OPENING HOURS: 10am - 6pm Tuesday to Saturday

EMAIL US: to book a repair, have a chat or if you need information about one of our bikes, drop us a line

CALL US: during our opening hours (01 8602615)

OUR ADDRESS: 167 Phibsborough road, D07KP96, Dublin 7 (2 doors down from Doyles' corner)



If you cannot make it to us, we have nationwide delivery on fully assembled bikes. Just email us



BIKE: quiet ways through Grangegorman Campus, the Canal Greenway or through the Broadstone linear park are about 5 minutes cycle and / or walk from the shop.  

TRAM: Phibsborough Luas station (towards Broombridge)

BUS: number 38, 122, 120 stops are all very close to the shop

CAR: Phibsborough is a very busy and congested road, and we would not recommend driving to the shop during the week. If you have no other option, there is paid parking on the Phibsborough road towards town (about 3 minutes walk)




Rothar was established in late 2007, opening its first workshop in 2008, selling anything on two wheels that could keep cash-strapped Dubliners moving despite the recession. We opened other shops, on the Southside in the suburbs, but business moved a lot online so we decided to be full time Northsiders in August 2019, at our new fancy shop on 167 Phibsborough road.


Rothar Velo is a well established bicycle shop with a social heart. It started in 2008 as an earn a bike  recycling project working with youth groups in Ballyfermot, Ballymun and The Liberties. The first shop opened  in 2009 in Phibsborough, followed by Fade street (Dublin 2) in 2010, and Dun Laoghaire (2012). It developed strong links with local authorities (DLR County Council and DCC) and collected bicycles from the Ringsend  Recycling Centre as well as the Ballyogan Recycling Centre.  

Through its volunteer program, Rothar trained more than 100 people in bicycle mechanics but also in  customer service and in barista skills thanks to its cafe in Dublin City Centre. In 2014, Rothar started working  very closely with Bridge Project and the Changeworks programme, which is designed to meet the needs of  adult males with a history or pattern of violent offending. Thanks to this collaboration, Rothar started the first  accredited programme in bicycle mechanics in the country in 2015. 

Thanks to this accreditation and the experience in working with at risk learners, Rothar was able to establish a  network of satellites in the country, furthering its education purposes. Rothar’s links with the industry are well established, as well as its reputation as a reliable, high  quality and inclusive bicycle shop. It is also well known for its advocacy work in sustainable urban transport. 

Thanks to its social work with at-risk young people and ex-offenders, Rothar and its founder Anne were awarded the following: Social Entrepreneurs Ireland award in 2009, David Manley Award for Social Enterprise in 2011, the Arthur Guinness social enterprise award in 2012 and the Lord Mayor Award in 2013. It works closely with the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, the Sustainable Energy CommunitIES in Phibsborough, Stoneybatter and Cabra, and is active in projects to mitigate climate change. 


We have over the years chosen very carefully the brands we sell, ACHIELLE because they are a 3rd generation family business making the most gorgeous machines by hand in Belgium, YUBA because they are the trailblazing brand that made longtail cargo bikes before they became trendy, LEGEND because they are cutting edge when it comes to electric folding technology and brilliant value, TERN because you cannot do better when it comes to folding bikes and intelligent urban solutions. Finally, the BICICAPACE brand did make the cut as their design to transport children, equipment, heavy loads or just as a car replacement for the big shop caught our attention. 

We also like testing our own products, so every bag, every phone holder , every electric bike that we sell has been tested and approved. 

We also have been fixing all kinds of bikes for over 15 years. We provide a full range of repairs, from the simple puncture to the more complex suspension forks servicing. 

We believe in bikes as the solution for cities. They relieve congestion, make people healthy, and transport anything from the student to the mother of 3 or the elderly. Despite the lack of infrastructure, Dublin has become a cycling city, and it is all the better for it.