Bicycle shops of the past: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
A final posting from me on the final night of 2004. Name some bike shops of the past, for your given area. Talk about good ones, bad ones, or the ones you fondly remember.
Laughing Alley: Actually, a decent shop, located in Allston. I bought a Trek 560 there, in early 1985.
No one seems to know what caused them to vanish. I heard it was just a matter of not paying their bills for too long, and the creditors shutting them down. Anyone know anything?
A Worthy Bicycle: There were two, one in Waltham, another in yuppie newtonville. It should have been called "A worthless Bicycle shop". Sort of like the bike department at K-Mart, Their "trained mechanics" used automotive tools and WD-40, and not much else.
Waltham Bargain Center: Take a walk into the back room, where all the work was done. Smell familiar? Yes indeed, that would be stale booze and cigarette smoke. Gone and forgotten, and that's a good thing.
Hi Roads: Warehouse store marketing applied to bicycle shops. Famous for the "indoor test riding track, where you can test ride your bike in safety and comfort". Their "knowledgable staff" suffered a huge turnover problem. Bad idea.
Lincoln Guide Service: I miss this one. It closed in January of 2000 I think. The owner even welcomed cyclists who just felt like a "stop and talk" time on Sunday afternoons. What I heard: The owner literally owned the building and land it sat on outright. It was worth a lot, and he was given an offer for it that he could not refuse, as he had been thinking about retirement. Alas.