Gleaming aluminum, brushed steel, exposed brick, plywood and pine details, and museum-quality track lighting give the newly revamped Fulton Bikes my vote for ‘best interior’ on Fulton Street! The walls are lined with shiny bicycles and glowing shrines dedicated to free-wheels and bottom-brackets, but the best thing about Fulton Bikes is the service.
While only three weeks back from their renovations, Fulton Bikes has always been known as the most inexpensive and friendliest bike shop in Brooklyn, and arguably in all of New York City. But now with their complete makeover and additional square footage for showroom and repairs, they may even take the cake for largest selection of bikes and parts. Co-owner Henry Chang, who has run the shop for 25 years, happily pointed out all of the materials they salvaged during the renovations, like the corrugated metal storefront gate along the back wall and the steel plates used in the showroom:”the old property owners had to line the walls with those things because people would literally take the bricks out to break into the building.” No longer needed to prevent theft, the materials now give the showroom an amazing industrial feel with the different colors and textures. Elvis, long time employee of the shop, not only redesigned the layout of the store, but also led the remodeling with his new startup company Greenovations. With approximately 20 bikes being repaired daily, it’s a good thing they expanded. But even as busy as they are, their extremely friendly and professional staff never leave you waiting: no appointments necessary! $40-$60 can get you a complete tune-up and prices of bikes go between $300 – $3,500. That’s the beauty of this place: you have a mom and kid coming in buying a teeny-tiny little training bike and right next to them, you have two guys walking around in pedal clip-on shoes and bike jerseys talking about the finer points of composite frame construction.
With an additional 1,000 sqft. of space planned for next year, Fulton Bikes will be a full-on destination. The free air fill-up out front is a great place to check out the latest gear and talk with other cyclists about fun rides around town. One of the few bike shops in the area, this place is reaping the benefits of working in a bicycle vacuum and reinvesting into improvements and hiring local staff.
Currently open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 7pm, and soon to be open on Sundays, give them a call at 718-778-2887. Located at 1580 Fulton Street at the end of Marcus Garvey Blvd., you will find good prices, friendly faces, and the best service anywhere in the city.