Everyone needs a little help on their journey sometimes – even if only because they’ve ridden so far they’ve worn out the tyres on their bike!
The list below includes bike shops recommended by both myself and fellow cyclists.
It also includes some shops/mechanics that I’ve found by searching online, plus others that have asked to go on the list – so be aware these are not necessarily recommendations but purely for your information.
However, I’m always keen to add to my list of places to turn and would appreciate your help. If you know a good bike shop or mechanic, please add a comment in the ‘Leave A Reply‘ box below – or let me know via the Pedal Portugal Facebook page.
Entries are listed in the same fashion as other parts of the site – towns are in alphabetical order under the name of their region.
Oh, and by the way, after riding nearly 11,000 miles across 10 countries on our tandem, I’ve got one piece of extra advice: Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres – virtually puncture proof even when ridden until practically bald. I’d never use anything else by choice. (And, no, I’m not sponsored by Schwalbe!)
As well as a online shop offering a comprehensive looking range of parts and accessories, BikeZone has a chain of 15 bricks and mortar stores, most but not all in the northern half of the country.
As well as individual bike shops, the Decathlon chain of outdoor stores carry cycling gear and often have an in-store mechanic. (I’ve also found they are one of the few places where you can buy screw-top gas canisters to fit a Trangia stove.)
Most Decathlons are in out-of-town retail parks. You’ll also find SportZone another source of cycle clothing and equipment. Their shops are often in town and in smaller shopping centres as well as some larger outlets.
For secondhand bikes and equipment you can try looking online at Bikes-Usadas.pt
Portuguese cyclist João Jorge Araύjo has also recommended the online BTT – Na ProBikeshop as a source of supplies. You may also want to look at non-Portuguese online suppliers like Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles if you’ve got the time to have gear sent to you – particularly if you’re after something more specialised than standard Michelin tyres or Shimano components.
BARCELOS: BikeZone has a store here.
BRAGA: Braga Bike – a fantastic shop according to local cyclist João Jorge Araύjo.
CHAVES: Run & Bike – new shop (and Specialized dealer) near the centre of Braga. (Got another branch over the border at Verin in Spain). Recommended by Pedal Portugal: Very helpful when I went there needing new pads for a disc brake. No charge for spending 20-30 mins fitting the pads and adjusting the brake! Don´t rely on the location shown on Google Maps though – the shop is on Rua Dom Afonso III, just around the corner from the big LeClerc supermarket.
MAIA: Also has a Decathlon.
MATOSINHOS: And another Decathlon.
PAÇOS DE FERREIRA: Another BikeZone shop here.
PORTO: Vieguini – is the oldest bike shop in town. It’s in the centre of the city, only a stone’s throw from the Douro and historic waterside area. Also does bike hire. Suggested by Francisco Melo.
There’s also another BikeZone.
POVOA DE VARZIM: There’s a BikeZone store here.
VILA REAL: There’s a Decathlon here.
AVEIRO: Orbita – another shop recommended by Portuguese cyclist João Jorge Araύjo.
COIMBRA: Lider Bike – Francisco and other staff speak English. Stocks a large range of parts and very helpful. Highly recommended by Andy Smallwood.
CASTELO BRANCO: There’s a Decathlon on the southern edge of town.
GUARDA: Pirry Sport Bike – no idea what the shop’s like but I spotted it as I went past and thought it would be useful to add. Facebook page in link has address details and opening hours. There’s also a Decathlon.
VISEU: There’s a Decathlon here.
Lisbon & Central
ALCOBAÇA: Has a Decathlon Easy store.
CALDAS DA RAINHA: There’s a BikeZone shop here.
CASCAIS: Avalanche is on the western side of Cascais, just off the main N247 – strategically positioned by the start of the Cascais-Guincho cycleway! Offers a repair service as well as bikes, spares and clothing.
There’s also a Decathlon store out to the north.
FIGUEIRO DOS VINHOS: Jackie Green recommends Evaristo Alves Dias in this small town north of Tomar – not a specialist bike shop but nice people who speak English and serviced her bike!
LISBON: Cenas A Pedal – for touring bikes and accessories, and a good mechanic, check us out in Lisboa (shop’s own info). Also highly recommended by João Jorge Araύjo, who rates them as “undoubtedly one of the best stores you can find in Portugal”.
Loja Das Bicicletas – which translates as ‘bicycle shop’! – is highly recommended by Barrie Pearce, who says “great mechanics, I always use this shop”. In the Benfica area, near the Colombo shopping centre.
ODIVELAS: Just north of Lisbon, there’s another BikeZone here.
SANTAREM: Has a Decathlon store.
SETUBAL: Another Decathlon here.
CASTRO VERDE: BikeZone – in the centre of town opposite the Hotel Vila Verde. Canadian rider Jane Hammingh described them as “extremely helpful“.
ELVAS: HobbyZone Bikes – in Rua de Portalegre to the SW of the old town, off the main N4.
ESTREMOZ: BiciAventura – right in the centre of town, on the southern side of the big Jardim Municipal. Open Mon-Fri and Saturday mornings.
