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Old 10-29-06, 06:29 AM
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C&V Friendly in Ann Arbor, MI

Alas, Mark Nobilette is no longer here (moved to Boulder, CO). His shop was bought by Two-Wheel Tango, a pretty good high-end shop. The owner recalls and understands vintage bikes and parts. Some of the techs know old stuff, others will proceed carefully and figure it out, and there can be problems with others. You can get good service on nice old stuff. I've had several '70s tubular wheels repacked and trued there, with very good results, and several headset and BB installations done well. They have no old stuff, but they do stock several types and grades of tubulars.

Great Lakes Cycles also does good work, but has no old stuff to sell.

Student Bike Shop runs a University-oriented pair of shops, both pretty old. There's a lot of old stuff around, mainly midrange and for campus utility bikes. These are very wide-ranging, and I have seen a Claude Butler tandem hanging around the shop, looking for like-minded colleagues.
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Old 10-29-06, 08:59 AM
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Wow Road Fan. Thanks for the very helpful post. I grew up in Evanston and know about Pony Shop, but had never heard of the others and I've lived in Chicago for 6 years. Great info to have.
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Old 10-31-06, 07:59 PM
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There are quite a few good LBSs from Raleigh to Sanford North Carolina. But when it comes to classic & vintage, I like the All Star Bike shops (allstarbikeshop.com). I like the Cary shop, but the other two shops, both located in Raleigh, are very knowledgible as well.
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Old 11-01-06, 01:13 AM
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The Bike Stand in N.J. was mentioned earlier but coincidentally, there is a Bike Stand in Olympia, WA. proprietor Bill Stevenson or Corey Thompson can handle anything & there are other good mechs there. When I need some obscure part, Bill will frequently bring it in from his personal stuff. The shop is worth a visit just to check out the vintage bikes on display & I always take a look at the bikes waiting for service as there are some real gems around here. Another great shop for vintage is Classic Cycles, formerly in Kingston but now on Bainbridge Island, WA. Ride over on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry or drive up from the South on I-5 to Olympia & then go West on 101 to Shelton & North on State Highway 3 to Poulsbo & Bainbridge. Don

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Old 11-01-06, 06:23 AM
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In NE Pennsylvania, there is Around Town Bicycles in Wilkes-Barre. https://atownbikes.com/ I have seen a restoration they did, and they are definitely willing and able to work on vintage equipment. Sine Rich is a frame builder, it is a place to also get some repairs done to steel frames.

When I was searching for an old part for a brake caliper Tom sent me to another local shop owned by a former Dacompe distributor who had the part. That shop is Wheel Fun...
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Old 11-01-06, 08:10 AM
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In Greensboro, NC - Dale Brown's Cycles de Oro.

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In Lancaster Pa there is Cycle Circle on north Plum street. The owner is Tom Pod he is very good with vintage classic bikes. He stocks older bikes from almost any decade and any style. The first time I went in for an older part he said" I'm sure I can find something that will work, I never throw anything out."I want the Trek 1000 for $200. used & new parts are stocked.It's a real bike shop not a dealership store.Look around when your there I found a sella prima seat for $10.
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Old 11-01-06, 10:45 AM
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In Ft. Worth, Tx there is Panther City Bicycles. The 2 owners (and only employees) of the shop appreciate older bicycles. I dont know if you could even call them vintage (28 and 34 I think) but they have experience and wont turn down a repair just because the bike is old. I actually know of one in the area that will.

If you get a chance, stop in for a beer from the kegerator and chat them up. They enjoy the company.

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Old 11-01-06, 11:01 AM
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Anything in Colorado??
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A Canadian shop: Dutch Cycle in Regina. Fred has a large collection of vintage bikes and some parts.
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Nothing in New York City, huh?
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How about Berkeley?
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In Berkeley, I go to Velo-Sport. They've been around since the 60s I think, and still have some old things. If Peter is there, at least he'll know what you're talking about!

Shaw's Lightweights in San Jose.

Stone's in Alameda.

Of course, American Cyclery in SF.
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New York City - Recycle-A-Bicycle, particularly the DUMBO location.

I volunteer there a lot, great guys and girls who run the place. Due to the nature of their business, they end up with a lot of spare parts from old frames. It's a total crapshoot, but often you can get what you need, or a reasonable facsimile. It's rare to see a bike in there (other than the odd IRO, which they sell) newer than 1990, they do a lot of cranky and vintage work.
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Old 11-13-06, 10:41 PM
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Sunnyside Sports in Bend, Oregon seems to always have C & V parts available for 'classic' road & mountain bikes, especially old Trek. Been in Bend since 1976, owners are very knowledgeable about the 'old' stuff and won't hesitate working on it!

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Has anyone checked out the classic bike shop on 6th Street in the East Village (NYC)? Tons of stuff, knowledgeable guy, willing to (re)build things to your specs. I don't know enough about vintage to know whether his prices are good or subject to the typical Manhattan inflation.
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Old 11-19-06, 04:28 PM
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American Cylclery in San Francisco, CA
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I work for a shop called the Recyclist in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Only shop around that sells both new and used bikes and parts. We also do restorations, Have a few on our website https://recyclist.com. Average age for our mechanics is 40+, and most have been in the business there entire working career. Vast amount of knowledge, so if your ever in the area stop in.
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Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe
Has anyone checked out the classic bike shop on 6th Street in the East Village (NYC)?
BUSY BEE? I have heard nothing but bad stuff about that shop/owner. (Bikes sent in for repair returned three weeks later with parts swapped out, etc.) I've popped in there to check out that fully pantographed Super Record equipped Guerciotti...and the owner seemed perfectly happy to skewer anyone who walked in the door. Run away! Run away!
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In Minneapolis, MN

cars-r-coffins - Hurl and Brian are both extremely knowledgable.
one on one bike shop - the basement bone room is a must see
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Recycled Cycles down in the University District of Seattle, Washington is a fantastic bike shop. They've got beautiful vintage rides hanging from the ceiling and bins and bins full of old derailleurs, cranks, cogs, brakes, seats, etc. that you can mix and match from for seriously bargain prices. The service there is excellent, too. They've even got some classic parts sitting in a not-for-sale 'museum'.. Campy Delta brakes, old Mavic derailleurs before the slant-parallelogram design, vintage stem shifters, etc.

Check it out.
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Houston Bicycle Company. Corner of Taft and Westheimer in Houston. Great and friendly svc, and they even keep a few vintage roadies in the racks for atmosphere. There's ALWAYs something vintage in for repair, of various manufacturers/condition. They deal in KHS and Diamondback, and some free agent BMX on the side. They're a small downtown shop who make most of their profit in repairs, and have been open for 20 years or more. Pretty decent for an independent!

Blue Line Bicycle Laboratory. New guys on the block, est. Nov. 2005. They sell Iron Horse, Kustom Kruisers, DK, etc etc etc. LOTS of merchandise on the racks. Very young guys, yet Vintage friendly. It
is kind of puzzling, but I don't question it, lol. One day I showed up there, and there was a tallbike on the workstand. One of the young techs rides a chrome Paramount single speed to work. Cool bunch of guys! They even carry Brooks saddles on the shelf!

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