Want to take up bicycling? Here are some great places to start. (Photo courtesy Wikipedia / September 19, 2013)

This article is part of our 2013 New Haven Annual Manual


Action Sports, 324 W. Main St., Branford, 203-481-5511,; 1385 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook, 860-388-1291, Bikes, kayaks, skis, snowboards and related gear. Newly opened Giant Brand Store bicycle center at the Branford location, featuring state-of-the-art repair equipment, a full line of Giant bikes and all related gear and accessories.

Bicycle Works, LLC, 1255 Middlebury Rd., Middlebury, 203-598-0005, A full service bike and skateboard shop.

Bike Rack, 1059 Huntingdon Ave., Waterbury, 203-755-0347. Any kind of bike; special orders, too. Also carries used bikes for adults and kids.

The Broken Spoke, 14 Wall St., Madison, 203-350-0345. Mountain, road, track, BMX and lowrider bikes.

Chapman's Orange Bicycle, 284 Boston Post Rd., Orange, 203-795-5701. Cycles, equipment and repair.

Cheshire Cycling, 471 W. Main St., Cheshire, 203-250-9996, BMX, race and mountain bikes.

Clarke Cycles, 4 Essex Plz., Essex, 860-767-2405, Bikes, accessories and maintenance.

Class Cycles, 77 Main St. N., Southbury, 203-264-4708, Cycles, equipment and repair.

College Street Cycles, 252 College St., New Haven, 203-865-2724, Bikes and maintenance near Yale's Old Campus.

D'Aniello's Amity Bicycles, 18 Selden St., Woodbridge, 203-387-6734; 433 Chapel St., New Haven, 203-624-6734, Large showroom owned by avowed road racing cyclists.

The Devil's Gear Bike Shop, 151 Orange St., New Haven, 203-773-9288, Shop at the center of New Haven's burgeoning bike scene. They offer repair classes, sell clothes, accessories, and parts, repair bikes and flat tires, sell used bikes, and are fully authorized to pack and ship bikes. Check out their new digs at the shops at the new 360 State St. complex downtown.

Mystic Cycle Centre, 25 Stonington Rd. (Rte. 1), Mystic, 860-572-7433, New bikes and accessories, tune-ups and flat repair.

North Haven Bike Center, 476 Washington Ave., North Haven, 203-239-7789, All varieties of bikes with a focus on mountain biking.

Tony's Bike & Sports, 108 Broad St., Milford, 203-878-5380; Bay Brook Plaza, 5 Ocean Ave., West Haven, 203-691-5486, Mountain, road, BMX and kayaks.

Wallingford Bike Barn, 218 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford, 203-265-2998, Free lifetime adjustments on all new bike purchases.

Wayfarer Bicycle, 120 Ocean Ave., New London, 860-443-8250, Road, mountain, BMX, kids' and cyclocross rides.

Zane's Cycles, 330 E. Main St., Branford, 203-488-3244, Big new Branford showroom. Offering lifetime guarantees on all new bike purchases.