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LBS Review in Greater Boston area

Old 06-27-05, 07:57 PM
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LBS Review in Greater Boston area

Hi there,

I am doing some research of the options for the new / used road bike and getting itchy to buy. I am new to Boston area. Can someone recommend good LBS (Local Bike Shop) where I can trust them, have good service and get good price. Any LBS selling used bikes here? Any good deals you have seen lately?
Please share your good / bad experience.

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Harris Cyclery in Newton is pretty good. When I was shopping around for a bike their salesman was at lunch, but the mechanic helped me out and he turned out to be the most helpful of all the shops i visited. I eventually bought my bike elsewhere but i like to go Harris because they arent yout typical vultures. Speaking of which, I would recomend you stay away from the international / Landry stores. Bicycle Bills in Allston is also ok, but more orientated towards bmx/mountain bikes.
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I bought my bike at Belmont Wheelworks in Belmont. I was very happy with the bike and the service I got there. They will let you ride as many bikes as you like and take them for some time. They also provide a fitting service for a fee.

I don't live that close to Belmont so I have been visiting Landry's in Natick lately. Their prices are a little high but the service seems excellent even if you didn't buy a bike there. I am going to start to give them some of my business to build a relationship locally.

International Bike in Newton and Allston has a very good reputation also.
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I see that you are in Bedford. The Cycle Loft is in Burlington on Rt 3A and it looks like an awesome shop. I never bought anything there but poked around a couple of times.
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Originally Posted by Dima
Hi there,

I am doing some research of the options for the new / used road bike and getting itchy to buy. I am new to Boston area. Can someone recommend good LBS (Local Bike Shop) where I can trust them, have good service and get good price. Any LBS selling used bikes here? Any good deals you have seen lately?
Please share your good / bad experience.

Safe Ride.
Cycleloft.. They have been great to me.. When I was looking for a bike, they didnt push pricey bikes.. They listened to what I wanted... The fit was thorough .. took 2 hrs . Although I ended up buying my bike from a place which had a going out of business sale, I go there for my everyday LBS needs.. Very professional and nice people.. Try to get in touch with Anthony...Great guy.. They stock Lemond, Trek, Klein, Specialized, Look, Seven and even some FELT and Quintana roo Tri bikes..

Be prepared to spend at least 1/2 a day sometime in the aftnoon on weekdays.. That way you get more attention...

The one time I was at Landry in westborough didnt impress me.. There is a shop in Acton which seems to be the only shop with Giants..
Best of luck.
-AJ
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Originally Posted by skinnyone
There is a shop in Acton which seems to be the only shop with Giants..
Best of luck.
-AJ

Farina's in Watertown has Giant also.
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Old 06-27-05, 08:21 PM
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Thanks. I was trying to get to loft at lunch today, but got stuck at work. I will try tomorrow.
The shop in Bedford seems nice service, but they don't come towards you with the prices...
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Northeast Bikes out on Rt. 1 in Saugus is a pretty nice shop. not too sure of their road bike line.
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Originally Posted by Dima
Thanks. I was trying to get to loft at lunch today, but got stuck at work. I will try tomorrow.
The shop in Bedford seems nice service, but they don't come towards you with the prices...
Was that Bikeway source??... It used to be managed by a BF member... I am sure if she still works there... PM arsbars...
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For new bikes: Cycle Loft in Burlington is a good shop as are the Wheelworks stores (Belmont Wheelworks in Belmont, Ace Wheelworks in Davis. Sq., Somerville)

For used bikes: The Bicycle Exchange on Mass Ave in Porter Sq, Cambridge.
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Belmont Wheelworks is a big shop with a big selection and pretty good people working there. The sister store, Ace Wheelworks, is also good but not nearly as large, and farther away from you, since you live in Bedford. International Bike Center also has a big selection of high-end bikes. I think these are the two shops with the most high-end bikes that I've seen, but I don't know if you're looking for that.

The Bikeway Source is at the end of the Minuteman Trail in Bedford. It's a small shop, but they seem to have some nice bikes there.

