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Old 10-02-13, 08:13 PM   #1
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C&V Oriented Shops

Anyone know of any C&V oriented shops in the Atlanta area? Or, a general list of C&V oriented shops?
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Nope, the problem is there is not a strong enough demand for C & V stuff. Bike shops cater to the market that exists. This is one reason a lot of us end up doing our own work. Later on, some of us find it enjoyable as well. I've bought a fair amount of C & V stuff from bike shops that were preparing to toss it (PITA to keep around).

C & V shops do better where there is a thriving bike culture, think Portland, OR.
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RRB in Kenilworth, Il is knowledgable and is also a frame builder
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One LBS was very candid with me. The salesguy said that anything vintage - bikes or parts - is put on eBay because they can sell it quicker than having it tie up space in the shop, and secondly generally get more $$$ for it that they could locally. Just a guess, but that is probably why NO LBSs here have any vintage parts bins.

The only bike co-op within 50 miles is priced higher than eBay!
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seattle has 'recycled cycles.' it has two locations with parts bins and also sells fully overhauled classics for cheap ($200ish). it has an ebay site too.
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If you are ever traveling West on I-40 you might make a stop in Oklahoma City at "The Bicycle Store". I only recently discovered this place but it's literally stuffed to the rafters with bicycles and the widest variety of bicycle types I've ever seen. I don't know if he has a lot vintage components but he has several rows of Colnago & Basso framesets as well as other names I've never heard. From what I saw these are all lugged steel frames with 1" threaded forks and all about the price of modern custom frame ($2000). If nothing else it was cool to see because I've never even seen a single frameset for sale in a LBS, let alone a bunch of old steel ones.
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seattle has 'recycled cycles.' it has two locations with parts bins and also sells fully overhauled classics for cheap ($200ish). it has an ebay site too.
Don't forget Elliott Bay in Seattle, either.
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Bike Stand in Scotch Plains NJ. Also does frame repairs.
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Or, a general list of C&V oriented shops?
Don't know how current this is:

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Bik...Bike_shops.htm

Hank is still in Helotes TX as of the last time I was at Floore's:

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Bik...helotes_tx.htm

He was able to put his hand on a 1/2 x 1/8 22T cyclo cog that I needed >20 years ago.

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Don't forget Elliott Bay in Seattle, either.
huh. been to about every shop in town except that one. maybe because it's on western ave, on a street downtown i never ride. i'll have to check it out.

here's a seattle list and my experience:

- recycled cycles -- already mentioned.
- gregg's -- parks tools, cables, chain wax, freewheel removal, seatpost bolts.
- wright brothers -- great little shop for small, new items, tools, information, shootin' the shíte.
- jra -- need some old pedals, advice, crown race milled, tools, or something ordered from qbp? go here. the owner will talk your ear off.
- speedy reedy -- tubes (unless you have a modern bike). if you don't want to dity your hands, they fix a flat with new tube for cheap ($10).
- the bicycle repair shop -- great location if you have a breakdown, need a u-lock or little items. really nice owner.
- 20/20 -- little c&v shop that sells old chainrings and stuff. kinda hipsterish, but not the worst service in town, that would be velo bike shop in capitol hill.
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San Jose area :

Slough's not a pure C&V, but a trove of parts, and knowledge. "Interesting" owner.

Willow Glen Bikes Solid repairs and knowledge of C&V
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Wrk101's info is a bit dated at this point - Atlanta has one of the fastest growing bike "cultures" in the country - of course it was starting from almost nill.

For vintage bikes in Atlanta, you might check SOPO bike coop, or may have to use craigslist.

However, for classic bikes - Houndstooth Road in Decatur is one of the best in the Southeast - you can check the list of brands they sell here: http://www.h2rd.com
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I was in Nashville a few weeks ago, they have a shop there that sells used bikes and stuff in addition to running a co-op in a less prosperous part of town. The people there are some of the nicest I have ever met, great service, very helpful. Had time and circumstance permitted I would have loved to have a few beers with them.

http://halcyonbike.com/
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Bikeworks is probably the best used bike shop in Seattle. Huge amounts of cheap, good parts. Also, 20/20 had kinda expanded their used parts the last time I was in there. Had a bunch of random boxes on the floor with dirt-cheap c&v parts.
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It's funny, the shops that I'm familiar with that have a C&V orientation are also the ones least likely to have an online presence. No website, no Facebook, and they couldn't care less about their Yelp reviews.
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San Jose area :

Slough's not a pure C&V, but a trove of parts, and knowledge. "Interesting" owner.

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http://www.hampshirebicycleexchange.com/

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huh. been to about every shop in town except that one. maybe because it's on western ave, on a street downtown i never ride. i'll have to check it out.
You are in for a treat. Bob Freeman and Bill Davidson are great guys to talk to. Your neck will be sore from looking up at Bob's amazing collection of vintage bikes hanging from the ceiling.

Another great place to visit is Classic Bicycles on Bainbridge Island, just up the hill a short ways from the ferry dock. Large collection of vintage bikes in the shop on display. Whereas Bob Freemans' collection at Elliott Bay are mostly restored to 'like new' condition, the ones you'll see here at Classic are largely displayed in original condition. Huge collection of vintage parts in glass cases too. Friendly folks too.

Visiting both shops makes for a great day trip on a bike. Elliott Bay Bikes is not far from the Ferry and Bainbridge has a well deserved reputation as a great riding area.

Hit Elliott bay first then go south to the Pike Place Market and ride down Post Alley past the gum wall to get to the ferry. A unique stretch of road that should put a smile on your face..

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Surprised that no one has mentioned Via Bicycle in Philadelphia. I've not had the pleasure of visiting in person, but I've seen the people that run it (and the famous van) at many bike swaps.

Also Old Spokes Home in Burlington, VT. Again, I've not been there but I plan to drop in next time I'm in the area.

I suppose the best many of us can hope for is that the LBS at least appreciates older bikes and those of us that ride them and work on them. I have a favorite LBS that will do repair work for me when I get in over my head and they never try to talk me out of a vintage bike and into something new. I once brought in a Trek Antelope (!) in need of a seatpost and the shop staff not only greeted me enthusiastically but they happily dug through a box of old ones to find one that fit. They're cool folks that have earned my loyalty.

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thanks for the word, northbend.
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Cherry Street Cycles

Macon, Georgia

It's about 2 hours south of you down I-75.

I bought a 1976 Raleigh Pro frame there with 3 miles on it. Even better... the frame didn't belong to them... but they facilitated the transaction. Nice folks.

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I think rather than a shop you need to find a C&V passionate employee/mechanic. When I was living in NJ I was referred to a shop to have wheels built. I ran into Stanley who was just as passionate as any of us. He built some great wheels, did remarkable jobs pressing in some headset, and spreading some frames.
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