ÉVORA: Ciclofreca – on the southern side of town on Rua Dr António José Almeida, on the corner next to the roundabout (with the bicycle sculptures!) at the junction of the N18 and the IP2. Sells and repairs bikes. Not much English spoken but helpful and cheap. Recommended by Mark Grimes – March 2017.
Galacio Bike – on Rua do Escoral, a side road on the eastern side of town. Recommended by Rob Watkins who had his pedals fixed here!
ODEMIRA: Litoral Byke – a combined cycle and computer store in Boavista dos Pinheiros, a village out to the SW of town. It’s a small place but helpful and with a workshop. Owner Armindo Benedito speaks good English and also offers a bike pickup and repair service in case you break down anywhere within a 50km radius. Recommended by Pedal Portugal.
REGUENGOS DE MONSARAZ: Bicifiasco – small shop in what looks at first glance like a private house on the south side of the N256 as it comes into town from Évora (close to the Galp petrol station).
SETUBAL: There’s also a BikeZone here.
SINES: RP Bike – in a large industrial estate inland from the main town. Sells Bianchi, Olympia, Wilier, Focus and Magura. Recommendation by two Dutch touring cyclists, passed on by Michiel Van Dam.
BOLIQUEIME: Funbike is a Trek dealer with one shop here and another at Sintra near Lisbon. Also does bike hire.
FARO: G-Ride Bike – Also has a shop in Portimão. All the staff speak English. Stocks a large range of parts and will endeavour to help you out in any way they can. Recommended by Andy Smallwood.
Decathlon has a store just off the N125 on the west of the city going out towards the airport. Not huge but has some spares and limited workshop facilities. The nearby Forum Algarve shopping centre has a SportZone, which again has a workshop, and a Jumbo supermarket that stocks some cycle spares like tubes, tyres (including some not stocked by Decathlon) and puncture repair kits.
LAGOS: Xtreme Lagos – tucked away in a modern building just outside the old city walls on a hill above the old town. Specialized and Scott dealer. Very friendly (and English speaking) with plenty of cycling gear, plus a well-equipped workshop at the back. Were only open weekdays in the winter but now also open Saturdays. Recommended by Pedal Portugal and Michiel van Dam.
NEAR LAGOS: Ben, who lives in Barão de São João, north-west of Lagos, describes himself as a fully qualified CyTech level 3 mechanic with a fully-equipped Park Tool workshop, plus a stock of bits, and a welder living down the road. He says he is always happy to help any passing touring cyclists – or can come to you if required for emergency repairs. He is not a business and would help out on an exchange/donation basis.
If you need help, contact Ben at email@example.com or on (00351) 963 619 078. Ben adds that he lives in a small wooden house outside the village and is happy for respectful tourers to camp for the night if needed, although he can only offer a shower in summer months as he has no hot water. Ben adds: “It’s always nice to hear stories of people’s bike adventures.”
LOULÉ: There are several options here and in the surrounding area.
Duas Rodas – close to the centre of town, due south of the bus station, on Rua Primero de Dezembro. Sells Basque brand Orbea.
Freebike – is a Specialized dealer a bit further out, south-east from the town centre.
In the area around Quatro Estradas/Pereiras, which is just off the N125 and about 8km roughly SW of town (closer to Loulé’s railway station) there are two more bike shops: S-Bikes and Bikeland. Due south of town, in Almancil, there is Martin’s E-bike (which also sells ordinary bikes). All of these latter three also do cycle rental.
OLHÃO: There are several options here – thanks to John Shepherd for the information.
Bicistoi sells more traditional bikes and spares. It can be found on the N125 at the Cubos roundabout (a local landmark).
Nelson Vitorino Bikes (or NV Bikes) have a large branch on the N125, which is the main road through town. Their workshop seems to be fully equipped, and pretty well state of the art if the stock of bikes is anything to go by, according to John Shepherd. Lots of accessories and spares. At least some of the staff speak English.
On The Rocks builds up fixed-wheel bikes, so clearly has some form of workshop. Bikes (including Portugal’s own Yé-Yé bikes) for sale, and spares. John Shepherd says: “No-one speaking English when I was there, but very helpful and enthusiastic.”
There’s also a traditional Portuguese bike shop at Avenida da República 90/92 (next to Café Ice), where they speak no English but definitely seem to know their stuff.
John Shepherd says: “During my first contact with the guy who runs it, he magicked up a rim tape (crafted from an old inner tube) and charged me €0.50. A few weeks later, I returned with terminal failure of my Sram Gripshift gear changer, and he found 8-speed Shimano trigger shifters in his loft, and fitted them within an hour. Recommended – but don’t expect bang up-to-date stock!”
The shop has no signs outside, just two doors open when its open. Closed Saturday afternoons. Some very cheap new bikes for sale, and some secondhand ones hanging up inside.
PORTIMÃO: G-Ride Bike – Also has a shop in Faro. Recommended as “first rate and very helpful” by George Smith – who lives in Portugal and uses them all the time.
Also highly recommended by Pedal Portugal: friendly, very well-stocked and English-speaking. Helped me out twice on a recent guided tour when riders had problems with bikes they’d brought with them.
There’s also a Decathlon on the north-west edge of town.
TAVIRA: Abilio Bikes sells Trek and Orbea bikes, plus has good in-store mechanics. Also does bike hire. Recommended by Michiel van Dam.