Best Ottawa bike shop

Milan Ilnyckyj on a bike

When I moved to Ottawa, I didn’t know where to go to buy a bike. With the benefit of experience, I can tell other newcomers that their best bet is to go to G.M. Bertrand Cycles in Gatineau. They are at 167 Wellington Street. I recommend them because they have the most knowledgeable and helpful staff of any of the ten places or so I visited. Many of their staff members are bilingual and the rest have been happy to put up with my broken French. They have good products at reasonable prices and they stand behind them. When the front light they sold me failed after three weeks, they replaced it with a better one with no questions asked.

The Bike Dump seems to be the Ottawa bike shop that gets the best press. While I may not have had a representative experience, I saw no reason for which that praise is justified. Their bikes were overpriced and not in terribly good condition. They have bad hours, only accept cash, and have an indifferent staff. G.M. Bertrand is a much better choice.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

7 thoughts on “Best Ottawa bike shop”

  1. Did you go to Pecco’s in the Market?

    I did. They probably had the worst staff of anywhere I went. They were not knowledgeable, they were not helpful, and they seemed utterly indifferent to my presence in their store.

    I cleared out quickly.

  2. I like the photo, there is a nice color contrast in it and movement too.

    Tristan took it, while we were walking along the riverside path near Parliament with Meaghan Beattie,

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