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Old 04-13-15, 04:54 PM
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NYC Local Bike Shops

What's the latest consensus on the good, the bad and the ugly in NYC as far as LBS's go?

Trying to find one.. I'm on UWS in manhattan, and dropped my bike off at one for a tune up.

I was disappointed in the fact that I called 4-5 shops to make an in/out appointment for this, but all of them were without fail "sorry no, first come first served". I understand it's like some restaurants that don't take reservations.. but I don't have to like it.
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My LBS is Bellittes on Jamaica ave in Queens Ny . The oldest family run bike shop in the US . the service is great, if they dont have what you want they will special order it for you ... closer to the summer they do get really busy ... but if you are a regular , and or have purchased a bike from them they usually look out for you .. i cant comment on any other bike shops in ny cause i really only deal with them ... but if you in Queens pay them a visit
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Brickwell on Long Island has a 48 hour turn around and if you want it faster you can get 24 hours but there's a added fee.

Service Department - Brickwell Cycling, Fitness & Multisports, Long Island, New York in Great Neck, Manhasset and Syosset.
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Thanks.. and I like the 48hr commitment, though I'm curious how they can guarantee this, not knowing how many bikes will come in on any given day. Wish more shops did this (ie. any in Manhattan), or something like the below -- a good example of how to have an online webpage for bike service:
SERVICE ? Strictly Bicycles
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i don't know UWS but there are several in South Brooklyn that I've been to and like:
718 Cyclery
Ride Brooklyn
Red Lantern Bicycles (was Brooklyn Bike and Board prior to 2011)
Bicycle Habitat

Ride BK has a shop in W-burg and B.H has a shop in Soho.

i don't know about the UWS, but i bet there are many.
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I had a terrible experience with The Bike Truck. Back when I was a n00b rider (almost a year ago) they sold me an overpriced vintage bike that wasn't even properly functioning. I paid for them to install a rack and a couple days later I was riding and hit a pot hole in the road - the locknut that mounted the rack on the eyelets on the rear dropouts fell off the rack got caught in the spokes of my rear wheel causing it to lock up while going downhill, which resulted in me somersaulting into the middle of the road. Since that day I vowed never to set foot in a bike shop again and have subsequently bought two bikes online, assembled and maintain them without any mechanical failures. That's pretty much been my experience with bike shops in NYC.

In case you missed it, the name of the place is called The Bike Truck.

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Originally Posted by Sy Reene
I work not far from there and stopped in when I was thinking about buying a Emonda SLR. They didn't seem interested in talking since i wasn't ready to buy. Also the salesperson looked at me and said he would put me on a 54cm frame even though i've been riding a 56cm for 3+ years very comfortably. I also had a 3 hour professional fit that determined that I was a 56 prior to purchasing my previous bike.

I just got the feeling that since i'm 5'11" 205# and not 5'7" 150# they weren't interested in me.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
I work not far from there and stopped in when I was thinking about buying a Emonda SLR. They didn't seem interested in talking since i wasn't ready to buy. Also the salesperson looked at me and said he would put me on a 54cm frame even though i've been riding a 56cm for 3+ years very comfortably. I also had a 3 hour professional fit that determined that I was a 56 prior to purchasing my previous bike.

I just got the feeling that since i'm 5'11" 205# and not 5'7" 150# they weren't interested in me.
Interesting feedback I'll keep in mind. Though I was really just highlighting one shop/website where I like how they seem to handle service requests (by appointment time slots), and clearly spell out what costs what, etc. They are a bit too far away from me to consider for service myself.
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Not simply to resurrect a thread, but a specific question. I need an NYC shop to uninstall (strip) a Campagnolo groupset that's a dozen years old or so, and install a brand new one (also Campy). Given that the large majority of bikes sold do NOT have Campagnolo installed, I'm looking for a shop that has a well-pedigreed mechanic that is familiar with latest Campy setups.. ? I guess I'm just nervous that I'll end up with a mechanic doing his first campy groupset install and I'll have to pay down the road to get it fixed.

I've been looking at Sid's, Bicycle Habitat, and NYC Velo. I haven't stopped into NYC Velo as yet, but the first two, the service desk guy on duty at both places were "yeah sure, we do that" type of responses. Hoping for validation from anyone here. Thanks
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Talk to Mark at Brickwell's Syosett store.

He's a great mechanic and he'll tell you if he's up to doing it.

He built my Project One Emonda SLR and it runs great.



