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Old 04-11-19, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by mr_bill View Post
BTW, a bike shop that survives a rent crisis *and* an identity crisis (bbb? papa wheelies?) has to be doing something right too.

-mr. bill…
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Here in Boston, I'm not aware of any reputable, i.e. long-lived shops for the past 10 to 20 years closing. I have been long-settled on my personal bike shop, Bike Bay Bikes, one of a trio of shops, a block away with excellent service, so I can't comment about lesser stores since I have no experience.

BBB almost did close a couple years ago due to a lease problem that was resolved.
Thanks for that note, @mr_bill. That possibility made me sooo nervous. In fact, I once mistakenly replied to this thread:
“Back Bay Bicycles, Portland ME – closing”
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post

I was totally heartbroken when I found out two weeks ago, that the sister shop Back Bay Bikes, in Boston's Back Bay is closing (I thought the Portland shop was called Papa Wheelies.)

I have praised Back Bay Bikes to the hilt on Bike Forums; they really treated me well…

Finally, I have valued BBB so much, that last week when I had the pleasure of escorting a cross-country cyclist from Oregon into Boston, I brought him to the shop. @jppe wrote:… [link]

Back Bay Bikes is just two blocks away from that END ROUTE 20 sign in Kenmore Square.
Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
Bummer about BBB... but the sister shop, Papa Wheelies in Portsmouth NH, is still going strong, far as I know. In the Seacoast ME/NH area, they are competitors, but everyone knows each other and they are good guys.

The Portland shop was not affiliated with the Boston store. For my needs, that shop on Mass Ave over by MIT - Cambridge Bicycles? - and Broadway Bicycles Coop were the go to places.
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Thanks for the clarification, I had not read the article, and Papa Wheelies (in Portsmouth NH...D'Uh ) is not mentioned. Just seeing "Back Bay Bikes" got me started. Nonetheless, thanks for letting me go on about Boston's Back Bay Bikes...

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