About Tip-Top Cycles

Hello! Bike shop for all the down home bike enthusiasts out there - we will get your favorite bike ready to ride or build up the new one of your dreams. We also offer a selection of used bikes, accessories (and necessities) for the commuter, and a knowledgeable staff to help you with questions about home repair. We ride every single day and want to make it as easy, pleasant, and affordable for you to do the same.

A New Era


To everyone that we have met through the shop over the last few years, the time has come to bring things to a close here at Tip-Top Cycles. It has truly been a privilege to be a part of such a close and diverse community that welcomed our unique style of shop from the very beginning. Our friend and former colleague, Jourdi, has written a fond farewell that really captures the spirit of the shop. You can read it here http://jourdi.com/2014/02/17/ten-things-terrific-about-tiptop-cycles-2/ 

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported us along the way and to all those who bring awareness to the cycling community in Durham everyday. We’ll see you out there!


* Anyone who needs to be in contact, Sarah and Colin can be reached best at tiptopcycles@gmail.com *

Making Time

So its been awhile since the last update here on the site. We have been super busy with the spring rush, which we are super grateful for. 

What’s been happening?

Well, we are embarking on the path of custom paint jobs. Discount rates during our experimental phase! (Inquire at the shop about specific jobs you have in mind)


Bringing new life to an old 3 speed.

Also, brand new shipment of handmade goods from R.E. Load up in Philly:


An array of hip-packs (purple waxed canvas, khaki w/ orange trim, brown waxed canvas)


Basic wallets, waterproof.


Beautiful custom bag, chillin’ in the grass


Touch of blue makes it

Check out the recent profile in Urban Velo magazine of R.E. Load founder, Roland Burns



A few things on the horizon here at the shop for the long stretch of warm weather that awaits:

quarry/swim hole seeking rides

camping trips to nearby rivers, lakes, shady lanes

picnic rides

“the back wheel” : after hours grill out/ basic bike maintenance tutorial

That’s all for now – be well and check back for updates!



We’ll be closing up the shop next week for a couple of days, here’s what the schedule looks like:

Monday the 12th 10 til 6

Tuesday the 13th CLOSED

Wednesday the 14th CLOSED

Thursday the 15th 2 til 6

Friday and onwards, back to normal.

In the mean time enjoy the clip & have a great week!