After 16 months in prison, Igor Kenk, Toronto’s notorious bicycle thief, is back. And according to our justice system, the man is rehabilitated. Still, spending more than a couple hundred bucks on a ride can seem like a risky proposition. Good news: The city’s full of reliable (and legitimate) beaters that’ll cost about as much as a one-month Metropass. Here’s where to find them.
Bike Pirates, a registered non-profit, aims to “make bicycles more accessible,” by providing a friendly space for DIY repairs, and by selling recycled rides for $50 to $300. 1292 Bloor St. W., email@example.com.
Newson’s Bike & Skate Exchange
$100 bikes are a specialty at this 79-year-old family-operated store. But if you’ve got a vision of the perfect bike, describe it and leave your number. They’ll call you if it arrives. 612 Jane St., 416-762-9976.
Community Bicycle Network
Alongside bike mechanic workshops and cycling skills programs, the CBN sells used bikes, from $200. Or, bring parts and build a ride with CBN volunteers. 101-761 Queen St. W., 416-504-2918.
In a dusty Kensington Market alleyway lie dozens of bikes and a squat brick building where George (dreadlocks; big, yellow smile) will sell you a used bike from $100.
Mike the Bike
Also in Kensington, Mike the Bike gets his hands dirty repairing and then selling vintage cruisers and hybrids in the $50 to $250 range. 5 Oxford St., 647-344-3570.
Retro two-wheelers start at $50 at this small east-end shop, which also offers new rides by Fuji and SE Bikes, from $350. 1 Howland Rd., 416-465-7677.
Image courtesy of Hawee.