Photo by Paul Lyden
Riverside Cycles Ask any avid cyclist who has done business with Riverside Cycle (in either location) and they will share a positive experience. Between the two stores, they offer nine brands available for purchase at a guaranteed low price. Free clinics, complimentary new bike tune-ups, kids’ cycling programs, shop rides, and an annual bike swap are some of the offerings that set Riverside apart. They also support a good number of charitable causes by organizing and participating in benefit rides. Also of note is the fact that the entire staff clearly love to ride. (Check out their fun bios online.)
50 Water St., Newburyport, 978-465-5566; 1 Ginty Blvd., Haverhill, 978-372-4981, riversidecycle.com
"Riverside Cycle is the only full-blown bike shop in Newburyport, but they are not resting on the laurels of their monopoly in this bike-friendly town. Riverside carries a full range of high- to low-end mountain, road, cross, commuting, fitness, kids’ bikes, BMX, and some skate stuff, too. All of the staff have deep knowledge of the various bike categories, and most of them compete in one genre or of the sport or another. It’s not just a bike shop; it’s a bike community."