Over the last few years, Pittsburgh’s cycling scene has blossomed. In fact, the city drafted a plan in which 120 miles of new bike paths will be added in the next decade!
There has never been a better time for cycling around town. Whether you’re interested in leisurely exploring your neighborhood, using your bike to get you to work, or trying out cycling as a new exercise routine.
Get started and join the cycling community by visiting these bike shops in and around Shadyside. Then once you’re all geared up, check out some of Pittsburgh’s best bike trails.
Bike Shops around the Shadyside Community
Trek Bicycle Pittsburgh Shadyside
If you’re partial to Trek bikes, then this is where you should shop. Be it a road bike, mountain bike, electric bike, or kid’s bike – Trek in Shadyside has it all.
They have rentals available if you’re just looking for a one-off ride or if you’re with a friend without a bike. Already have a bike, but looking for an upgrade? Trade-in a bike for store credit and just pay the difference. Are kids growing too fast? Trek has a program for trading up bike sizes according to your kids’ needs. How cool and convenient is that!
Free Ride Pittsburgh
This Point Breeze spot is another DIY oriented bike shop so you can learn your way around your bike. The Free Ride Pittsburgh shop is community-run, so hours will depend on volunteer schedules. Check their website and Facebook page for hours.
Hours may be especially limited due to COVID-19, but keep an eye out for donation drives and used bike sale events. These donation drives result in tons of donated bikes and parts people can buy when the used bike sales come around. Check it out and find some great deals.
This Squirrel Hill shop carries bikes from a few different brands. You’ll find bikes here in addition to your standard mountain, road, and hybrid bikes. Speaking of hybrids, BikeTek has a great selection you can find online or in-store during their hours. See their website for up-to-date info on hours of operation.
Kraynick’s Bike Shop
This shop is a Pittsburgh staple. It’s not your traditional bike shop where you find what you want, pay, and be on your way. Kraynick’s Bike Shop is a one-stop-shop for learning all about the mechanics, maintenance, and repairs of your bike.
You’ll find die-hard bike mechanics volunteering and sharing knowledge with patrons looking for new assemblies and repairs. There are 10 work stations with all the tools you need for getting your bike up and running. It’s free of charge, but patrons are encouraged to buy replacement parts from the shop.
Healthy Ride PGH
Healthy Ride has bike-share locations all over town where you can pick up bikes and drop them off at any of the 113 designated stations. Head over to their website or download the app and register, then you can grab a bike whenever and virtually wherever you please. You can pay as you go for $2 for every 30 minutes, pay $12 per month for unlimited 30-minute rides, or pay $20 per month for unlimited 60-minute rides.
Now you know where you can get your wheels, so hit one of these excellent bike routes.
Bikeable Areas Near Shadyside and More
Frick Park Trails
If you like immersing yourself in nature, then don’t miss Frick Park’s trails. You’ll find miles of bike trails suited for different experience levels and biking styles. Try Roller Coaster Trail for thrilling downhill mountain biking or head down to the Monongahela River on Nine Mile Run Trail for a longer ride. Frick Park info and maps here.
Great Allegheny Passage
Want an even longer ride? The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150-mile path stretching from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. From there you can connect to the C & O Canal Towpath which stretches another 184.5 miles until you find yourself in our nation’s capitol. Much of the Great Allegheny Passage follows what were once railroad routes, so you can count on mostly flat riding. This picturesque trail takes you through many of Pennsylvania’s scenic gems. For a nice day-ride, park on the Waterfront and take the trail down to Boston, PA. Explore to your heart’s content before heading back. Great Allegheny Passage info and maps here.
Three Rivers Heritage Trail
For Pittsburgh city-centric cycling, check out this series of trails lining the three rivers. You’ll see superb views of the point from various angles as well as spectacular sunsets if you time it right. Ride for leisure or as part of your work commute on the 24 miles this trail offers. Three Rivers Heritage Trail info and maps here.
Our Shadyside Community
We can’t forget to mention our very own neighborhood. This scenic, tree-lined community is one of the most bikeable areas in Pittsburgh!
Plus, with hundreds of local shops and eateries, there’s always a unique place to stop for rest or to grab a bite to eat. Here at Franklin West, many of our apartments have bike storage available for our residents, too.
Whether you’re looking for bikes used or new, road or mountain, for rent or for sale, you’ll surely find a nearby shop or trail that fits your needs. Visit BikePGH’s website for a comprehensive map of biking trails throughout Pittsburgh.