- Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 5:30pm
- Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
- Sunday: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Fairfield Bicycle Shop opened it’s doors in May of 1992 as an obscure off the beaten track one man bicycle repair shop on Oscar Street in the heart of the beautiful Fairfield neighbourhood. It was Richard Miller’s dream to create a shop that catered to the everyday cyclist and in the era of racing bikes and mountain bikes, Fairfield Bicycle was going to cater to the niche market of cycle touring, commuting, load carrying and pleasure cycling – the non-competitive cyclist. Whether it was leather saddles, pannier bags, racks, baskets, bells, trailers or lights, his shop was going to endeavour to offer a delightful range of fittings to make cycling more enjoyable and practical. He was also sick of hearing that people couldn’t get this or that thing because shops would bring them in. He was going to have the best selection of ordinary things, like tires and bells and baskets.
Early on, Richard Miller was joined by Max Cochran and together they created the shop’s repair capacity. Richard came with five years of bicycle wrenching at local shops and had recently built a frame with renowned instructor Tim Paterek. Max, fresh out of high school and an inveterate tinkerer and problem solver, became head mechanic. It wasn’t long before the shop had a full range of threading, aligning, and frame building tools, not to mention the widest range possible of standard hand tools. Their mutual commitment to repairs and “fixes” saw them acquired an extensive range of small parts and accessories from both obscure, distant or foreign suppliers as well as shuttered shops. In time, Fairfield Bicycle became known as one of the best equipped repair shop in the city and a remarkable source for hard to find parts. At one time, the shop was noted as a shop to see by European cycle enthusiasts.
The shop’s niche market soon grew as urban cycling increased. The shop showed child trailers and trailer cycles never seen before. Recumbents, folding bikes, electric bikes and scooters added to the range of possibilities for all types of riders. It wasn’t long before the shop also became at different times a dealer for brands names like Bianchi, KHS, Ritchey, Peugeot, Oryx, Mikado, Rocky Mountain, Dahon, Devinci, Marinoni, Opus and Brody bikes – we had become a necessary stop for people on the hunt for the perfect new bike. Eventually the move to lease the Moss Street side of the building showed the shop had grown to be “more than just a neighbourhood bike shop” and now had a range of bikes unseen in other stores.
Today, Fairfield remains committed to the non-competitive cyclist – not because they are “bad” but because other shops do it (sell racing bikes) very well. The same goes for mountain bikes. What we do is continue to offer a wide selection of urban and hybrid bikes but with the addition of e-bikes and motor kits, recumbent bikes and trikes, and a growing family of cargo bikes in all configurations. Our repair shop has grown to six benches and is the only shop repairing all makes of e-bike repair. Our total staff in now over a dozen and who together contribute decades of experience as cyclists, advocates and industry veterans. Together we keep the essential chemistry of a brick and mortar, pen and paper shop of the past going while adopting the Facebook website Instagram necessities of the present. In an ever changing retail environment, Fairfield Bicycle Shop remains committed being a real shop with real people who ride bikes and have lives (but we’ll also try to be superhuman and get back to your email request the same day). Thank-you to everyone whose work, whether they know it or not has made this shop what it is today.