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    Performance Bike in LB

    I just found out there will soon be a Performance in Long Beach Town Center. I do like the place from time to time. Living in Downey there is no decent LBS nearby. Years ago there used to be Downey Cyclery (Paramount Blvd.) and that was great but then they moved to Los Alamitos (since they sponsored Velo Lighting) before they finally went out of business. Too bad.
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    Downey Cyclery was a great bike shop back in the day when we were still in SoCal. I bought a couple of bikes from them and they built us our first Tandem in 1990. It was one of Cannondale's early tandem frames and the actual bikes were all cutom assembled to the buyers specs at the time. I knew nothing of tandems then, but those guys their knew their stuff and dialed us in first class. They turned out a lot of nice bikes. We still have that tandem to this day, it has been upgraded numerous times over the years and despite having a newer zippy'er tandem, that old C'dale still remains our favorite and rides as well as ever.

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    Hi,

    I'm good friends with the last owner of Downey Cyclery. In fact we'll be going to a stage race this coming weekend and (drum roll) we race for Lightning Velo. However, he didn't move the shop because of LV. It was a lease issue.

    My friend and his wife ride their tandems (road and off road) regularly. They are a great couple on and off the bike.

    I guess a Performance in LB will be more convenient than going to Fountain Valley but I hate getting in and out of Towne Center and don't get me going about the parking. Also, I don't shop at Performance much anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    ...but I hate getting in and out of Towne Center and don't get me going about the parking...
    +1 It's terrible!

    I have had better luck going into the entrance that is farthest to the West - near Walmart. Then use some of the minor parking lot routes to get to the store you want. It's far faster than using the main routes.

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    performance = the radio shack of bicycle stores

    Go to Pat's 605 instead.
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    First i went to Russells, then Mikes, then Pats. Pats is ok, i live on the West side of Downey and Pats is in Norwalk but i don't mind making the trip. All the stuff i had them do was done well, quick and with a smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    ....I hate getting in and out of Towne Center and don't get me going about the parking.....
    +2

    That place has the worst parking- more than enough spaces, mind you, but the layout looks like something Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder collaborated on.

    FWIW, I've met one of the architects who designed it and he gets belittled for it at every family gathering. (He's a former co-worker's brother.) A little known fact: The original design called for a monorail system to shuttle customers around.
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    This is actually a brilliant move for Performance. There are no locations between Pasadena and Fountain Valley. The Long Beach Towne Center is adjacent to SGRT; there are really no other LBS in the area that close to SGRT. The only drawback is parking, as well as getting around the shopping area.

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    Yeah, Downey Cyclery was great.

    Going into the LB Town center is not too bad coming right off the 605. Coming out is a different story. I think they need pedistrian overpasses near the front because that's what screws it up. Also, I found parking to be a bear near the restaurants but near Sports Chalet or O.N. it's fine. I'm curious where Performance will be located within the town center?
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    the performance is going to be near the walmart across from the gas station... that's cool, it's going to have it's own little parking lot away from everything else...

    and you guys go to the performance at fountain valley and pasadena...? we usually go down to the one in torrance... LOL...


    i personally like going to martin's bike shop on olympic... a drive, but worth it... martin is an awesome nice guy and i'm always in the east LA area... so no biggie... pat's is cool too... i was there yesterday...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumbii View Post
    the performance is going to be near the walmart across from the gas station... that's cool, it's going to have it's own little parking lot away from everything else...

    and you guys go to the performance at fountain valley and pasadena...? we usually go down to the one in torrance
    So will they take over an existing building or have something built for them? IIRC, there's nothing out there by the gas station except empty space.

    I liked it better when it was Circle Cycle out at the Torrance location. They were a nice shop.
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    Yeah, I don't recall a vacant space in that general area- gas station, carl's jr., tire place.... It wouldn't make any sense to build a new spot, with all the vacancies....

    I was thinking it would go where the Ken Crane's used to be.
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    the address is 7300 carson street, lakewood ca... the other side of the shopping center has a different address... if anything, they're gonna have to build another building...

    um...



    here...
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    Out of curiosity, I drove through the town center on Monday. I didn't notice before, but there is one (possibly two) vacant retail spaces directly attached to the tire shop. I vaguely remember it being a Nextel store. I wouldn't count on a whole new building being built. It just doesn't make good economic sense.

    It's interesting to note that 7300 is Lowe's address. Strange that Performance is already advertising that address.
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    ^^ Maybe it's 7300 Suite xx? But even the website officially lists it now LINK
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    Well, they updated website and now they now list the address as 7611 Carson. I think that should be next to Aaron Bros (7615) but still TBD as opening date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CritEastwood View Post
    performance = the radio shack of bicycle stores

    Go to Pat's 605 instead.
    So wait....The parts they sell are different than what other stores sell? Like, the Dura Ace 7900 Crankset they sell is different than the Dura Ace 7900 Crankset they sell at Pat's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lohump View Post
    So wait....The parts they sell are different than what other stores sell? Like, the Dura Ace 7900 Crankset they sell is different than the Dura Ace 7900 Crankset they sell at Pat's?
    inorite...? just because they are a large chain doesn't make them the devil... they have decent sales, good customer service, and have a wide selection in high end parts... well, just missing the campy stuffs...

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    Rumor has it, Performance LB opens 4/15/11 @ 10AM. Their website has been down yesterday and today for some reason.
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    If you take your bike there, it's easy to get in...however they do need more bike racks!
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    Stopped by there after work today (around 5pm). Ho-hum, typical Performance store. Some shelves still need filling and they've already managed to run out of my size in a particular jersey, but I'm glad they're here. Most of the shops around me are focused on BMX/freestyle, fixed gear or used/beater bikes. It'll be nice to be able to have a decent selection of road parts & accessories closer to my home. On a side note- I don't know that I'd ever ride over to the store- that parking lot is sketchy enough when you're in a car, let alone a bike!
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    Another Option

    Just a FYI for folks in the LB,Lkwood area. The Sport Chalet in this same center has a bicycle section. They have a limited selection of stock but they do have mostly fast moving stuff. I've picked up tubes, some cruiser type tires, cleaning equipment and they also have a display of Park tools (about a month ago, this display had quite a few items missing, perhaps now with some local competition, they'll fill the display......or just forget about it)

    so, just another option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knowledgdropper View Post
    Some shelves still need filling and they've already managed to run out of my size in a particular jersey
    According to their website. grand opening isn't until 5/6/11 so maybe they're still getting the kinks out.

    I had hoped to drop by but we're headed to Vegas tomorrow so that will have to wait.
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    I popped by there briefly today (April 18th) and the guy said their "official" opening is next weekend but that they'd had a "soft opening" last Friday (April 15th.) He said they were going to have a Grand Opening sale, so yeah whatever that means. The store looked quite a bit bigger than Jax, where I'd been a couple weeks ago, and they had a lot more bikes than Jax, but most of them looked to be multiples of the same bikes. And most were out of my price range, for now anyway.

    I shop at Sam's Club right next door quite often though, so that location is actually pretty convenient for me, but I'll probably not be buying a bike until late summer/early fall when my money situation is better.

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    Checked it out tonight for the VIP Performance Member event. Store is spacious and looks really nice. The staff was also very helpful and friendly. Definitely a better experience than at other Performance locations.

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