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Old 10-03-07, 07:36 AM   #1
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Need bike shop in Central NY

THe one thing I hate about living in Syracuse NY is the lack of variety that bigger cities have. I am looking for a new bike and find selections here poor. I went into a Raleigh dealer the other day and not a single tourting bike but yet they had 90% mountain.

I sold my raleigh Alyeska at a steal of a price ARG!! And now I am looking to get back into cycling. Mainly what I need is a hybrid (being a newer dad and all) but I also like the idea of getting a tourer again.

I'm looking at Cannondale , Raleigh & Trek plus maybe Specialized (however I have recetly spoke with a owner who claims it's a good ride but the components rust like hell).

What are someof the good bike shops around? I'm willing to go to Binghamton, Alabnay (in laws there) Rochester, Ithaca, ROme/Utica or what there is around here.

Any suggestions would be great!
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Old 10-04-07, 08:41 AM   #2
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Good luck! I've had the hardest time finding good hybrids around here. The bike shops in Ithaca have touring bikes, though not a huge selection, Cayuga Ski and Cyclery (which will be getting new bikes in sometime over the next month, worth calling them beforehand) has a nice selection of Bianchis. I also checked out the bike shop in Syracuse on Erie Blvd. East at Thompson, up on the hill, the guy there was very helpful and had commuter/touring type bikes if you haven't checked that place (can't remember the name, sorry.)

I recently saw a guy on a great hybrid and asked him where he got it. His answer: california, where I bought my current 15-yr old hybrid. He noted how it was hard to find good hybrids here...
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Old 10-04-07, 06:44 PM   #3
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There are lots of shops in Rochester, but I've done business at only these four. These comments reflect only my experience. Experiences of others may differ from mine.

Park Ave Bike Shop in Rochester sells all four brands you mentioned. They have a very good reputation. I've had a fitting and have purchased accessories there. Good experiences in those cases.

New bike sales depends on who you get. I hear they have a few good, long-time staffers. Trouble is that they hire a lot of young and enthusiastic salespeople, who don't seem to have a lot of product knowledge and are content to show you what's on the floor, reading the differences from the various labels on the components.

It wasn't a problem when I went along to help a friend buy a hybrid. When I went in with a list of specific requirements for a bike, they couldn't come up with a single bike in all their lines that met them.

At another local dealer, Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport, the salesman said, "Yeah, this bike meets all your requirements," and pulled it right down from the display. I bought it there. It was a Trek Portland, one of the lines they also sell at Park Ave.

What I liked best about buying at Full Moon Vista was that they won't let you even test ride a bike that doesn't fit properly. They do a 20-30 minute fit session in the showroom before turning you loose on the streets. The bike I bought, we weren't quite sure it was right. After some time in the trainer, adjusting everything it seemed, even swapping the stem, we all agreed the bike fit perfectly. Then, and only then did they let me take it for the test ride. There were no limits on the ride either. Bringing it back after an hour, they asked, "Back so soon? What's wrong? Didn't you like it?"

Towner's is the other Specialized dealer in town. Positives: They have a ton of bikes in the showroom, and a wide selection of accessories. Negatives: Limited test ride, no fitting service at all. They fit strictly by the standover method. Otherwise, you're on your own.

The other Trek shop in town is Towpath Bike. I was very impressed when I went in last year looking for touring racks. One guy went in back and brought out his bike which had the rack he was recommending for me. I bought it. Lots of hybrids in stock and a guy on staff who does touring. Could be a winner for you.

Hope this helps!
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Old 10-04-07, 08:14 PM   #4
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A few ideas:

In the Binghamton area, Chenango Point in downtown is a Cannondale/Specialized/Jamis (IIRC) dealer and seem to be a good bunch of guys. Also worth visiting is Ted's in Endicott; I think he carries Fuji and Trek, but I haven't been in in awhile. You might just want to phone these guys before making the trek - google for details.

For Ithaca there is a bike shop in Collegtown which has your standard Trek stuff and another on the commons that seems to have mostly Marin hybrids, but Glenn Swan is a top notch racer who runs a small shop somewhere in the eastern hills above Ithaca. This is a place I have yet to visit, and it may not specialize in the kind of bike you have in mind, but Glenn might be worth talking with.
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wow, thanks for the suggestions guys. I do want a hybrid, but also a bike to go on trips with. My solution is to get 2 bikes. so for now I will search for the Hybrid (will be doing around town stuf and pulling a trailer with the kid.)
The Bikery, Baldwinsville
I went there the other day, nice guy and spent every moment with me. showed me several bikes, but didn't push the cannondale on me hmm? He showed me giant and trek. I looked at three others and one (advanced cyclery) on the hill near Erie Blvd has Specialized only. They are waiting on theri stock of 2008's anyday now. SUPER nice guy there.

I did ride at Trek fx7.5, sweet! ) Nice red color too. However, for my needs I'd think the fx7.3 would be nice.

Now I want to try the cannondale Road Warrior and the Specialized Crossroads.

I might check out Rochester next week.


ANyone every use trailers? because nobody has them here, I might by sigh unseen. Looking at Trek, Burley D;Lite, and Chariot Cabriolet or Cougar.
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touring bikes

have you tried the bikery in baldwinsville, there is alos meltzers on erie blvd.
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I looked at three others and one (advanced cyclery) on the hill near Erie Blvd has Specialized only. They are waiting on theri stock of 2008's anyday now. SUPER nice guy there.
Yeah, I was very impressed by this place, the guy was great.
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CNY Bike Shops

You might want to stop by the Bike Loft on South Bay Road in North Syracuse. They handle Specialized plus several other lines. They were very accomodating when I stopped in looking for a new ride ... spent lots of time talking about road bikes and what they had to offer. I probably would have bought a bike from them, but I found a good deal on a use C'dale instead.
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I did see the bike loft the other day, stopped in and chatted about the crossroads. THey have them but in the box. SO she took my name & # to call me when it's ready for a ride.

Bikery and Loft and sdvanced have been nice. I have tried a few other shops and the service was poor. My problem isn't with the bike shops, just limited brands and styles in the area. I'll be in Albany this weekend and looking at a few shops out there, also checking a Surly shop to see the LHT so I can think about that all winter.

I'm still leaning towrds the FX, but want to try the crossroads first, and would like to try a cannondale road warrior (if I can find one).

I'd like to go used (like craigslist and ebay) but want to positive the fit will be right.
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THe one thing I hate about living in Syracuse NY is the lack of variety that bigger cities have. I am looking for a new bike and find selections here poor. I went into a Raleigh dealer the other day and not a single tourting bike but yet they had 90% mountain.

I sold my raleigh Alyeska at a steal of a price ARG!! And now I am looking to get back into cycling. Mainly what I need is a hybrid (being a newer dad and all) but I also like the idea of getting a tourer again.

I'm looking at Cannondale , Raleigh & Trek plus maybe Specialized (however I have recetly spoke with a owner who claims it's a good ride but the components rust like hell).

What are someof the good bike shops around? I'm willing to go to Binghamton, Alabnay (in laws there) Rochester, Ithaca, ROme/Utica or what there is around here.

Any suggestions would be great!
Have a friend who works in a bike shop in Rome - I'm sending this to him. As for Rochester - we have several. But I think Rome is closer.
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