Istanbul Bike Shops

posted by: Justin

Our bikes have travelled around 12,000km since they left the Thorn workshop in JuneBike & Outdoor store 2009 and have not yet had any attention from a professional bike mechanic. While we are fairly happy carrying out day-to-day maintenance I really wanted to get an expert check-up and some advice before we headed off further east in 2011. When we decided to take a break from our cycle tour and spend the winter in Istanbul I began to look for information about bicycle shops and bike mechanics in the city.

Finding little information about cycle shops in Istanbul online, I posted a query on a few cycling forums and only got a handful of responses. Via the Warm Showers website I asked for some local advice about bike stores and was given the name of Pedal Bisiklet in Sultanahmet, a cycle shop which is also referenced in the Turkey Lonely Planet guidebook. With this as our starting point, and a few other leads we started a tour of bicycle shops of Istanbul to determine who we would trust to service our precious steeds and what parts we might be able to pick up locally instead of importing from the UK.  During our visits we checked the cost of a service, quizzed the stores on some specific maintenance we wanted done on our bikes (as below) and checked out the range of products they stocked.

12,000 km Maintenance wish-list

  1. Drilling of valve holes in our rims to increase diameter for Schrader style valves
  2. Re-greasing our wheel hubs
  3. Inspecting and potentially replacing our drive trains

Hopefully  the information below will be useful to other cyclists passing through Istanbul and if you have experiences good or bad with Istanbul bike stores please feel free to leave a comment on this post.

Note that since this post was first written in October 2010 we have continued visiting Istanbul bike stores and have also had out bikes serviced and new drive trains fitted. Updates have been added to the text below as highlighted. Two new stores Asli Bisiklet and Marintek have also been added.

 

Pedal Bisiklet
Mimar Kemalettin Cad. No. 29
Sirkeci, İSTANBUL
http://www.pedalbisiklet.com (English version available)
We visited Pedal Bisiklet during our rushed two days in Istanbul and after winding our way through the narrow streets around the spice and electronics market were surprised to find the tiny jam packed shop sharing a street with a number of other recreational cycling and motorbike shops. Despite its small size the shop stocked a wide range of quality parts and was the first “proper” bike shop we had seen since our time in Sarajevo.

Cost of service: €45.00 (includes thorough cleaning of components with diesel)
Range of products: Good, including Schwalbe Marathon Plus and Evolution tyres
English spoken by staff

UPDATE JAN 2011 – We have heard different reports of this store from some of the cycle tourists we have met. Some people had very good experiences including getting cheaper prices for helmets and spares here than other stores. However one cyclist was  unhappy with the check-up service that his bicycle received finding that cables had not been tensioned correctly after the service.

 

Asli Bisiklet 
Piri Reis Sokak 2/2
Sirkeci, İSTANBUL
http://www.aslibike.com (English version available)
We have only visited this store to purchase spare parts and do not have any details of their services. Their range of spares is very wide however and we have noticed the odd pair of Schwalbe Marathon XR tyres hanging from the roof. When we were trying to locate some Shimano chain connecting pins we managed to locate them here for a very reasonable €5.00 per pack of five.

 

Delta Bisiklet
Bağdat Caddesi No:9-A
Kızıltoprak Kadıköy, İSTANBUL
http://www.deltabisiklet.com (English version available)
When our Topeak Road Morph pump stopped working after a run of punctures on the way to Cappadocia, I contacted Topeak for assistance. They put me in touch with their Turkish distributor who in turn directed me to the Delta Bisiklet store in Kadikoy. When we arrived with broken pump in hand they had it pulled apart, the O ring replaced and grease applied in seconds while we drooled over their range of Cannondale road bikes and drank a cup of cay.

Cost of service: €30.00
Range of products: Good, including wide selection of Topeak accessories and Cannondale bikes
English spoken by staff

UPDATE JAN 2011 – Not really an update about Delta Bikes but if you head south along Bağdat Caddesi around 500m on the same side of the road as Delta Bikes just past a Shell gas station there is another cycle store which seems to stock mainly Trek bikes and also has a workshop. We only visited it briefly but I noticed they stock Istanbul themed cycling jerseys, which might be an option if you have decided a Turkish rug is too heavy as a souvenir.

