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Old 09-21-16, 01:44 PM
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Back Bay Bicycles, Porland ME -- closing

Bike shop's pending closure marks end of era for Portland cyclists - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

End of an era. Loved the shop, I'd make the trek north to Portland for special trips to this specific shop, just like I'd plan a weekend day for a visit to Harris Cyclery down in Newton MA.

Nice article, though, and funny enough, one of the quoted customers, Kevin Coyne, was also a customer of ours -- I think between his bikes and others he sent my way, I must have built 4-5 Aegis frames into bicycles.
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Bike shop's pending closure marksend of era for Portland cyclists - The Portland Press Herald / Maine SundayTelegram

End of an era. Loved the shop, I'd make the trek north to Portland for special trips to this specific shop, just like I'd plan a weekend day for a visit to Harris Cyclery down in Newton MA.

Nice article, though, and funny enough, one of the quoted customers, KevinCoyne, was also a customer of ours -- I think between his bikes and others hesent my way, I must have built 4-5 Aegis frames into bicycles.
OH NO!!


I was totally heartbroken when I found out two weeks ago, that the sister shop Back Bay Bikes, in Boston's Back Bay is closing (I thought the Portland shop was called Papa Wheelies.) I have praised Back Bay Bikes to the hilt on Bike Forums; they really treated me well.
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Time eventually became too much of a premium, so now my LBS does it all.

Having the LBS do it all, in my case is a really good deal. The shop is one block away, and they will fix many things at a convenient time for me. They are so expert that they can do these things quickly, better than me, and often spot problems that I did not see. Whenever I leave the shop, the bikes ride as if new again.

Because the bikes are a major transportation mode for me, keeping them in good repair is critical. We save a lot of money on transportation, so further using the LBS is even more cost-effective. I tip well, not, To Insure Prompt Service,” but because I am so appreciative of their work. Hats off to Back Bay Bikes.
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…The Bridgestone was totaled in 2012 in an accident from which I was not sure Iwould ride again. Well I did, and decided to get a CF. My trusted mechanic said here’s the bike you want [a Specialized Roubaix S-works], knowing my riding style. Well the MSRP was $8000, but he got it for me at half off.
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I think it was an end-of-year model. That’s one example of why I’m loyal to my LBS.
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…I have to keep one of the three bikes in storage because my wife only wants two in the condo…

[Sadly, yesterday I just learned that my excellent LBS of over 20 years, whereI had bought all three bikes, is closing soon. When I came home and told mywife, she sincerely sympathized with me. But I couldn’t resist telling her I bought four bikes on closeout (justkidding).]
Finally, I have valued BBB so much, that last week when I had the pleasure of escorting a cross-country cyclist from Oregon into Boston, I brought him to the shop. @jppe wrote:


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A bittersweet site......the end of Hwy 20 East......but for some the start of Hwy 20 West!!!

Jim and his bikeshop. A real treat to visit and meet Dan and Dave who have taken terrific care of all Jim's cycling needs. Hooray for our LBS's!!! I lost count of the bike shops I visited along the way.......especially for tubes!
Back Bay Bikes is just two blocks away from that END ROUTE 20 sign in Kenmore Square.


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OH NO!!
Bummer about BBB... but the sister shop, Papa Wheelies in Portsmouth NH, is still going strong, far as I know. In the Seacoast ME/NH area, they are competitors, but everyone knows each other and they are good guys.

The Portland shop was not affiliated with the Boston store. For my needs, that shop on Mass Ave over by MIT - Cambridge Bicycles? - and Broadway Bicycles Coop were the go to places.
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Bummer about BBB... but the sister shop, Papa Wheelies in Portsmouth NH, is still going strong, far as I know. In the Seacoast ME/NH area, they are competitors, but everyone knows each other and they are good guys.

The Portland shop was not affiliated with the Boston store. For my needs, that shop on Mass Ave over by MIT - Cambridge Bicycles? - and Broadway Bicycles Coop were the go to places.
Thanks for the clarification, I had not read the article, and Papa Wheelies (in Portsmouth NH...D'Uh ) is not mentioned. Just seeing "Back Bay Bikes" got me started. Nonetheless, thanks for letting me go on about Boston's Back Bay Bikes.

The are referring their customers to Cambridge Bikes, but it certainly will take a while to establish such a relationship. I'll have to visit there before I have a problem.
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Thanks for the clarification, I had not read the article, and Papa Wheelies (in Portsmouth NH...D'Uh ) is not mentioned. Just seeing "Back Bay Bikes" got me started. Nonetheless, thanks for letting me go on about Boston's Back Bay Bikes.

The are referring their customers to Cambridge Bikes, but it certainly will take a while to establish such a relationship. I'll have to visit there before I have a problem.
The guys at Cambridge Bikes always seem super-busy, but I found they always had time to talk through a problem and offer decent advice. Now this was from experience more than ten years ago... things change... but the fact that BBB is referring customers there should be a good sign.
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OH NO!!

I was totally heartbroken when I found out two weeks ago, that the sister shop Back Bay Bikes, in Boston's Back Bay is closing
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YAY!!! Back Bay Bikes (in Boston) is staying open. .

I found out this Sunday that they are staying OPEN. it turns out that the closing was prompted because they were about to lose their lease, but that impending real estate deal fell through. I'm glad that it was not due to lack of sales.

BBB opened around 1992 on Newbury St, where Newbury Comics is now located. I think it was around 2002 when they lost that lease and moved to Comm Ave. The owner told me that they had opened the same year as Back Bay Bikes in Portland.

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