The one shop I would avoid is ATA Cycle in Cambridge. The guys inside are either condescending *******s or they don't know what they're talking about, or, more commonly, both. I heard one guy say this: "Well, the Giant carbon bike is nice, but you see this aluminum Italian bike over here? It's like comparing a Ferrari to an Acura. The Italian bike is just in a different class." The yuppie buyer was eating it up. Later the guy said "See these tires here? These are 500 dollar tires." He was pointing to a set of Shimano wheels, and I happen know those wheels don't cost 500 bucks, unless you're getting scammed. That basic mistake of terminology (mixing up "wheels" and "tires") is OK coming from my friends who aren't into bikes, but not from a supposedly knowledgeable bike salesman.
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I am looking at entry level, not high end. I just came back from Loft. Not impressed really, I told them what I am looking for and they are trying to push 200$ more expansive bike. I was aksing professional opinion on Fuji - they say its a wholesale bike, not any good. I will go for a test ride though, they have nice selection there.
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Do you know the website for Bicycle Exchange? Or exact address?
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Check out JRA Cycles in Medford.

Take exit 32 off of 93. Then you'll hit a rotary and you'll take Rt.60 East for about 1/4 a mile. It'll be on your left and it's kinda hard to miss. Quite the colorful shop.

One of my coworkers works there part time on thursdays.

I also recommend the Cycle Loft in Burlington on Rt.3A
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After having spent tons of time at Belmont, I discovered a a gem of a place: International in Brighton (across from the Hess station on Brighton Ave, they look like a small store relative to Belmont, but have tons of stuff in the back). What a discovery. So knowledgable...from shoes to bikes.
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I vote for Belmont WheelWorks too. I only go to Landry's or International if I need something easy and I can't wait. Both have shoddy customer service. I've had mixed experiences at Cycle Loft too. WheelWorks has a small annex around the corner from their main store with leftovers, returns and cancelled orders at reduced prices. A few years ago my brother picked up a REALLY sweet VooDoo mountain bike for a song.
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Take a look at the Boston area Consumer Reports "Checkbook", in the latest issue is a review of all of the Boston area bike shops.
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Finally got to Belmont WheelWorks and I loved it. The selection, the knowledge of the staff. And they had time for me - no rush. Put deposit on Specialized Allez. Cannot wait to get it...
Thanks all for all the inputs - that was really great.
The store next door - WheelWorks Tandems is cool too, but it is what u c what u get. They didn't have my size, but if they did, u can really get a good deal there.
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Originally Posted by HRPirate
Check out JRA Cycles in Medford.

Take exit 32 off of 93. Then you'll hit a rotary and you'll take Rt.60 East for about 1/4 a mile. It'll be on your left and it's kinda hard to miss. Quite the colorful shop.

One of my coworkers works there part time on thursdays.

I also recommend the Cycle Loft in Burlington on Rt.3A
No way!!! They open at 12, 4 bikes to choose from... Sorry Pirate, didn't like it at all.
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I haven't been to any of them yet, but the small shop owner here in Newport, RI has pointed me at Belmont Wheelworks a couple of times for some of the things he doesn't carry.
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Finally got to Belmont WheelWorks and I loved it.
It is like a candy store for big kids.

When I would go back to CONUS on business (Westborough), I would always take the time to drive down to Belmont just to look around (if nothing else that was more expensive ).

I agree about Landry's in Westborough as well. The manager is more concerned with selling his image than what he is there for. The one in Framingham is better.
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Originally Posted by Dima
Do you know the website for Bicycle Exchange? Or exact address?
They appear not to have a Web site in any references I found (Google is a handy tool).

Here is their contact info:

2067 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140-1340
(617) 864-1300
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There's one near Davis sq in the wheelworks family. moved away and can't remember the street name!!!!
It's on Elm st just toward Davis sq from the star mkt ballys t stop. or maybe the other way.Bike was always rolling and never needed to stop in. there's that other one on mass ave right there. Kind of mediocre if I remember....
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Sounds like you Boston-area folks have a lot of options. But can any place be any better--may be as good as, but better?--than going to Harris and meeting Sheldon Brown? Certainly a shop in which you can have confidence, and where you won't be condescended to.
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Originally Posted by gmason
They appear not to have a Web site in any references I found (Google is a handy tool).

Here is their contact info:

2067 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140-1340
(617) 864-1300
IIRC they're half way in between Porter Sq. proper and the KFC that's a few blocks toward Arlington...
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