What’s On lists the best bike shops in Dubai, including Wolfi’s, Ride Bike Shop, Cycle Hub, Adventure HQ, and Chari Cycles.
Dubai’s cycling scene has flourished in the past few years. Whether it’s fixies, racers or casual cruisers, two wheels have become ‘the’ Dubai accessory and with the opening of the new 14km Jumeirah Corniche – and its dedicated bicycle lane – it’s time to saddle up.
Bikes from this Dubai-based online store will not only get you from A to B, but they’ll make you look good while doing so. With a timeless yet casual look, Chari Cycles bikes are designed to fit in with everyday life – whether you’re suited up and riding to work, popping down to the corner store, or riding to the beach in flip-flops. These lovingly restored cycling specimens are ‘up-cycled’ in Dubai and are customised to suit your personal style with your choice of colours and add-ons.
Located in Times Square Centre, Adventure HQ is a one-stop-shop for anything to do with bikes – from road warriors to the fixie, (that’s a hipster bike without gears and often no brakes either). Adventure HQ also stocks a huge range of top quality cycling gear, spare parts and accessories. You can get a cool cruiser here, or a bike worthy of the Tour de France. Just ask the enthusiastic staff to guide you through the racks.
Adventure HQ, Times Square Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 3466824. Taxi: Times Square. adventurehq.ae
THE CYCLE HUB
The Cycle Hub is a bike store operated by bike lovers, and it shows. The sprawling showroom in Motor City is filled with the finest that Specialized has to offer as well as harder-to-find brands such as Pinarello. In addition to the bikes themselves, the store has Cycle Bistro – a café serving organic paleo-style cuisine making it a hub for health and fitness fanatics. You can also sign up to weekly cycle meets.
Shop B6, Dubai Motor City Grandstand, Dubai, Sun to Thur 10pm to 8pm, Fri and Sat 8am to 4pm. Tel: (050) 5528872. Taxi: Motor City. thecyclehub.com
These guys mean business and the bikes here are impressive and terrifying in equal measure. If you’re a cycling nut – the kind who only gets through the working week by thinking about how much closer you’ll be to buying that new bike – this is your joint. These guys specialise in racing bikes. We’re talking serious money for serious bikes catering to serious cyclists.
Sheikh Zayed Road, between Interchange 2 and 3, Dubai, Sat to Thur 9am to 7pm, Fri closed. Tel: (04) 3394453. Taxi: Audi Showroom, Sheikh Zayed Road. wbs.ae
The multi-brand sports outlet became a major contender as one of Dubai’s best bike stores when it started selling Silverback bikes earlier this year. The German-South African hybrid builds lightweight mountain bikes starting from Dhs1,699.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3253595. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. gosportme.com
RIDE BIKE SHOP
One of Dubai’s most established bike shops, Ride stocks an extensive range of bicycles including Giant, Cipollini, We The People BMX bikes, as well as Shimano mountain bikes. Within its depths you’ll also find a state-of-the-art workshop, with fast and friendly service.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 7.30pm, Fri 2pm to 7.30pm. Tel: (800) 7433. Taxi: Next to Organic Foods & Café. ridebikeshop.com
While most bike companies in Dubai focus on top-of-the-range road bicycles or rough-and-ready mountain bikes, The Movement has gone the other way. They embrace the back to basics aesthetic and have imported a range of stylish, affordable and practical urban bicycles for adults and children that are made for the simple elegance of city biking. Right now they are importing iconic Californian-based brand Linus, famous for building stylish city bicycles inspired by vintage French 1960s designs.