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missile meister 07-08-11 06:04 AM

Omaha area bike shop recommendation?
Just moved to Omaha area from California's Central Coast and looking for recommendations for a good LBS to take care of my commuter (movers weren't especially careful with any of my stuff - certainly not my ride). Forum search only turned up one thread that was four years old. Checked Yelp, but thought I'd ask folks who really know. Actually living in Papillion, but quality/friendliness of the shop is more important than location. Would appreciate any input. Thanks in advance!

legobuff 07-08-11 11:20 AM

I have been very happy w/ Papillion Trek store. Friendly & knowledgeable staff...

one_beatnik 07-13-11 08:42 AM

I'm also impressed with True Wheel in downtown Council Bluffs. A bit of a drive for you, but good folks. Small shop, but very knowledgeable and friendly.

SoulPuppy 07-13-11 01:14 PM

I've been very impressed with The Bike Way (151st & Industrial) and The Bike Rack (144th & Maple). They've both been great.

Triaxtremec 07-15-11 11:16 PM

The guys at The Bike Way are awesome, they are the only place I will take my bikes. Most shops in town seem to specialize in one area but they can and do do everything. They don't want to just work on your bike they also want to be your friend too, just great guys!

missile meister 07-20-11 12:21 PM

Thanks for the input! Now that the house is finally unpacked it's time to get the ride tuned up and start pedaling!

harshbarj 08-17-11 02:04 PM

As your talking a commuter bicycle the best people to talk to is at greenstreet in north downtown Omaha. Outside of them in my experience your mainly looking at recreational cyclists. Commuter cycling is a whole different thing and really needs it's own shops with people that understand bicycle commuting.

tchen510 08-31-11 05:54 PM

Bike Rack is good, but it is kind of far from you. There is a recycled bike store in downtown called re-cycle that seems good too.

christhehusker 10-03-11 04:41 PM

Bike Masters. They're at 120th and Fort so not close, but I live in Bellevue and its the only place I take my bikes to be worked on. They do a lot of fun rides as well. Find them on Facebook.

billydonn 11-22-11 09:00 PM

+1 on Bikemasters... you can ride there from the Blondo St exit of the Big Papio Trail. They have nice wine-beertasting/food rides periodically too. I do not live near them but I wish I did. The Bike Way is not a bad shop either though they heavily favor the Specialized brand....which isn't so bad of course.

MTBJason 01-14-12 10:23 AM

Greenstreet is definitely the place for commuters due to their knowledgeable staff and downtown location. Either Trek location is pretty good. The owner, Kent McNeill, is one of the best advocates of cycling in the area. The Bike Rack has a large selection, but is seems like I don't get the personal attention that I get at other area shops. I lived in Council Bluffs for 5 years and really enjoyed going there. They just moved to a new location in downtown Council Bluffs.

My personal vote would have to be Bike Masters. Like mentioned above they have a lot of great weekly rides, winter indoor cycling, and events. Great staff and service. If they don't have what you are looking for, they will do what it takes to get it for you.

Hopefully you have been commuting since your move and noticed some of the strides Omaha has taken in improving its cycling infrastructure. If you have an interest, I would recommend getting involved with the local organizations that are trying to help with these improvements such as Omaha Bikes There is a lot of great info on the website and you can be involved as little or as much as you'd like.

Welcome to the area and good luck!

cyclist2000 02-07-12 10:47 PM

As you can see there are many nice bike shops in the Omaha area, I like Olympia Cycle, it has been around for a long time and I seem to be able to find hard-to-find items. I do my own maintenance so I don't need a bike shop except for some vintage tools. I was overhauling a 70's bike this winter and needed to remove an old Milliard freewheel. Well Olympia has the proper cog tool for this. Or I am looking at repacking the bottom bracket on the same bike, this bike has a cottered crank, they have the proper tools to work on the older bikes.

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