 

Marintek
Bağdat cad. No:33
Kızıltoprak Kadıköy, İSTANBUL
http://www.marintek.com.tr (Corporate site)
http://marintekstore.com (Online store)
While investigating if it was possible to get my Giro helmet replaced we were directed to Marintek who are the Turkish distributor. They inspected my helmet and offered to replace it with a different model which was appreciated but we discovered independently it was possible to replace only the inner helmet harness so purchased this from overseas. Besides Giro these guys also distribute the brands Marmot, K2, Scott, Sram, and Mavic amongst others. When we visited their store it was primarily dedicated to winter sports gear but if you are visiting Delta Bikes mentioned above they could be worth a stop off.

 

Aktif Pedal
Ayazmadere Cad. No. 26
Gayreteppe, İSTANBUL
http://www.aktifpedal.com
We had this store suggested to us via our Warm Showers enquiries as having had good feedback from other cycle tourists. They carry a wide range of Specialized bikes and accessories and have a tidy professional looking workshop. Despite jokingly trying to convince us that we needed 2.25cm Specialized MTB tyres for our touring bikes the staff were friendly and knowledgeable about bike culture in Istanbul. Aktif Pedal staff member Hasan Çari is also involved in promoting Istanbul’s monthly Critical Mass rides which gives extra marks to Aktif Pedal in our book.

Cost of service: €28.00
Range of products: Very good focused on MTB and Specialized brand also stock Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyres
English spoken by staff

UPDATE JAN 2011 – We had our bicycles serviced here and the rims drilled without any problems. The mechanic picked up problems with the bottom bracket, worn brake pads and adjusted our spoke tension on rear wheels. A few weeks later we took our bikes back to get new drive train components fitted which cost us €25.00 for the labour on both bikes (we had purchased the components from overseas). The mechanic did not remove any links from our new chains resulting in chain rubbing in some gears. After further discussion with the mechanic we decided to adjust the chain ourselves. We were a bit disappointed that something as simple as the chain length had been overlooked.

 

Bike & Outdoor
Barbaros Bulvari Uzay Apt. No:63
Besiktas, İSTANBUL
http://www.bikeandoutdoor.com
We spotted this store from a passing bus and returned a few days later to check it out. As the name says the store is not a dedicated bike store carrying a lot of top brand outdoor clothing and equipment as well. They had a good selection of cycling shoes in particular and their focus seemed to be slightly more touring related than some of the other stores we visited with low loaders, rear racks and Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres all on the shelves.

Cost of service: €17.00
Range of products: Very good including outdoor gear and Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres
English spoken by staff

 

This is by no means a complete list of every bike shop in Istanbul as there are a few others near the Tunel area at the end of Istiklal Cad. and a few shops above have various branches spread across Istanbul. If you know of another bike store please add a comment about it below.

We felt that all of the stores we visited would have carried out the maintenance on our bikes to a good standard. It was actually kind of difficult to decide between the stores as to where to take our bikes with the main deciding factor being the closeness of the store to our house in Mecideyekoy.

Below is a map showing the location of the bike shops mentioned above along with a few other places we found useful in Istanbul. Click a marker for more details.

Bicycle stores Shopping mallsOutdoor stores


View Istanbul Bike shops plus… in a larger map

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14 responses to “Istanbul Bike Shops”

  • Very helpful resource, thanks for compiling this information!

  • Soren on March 9th, 2011 at 9:00 pm
  • Thanks for this-its very helpful. Do you have any idea of where we might be able to buy boxes/bags for taking our bikes home on a plane? Our last stop is Istanbul.

  • Susan on June 6th, 2011 at 4:55 pm
  • Most of the bike shops that are mentioned in our post sell full size bikes although the ones outside Sultanahmet have a wider range so I would try one of them for boxes. Enjoy your trip to Istanbul!

  • Justin on June 17th, 2011 at 3:26 pm
  • Hi Susan,
    I have just bought a bike box from a shop next door to pedal bisiklet (I am flying home tomorrow). It cost 5 lira. The guy had loads of them.
    Ed

  • Ed on June 27th, 2011 at 1:01 pm
  • […] is really a bit of an addition and slight update to a really useful post made by the guys over at Rolling Tales…..thanks for the info, helped a lot while i was […]

  • Brief tour around the Bike Shops of Istanbul « ridingacross on July 26th, 2011 at 2:24 pm
  • Hi Guys
    thanks for the really helpful collection of info, great post.

