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Old 10-22-10, 10:47 AM
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Good Bike Shop near Milford Ct

Can someone suggest a good LBS near Milford Ct.
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take metronorth to new haven?
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And what shops are good in New Haven?
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I've ridden to Milford many times from Long Island - AND I've been there almost every year for Oyster Fest with my bike. I only remember seeing one bike shop,Tony's Bikes & Sports, along Broad Street. 'Don't know anything about it, except I do remember seeing some classics in the window. Sorry, but I didn't want you to feel ignored.
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I am connected with a retail property on the Post Road in Milford that would seem perfect for a large bike shop. It has a large basement area that would be ideal for storage and showroom.

I am a cyclist and was wondering is a cycle shop already existed. Do the folks in Milford Ct ride?
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And what shops are good in New Haven?
Devil's Gear. Long established, very friendly owner, just expanded, very into community outreach events

College Street Bikes. Small shop, more cramped than even a NYC shop. Not the friendliest people, to say the least.
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>>>>Do the folks in Milford Ct ride?<<<<<

While I'm only a Milford resident in spirit, I don't see it as a big bicycling community, as Rt. 1 isn't very bike friendly at all. On my trips along the CT coast, I'd say there were more people riding in the area of Lordship/Stratford, which is just southwest of Milford. But weigh my opinion lightly against others who actually live in the region.
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I've heard good things about Devil's Gear too. I'd offer to help you myself, but Madison is a pretty long hike from Milford. If it's something easy, I could pay you a visit in conjunction with a trip to Trader Joe's.

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Branford CT has Zanes...it's where I got my Roubaix...

The salespeople were great, and when I called and left a message for the owner thanking one of his salespeople, he made it a point to greet me when I picked up my bike. All-in-all, a fantastic bike shopping experience.
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I like Tony's Bikes, and pick up things from there now and then. Have always been treated nicely there and never overcharged.

Zane's is on the other side of New Haven (bikeable, PM me for a good route), and has a good selection of high end bikes as well as stuff that might appeal to a more average consumer. Nice people there, too.

A longstanding local shop to consider visiting is Amity Bike up around Westville. A good mix of knowlegeable people and enough vintage vibe to keep things interesting. Chapman's Orange Bicycle on the Post Road has a bit of a similar small shop vibe.

My favorite shop, however, is Devil's Gear in Downtown New Haven. Buying a hybrid there 5 years ago got me back into riding, and now I'm an almost-daily year-round commuter who regularly rides from New Haven to Bridgeport and back. I like vintage steel bikes as well as new stuff, and they rock both in their shop. Don't worry about the name, I ride all the gear there to church (First UCC in Milford-- another cool place to check out! But you'll have to put up with my singing every Sunday if you do.)

If you're not really looking to shop and more interested in opening another shop, it might be a tough proposition. The Post Road has a Sports Authority, a Dave's, a Wal Mart, two Targets, and Chapman's Orange Bicycle all right along that stretch. That's 6 direct competitors with 5 more well-established shops within a few miles.

All levels of the market are covered.

The market is pretty saturated, and those who do ride in Milford probably already have built relationships with one or more local shops.

And I'm probably one of the only ones out there who rides on the Post Road. Me, my "buddy" Mark who rides the red MTB we bought him to replace his stolen one, and that green fixie rider I keep trying to race are the only ones I've seen out there. And I've never seen anyone on the stretch that goes from where Bridgeport Ave ends until Campbell Avenue. Except me.

Which property are you thinking of? Not the B&O store....?

I wonder if there is not some other business model that can cater to cyclists that does not match the normal bike shop model? Coffee/Food/Repairs/Beer&Wine/Live Music at Night? I'd hang out at a place like that, no doubt. But then I already have Cafe Atlantique....

Heck, just open a GAP downtown or something wouldja?
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich
take metronorth to new haven?
are you serious? it's like an 8 mile ride. *along the beach!*
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