Best Bike Shop 2021 | Goods and services

First place:

Powers Bike Shop

3119 Williamsburg Road

Second place: Carytown Bicycle Co.
Third place: Agee’s bikes
Honorable mention: Outpost

If you don’t know what BMX means, it can be hard to understand why Powers Bike Shop took the top spot for bike shops in a place like Richmond, which has a good share of independent bike shops. BMX is short for bike motocross, a sport centered on fast racing on off-road tracks using a bike that is lighter and smaller than a road bike or mountain bike. To be clear, Powers Bike Shop only sells and services BMX bikes, one of maybe 10 nationwide that is solely dedicated to BMX.

Powers Bike Shop owner Chad Powers started riding BMX in 1996 and by 2004 – at the age of 20 – had opened his eponymous shop. This is where BMX enthusiasts as well as those new to the sport can visit a BMX paradise. As well as bike sales, the store does repairs and offers a healthy dose of BMX bonding and advice.

“Because we only sell, repair, and service BMX-style bikes, we’re a pretty niche market,” Powers says. “That makes it super enjoyable because we build lasting relationships with our customers.” Word of mouth and social media help spread the gospel of BMX.

Calling himself an owner and “doer of everything,” Powers acknowledges the shop wouldn’t be where it is without his experienced staff, including Pedals the dog. “The best part of having the store is being able to keep everyone in the sport of BMX, which we all love. Plus, the store gives the town a strong foundation for our BMX scene to thrive.

As for why people are drawn to BMX over more conventional cycling, Powers thinks he’s figured out its appeal in his 25 years.

“The most important thing is that you can literally be whoever you want and do whatever you want on a BMX bike,” he says. “It gives you that freedom.”

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