Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

C&V friendly bike shops

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

C&V friendly bike shops

Old 02-28-09, 12:23 PM
  #101  
Bruce Enns
Senior Member
 
Bruce Enns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 310
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Any suggestions for Phoenix, Arizona? All the shops here just want to sell the "new stuff" (restraining myself here!).
Bruce Enns is offline  
Old 02-28-09, 04:33 PM
  #102  
23skidoo
Gone World Hepster
 
23skidoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 1,272
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
In Lincoln, NE go directly to: https://www.monkeywrenchcycles.com/ and tell them Richard sent you.
23skidoo is offline  
Old 02-28-09, 11:50 PM
  #103  
Peter_B
Senior Moment
 
Peter_B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 452
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
In Southern California, go to Velo Cult on 2222 Fern St, San Diego in the South Park area. There are many vintage road and track bikes for sale.... I mean many of them. You will be amazed and you will not be disappointed. Bring something to wipe up your drool.
Peter_B is offline  
Old 03-15-09, 10:08 AM
  #104  
krems81 
Senior Member
 
krems81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 794

Bikes: Schwinn Voyageur

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 9 Posts
A Nearly New Bike Shop in Chicago is all vintage. They're not very good about overhaul and thorough mechanics, but the shop is sort of a treasure trove of reasonably priced older stuff. Amazing some of the bikes he has.

Lugs, in Chcago is another all vintage shop. They build a lot of single speeds out of old frames, usually very tastefully. He's got less stuff around, and focus is more on building custom machines out of old frames and parts. He does nice work. Considering the market here, building single speeds is justifiable for a number of reasons.
krems81 is offline  
Old 04-04-09, 12:16 PM
  #105  
elcraft
elcraft
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Greater Boston
Posts: 781
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 133 Post(s)
Liked 80 Times in 57 Posts
For the Boston crowd, I Must make some additions. Harris Cyclery (of course!) has been mentioned. They found me a dust cap for a seven speed, lower end, shimano rear hub for little $$. Ferris wheel in Jamaica Plain is also vintage friendly. But to leave out Bikes not Bombs is a travesty! This shop specializes on selling re-built, serviceable and reliable commuting bikes from vintage and older bikes. To wit, they stock high quality, high pressure tires in 27" that other shops say do not exist! They donate bikes for causes around the globe and offer training for aspiring mechanics. See their web site for more: https://www.bikesnotbombs.org/ . I must also include two other shops for their conscientious efforts to get you a useable or suitable part to complete your C&V project; Dave's Bike Infirmary in East Milton, and Anderson Bicycle in Quincy. Both shops are welcoming to our crowd and carry a suitable variety of accessories (the ones you actually need) at a reasonable price.
elcraft is offline  
Old 04-14-09, 09:32 PM
  #106  
michaelwc
Senior Member
 
michaelwc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: cleveland, ohio
Posts: 229

Bikes: 87 Panasonic DX-6k

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
anything in northeast ohio?
michaelwc is offline  
Old 04-15-09, 12:11 AM
  #107  
CMC SanDiego
Senior Member
 
CMC SanDiego's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: San Diego
Posts: 745

Bikes: Too many to list, all titanium or steel.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Also in San Diego

I've found two good shops in the San Diego Area.

Pedal Pushers Bike Shop on El Cajon Blvd (east of the 805 Freeway) sells new parts, and does good repair work, as well as selling restored old bikes.

Ye Olde Bicycle Shoppe on University (just on the edge of La Mesa), is mostly a source for old, scrapped parts, frames, bins of brakes and stems, as well as a repair shop and purveyor of vintage pieced together bikes.

Lots of the parts I've used on my projects have been acquired at one or both of these shops.
CMC SanDiego is offline  
Old 10-28-14, 06:00 AM
  #108  
daf1009
Senior Member
 
daf1009's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 3,178

Bikes: LESS than I did a year ago!

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Bump!

Two shops in the Atlanta area that do good C&V work...

(1) Alpha Bikes in Alpharetta, GA - Alpha Bikes -- All About Cycling & Service!

(2) Atlanta Bike Tech in Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Bike Tech Llc - Bicycle Repair Shop, Bicycle Sales, Bike Parts

I have used both with my C&V bikes...and both do pretty good...
daf1009 is offline  
Old 10-28-14, 06:09 AM
  #109  
SJX426 
Senior Member
 
SJX426's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
Posts: 8,493

Bikes: '73 Bottecchia Giro d'Italia, '83 Colnago Superissimo, '84 Trek 610, '84 Trek 760, '88 Pinarello Veneto, '88 De Rosa Pro, '89 Pinarello Montello, '94 Burley Duet, 97 Specialized RockHopper, 2010 Langster, Tern Link D8

Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1203 Post(s)
Liked 1,166 Times in 646 Posts
this thread is turning into a C&V item! Man it is old!


