Western Canada - What is the best LBS in Victoria?
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06-07-07, 09:04 AM
I am probably moving out to Victoria within the next year. I lived there in the late 70's early 80's and have been in Waterloo, Ontario since. I work in a bike store and would like to know if you Vancouver Island folks have any ideas as to who has the best bike shop in the Victoria area. I have been selling cycling to people for many years and your input may help me to find another place where I can spread the word of the bicycle to others. I am very good at what I do and cycling community involvement is extremly important to me. Thanks for any help that you can provide.
06-07-07, 05:58 PM
i work at oak bay bikes here in victoria. obviously i am biased, but we have a big selection of road and mountain stuff and the staff has a wide range of knowledge from downhilling to road and beyond. i have heard from others that we are the most reputable shop in town-- plus we have lots of beautiful drool-worthy vintage bikes kicking around... stop by when you get here!
01-31-08, 01:17 AM
Oak Bay Bikes...
01-31-08, 01:27 AM
Oak Bay Bikes in Nanaimo is new but also top notch...
I've been in Victoria for about 3 years now. I've been very happy with Fairfield Bicycle. They have never said no to any question or request, and have often spent an hour or more with me to help me pick out a part that eventually cost $20. They've relaced a wheel, told me how I could fix my bike when I asked them (in great detail), and sold my wife a great bike. All in all I have to recommend them.
North Park Bicycles on N-Park and Quadra is good too. Very helpful and knowledgeable, good guys.
The best bike shop in Victoria in my opinion is Performance Bicycles at Quadra St. and Reynolds.
Pam and Wayne, the owners, are always in the shop providing incredible service and friendliness. I would also recommend Fairfield Bicycle.
04-13-09, 11:11 PM
Greater Victoria (probably) has the highest ratio of bike shops to population of any city in Canada. I am familiar with several and patronize one in particular. Each shop has its own unique 'flavour', so your best bet would be to check each of them out, individually, after you arrive here. Find one that matches your own flavour preference.
I've been checking out places so far:
Fairfield: Where I picked out my Surly LHT. Guys ordered in a small frame size for me, built it up, all just to let me test ride it without any guarantee of me buying it. Awesome service. I pretty much dealt with them exclusively until I moved into town itself, and found them just a bit out of the way, when another shop was right on my route..
North Park: Awesome guys, small shop. I took my Surly in to get the steerer cut down (finally) and they thought it was one of theirs (for some reason, even though it had Fairfield's stickers on it). They did the cut for free. I took advantage of that since I was broke, but did go back and paid for the work when I got paid. Really nice guys, and alway make time for you even if they are ridiculously busy. Never a bad vibe.
Wayne & Pams Performance: Another smaller shop, but totally worth checking out just on service alone. I've only really dealt with Pam, and one of their mechanics, but they both took extra time in trying to help me out, specifically choosing some tires to replace the ones on my Nishiki. Place always seems busy.
Riders Cycles: Service seems to vary a bit. When I first went in, they seemed extremely welcoming and non-pressuring, even though I was just looking around.
I took my Nishiki there to get overhauled because it is definitely a road-bike biased shop. Has the "ol wrench" behind the counter, etc.
I never got a call that the bike was done, and their overhaul package is supposed to include an inspection for cracks and dents...never heard anything about this.
What did bug me, was when I picked up my bike, I found out that the old derailer had been welded on, and I was talking to one of the sales staff about it, and he just went on about how I should save up and just get a new bike rather than waste time on this old Nishiki...after I had just paid to have it overhauled? Wha?
Bicycleitis: Pretty cool place, but far out of my way. Huge selection of used parts, and welcomes people to rummage for what they are looking for.
Reckless Cycles on Government: So far, nothing but stellar service, even if all I have bought is a personal sale from the manager on a used SunTour derailer!
I will be going back here.
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