Thrifty Bicycles

Online resources

  • Articles by Sheldon Brown … very thorough, no-nonsense articles covering every aspect of bike ownership, maintenance, and repair. In particular, the repair section has been very useful for me. This is probably the most useful repository of bicycle knowledge I’ve found online so far.

  • Shifting Power - Bike Repair Videos … bike repair videos in English and Spanish.

Boston

  • Bikes Not Bombs … combination used bike store, bike repair, and coordinator of bike-related social programs in Jamaica Plain, Boston. I bought one of my bikes here in 2017. The prices are very reasonable for Boston, and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful.

Buffalo

  • GObike Buffalo … a combination used bike store, bike repair, and local bike advocacy and event planning place. With a $35 yearly membership ($25 for students), you can use their workshop to repair your bike. If you live nearby, this is a pretty good deal since you won’t have to buy your own tools. The “store” isn’t too large, so I would check to see if they have what you need before going.
  • Campus Wheelworks … another bike shop and bike advocacy group. This one’s in a convenient location if you don’t own a car and live in the city of Buffalo. I haven’t bought a bike from them, so I’m not sure about their prices, but they look like they have a good stock. They also have an event called Tech Tuesdays, where they teach attendees basic bicycle repair.

This is neither here nor there, but if you’re riding on streets in Buffalo, I recommend learning to patch flats on the go or getting either a hybrid bike or a road bike with wider/tread-ier tires than a typical road bike. Buffalo’s road upkeep leaves a lot to be desired.