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Old 06-08-07, 08:28 PM   #1
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Local Bike Shops that you like--and hate

Let me state up front, I DO NOT WORK FOR A BIKE STORE AND AM NOT AFFILIATED IN ANY WAY WITH A BIKE COMPANY.

A lot of us travel around and ride. I think sharing our favorite local bike shops would help a lot of people when we travel and experience trouble. I know, this may be better on touring, but lots of us go to ralleys on the weekends.

My favorite are Colonel's Bike Shop in Ft. Worth, Texas. Doug and Rick and the staff do an excellent job and will take care of you honestly and promply--and they can discuss a good bottle of wine with the best.

Peyton's Bikes in Midland, Texas will do anything to help a biker. You're in good hands w/David, John, Rick and Howard.

Perhaps it might be good to list some bike shops you've had negative experiences in.
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Old 06-08-07, 08:59 PM   #2
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Can't say I hate any, just like some more than others. I've had some individuals in LBS's who I thought could be a little more cust.service oriented, but that's anywhere you go. I really miss the Performance store that was in Towson, Md. Shopping there was like being a kid in a candy shop! Had everything you could imagine and honored catalog sales prices also. Now that I think back, there was one store I didn't particularly care for, but they are out of business, so guess a lot of people felt that way! Most of the shops around here treat you decently, but don't carry a lot of stock. I think internet shopping has really hurt many LBS, so they might not carry the inventory they once might have.
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I don't think this is going to work. Kind of like the new car surveys and it may be awhile till I am back in Texas again.
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Can't say I hate any, just like some more than others. I've had some individuals in LBS's who I thought could be a little more cust.service oriented, but that's anywhere you go. I really miss the Performance store that was in Towson, Md. Shopping there was like being a kid in a candy shop! Had everything you could imagine and honored catalog sales prices also. Now that I think back, there was one store I didn't particularly care for, but they are out of business, so guess a lot of people felt that way! Most of the shops around here treat you decently, but don't carry a lot of stock. I think internet shopping has really hurt many LBS, so they might not carry the inventory they once might have.
You know, the one I didn't care for is out of business, I think. When I went by to ride, he wasn't there. Now they are gone frome their present location. I had set up a demo to ride an Orbea Orca, I thought. The owner didn't show up.
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I've tried a lot of dealers in Houston and the one I like the best would be BicycleWorld and fitness.
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Old 06-08-07, 09:09 PM   #6
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I don't think this is going to work. Kind of like the new car surveys and it may be awhile till I am back in Texas again.
Some of us travel OUTSIDE of Texas. It would be nice to get the bike fixed..
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I can see what you mean,there are aspects of some shops I like better than others. I'm new to my town. The LBS,one of only two within an hours drive is a bit smaller,still a big shop. The owner at the "better" shop is more accessable, still doesn't always listen.He's a good guy,treats me well and is progressive. The larger shop has ten or so techs., the sales help is helpfull, patient and kind, they ARE intimidating as a repair facility. Leave the bike.. OK bye. Where I used to live there were ten LBSs within a ten minute drive, fifteen within a twenty minute drive. I was hard-pressed to spread-it-around. One LBS,some 30 minutes away,near my job had the lowest prices on bikes AND labor. He had NOS bikes, great deals, I brought HIM the most clients. There were some snooty ones as well, the newest models, NO test rides.
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A&B Cycle in Springfield is great. Downhill Bike shop in Branson seems to be a very nice shop too. Springfield Bicycle Company is smaller and caters more to a younger crowd, but they have been good to me too, that's where I got the Coda. No horrid experiences as of yet, thankfully.
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Actually, I've had better luck in my garage than at any of the local bike shops. But I can't say that I've tried them all, yet.
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"Bikeworld" in San Antonio replaced a busted front derailer when we went coast to coast. The mechanic (Alex) was floor to ceiling in backed up work, but took care of us first to get us on our way. He told us, "free labor in return for trip stories. I have to keep working, but I'm listening." LOL.
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I have an LBS that I use. They treat me right and they carry the sort of stuff that I want.
My LBS is a family run business and the the owner- the son and the Mechanic all race. Not that this has a direct bearing on my using them- but they carry quality stock as well as the run of the mill stuff for the average rider.

In our local town there was a bike shop that catered for the masses. Plenty of low end bikes and parts to service them but nothing of quality. Ok to run in and get a brake cable or a cheap pump but want a pair of Koolstop brake blocks for the wet ride tomorrow--forget it. I bought a road bike last year from my LBS and went to my local shop at the end of a ride and the owner asked why I did not buy from him. Easy- He was more expensive- Did not carry the bike in stock and it would have taken him 1 month to get it. Went to MY LBS and he had 4 of the bikes in stock- all different sizes- He took time sortin gthe bike for me and gave me a good discount.

I use My LBS because they are good. It may be small and they may not carry all that I want but They will always get it for me and I don't get moaned at if I take more than 5 minutes to decide on whether I want The red one or the Purple one.
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Since I prefer vintage bikes, do my own work, and have bought only one new bicycle in my entire life ($150 1971 American Eagle Semi-Pro / Nishiki Competition) no shop will be able to create a viable business model around clients such as I. However, I do buy parts and I do recommend shops to friends, so it still pays to treat me properly. Fortunately, Leucadia Cyclery always has.
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Gran Fondo in Nashville http://www.granfondocycles.com/home

America's #1 Independent Bianchi dealer for 2005/6. (...check the logo on the right side of the home page) Specializing in Italian and European bikes.

When I went shopping for my first road bike last year, they were the best 'kick the tires' experience. More info for a newbie like me and the test ride was not limited to the parking lot like another shop. Sent out the door with general directions to a nice riding area and had plenty of time to get a feel for the bike. Changed the seat and stem during the initial 'fit and stretch' period after the purchase without any additional charge. Ask for Lynn, he put up with an old newbie that had more questions than anyone should have to endure and provided the service that will keep me as a satisfied customer.
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