1813 Falls Road, (410) 605-0705, baltimorebicycleworks.com
What makes this worker-owned and -run bike shop such a gem is that it’s perfectly suited for all kinds of cyclists, from the Lycra-clad warrior to the daily commuter who uses his bike as his only form of transportation. The friendly and knowledgeable staff can help with any high-end component question or problem and help trouble-shoot single-speed drivetrain issues on older bikes. The store stocks a healthy supply of parts and accessories and can order any specialty items, which arrive quickly. And best of all, it’s centrally located in the city, which means if you have to leave your only form of transportation for their excellent mechanics to work on, you can do so relatively easily and readily.