La Bicyclette… it’s a Family Affair! – Kyle Kelley

Photos and words by Kyle Kelley

La Bicyclette is two bike shops in one! Well, not really, but sorta. There are two retail spaces across the street from each other on the same block, and they’re pretty much polar opposites of each other. You ask how that happens? You have a father who loves cycling and cycling heritage, who wants a well-organized showroom with lots of beautiful new product. Then you have two sons that wanna run a service department where they’re the only ones who know where anything is and slang beautiful vintage track bikes and other odds and ends from around the world!

These two spaces could not coexist under one roof in my opinion, I feel like this family would go mad. But these two spaces under one name, run by father and sons is just magical.

When Sean, Ace, Tebow, and I rolled up we had no clue there were two spaces, we just saw Enzo and Stef’s service area, a vintage track bike storefront, and our minds were blown! We were wide-eyed, taking photos of everything, just acting like kids in a candy store. There was a huge language barrier between us but Tebow was doing his best. There was so much more left I left wanting to know but just couldn’t figure out the words. I really hope some folks from Paris will fill us in on some details in the comments, but until then, just take look at these photos.

While all of the above was happening, a man down the street saw the replica Mavic Peugeot 504 Service Course vehicle we had rolled up in and before we knew it he’d started putting his pristine vintage Colnago on the roof rack. Enzo and Stef looked a little embarrassed and this is when we found out it was their father Lorenzo, the owner of La Bicyclette. This was now the second time our minds had been blown here, would there be a third?

Lorenzo’s English was pretty good. We chatted about the Peugeot 504 for a bit and took some photos of him with the car. Just as we were about to pack up and head back to the apartment, Lorenzo informed us that we had just seen their service area, we hadn’t even seen the actual La Bicyclette storefront! Wait…what!?!

Lorenzo walked us down the street and it was true, there was a beautiful red building with La Bicyclette painted above the door. When we walked in, our minds were blown for the third time! This place was beautiful. Full of everything you’d imagine would be in there, but nothing you’d ever seen in real life, only on the internet, and old magazine ads. Rows of hand-picked vintage cycling jerseys, and tons of Japanese stuff I’d never even seen, but what impressed me the most was that someone could walk into this shop, knowing nothing about cycling history and could come out knowing more than most modern-day cyclists. In a world dominated by information overload, it was so nice to have Lorenzo walk us around his small shop and take the time to explain each and everything in there. He told us where it was from, why it was in there, and what it meant to him. This was knowledge you can’t learn from reading the internet, only from experience. My heart melted.

Oh Paris, how I love you! You opened my eyes to the big city, I now wanna go to each and every city in this world with a rich cycling culture. I wanna fall in love with the shops and the people making this world a better place. Paris, I will forever be indebted to you for this. And Marie, I owe you big time. You trusted me with your world, and that is a beautiful thing.

It may be awhile, but we’ll be back Paris!

La Bicyclette
5 Rue Crozatier
75012 Paris
France
Hours:
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 10:30am – 7pm
Tuesday: 10:30am – 7pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10:30am – 7pm
Friday: 10:30am – 7pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 7pm
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  • Im almost certain I visited their storefront in August 2012.

  • teuteul

    The only thing you’ve maybe been missing Kyle is the bunch of beers we drink there on the friday night ! More seriously, the shop is kind of the headquarter of the Paris Chill Racing family. Almost every evening you can be sure to meet some friends and that’s why “La bicy” as we called it is so special. Enzo and Stef’ are putting some hard work in the shop, they can basically fix anything from your daily to the more recent high end bikes. And yeah they clearly know a lot of things when it comes to vintage bikes, Enzo was on a stand at the Eroica this year and each time he brings some really rad stuff to sell there ! Thx for this cool article and dope pics !

    • Damn! I think I may have been in Paris on a Friday too!!!

    • Sébastien Pepinster

      Shit, I was going to comment about the “apero bicy” which is one of the main reasons to come to Paris, period. But someone was faster than me. :D

  • Nicolas Ponroy

    Epic family, best bike store in Paris since there previous one close to St Lazare! I never miss an occasion to pass by each time I am in Paris.
    Always, friendly, always useful, always have exactly what you need

  • Nicolas Ponroy

    The white / red and yellow mecacycle in the first store in awesome (Is it Gaston’s bike???)
    And Lorenzo (father) is a grandmaster of the shellac! (certainly as good as Grant Peterson, if not better)

    • This is exactly the kind of comments I was looking for!

  • mark rothschild

    ….Class

  • carmic0

    So this is what heaven looks like……….

  • James

    My local! I’ve been dropping in incessantly over the last year and a bit since moving to Paris. Bought some Gilles Berthoud saddles and rad copper mudguards there. All the best parts and all the necessary parts for fixing old French bikes too

  • spokes612

    If I’m not mistaken, that blue fendered bike in Lorenzo’s store window is Lyli Herse’s personal bike. I love this shop almost as much as Cycles Alex Singer’s workshop. What a great photo set!