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Readers' Choice: Vote for the Best Bike Shop in Harford County

Patch readers nominated the best bike shop in Harford County, so vote to determine which one is the Readers’ Choice 2012 winner.

Where can you find the best bike shop in Harford County? Cast your vote to let us know.

Patch is relaunching its Readers' Choice program and we’re asking you, your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and anyone else who knows about the area to participate.

Nominations were accepted through July 9, and include:

  • Biller's Bikes
  • Bike Shop of Bel Air
  • Bike Connection

Winners in all Readers' Choice categories will be announced on Aug. 24.

Sign up for the Aberdeen Patch email newsletterBel Air Patch email newsletter and Havre de Grace Patch email newsletters to get community information and updates on the Readers' Choice contest.

The poll will open to accept votes from registered Patch users starting on July 23 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Mark Lobb July 09, 2012 at 02:42 AM
The Bike Shop of Bel Air gets my vote. Missie, Carl, and Frank are the best!
lynn kirylo July 09, 2012 at 09:51 AM
billers resored my 1969 10 speed peugeot, which was a 16th birthday gift from my father. billers bikes is a staple in our small town..knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, always have a smile for you. not only are they amazing with bicycles but they have been very active in community affairs..they had the best spot on first fridays, with music,dancing, food, and fun...they also had movie nights open to the public... they have been working hard on creating a community, and i am glad they are in business here..
Lisa Zuba July 09, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Biller's Bikes, of course! They are friendly, knowledgeable and professional, plus they are great supporters of the community. I moved to HdG from one of the top bike towns in the US -- almost 60 bicycle retailers -- and Biller's are so good they could easily compete there!
Missie Wakefield July 09, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Thank you Mark!
Tonya Blakemore July 09, 2012 at 12:10 PM
The Bike Shop of Bel Air gets my vote!
Bob Buchanan July 09, 2012 at 12:12 PM
We have good service from all three shops. I think they each offer a different perspective giving Harford residents a choice. I am torn between the Bike Shop and Bike Connection so I choose them both. The Bike Shop gets a big plus for its location and support to our local groups and charities though. Thanks to all three for your integrity!
Matthew Heller July 09, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Bike Shop of Bel Air is the best! Missie, Carl, and Frank are always there to help and make you feel like family! Many services are offered from simple tube change to complete bike overhaul. They offer Giant brand bikes, largest bike manufacture in the world! Children’s bikes to the latest “Tour de France” racing dream machines are available. On a budget? They will search for the best value! Want Dura Ace di2 or the latest carbon aero wheels? No problem! The show room is small, but your bike can be ordered and delivered quickly! World class bike fitting will have you riding in comfort and greatest efficiency! They are not there to sell you the “bike on the floor”; but to sell you the bike that’s fits and you will actually ride! Weekly club rides! Eco friendly “Smart Washer” bike cleaner to keep your ride looking fresh! What else could you want! Matthew Heller
Missie Wakefield July 09, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Thank you Matt! We are so very fortunate to have a top notch team at the Bike Shop. Not just Frank. Nick, Mark, Shawn, Sean, Jeremy, Danielle and Jason. Each brings there own knowledge and specialty in cycling.. Danielle and Jason have started leading Shop rides down on the trails of the Susquehanna. Keep an eye out at the shop web site for ride schedule. www.bikeshopbelair.com
Ken Ward July 09, 2012 at 01:29 PM
My vote is for the Bike Shop of Bel Air, Matt probably said it best. I like the fact that it's owners actually cycle with our large and growing group here in Harford County.
Nicole Mahern July 09, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Bike Shop of Bel Air!!!
Brett Sumner July 09, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Hands down, the Bike Shop of Bel Air. Outstanding service and great folks in general. Gotten plenty of good and friendly advice from the staff.
Deb Brothers July 09, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I live in Lutherville but drive to Havre de Grace to have Walter @ Biller's Bikes work on my Raleigh vintage three speed. The bike shops in the Towson area employ snooty young men who think you are a pain unless you are considering the purchase of a $1,000 bicycle. They also happen to be overpriced, and their work is substandard. I would not allow anyone but Walter to work on my '69 Sport or '74 Schwinn Suburban. His expertise and outstanding customer service is second to none. Deb Brothers
Mark Snidero July 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM
The Bike Shop of Bel Air gets my vote. They have the best mechanic's in the area, a knowledgeable staff, an excellent selection of bikes/gear and they are great folks to work with. Whether you are an avid cyclist or a novice you feel at home. Another bonus is that everyone there is actively involved in the cycling community with plenty of info about rides, routes, etc. Highly recommended!
