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    Big Ol' Varmint nice_marmot's Avatar
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    Best shop for major service in north Seattle?

    My regular commuter/hauling bike got a bad case of chain-through-spokes awhile back, and I ended up relying on my CX wheels to commute (not a bad problem to have). I'm putting the commuter bike back in action, though, and it seems like a good time to have my crosser overhauled.

    Is any one better than the rest in terms of major service? I used to live by 20/20 and I like those guys a bunch, but I've moved up north near Carkeek Park, so they're not exactly convenient any more. I'll probably go to Recycled or Free Range, but it would be interesting to hear from anyone who has insight on reliability/quality/etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nice_marmot View Post
    My regular commuter/hauling bike got a bad case of chain-through-spokes awhile back, and I ended up relying on my CX wheels to commute (not a bad problem to have). I'm putting the commuter bike back in action, though, and it seems like a good time to have my crosser overhauled.

    Is any one better than the rest in terms of major service? I used to live by 20/20 and I like those guys a bunch, but I've moved up north near Carkeek Park, so they're not exactly convenient any more. I'll probably go to Recycled or Free Range, but it would be interesting to hear from anyone who has insight on reliability/quality/etc.
    I've had great luck with Greggs in Alderwood; specifically Kelly at Greggs. He has fixed some obscure problems, everything works great when it leaves the store, and reasonably priced.
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    Anyone been to JRA Bike Shop on 83rd and 8th NW? It's fairly close to Carkeek and the web page seems to be aimed towards neighborhood and commuters.

    Edit - I just noticed their most recent blog update is a year old so maybe I missed them.

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    JRA bikes! They're at 83rd and 8th. Super nice guys, really helpful. I had poor luck with the Greg's in Greenlake, personally I wouldn't give the one in Alderwood a chance to mess up my bike multiple times like the one down here did. If you're in Carkeek, JRA's probably the closest to you anyway, but I love how they treat me.

    EDIT: didn't see the post immediately above mine before posting! JRA is definitely still there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic Zero View Post
    JRA bikes! They're at 83rd and 8th. Super nice guys, really helpful. I had poor luck with the Greg's in Greenlake, personally I wouldn't give the one in Alderwood a chance to mess up my bike multiple times like the one down here did. If you're in Carkeek, JRA's probably the closest to you anyway, but I love how they treat me.

    EDIT: didn't see the post immediately above mine before posting! JRA is definitely still there!
    Too bad for you; served me very well!
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    Big Ol' Varmint nice_marmot's Avatar
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    Thanks all for the recommendations! I didn't know about JRA; I'll check them out for sure.
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    Don't go to Recycled Cycles.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    I've had great luck with the guys at Bothell Ski & Bike, but it's kind of on the opposite side of north seattle from you.

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    +1 for Bothell Ski & Bike. They're very knowledgable and very helpful, especially the mechanics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    Don't go to Recycled Cycles.
    Pray tell, porque no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    Don't go to Recycled Cycles.
    They always treated me well. Purchased many bikes from them over the years, no complaints here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by percy kittens View Post
    Pray tell, porque no?
    Maybe it's because it's in the U District and it's too close to a mediocre taco place?

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    I've got bad service from Recycled Cycles. I bought a (brand new) bike from them once, and a week later one of the pedals fell off. A friend of mine took her bike in for a tune up and felt the work was sub par and the price was too high. I've never had a good experience there, and those are two bad ones; it's a bad record and I'm staying away.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Well they have been my knights since their Boat street days. Though my wanderings have taken me eastward lately and I have thouroughly enjoyed the smiles, service, and speed at Bothell Ski & Bike.

    I only got all Damn Thee! on RC once-- when they positioned their second location in FREMONT: Land of 1,000 Bike Shops.

    Would it have killed them to come a little closer north? There aint jack around here in the way of a quick trip to the shop.

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