Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Bikes: Norco Yorkville
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Good shops for commuters/tourers?
Does anyone know of any Canadian shops that focus more on the sort of gear works well for utilitarian cyclists? MEC has been very helpful, but there are some things (like dynohubs!) that they don't carry. At most other shops I feel like I'm a second-class cyclist if I'm not a hard-core MTBer or high performance road racer. Is it just me, or do others find this as well?
I'm in Waterloo Region, but I'd be happy to travel to the GTA or London for a good shop that caters to my needs. I'm even happy to shop online from farther afield if I can get simple questions about products answered by email before buying. Any suggestions?
(more locally specific)
I have been somewhat frustrated lately looking for parts and accessories that focus more on function than form, more on utility and durability than being as light as possible. Specifically I've been trying to find a local shop that knows something about dynohubs and associated lights. Most can get the SRAM dynohub, but I'm more interested in the Shimano. I don't think any of the shops I've talked to so far (McPhail's, Ziggy's, Hub Bicycles) have sold one before. Braun's didn't even bother to return my email. I've also been disappointed with the selection of things like racks and baskets.