    İnspired me to make a lıttle post along the same lines on my blog…..hope you dont mind me using your handy little map :-)

    thanks again,

    take care
    james

  • james on July 26th, 2011 at 2:32 pm
  • Great post, all the info I need. I’ll be arriving in Istanbul in a week or two, and need a bike box to fly to Tokyo. Think I might get a service too. Thanks for the info!

  • Rob on August 8th, 2011 at 11:29 am
  • Hi folks,

    I’m looking to land in Istanbul at the end of March and buy a bike, outfit it with some panniers and ride it to Paris.

    I’m 6 ft. 2 and am a little worried I won’t be able to find something my size. Perhaps I should order in advance. Any thoughts on this?

    Also, is it possible to buy a used bike in Istanbul? I haven’t found a “Craigslist” equivalent.

    Happy rolling,
    David

  • David C on February 14th, 2012 at 8:38 am
  • Hi David

    In terms of buying a bike to ride to Paris as long as you aren’t to picky about brands then I think you should be able to find a bike OK in Istanbul but it might take a bit of time and hunting around. My initial suggestions would be to check out these sites for second hand bikes http://www.sublimeportal.com/ and http://istanbul.en.craigslist.com.tr/.

    For a new bike it might be worth emailing Pedal Bisiklet before you arrive. They probably aren’t the cheapest but they are the most familiar with touring bikes, are close to Sultanahmet where you will most likely be staying and I think speak English pretty well also. Across on the Asian side Delta Bisiklet and the nearby Trek shop have a good range of bikes.

    Its worth noting that this post is now 15 months old so it might be a bit out of date. So it might also be worth contacting a few of the Warmshowers hosts in Istanbul to get their take on things re buying a bike as well.

    Hope this helps out and enjoy your cycling trip.

    Justin

  • Justin on February 15th, 2012 at 3:06 am
  • Thanks again for this post.

    I was able to buy a bike from Pedal Bisiklet and think they deserve a plug here.

    The owner, Bulent, was a great guy who has been part of Istanbul’s cycling community for over 20 years. He is really knowledgable and helpful and if he doesn’t have something, he can help you source it in Istanbul. Highly recommended.

    Thoughts on my recent experience buying a bike in Istanbul (March 2012)

    — the sites for used bikes are a good start but only if you have a phone

    — bigger frame bikes are tougher to source

    — there are lots of bike stores in Istanbul, but not all of them stock quality parts. If you have a week to wait for an order to come in most seem well connected to order parts from elsewhere.

    — good maps of Turkey are easy to find in book shops throughout Taksim

  • David on May 21st, 2012 at 9:02 am
  • Hey David

    Im glad you found a decent bike through Pedal Bisiklet. Thanks very much for your updated comments on this post. Its getting a bit out of date now so really good to get some current details of your experiences of bicycle stores in Istanbul.

    Also glad to see you found good cycling maps of Turkey in the Taksim area. This was something we found quite difficult when we were travelling around but sounds like the book stores have improved there stock.

    Enjoy the cycling in Turkey.

    Justin

  • Justin on May 21st, 2012 at 9:09 am
  • One shop that ive just been to is just around the corner from the bike shops which are situated together,

    had excellent service, fast efficient at not a bad price

    New pedals, plus fitting – 20 lira , £7

    New bearings replaced in headset – 50 lira , £17

    Atekbike

    http://www.atekbike.com

    info@atekbike.com

    Address
    Hocapsa Mh. Hocapasa Camil Sk.
    Plevene is Hani No 34/A
    Sirkeci – Istanbul

  • Rob Brown on September 11th, 2012 at 8:59 am
  • I’m moving to Istanbul on a couple of months. Does anyone know of any cycling groups?

  • Franca on February 10th, 2013 at 11:41 pm
  • Hi Franca,

    Enjoy your time in Istanbul, its a fantastic city.
    We saw a few cycling groups out and about when we were in Istanbul –
    These guys were involved in the local cycling scene http://bisikletliler.org/ probably worth contacting, otherwise just ask at the better bike shops and they’ll point you in the right direction!

  • Emma on March 17th, 2013 at 3:36 am

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