Rebecca Fitzgerald July 10, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Billers is in Havre de Grace - where the Reader's Choice is taking place. And Billers caters to the entire biking community, not JUST the racers. I love it that they carry such a great selection of "Drifters" and other bikes for folks who just want to pedal around town. Top mechanic - Walt is it! Top customer service - Walt and Mara are great! Community oriented - what other bike shop hosts neighborhood movie nights and world class concerts? Who else befriends the neighborhood kids who will never have the money to pay for repairs or equipment? The Biller's have brought bicycling to the core of the community and kept it there. Now that's a feat.
Dave H July 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Bicycle connection gets might vote
Joshua Murdock July 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I vote bicycle connection!
Bob Saunders July 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM
It's got to be the Bike Shop of Bel Air. The people there are family oriented and have a commitment to their community. The product line and quality workmanship of their mechanics is unmatched. Any small business owner could learn a thing or two from this business when it comes to customer service and employee satisfaction. Of all the shops I have dealt with over the years, the Bike Shop of Bel Air has impressed me the most.
Marie July 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM
The bicycle connection.... Hands down! Great new location, much bigger store with MUCH more product! Although Billers is also great, my vote goes to the bicycle connection!!
jane wettig July 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Ok well it seems we're all loyal to our local businesses, & i'm no exception. Billers gets my vote; love the new location. Have always experienced wonderful customer service, prompt attention, knowledgeable & quality workmanship. Hope to see Biller's here for many years to come! Love my SUN DRIFTER! perfect bike to cruise Havre de Grace & neighboring Greenway trail to Conowingo, etc.
christina graber July 23, 2012 at 01:14 PM
BILLERS! They pImped my ride! There service is like no other. Their staff is amazing, friendly, and thier service can't be beat. Thier knowledge of bikes and products is amazing. Bikes aside, they bring the community together. They actually care, something these days that is pretty hard to come by. Vote Billers!
Biller's Bikes July 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
We're so happy with all the wonderful comments and nominations, don't forget to vote at the top of the page. Best wishes to all the entrants, all good shops, all helping to prosper cycling for work, fun and health. Mara & Walter
joe johnson July 23, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I think this mutual admiration society is going to make me puke
Montgomery E. Loane July 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I voted for Biller's Bike Shop. This is the first place I will go when I am able to get a handicapped bike. Biller's answered my queries without hesitation unlike other bike shops in Harford & Baltimore Counties. I wasn't put on hold and forgotten about nor was my request forgotten about. More than what I can say about 'other' bike shops. If you want to be treated as just another customer, go wherever you want. If you want to be treated like a friend, go to Biller's! And no, I don't live in Havre de Grace so I am willing to travel for good friendly service.
Kirsten Dize July 26, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Voting is open for Readers' Choice! http://patch.com/A-wtFc
kerry cardarelli August 01, 2012 at 03:21 AM
The Bile Shop in Belair best . They have a very friendly staff . they go out of there way to help you .You Couldnt Ask For Any Better Bike Shop.
Ed Rybczynski August 02, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Biller's Bikes, of course!
Ryan Funkhouser August 03, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Bike Shop Belair, i love my hometown shop. This shop services not only your bike, but the bike community. Such a great group of people.
Kim Johnson August 04, 2012 at 01:00 PM
The Bike shop of Bel Air of course. This bike shop knows the true meaning of customer service. They treat everyone as equals and embraces the cycling community not only in Bel Air but through out Harford County!
Robin August 04, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Billers!
Jason C August 04, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I have seen Walter fix everything from a toddlers construction truck-shaped trike-bike to decades old vintage Italian road bikes. He can repair everything under the sun and he can tell you everything you need to know about high-speed high-quality road bikes all the same. With unpretentious, top notch service and advice Walter can get you what you need and what you want! Mara always goes the extra mile to find customers the right bike and works hard to meet every customers needs no matter who they are and no matter how small the need. Biller's Bikes hosts riders during there travels all over the county and serves up hospitality to big group rides all the same. Every community needs a place like Biller's and they deserve to be #1.

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