The the DC area, I would recommend two locations, https://theoldbikeshoparlington.com/ and "VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative | ? building bicycle community in Alexandria, VA".
SJX426 is online now  
Old 10-28-14, 08:26 AM
  #110  
Velocivixen
Senior Member
 
Velocivixen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: The Great Pacific Northwest
Posts: 4,515
Mentioned: 87 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 398 Post(s)
Liked 24 Times in 19 Posts
Yes, and VeloCult now resides in Portland, Oregon. I've never had them perform work, but I understand vintage stuff is their "thing".
Velocivixen is offline  
Old 10-28-14, 11:29 AM
  #111  
Sir_Name 
Senior Member
 
Sir_Name's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 3,425

Bikes: are fun!

Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 455 Post(s)
Liked 751 Times in 247 Posts
Can anyone recommend a shop or builder near New Haven or Hartford Ct for frame alignment (at least rear triangle/DOs/hanger)? I'm hesitant to hand my frame to a mechanic I have no experience with - especially considering what the job entails. My local guy seemed iffy on getting the job done right.

I'm considering Smart Cycles. They seem like a quality operation - can anyone here vouch for them?

Beyond that, some have mentioned a handful of shops in the Boston area. Any recommendations for an alignment through one of them? Harris Cyclery?

Last edited by Sir_Name; 10-28-14 at 11:32 AM.
Sir_Name is offline  
Old 10-28-14, 01:47 PM
  #112  
Narhay
Senior Member
 
Narhay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 3,685
Mentioned: 116 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 936 Post(s)
Liked 498 Times in 285 Posts
For those in Vancouver:

Cap's in New Westminster has been good about older bikes. They have a fair few hanging on the walls and have been the only ones excited about old bikes and have fixed everything I have brought in that could be fixed. Their parts are a bit expensive and I don't think they have much in the way of old items.

Kinetik Cycles has been good in the past but they are more geared to newer stuff. The owner, Fabian, is still a good mechanic and did a decent job on my first road bike, a Sekine 10 speed.

Mountain Equipment Co-op is ok for consumables but their service department recently lost my respect when they told me my stock 2-cross 3 speed wheels were laced improperly and wouldn't touch them. Funny, all 6 of them I have at home have the same factory lacing.
Narhay is online now  
Old 10-28-14, 04:05 PM
  #113  
retrofit 
4.6692016090
 
retrofit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Monterey Peninsula, California
Posts: 1,704

Bikes: yes

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 51 Post(s)
Liked 71 Times in 44 Posts
Monterey Bay area:

Winning Wheels, mom and pop (and son) shop in Pacific Grove

Knowledgeable and experienced in both vintage and modern, and most importantly, parlo Campagnolo!
retrofit is offline  
Old 05-28-15, 01:47 PM
  #114  
jmeb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 678

Bikes: 1966 Carlton, 197X MKM, 1983 Trek 620, 1988 Schwinn High Sierra, 1995 DBR Axis Ti, 1999 Waterford, 2016 DBR Release, 2017 Surly Travelers Check

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 64 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Bumping this up for folks who haven't seen it before.

When I have time watching the Giro this weekend, I'll try and go through and assemble this all into a readable format for newcomers--I'm thinking By Region By City with a separate "Online" portion.

For now, a couple of Denver shops I've had good experiences at --

Denver Bike Cafe: Our Bike Shop | Denver Bicycle Cafe . Not much in the way of stock, but Matt has been very helpful.

Turin Bike Shop: Turin Bicycles Ltd ® > Home . Friendly. Some wrenches aren't familiar with C&V, some are. Have never been snooty and appreciate most all bike lovers. The owner (I think) is into C&V. Sweet Bob Jackson with full DA over the shop entrance.

Sadly, Cycle Analyst is no longer in business.
jmeb is offline  
Old 05-28-15, 01:52 PM
  #115  
GordoTrek
Senior Member
 
GordoTrek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 1,342

Bikes: 1962 Carlton Franco-Suisse Custom,1968 Raleigh DL-1/Tourist, 1971 Holdsworth Professional, 1973 Holdsworth Mistral,1973 Raleigh Gran Sport,1974 Raleigh Grand Prix, 1993 Trek 2200 Composite, 2011 Trek 7.3FX

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
haven't gone through this thread, but rochester ny has the Mendon Cyclesmith for more frame building and repairs. and Towners Bike shop for more vintage parts and mechanics who know what a cotter pin is

Last edited by GordoTrek; 05-29-15 at 05:47 AM.
GordoTrek is offline  
Old 05-28-15, 04:35 PM
  #116  
gugie 
Bike Butcher of Portland
 
gugie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 10,309

Bikes: It's complicated.

Mentioned: 1133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3868 Post(s)
Liked 3,056 Times in 1,382 Posts
Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
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.
Velo-Sport and Shaw's, no longer around. The problem with good quality bike shops is that they are usually personality driven, usually the owner, and when they leave the business, the shop goes as well.
gugie is offline  
Old 05-28-15, 04:42 PM
  #117  
Don Taye
Junior Member
 
Don Taye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 16

Bikes: SOMA Rush, 1986 Raleigh Alyeska, 1984 Trek 520,

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've had good luck at the Missing Link co-op in Berkeley. Been there as long as I can remember and the guys in the repair shop can usually point me in the right direction.
Don Taye is offline  
Old 05-28-15, 04:49 PM
  #118  
gugie 
Bike Butcher of Portland
 
gugie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 10,309

Bikes: It's complicated.

