Kip Chinian started Cambridge Bicycle in 1999 at 259 Massachusetts Avenue, home to bicycle shops for the past 30 years. He managed the previous shop (known as “The Bicycle Workshop” from 1969 to 1999) for several years before acquiring it in 1999 and re-naming it “Cambridge Bicycle”.
In 2002 Kip established a new shop, “Boston Bicycle”, on Beacon Street in Boston (known as “Beacon Street Cycle” until 2002). So now Cambridge Bicycle Company runs two bike shops, the original one in Cambridge Massachusetts, and a second bike shop in Boston now named Superb Bicycle.
Cambridge Bicycle and Superb Bicycle service all types of cyclists, including commuters, racers, and recreational riders. Our staff is passionate about cycling and the community surrounding it. Cambridge Bicycle seeks to be innovative with store design, product development, and a comprehensive selection of goods and services.
Many of our customers view their bike as a form of artistic expression. Cycling should be fun and the store should reflect that fun. Cambridge Bicycle offers colorful parts, messenger bags, and apparel, as well as personal adaptations to help a rider feel closer to their bicycle. Being comfortable on your bike promotes usage and safety. Creativity fosters an atmosphere of growth for both customers and employees. Producing bikes, fixing bikes, and encouraging cycling is all part of the business, which has been growing steadily for the last 10 years.
What we do:
- custom builds
What we sell:
- all types of new bicycles
- used bicycles (call or stop by for availability)
- clothing & accessories
[259 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617.876.6555. cambridgebicycle.com]
(Runners-up: ATA, Bikes Not Bombs, Community Bike)
WINNER Boston’s Best Bike Shop 2007
Remember the one time that snooty bike store clerk really cranked your chain? You let it completely derail you shopping trip. Switch gears with the staff at Cambridge Bicycle, servicing local riders and racers as well as the MIT cycling team. Our last visit to this Central Square spot left us pumped after a friendly female staffer guider us through a lineup of shiny new Bianchi track bikes – the store deals the line. Bring your own bike in for repairs, pick up a Campagnolo or Shimano part or custom build a fixed-gear.
[259 Mass. Ave., Central Sq., Cambridge. 617.876.6555 cambridgebicycle.com]
(Runners-up: Community Bike, International Bicycle, ATA Cycle)
WINNER Boston’s Best Bike Shop 2006
For the second straight year, readers have chosen Cambridge Bicycle as their favorite. In a town absolutely jammed with cyclists, and with more than its share of excellent indie bike shops, Cambridge Bicycle offers a full-service repair shop, refreshingly non-snob-bastard employees, bikes ranging in price from dirt cheap to god-knows-what, helmets, locks, chains and any other gears or parts you find yourself in need of, as you make your way across Boston’s treacherous roads.
They’re best known for the array of cheap used and vintage bikes they keep out front, and for the display of frames they keep in the window, which have caused many a bike fanatic to pause and drool.
[259 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617.876.6555]
(Runners-up: Ace Wheelworks, Broadway Bicycle, Ferris Wheels)
WINNER Boston’s Best Bike Shop 2005
In a city known for its avid cyclists and good bike shops, Cambridge Bicycle, located on a dusty stretch of Massachusetts Avenue by MIT, has developed a dedicated following of commuters, racers, couriers and anyone looking to make the jump for gas to pedal power. Cambridge Bicycle offers new and used bikes of all styles and price ranges, as well as bags, helmets, pumps, locks, lights, bicycle rentals, a mercifully non-snobby staff and a highly esteemed bicycle repair shop and bicycle wheel-building operation – basically everything you’re going to need to survive amid the Massholes and potholes that characterize the metro Boston cycling experience.
– Joe Keohane
[Cambridge Bicycle, 259 Massachusetts Avenue, between MIT and Central Square, Cambridge. 617.876.6555]
(Runners-up: Broadway Bicycles, ATA Cycle, Bikes Not Bombs)