Pacific Northwest - Best shop in North King/South Snohomish County?
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I've had spotty service from a few shops up here and what seem like pretty limited sources. Am I stuck going to Seattle? Is there a hidden gem I don't know about? Thanks.
12-08-08, 10:14 AM
What sort of bike(s), what sort of services do you normally seek from them? What sort of purchases do you usually make?
I live in Snohomish; do my own wrenching on pre-mid-90's steel-framed road bikes; stop-in most often at
Tim's in Everett (semi-hole-in-the-wall, bmx-oriented but nice guy);
Bicycle Centers (usually the Everett location, occasionally Silver Lake -- knowledgeable folks but not always so personable [example, took wheel from son's 1988 Bianchi in seeking freewheel removal tool, was told it was ancient technology (after a 1-second inspection) and I should really think about a new wheel -- gee, they could have ordered the tool for me (ultraglide), but I can't fault them on trying to nudge me into this century]
Spokemotion in Monroe -- great family-run shop; I wish they were within distance for lunch hour round trips.
And, a plethora of on-line retailers for all the funny bits and pieces needed by older bikes, etc.
12-08-08, 01:32 PM
elliot bay is worth the trek to seattle. for sure.
12-08-08, 02:25 PM
I second Tim's in Everett but you should call first he does sometimes shorten his hours in the winter. He is the one I use the most, but he is only 3 blocks from me. Bicycle centers also has one on Evergreen near 52nd, but they really are not that personable as mentioned above. There is a Greggs Greenlake on Alderwood Mall way. Never been there, not a big fan of their Seattle store, but I have heard good things about that one. SpokeMotion is a bit out there (distance wise) but I have to second Molemans opinion on them. I have used them when out on rides, very friendly!
12-08-08, 11:11 PM
Yep, those are all the usual suspects.
Some of the guys at B Centres are helpful, some aren't.
I've had good experiences at Greggs in Alderwood. Never been to the Bellevue store, so can't compare.
I work a little further south in Bothell and have used Woodinville Cycle before. Small shop but very helpful and friendly. I stopped in on a ride once with a loose crank and they fixed it for me on the spot.
If you have 15 minutes and want to chat with someone about an issue with your bike, call Lickbike (www.lickbike.com/) and ask for the service dept. Sorry, I don't remember the service guy's name but have talked to him many times. He's very helpful and loves to talk about bikes.
12-08-08, 11:37 PM
+1 For Woodinville Biicycle. If you have not been there in a while, they took over the larger space next door a year or two ago, doubling the size of the shop.
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