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Old 10-11-04, 04:01 PM   #1
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I am looking for a good Bike Shop to do repairs. I bought my Trek 1000 from Village, wish I would have posted this question beforehand...

my handlbars were not tight, so they rotated on me during the ride home and I almost went head over heals. The front break assembly fell off, and the rear break pad fell off. now I know you are supposed to check the bike everytime before you head out....but from the bike shop?

ohh and both of my wheels are not true. (I want to learn to do this, but in the mean time I would like to have a reliable bike shop to fall back on)
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try Yojimbo's Garage on Clybourne
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I am looking for a good Bike Shop to do repairs. I bought my Trek 1000 from Village, wish I would have posted this question beforehand...

my handlbars were not tight, so they rotated on me during the ride home and I almost went head over heals. The front break assembly fell off, and the rear break pad fell off. now I know you are supposed to check the bike everytime before you head out....but from the bike shop?

ohh and both of my wheels are not true. (I want to learn to do this, but in the mean time I would like to have a reliable bike shop to fall back on)
I"d be making the original shop repair, for free, and give you half your money back from the bike ontop of it. That's not just shoddy, that's dangerous. You could've got badly hurt.


...oh my god I'm becoming my mom.


Anyway, make THEM repair it, and then find a DIFFERENT shop to do your further shopping at.

I"d also post the shop name and street address, so furture buyers can be warned.
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Old 10-11-04, 08:10 PM   #4
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There are a few options:

Mission Bay Multisport on West Randolph is very good, and they can turn around your repairs relatively quickly. In a lot of cases, if it's not a bad, major repair, they can turn around your bike while you wait.

Rapid Transit Cycle is also very good (just off North, Milwaukee, and Damen intersection). They can turn around repairs kind of quickly- during the busy times, they can sneak your bike in if it's a major emergency, and they have a nice area to hang in, and the guys and women there are great to talk to. Well, my bonus is that they're right across the street from my primary physician too, so I can drop in to see them after a doctor's appointment too!

Yojimbo's on North Clybourn (just north of Clybourn and Division) is very good- Marcus is very knowledgeable and thorough, but sometimes, the service is slower since he's on his own. Still, a top quality shop, though.

Those would be the top 3 on my list. I got my bike from Village too. They really suck.

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Thanks everyone. I am going to take it back to village for the repairs, since it is covered under warrenty. but I will be sure to bring my allen wrench set this time to tighten everything up.

I will probably use Yojimbo's from now on, since it is a stones throw away from my apartment, and I like small shops.

I just don't understand Village Cycle, it appears to be a great shop, it is located right on Wells...perfect location with the bike lane and all.

Anyways, thanks for your input.
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It's simple- Village is a slice and dice, treat 'em and street 'em type of shop.

They just don't care.

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the village does kinda suck. my boys at cycle smithy on clark are great. no snobbery, no tomfoolery, just trying to help you enjoy your ride.
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