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Could someone recommend a good LBS in the Colorado Springs/Denver area?

Old 05-26-05, 10:11 AM
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Could someone recommend a good LBS in the Colorado Springs/Denver area?

Hi, Iím looking into getting a newer MTB in the $500.00 range but I still need to find a good bike store in my area. So far Iíve only visited Bicycle Village (www.bicyclevillage.com) and it looked like a good LBS to me but I really donít have much experience in the way of bike stores. So, does anyone in the Colorado Front Range a favorite bike store that stands out from the rest?

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Old 05-26-05, 10:19 AM
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I like both Ted's (just off of Filmore), and Criterium (on Corporate Center Drive). I have bought bikes from both places. If you need more information just PM me.

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Old 05-26-05, 10:32 AM
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Sounds like you're simply looking for a reliable, decent mtb. I wouldn't stress on anything other than a shop that gives good service and free tune-ups (at least a couple). I'd mostly focus on shops that are close to your house and/or work.
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Old 05-26-05, 10:47 AM
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That is the advantage that Bicycle Village has since they give free lifetime tune-ups if you buy a bike from them. The only problem with them is that they donít carry much besides specialized and trek. Do you know of any other store that offer these free tune-ups if you buy from them?
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Old 05-26-05, 11:05 AM
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Performance offers free lifetime. Lots of shops offer one or two free tune-ups. You'll eventually learn how to do the stuff they do for free, so lifetime isn't as much a big deal, but I'd certainly get them to commit to a couple of tunes. You also want a free fitting... just to get you close to being right on the bike.

Any shop that wants to start and end with the standover fit needs a boot to their head. You can still buy from them, just get one of their knowledgeable staffers to help you.

Since it's my opinion that you should buy from a shop within a few miles, whereabouts do you live?
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I live in Monument but Iím only 30 minutes from Colorado Springs and Castle Rock.
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Old 05-26-05, 11:23 AM
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I like Bicycle Village, but I'm a girl what do I know????
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In the Springs look at Criterium, Old Town Bikes, or REI. There is also a Performance shop there.
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i bought my hybrid and other gear at TURIN (7th and Lincoln downtown Denver)

They attract plenty of lycra types, but all salespeople have been extremly helpful, and they've been giving me free tune ups for over a year (even tho they advertise just one within six months or something)

I've seen them treat everyone great, from beaters with baskets to high end racing bikes.

i recommend them -- my 2 cents

and if you need to get bike back to springs and don't have rack you can take FREX bus www.frontrangeexpress.com - runs right by the store.
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the only good bike shop in Denver is the Cyclanalyst on S. Pearl, just watch out for the analyst when he hasn't had his morphine, he may start calling you Brad and telling you to grease the cups and cones on a sealed BB.
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Originally Posted by Jeremy S
I live in Monument but Iím only 30 minutes from Colorado Springs and Castle Rock.

You have to check out Balanced Rock Bike and Ski, in Monument. They are fast being my favorite people.
Of course they don't have a big inventory, but they are great to work with.

I wouldn't bother with Denver when you have a wealth of choices here. Bicycle Village, in CS, has a ton of bikes.

I haven't been impressed with Criterium's customer service.
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Originally Posted by infinityeye
the only good bike shop in Denver is the Cyclanalyst on S. Pearl...
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Originally Posted by Jeremy S
That is the advantage that Bicycle Village has since they give free lifetime tune-ups if you buy a bike from them. The only problem with them is that they donít carry much besides specialized and trek. Do you know of any other store that offer these free tune-ups if you buy from them?
Ted's also give freel life time adjustments, and free tune ups for a year. It's also a local, small shop if you like supporting that kinda thing. I don't think they have a huge selection, but they do carry more MTBs thatn Specialized and Trek. I bought my road bike from them and have been very happy with the service and I got a great deal. I have the name of the guy to talk to if you want it.

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Originally Posted by LordOpie
Performance offers free lifetime.
Is this free tune-ups or adjustments, or both?
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Bicycle Village supposedly does free life time tune-ups if you bring in your bike between November 1st and March 1st. During the summer months they offer free adjustments but Iím not sure what they would call an adjustment. They also have a price match guarantee so if any other store in Colorado has the same bike for less they will match the price. That is probably the main reason why Iíve been so attracted to Bicycle Village since I really would like to get the lowest price.
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Old 05-26-05, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclwestks
Is this free tune-ups or adjustments, or both?
eh, it's all crap anyway. Don't get me wrong, some of the wrenches are really good, but my ignorant self can do just as good a job as most of them. They'll "tune" wheels too as part of the free package, but the bottomline is, if you want real quality, you'll have to pay sooner or later or learn it.
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Uh, the one that's kinda by the Olympic Training Center one street over ..... um, start at the main gate, turn left and walk to corner, then turn right and walk to next intersection. If it's still there. They're nice.
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Old 05-27-05, 08:40 AM
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From an outsider's point of view, Bicycle Village was selling the Trek 2300 '04 Model for less than my closest LBS wanted for an '03 Model. My LBS also only gave 3 months adj.

I didn't end up buying there, they he seemed to know what he was talking about.
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Bicycle Village is great on price, but service seems to be going downhill (at least at the Aurora store). They will do the tuneups and adjustments for free, but unless you've bought a really expensive bike they don't seem to care that much (sales guys or mechanics. Low price works for me, though... I do all the wrenching myself.
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