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Good LBS in San Francisco

Old 10-14-05, 10:54 AM
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Good LBS in San Francisco

A buddy of mine is planning to get a bike. This will be his first road bike and although he is quite meticulous, he may jsut not know all the factors yet so I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good bike shop for him.

Price, fitting, service (especially after sales) and a obviously the bike that's right for him are the mian factors. There's a Supergo in the area for the price BUT they are not known (around Santa monica at least) as having good service but then again he could always buy there and get it serviced elsewhere.

He lives in Dublin where ever that is in SF) if that helps give an idea of his area but is willing to drive if there are any LBS that are "worthy". Budget (for now at least) is around $2k and any advice, to get him a great bike would be most appreciated.
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Dublin is a fair drive from San Francisco, but if he is insistent on going into The City for his LBS, I have had an excellent experience with American Cyclery while purchasing my Gunnar Crosshairs. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and 100% willing to consider the customer's budget.
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Originally Posted by Seanholio
Dublin is a fair drive from San Francisco, but if he is insistent on going into The City for his LBS, I have had an excellent experience with American Cyclery while purchasing my Gunnar Crosshairs. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and 100% willing to consider the customer's budget.

Thanks he actually works in SF so LS there shouldn't be an issue.

What other bike brands does Am Cyclery carry?
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i'll put in a vote for pacific bikes & boards.. its on 4th St. by the freeway in SoMa

they carry giant, orbea, lemond, bianchi, and others i'm sure....

good thing about that place is that there are 4 or so good bike stores within a 2 mile radius of that place... mike's bikes, performance, a small local place called road rage, an REI, a sportmart... etc.
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if 2k is the budget...then all of the above would be ok. I'm not sure how well they will fit your friend. If you want a good fitting, check out the Bicycle Odyssey in Sausalito https://bicycleodyssey.com/, the Bike Nook 40th and Taravel in sf, DD Cycles https://ddcycles.com/index.html, or even City Cycles https://www.citycycle.com/.
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The best bike shops in the area are closer to Dublin than San Francisco.

The shop right in Dublin that was started by Livermore Cyclery is pretty good. California Pedaler in Danville is another.
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Originally Posted by jslopez
What other bike brands does Am Cyclery carry?
I second the American Cyclery recommendation. They've been around since 1941, and the founder/original owner was Oscar Juner, a six day racer in the late thirties. The current owner is Bradley Woehl.

They actually have two locations across the street from one another at the corner of Frederick and Stanyan in San Francisco. One location is focused primarily on road bikes, while the other is focused on mountain bikes.

They list the brands they carry on their website: https://www.americancyclery.com/
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Pegasus Bicycle Works in Danville on Railroad Ave. is a good shop for roadies and Danville is a short drive north of Dublin on the freeway.
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I live in San Ramon, just a few miles from Dublin.

Livermore Cyclery (in Dublin and Livermore) is excellent to deal with. The same with Pegasus and California Peddler in Danville, Eden Cycles in Castro Valley (where I bought my Giant), and Pleasanton Cycles in downtown Pleasanton. All of these shops are within 10 miles of Dublin, and all have excellent selection and service. A little further out is Performance in Walnut Creek, about 15 miles distant. I thought Dublin Cycles and California Cycles in Livermore were a bit lacking in customer service, but that is just my one opinion.

IMO, you can't go wrong with any of these shops, and the one he picks will have more to do with what brand bike he's looking for, customer service being generally excellent in all of them. There is some overlap - Eden and Pegasus sell Felt, Look, and Bianchi for example, but Eden has Giant and Pegasus has Scott, Pinarello, and Conalgo. Both Livermore and California Peddlar have Treks and LeMonds, Livermore also has Serrota, Orbea, and Specialized. Performance has low prices and decent customer service, but charge extra for a fitting.

Most of the shops with match Performance if they have the same bike in stock, so if he sees something he likes, he should ask. Eden and Performance both offer "12 months same as cash" financing. Livermore offers lay-away.

PLUG: I bought my bike from Chris at Eden Cycles. I cold-called about 2 hours before closing on a Friday, and he patiently spent about 20 miuutes answering all my silly questions. He was willing to price match on the bike I wanted, and invited me down knowing I wouldn't get there until just before closing. When I arrived, he stayed over an hour after closing to satisfy my curiosity, do a "ballpark" fit, and answer additional questions. He and his assistant went out of their way to help me find a good bike at a good price, and followed up with a complete fitting and tweaking.

I'm very happy with them, their service, and the bike they sold me.

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I live in San Ramon and we(my fiance & I) bought our Bianchi from EDEN Bicycle in Castro Valley. They built my Bianchi L'una for me because L'una(with Record and the euro wheel) price was way too high. Very nice people to ask about anything. Bike fitting was free and they did a great job for me.

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