NOTE: I posted this in the Road Cycling forum as well, but someone suggested that it go to Regional.
Since a guy decided to attempt making a forum bashing a particular bike shop (for a very minute reason), I want to make a forum that calls out really good shops for others to check out. Hope people can chime in!
Name: Ridgewood Cycle Shop
Location: Ridgewood, NJ
From what I understand, this is a family-owned bike shop, but you would never get that impression when going into their store. They have a very diverse selection of everything, and all of the assistants are very helpful and scoured with information. I bought my first "new" road bike here, and even with lots of business going on, Eliot helped me find the right bike and took time to pan out any differences between my choices (though I'm a little bitter that I couldn't fairly test the Cervélo Soloist Team they offered because they only had a 58cm on the floor at that time; didn't like the ride anyway, and wasn't going to pay $2000 for another aluminum bike).
They also host several group rides that are pretty challenging; the route is really awesome, and it's helping me get better on the climbs. The people are great, and riding with triathletes is cool! I highly recommend.
Name: Tenafly Bicycle Workshop
Location: Tenafly, NJ
I was very close to purchasing my Madone from here, but the shop above had a much more desirable bike. However, Dov (sp?), the owner of the shop, is a really awesome guy. He took the time to answer all of my questions to great detail, and made deciding between bikes a lot easier. The crew that works with him are really nice as well, as most of them race, which can be very helpful for people getting into that scene (one of the mechanics is a Category 1 road racer at the moment, and several others are very experienced in mountain bike racing or cyclocross).
As an aside, while I didn't purchase a bike from them, I recommended an old high school classmate to the shop to purchase his first road bike there. He bought it, and got everything he needed to get started!
They also host a group ride out to Nyack, but I've never done it because the times they have conflict with my schedule.
Name: Piermont Bicycle Connection
Location: Piermont, NY
HUGE bike shop. They have everything you need. Period. The mechanics are very good, and Glenn is a great help. He also has a lot of options in helping people pay for bikes, so if you are on a tight budget, he might be your go-to guy.
Name: Bay Ridge Bicycle World
Location: Brooklyn, NY (Bay Ridge)
Definitely a family-owned shop. While they don't have a very huge selection and cater mostly to mountain bikers, their mechanics are AWESOME. They did jobs that should've taken a few days that very same day...for very cheap! Highly recommended for service. They also carry Litespeeds, Merlins and Bianchis if you're looking for that.