Berlin has a plethora of bike stores, ranging from poor to truly excellent. Here are 5 you have to check out.
Stadler: various locations.
OK, so it’s not exactly the hippest bike shop in the city, but any true cycling fan should at least poke their head into one of the three Stadler locations: there are branches in Friedrichshain, Pankow and Charlottenburg.
They stock a decent selection of bike brands, with particular emphasis on their in-house brands; but there are occasionally some more interesting bikes in stock. If you want a typical German-style ‘trekking Fahrrad’, this should be at the top of your list of places to visit. You’re also able to cycle around the store on their indoor track to test your new bike without ever having to go out into the elements – also really good fun for your kids.
The range of accessories, bags, parts and clothing is truly impressive – there’s nowhere else in the city where you will find anything close to such a selection. The chances are, if you’re looking for a particular bike bag, pannier, set of handlebars or tire you will find it here. Spend some time annoying other customers by ringing as many bells as you can.
Stadler stores also incorporate a large, open-planned repair shop. By all accounts the staff are friendly and professional.
The Gentle Jaunt: Simon-Dach-Strasse, Friedrichshain
A type of cycling particularly close to Bike In Berlin’s heart is bike touring. There’s now a shop in Berlin which caters specifically for ‘laid-back cycling’ (as they put it on their website) and all other kinds of bicycling that are more focused on the journey than wearing lycra and cycling as fast as you can in a loop.
You’ll find the store on Simon-Dach Strasse, one of Friedrichshain’s main shopping and entertainment streets. The bikes and equipment on offer focus on what you would have in yesteryear loosely described as ‘touring’ – the nomenclature has started to change in recent years, with newer, more fashionable terms such as ‘bikepacking’ ‘adventure biking’ and ‘gravel biking’ starting to gain popularity.
Either way, there is a truly impressive range of stout, chunky-tired, mostly steel-framed bikes on offer from a range of leading manufacturers: Salsa, Genesis, Marin, Soma.
The Gentle Jaunt also stocks a range of accessories geared towards such adventure cycling pursuits: bikepacking bags, rucksacks, parts, tires, as well as clothes and shoes. You can also get a nice coffee in the store.
Gentle Jaunt’s sister store is Gold Sprint in Alt-Treptow, focusing on single-speed and fixed-gear bikes, with a similarly impressive range of stuff on offer.
Steel Vintage Bikes, Mitte.
An impressive store in Mitte, right near Potsdamer Platz, Steel Vintage Bikes specialise in, you guessed it, vintage steel bikes. They mainly focus on reconditioning and selling classic vintage racing bikes, parts and retro clothing. If you’re into vintage bicycles, this place is simply a must-visit. Find the vintage Pinarello or Colnago of your dreams, that elusive vintage Campagnolo derailleur or simply pop in and have a coffee and some cake at their cafe.
SVB is also an official partner with Eroica (https://eroica.cc/) – an organisation which organises amateur rides in different parts of the world with strict rules that participants ride vintage (pre-1987) bikes and wear vintage clothing. SVB is the official online shop for Eroica-approved bicycles and merchandise.
As we cover in our bike rental guide, SVB also rent out racing bikes.
Keirin Cycle Culture Cafe, Schlesisches Tor (now permanently closed)
An institution for fixed-gear and track bike fans, Keirin has been around since 2004. Definitely a place to check out (and drink a coffee) if you’re a fan of such bikes, Keirin is an integral part of the Berlin fixie/messenger scene and was founded by bike messengers, all those years ago.
Radspannerei, Kottbusser Damm.
Steel is real! If you’ve got your finger on the pulse, bike-wise, it probably won’t have escaped you that steel-framed bikes have been enjoying a period of renaissance over the last few years. Radspannerei is a cool store in Kreuzberg that specialises in steel-framed bikes. Centrally located a stone’s throw from Kottbusser Tor U-Bahn station, this is definitely a place to check out if you’re in the market for a durable, classic-looking bicycle.
Boxbike, Prenzlauer Allee.
Folding bikes offer a different, yet practical solution to urban cycling. While thought of by some as uncool, we personally think folding bikes offer a great alternative to a ‘conventional’ bike for getting around town. Best of all, they are extremely compact – a breeze to bring onto a train or pack into a car, and you can even put them on a plane with a minimum of fuss. The other huge plus to owning a folding bike is that you don’t have to lock them up outside. And as you probably realise, in Berlin with its endemic bike theft, that could be a huge benefit.