Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Bikes: 1972 Bottecchia Pro, 1982 Colnago Super, 1987 Bottecchia Team, 1995 Bianchi Campione d'Italia
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This is an old thread but my advice may help someone other than the OP.
Hard question. I'd buy three bikes, one from each.
Agees has been in business for over a hundred years and is still run as a friendly family-owned business carrying good bikes & accessories and giving good service. I've bought 8 bikes from Agees over the years.
Conte's expanded to this area from tidewater Va. and came with high quality bikes, quality service and enough patience to deal with customers who are still learning. They special-ordered some parts for one of my vintage bikes when some shops would have just said so-sorry. They recently moved to a new location in Short Pump.
Carytown Bikes is a quality bike shop run by what appear to be urban riders in their late-20's. They offer great bikes and friendly service. They have an open repair area so you can see what's being done. They are never too busy to help, and they even do a lot for the community such as offering free use of tools and a place to do your own work on your bike if you prefer. They are convemient to the Fan and downtown, right in Carytown on Cary St.