Join Date: Aug 2007
Bikes: Raleigh Passage 3.0
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Seattle Bike Shops that carry Raleigh besides Recycled Cycles? (used, preferably)
I'm a new rider, looking for a fun recreational bike for easy rides. I visited Recycled Cycles on the Ship Canal a few times and fell in love with the Raleigh Venture/Passage models and after a little research on this forum, came to the conclusion that I'd be best off with a Passage for the versatility and comfort.
Well, long story long, I purchased a used Passage 3.0 at Recycled Cycles last weekend. Haven't ridden it yet, as I am waiting for a longer seat post to arrive. The salesperson sold me the bike with the seat raised so high that it was way beyond the safety mark. I know nothing about bikes, and I trust the sales guy to be the expert, so assume this is OK.
So on my way out, I stopped by the service desk to make sure the settings were all correctly adjusted for my height/frame, and the repair guy informed me that the seat could not be pulled that far up, and put in a special order for a longer seat post for me.
I was back in there today to buy a pump, and explained to the sales guy that I was coming back in with the bike in a few days to get the new seat post installed so I could also get fenders and a rack installed at that time. He said that if the bike required a seat post extension, it was not the right size, and advised that I don't ride it in the meantime (I'm not) and we'll sort it all out when I bring it back in.
Problem is, there are no larger Raleigh Passage bikes there larger than 15" and it was used, so I'm limited to what they have on hand. I'm afraid that I may end up having to return this bike and start from scratch.
My experience so far has left me a little bit leery of Recycled Cycles (although this third guy seemed to know what he was talking about), and I'm interested in other local shops that carry Raleigh bicycles.
Any advice, ideas, suggestions?