-side riders and prides itself on its selection of bikes at competitive prices, its customer service and satisfaction. Its expertise in cycling is invaluable to veteran riders and newbies overwhelmed by the options. As an additional bonus, the shop’s comprehensive website features an online adviser who offers tips on bikes styles, maintenance and training.

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West End Bicycles 
5427 Blossom
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 861-2271

Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues, Thurs – 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – noon to 4 p.m.

Although a little off the beaten path, this shop is convenient to those the Memorial Park area. Along with sales and service of major brands of mountain, road and hybrid bikes, this shop offers bicycle rentals by the day, week or month. With 25 years of experience, West End has specialists on staff that will assist in fitting (seat height, reach, stem length, etc.) a new bike to each buyer. Group rides leave the parking lot every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.

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Bike Route
2633 Town Center Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 265-3900

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – closed

The friendly and helpful staff at this official MS150 inspection shop is ready to help find the perfect bike for any rider or provide the gear that cycling enthusiasts want. Bike Route staffers love to help new riders get started and will work to make sure newbies have a great experience that’ll have them hooked for life. They also do safety checks and on-site repairs.

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