The time has come: People are finally pushing for the Philippines, particularly Metro Manila, to be a more bike-friendly environment. It took a pandemic to force the issue, but now it’s being seriously considered as a viable transportation option. Cycling can be solitary, and hence, socially 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 making the buying process easy with these shops that would probably answer all your questions and needs as a bike convert.
1) Japanese surplus shops
Japanese surplus shops are always reliable for furniture, knickknacks, and yes, bicycles. If you know where to go, you can score some really awesome bargains. Japanese surplus stores that sell bikes are spread all over Manila, stretching between Navotas and Manila.
Bike enthusiasts and hardcore cyclists know that Cartimar 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 can accommodate any level of cyclist and they have provisions and services for everything, from city bikes to commuter bikes.
3) GloriousRide Bike Shop Warehouse
Yet another old reliable in the biking community, GloriousRide has several branches scattered across 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. It can also help customize, tune up, and repair bikes.
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 incredibly affordable, costing P5,500 and P7,000, respectively.
5) All Terra
Though not quite for beginners, beneath its scruffy interior, All Terra offers a good catalog of mid-range to high-end bicycles. The staff can also be counted on to help customers pick out the right bike for their lifestyles.
This Kapitolyo bike shop sells brands like Specialized, Trek, Fox, Rockshox, SRAM, Bontrager, and other essential bike products. It’s a good source of all things bicycle.
51 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig; facebook.com/pg/wheelworkskapitolyo
7) Team Pogi
The kooky name almost makes you forget that 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. It also ships accessories.
232 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig; facebook.com/pg/teampogibikeshop
8) Endless Bike Shop
Endless has bikes of all kinds (road bikes, BMX, sidecars, accessories), but its real advocacy is to promote mountain biking, which would be a great hobby to take up once 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.
Dan’s doesn’t need an introduction to sports enthusiasts. It’s been around since 1996, catering to the needs of elite athletes everywhere. Known for being the official distributor of Trek Bikes, it also offers products for power sports and running.
Always a trusty go-to for anything sports-related, Decathlon offers great options for beginner cyclists.
11) Maximus Athlete’s Shop Café
Looking for reliable bikes to use to work on weekdays and maybe do some races on the weekends? Drop by Maximus Athlete’s Shop Café and check out their versatile bikes.
126 Pioneer St, Pasig, 1605 Metro Manila
NOTE: This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made.