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Thanks, but I kinda wanted to be able to both ride my bike to the shop for service, and ride home again.. So looking for something in NYC -- manhattan preferably.

Nice bike though.. SRAM it appears though.. another stock option available in many stores so I imagine more easily found installation expertise from the bikes they sell. Maybe that's the question I should ask.. what brands of bike are sold with stock Campy groups? From there I can probably look for authorized retailers with service departments familiar with building up with these.
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So you want them to do it while you wait?

Not sure many will do that.

You could try www.strictlybicycles.com

They're just over the GW and have a very "European" feel to the shop. They do sell Campy gruppos and a number of bikes with it.

https://www.strictlybicycles.com/grup...ory=campagnolo

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No. Not while I wait. More that I could pick up and drop off on way to/from work and use public transport for the rest of the journey.
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I don't know if this bike shop would do the job that you are looking for, but it's on UWS: Toga Bike Shop (110 West End Ave, near 64th st.). I went there recently and the fellow I met there, Vinny, was ultra nice.
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Call Tread and ask if they are experienced with Campy - Tread Bike Shop - Cannondale - Specialized - Jamis - Raleigh - Schwinn

They are on Dyckman Street (200th) in Manhattan. Nice ride up the greenway.
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I will mention Arc de Triomphe in Queens on Jamaica Ave. and 114th St. While it's not exactly close to the Upper West Side, it is right on a subway line, being just a few blocks from the 111th St. stop on the J train. It's also not a very long walk (about a mile) from the Lefferts Blvd. terminal of the A train. [Edited to add that the Q10 bus runs up and down Lefferts Blvd. between the A train terminal and Jamaica Ave. From Jamaica and Lefferts it's about 4 or 5 blocks to 114th St.]

I have gone to this shop for more than 25 years, and have bought four bikes there (three for myself; one as a gift). I go there for all of my work, from simple to complex.

The owner Russ personally serves the majority of the customers; and he closely supervises his team of expert mechanics. They have an ethos there of not pushing expensive gear or unnecessary work; so customers have come to rely on their advice.

They do excellent work, and they stand behind it. I would unreservedly recommend this shop. Tell them that Fred (which is how they know me) sent you!

The only bad thing about this shop is its somewhat weird hours. First, it opens pretty late every day -- noon on weekdays and 11am on Saturday. And it is not open at all on Sunday. Finally, the closing times get earlier as the week goes on: 7pm on Monday; 6:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 6:00 on Friday; 5:30 on Saturday.

So, given your desire to drop the bike off and pick it up, and your need to get to and from the shop by subway, I guess this means that you'd have to drop your bike off there on Saturday and then pick it up on Monday night. (You didn't mention where you work; but if it's Midtown or Downtown, and if you get off at around 5pm, then you could make it to the shop by 7:00.)

You can call them at 718-846-2099 to see if your reservation idea is something that they can work with.

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Originally Posted by Sy Reene
No. Not while I wait. More that I could pick up and drop off on way to/from work and use public transport for the rest of the journey.
Have you checked out Zen Bikes on 24th, between 6th & 7th? Not upper, but on the west side, and fairly convenient to transit/centrally located. They deal in the full gamut of bikes from kids bikes to fat tire bikes to high-spec tri and race bikes. Well, maybe not full - I've never seen tandem or recumbent in there. They have a hopping service business - seems there are always several people bringing in bikes or picking them up.

As for places mentioned above, I'd add that Strictly always seemed like more of a place to hang out before group rides - have an espresso, look at expensive bikes.... Seriously, their cafe is as big as their ground floor bike sales area (most of their bikes are upstairs). Toga seem to have a solid reputation; big store. What experience I had there was positive (went there for a fit on the contraption they have).

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@Sy Reene

I live in the Bronx and I trust my local bike shop with anything that I cannot handle. They are located one block into Yonkers and the owner, 80 year old Danny Tarantola, is a gem of a man. He and Steve, his main mechanic, are knowledgeable about everything from vintage to brand new modern. They never oversell and are truly interested in their customers and Danny really wants others to enjoy cycling whoever you may be. It is worth the ride for those who want to visit a true old school bike shop.

For me to ride to the UWS is about 40 minutes so it really is not far.

Danny's County Cycle
970 McLean Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704
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I've used Chelsea Bikes, in Chelsea, a couple times; and been very pleased. They have done repairs while I waited, but will usually ask me to come back the next day.
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Castle Hill Bike Shop in the Bronx,

3267 E Tremont Ave
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 597-2083

I don't live in the Bronx anymore, but my friends who use them swear by them.
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