Where to shop for triathlon gear in Miami has just gotten a little trickier with the closing of our one and only remaining triathlon specific store. Almost all of these stores are owned/managed by people I personally know and consider friends. Feel free to throw my name around when you go in. It may not get you a discount but it maybe will get you a smile.
Running Specialty Stores in Miami, Florida
Footworks – this is my home running store. I have a bunch of friends who have worked here and I consider the owner a friend. It’s a running store and they have good stock. They are honest people. They produce and support local athletes and races. I openly recommend this store and their training programs with no reservations.
GoRun – There are three locations of Go Run in Miami. None of them close by me so I don’t shop there a ton. But they carry a good variety of shoes. They are owned/managed by a very nice runner named Doug. He has set up over a dozen free run activities each week for local runners and they have built a very loyal following.
IRun is a good running store. They are not convenient to me at all so I have actually only been there to pick up a race packet. But they are owned and staffed by runners. They produce and support local races. They stock anything you need as a runner and some triathlon gear. They have possibly the best training program in town to improve your running at all distances. I would love to participate but as I mentioned it’s not convenient to me at all.
Runners High -My feelings on Runners High have totally changed in the last year. The person who owned it changed from somebody that I had a few issues with to somebody who is really genuinely a wonderful person. Byron is a long time running specialty salesperson and he knows as much about running shoes as anybody in town. It’s a small store but they do carry a full line of kids shoes which is really important.
Skyros – Skyros is a running store in Doral. I haven’t been there yet but they have a 3-d run form evaluation system. That is seriously the silliest invention yet and yes, of course I’m dying to play with it.
We are very lucky to have a full line of running stores in Miami. I am sure that you can find discounts online but I want to encourage you to shop local for your stuff it really does make a difference to our local communities. All 4 of these stores support local run clubs, sponsor triathlon clubs, host local races and will help you charge your watch if you’re in a pinch. You might pay a few dollars more for a pair of shoes but it’s worth it.
Bike specialty stores in Miami, Florida
There are approximately 5 zillion bike stores in Miami. This is a non-scientific number. Here is a list of stores I have actually shopped. Remember, I live pretty far South and East in Miami so my exclusion of stores is most likely geographic. Also I have learned that bike retail contracts are geographically exclusive. So for example I have heard that Cervelo will only contract with one store in a specific geographic radius. This stinks for consumers because you only see certain brands in certain stores and it makes it very challenging to comparison shop. For this reason I’ve listed some of the brands that I know are sold at these stores.
Bike Masters – this is the home store of my mechanic Rapha. They sell Fuji cycles, nutrition products and a small amount of accessories. They apparently do not have a web page. They are located in the Southeast corner of Kendall Drive and 117th. Didn’t think it was even possible to have a business without a website in this day and age but we learn something new every day.
Mack Cycle – Perhaps the largest volume bike store in town. I’m just guessing. They are always busy. They sell Specialized, Giant, Pinarello, and Quintanaroo and BMC … maybe more. They are a very family and woman friendly store. They have been in this location in Miami for a long time. Their yellow building is practically a landmark. They have a ridiculous amount of apparel and accessories for sale. They stock small bikes for people like me. They offer guru fits for bikes if you’re interested. They have wonderful sales throughout the year if you’re looking for a deal. They also sponsor many local teams and charity rides. It’s a good store.
Mack Cycle also sponsors a ton of local events including the local triathlon series on Key Biscayne and MiamiMan. Not to mention the local triathlon club (Team Hammerheads).
We no longer have a triathlon retail store in Miami but Mack Cycle is the only store in town that is close to dedicated to triathlon. They sell and fit tri bikes. They have staff including Rachel the owner’s daughter who have raced many triathlons. They offer many full lines of triathlon clothing.
CycleWorld – This is a long time store in Miami but they have a new big yellow building on Bird road. It’s a good store they seem like nice folks working there. They helped me get my son’s mini-bmx bike for Christmas. They were the tribike transport drop off spot for my last race. They have plenty of parking which is like a super bonus in Miami.
RB Cycles – This store has gone through some changes. I think they carry Felt and maybe Cervelo. They have a few stores. I have a friend who really likes the Doral location. They have a Coconut Grove location that I run by frequently but I know nothing about it.
Bike Tech – A long time store in Miami with 2 locations. They offer great deals occasionally on bikes. They used to carry Cervelo but I don’t know if they do anymore. These guys are local cyclists who put on several local rides that I have done. They have good mechanics in house and handled a few tricky warranty repairs for people I know. They are good guys.
Elite Cycles – This store is located by the Falls in a warehouse district which I happen to think is very smart. Retail space in Miami is crazy expensive. They carry a full line of bikes including Specialized and Cervelo. They have an excellent mechanic shop that is clean, fast, nice, affordable. They have a very knowledgeable sales staff. They are a family owned business. They sponsor the only actual junior cycling team that I know about in Miami.
UltraBikex on Key Biscayne – This is the home of local biking legend Andres who runs the only Computrainer Studio in town. I have no idea about the bike store that he shares with but he really knows his way around bikes so it’s probably a pretty good place. I did for about 6 months drive out there once a week. Then I bought a Wahoo Kickr not because I didn’t think it was great it was just too far for me to drive. Andres (who despite his Spanish sounding name is not Spanish … I think he’s German so prepare yourself) also does bike fittings that get good reviews. He has helped a few people I know find specific saddles that work for them which is a thankless process. He’s a good guy. A tip : you have to call him or text him. He’s not a social media guy.
Where to buy swim gear in Miami, Florida
You can go to Dick’s sporting goods. It’s hit or miss. Dick’s is a good store but their swim section is pretty crappy. Footworks has a small set of stuff from Aquasphere in a pinch. And Mack carries goggles but not swim suits. Honestly I now order my swim stuff online from SwimOutlet.com
It pains me to say that because I would love a local source but I don’t have one. That link up there for Swim Outlet is an affiliate link. If you click it you won’t pay more but I will get a referral credit and thank you in advance for that.
So that’s where I shop.
You probably picked up on the fact that it’s really important to me to support local stores that give back to our local communities. If you are a store that sets out water for runners or sponsors a kids team. That makes it more worthwhile for me to shop in your store. That’s just my opinion.
Where do you shop? I created this page to be a resource to local shops. If you are a fan of a local to Miami bike, run or multisport store let me know and I’ll put it up here and give you credit.
Also, should a store want to advertise on this page that can be arranged. Reach out – email me. Let’s be friends.