Mentioned: 1133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3868 Post(s)
Liked 3,056 Times in 1,382 Posts
Portland has numerous C&V friendly shops, which is to be expected.

Velo Cult has been listed already. Beer, bikes, and store-roasted coffee. What else do you need in life? Get up, get caffeinated, ride, drink beer, sleep, repeat.

Four others that I've been to more than once:

Community Cycle Center, a non-profit, many frames and used bikes for sale as well as used parts bins. Careful digging can find some treasures from the past.
City Bikes, a co-op, more frames, used bikes, and used parts. They'll add threads to a fork steer for $25/inch (actually cut new ones, not just chase old ones!)
Kenton Cycle Repair, small shop, frame repairs, custom racks and frames, more used parts
Sellwood Cycle Repair, bigger shop, used frames and bikes, lots of mechanics

I'm sure there are more, heck, practically the entire city is C&V friendly. These are just the ones I've been to and can vouch for.
gugie is offline  
Old 05-28-15, 05:03 PM
  #119  
davester
Senior Member
 
davester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Berkeley CA
Posts: 2,217

Bikes: 1981 Ron Cooper, 1974 Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 2000 Gary Fisher Sugar 1, 1986 Miyata 710, 1982 Raleigh "International"

Mentioned: 85 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 759 Post(s)
Liked 661 Times in 291 Posts
Bicycle Odyssey in Sausalito, California. Tony Tom, the owner is a great guy. He has an incredible variety of steel frames for sale, DeRosa, Masi, New Albion, Soma, Waterford, you name it. I think he just sold his last Ron Cooper.
davester is offline  
Old 05-28-15, 05:13 PM
  #120  
gaucho777 
Senior Member
 
gaucho777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Berkeley, CA
Posts: 7,088

Bikes: '72 Cilo Pacer, '72 Gitane Gran Tourisme, '72 Peugeot PX10, '73 Speedwell Ti, '74 Peugeot UE-8, '75 Peugeot PR-10L, '80 Colnago Super, '85 De Rosa Pro, '86 Look Equipe 753, '86 Look KG86, '89 Parkpre Team, '90 Parkpre Team MTB, '90 Merlin

Mentioned: 80 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 688 Post(s)
Liked 1,137 Times in 344 Posts
There's a relatively new shop named Pursuit Bicycles that opened up a couple miles north of me in the small town of Albany, CA. The owner has decorated with some from his impressive collection of vintage race bikes. They have a beautful 70s Colnago and a 3Rensho in the front window, and a Cinelli Laser pursuit bike inside, among others. They also carry new bikes from Bianchi, Cinelli, LOOK, Ritte, Beardman Cycles, among others. I've been meaning to go back to take some pictures. They're in a non-descript building with almost no signage out front. I probably drove by the store dozens of time before I realized it was there.

https://www.facebook.com/PursuitBicycles734

https://www.facebook.com/PursuitBicy...=page_internal

gaucho777 is offline  
Old 05-28-15, 09:49 PM
  #121  
gugie 
Bike Butcher of Portland
 
gugie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 10,309

Bikes: It's complicated.

Mentioned: 1133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3868 Post(s)
Liked 3,056 Times in 1,382 Posts
Originally Posted by davester View Post
Bicycle Odyssey in Sausalito, California. Tony Tom, the owner is a great guy. He has an incredible variety of steel frames for sale, DeRosa, Masi, New Albion, Soma, Waterford, you name it. I think he just sold his last Ron Cooper.
+1 on Tony Tom. Back in the 80's he was known as the best bike shop in SF. As a sales rep back then I used to stop by and see him when he was on Caledonia before moving to Bridgeway, so most of his business was word of mouth. I think he used to live upstairs back then. I was always amazed at the number of bike frames he had in stock.

A Bicycle Odyssey*
gugie is offline  
Old 05-28-15, 11:23 PM
  #122  
mountaindave 
tantum vehi
 
mountaindave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Flathead Valley, MT
Posts: 4,189

Bikes: More than I care to admit

Mentioned: 135 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1013 Post(s)
Liked 540 Times in 311 Posts
Good thread. I have two:
Wheatons in Kalispell, MT (mention Cino and you'll get a free smile from Hans).
Glacier Cyclery in Whitefish, MT.

Both have done work for me, both have C&V minded mechanics. Wheatons currently has a sweet 1960's Olmo on display - it will be ridden.

Ive seen the work of the Bicycle Kitchen co-op in Bozeman, MT and have been impressed. Missed out on a sweet '87-ish Centurion Ironman Terry edition refurbed by them - it was pink awesomeness.

Last edited by mountaindave; 05-28-15 at 11:28 PM.
mountaindave is offline  
Old 05-29-15, 06:43 AM
  #123  
rgver
Senior Member
 
rgver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: York, England after 15 years in Massachusetts
Posts: 608

Bikes: 1 frame and a heap of pieces

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My LBS have been excellent, they will help with any thing I have bought in. I do my own work but have seen C&V there waiting for service.
Milford Bicycle in Milford MA
rgver is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.