Our top 3 bicylce stores in Sydney.
1 & 2. Omafiets and Glow Worm Bicycles
117B Addison Rd, Marrickville (on Agar St); omafiets.com.au
‘Omafiets; literally means ‘grandma bike’ in Dutch, and the shop is run by three dashing young bike enthusiasts named Ollie, Maurice and Chris. They sell exquisite second-hand Dutch bicycles because the Dutch “produce bicycles for people who understand that cycling isn’t a sport — it’s the best way to get around town”, and because they are excellent value. They also run Chain Lynx, a queer-friendly bike club that happens in-store every odd Wednesday at 6pm. Super.
Whilst Omafiets only performs repairs on bikes originally from their store, their sister shop Glow Worm Bicycles (just around the corner) is run by Maurice and specialises in electric bikes. General servicing and repairs of non-Omafiets bikes can be done here and both stores boast a team of highly skilled, super-helpful bike experts.
1 Marys Pl, Surry Hills; www.tokyobike.com.au
This store opened in Sydney in 2010 as the first permanent tokyobike outside the old suburb of Yanaka in Japan. Based on an ethos of the simplicity, comfort and enjoyment that comes with cycling, tokyobikes weigh between just 9 and 11 kilos. There are four different urban commuter models to suit both cruisers and speedsters, which you can take for a test ride at their sunny Surry Hills store. They also stock parts imported from Japan and a range of local accessories and provide bike maintenance and mechanics services.
Images by Saskia Howard and CycleChic.
Bouke St, Surry Hills au.deuscustoms.com
One that’s not on the list as it’s a bit more motorbike than bicylce is Deus (“day-us”). A very cool store. Everything in there is beautiful. Even if your not going to buy anything, browsing all the indie designs will certainly bring a smile. They sell surfboards, bicycles, clothes/accessories and the hottest motorbikes Australia!
Deus ex Machina (god from the machine) roared into Australia’s cultural consciousness in 2006, with some neatly customised motorcycles and a quaint notion that doing something is more fun than just owning something. Deus ex Machina is a step bigger than a brand: it’s a culture. Our openness and enthusiasm strike a chord with people, wherever they are… Deus didn’t set out only to sell custom parts and hand-built motorcycles, but to celebrate a culture of creativity. The Deus ex Machina showroom/cafe/headquarters in Sydney (Camperdown) immediately became a shrine to ‘run-what-you-brung’ resourcefulness and street-honest industrial art.