The wind in your hair! The sun on your face! Is there anything more glorious than riding a bicycle? The best bike shops are a community within a community, where local cyclists come to share their love of the two-wheeled lifestyle. They’ve got all the latest bike swag and many of them are hubs for other gearheads. Let’s check out the best bike shops around Houston!HOUSTON CYCLING CENTRE The Houston Cycling Centres know Houston cyclists and triathletes better than any shop in town. They make it easy to put you in the saddle of a shiny new bike with their layaway program: 25% down, 3 months to pay and pick up. You can also “trade up” by bringing in your old bicycle to exchange for a downpayment on a new one. And you can take in your new bicycle for an absolutely free 30 day check up. Google Local Guide Tadd Pham is a big fan of the service center’s friendly and knowledgeable technicians. In his 5-star review, he says, “Mario explained what needs to be done to my bikes and itemized cost so there will be no surprises. He even adjusted some minor tweaks without charging.”URBAN BICYCLE GALLERY Burn fuel, not fat, with the Urban Bicycle Gallery. They’re conveniently located near Downtown, The Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, The Montrose, and Memorial Park. They host regular riding events out of the shop, like the Wednesday Urban Ride—a 20-mile jaunt through town at an average cycling speed of 18-30 mph. Helmet, spare tube, and CO2 cartridges are required. Google Local Guide David Sabart loves how accessible the shop is for new riders. In his 5-star review, he says, “I am new in the bike world and was shopping different places. Once I found this store I knew this is the best place to go.”WEST END BICYCLESWest End Bicycles’ motto is “fast and friendly.” They opened in 1985 and they eschew the corporate look for a more approachable atmosphere. They specialize in mountain bikes and these guys are clearly in it for their love of cycling. Daniel Murphy, the shop’s owner, says, “My greatest joy is derived from introducing new cyclist to the sport of cycling.”Live life in the bike lane, Houston. Enjoy the best bike shops around H-Town!