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Old 04-27-06, 01:35 PM
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Good LBS in Seattle area...

Hey everyone, you might have read my other post about getting a new road bike. Since I just moved to the Seattle area (actually live across the sound in Port Orchard) I don't know of a good LBS. Does anyone have any suggestions? One more, what are some good online retailers?

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Cool, I grew up in Port Orchard, there are a ton of great rides on the Peninsula, and plenty of great shops. You should look up some other BF members Bekoligist is always riding out in Kitsap and I believe Patriot lives in Port Orchard. There are also plenty of shops in Seattle, but the unique one is Recycled Cycles https://www.recycledcycles.com/ as they also sell used stuff and are really great folks.

Online I like Performance and Nashbar, but I'm sure there are more esoteric ones that others will post.

Good Luck and enjoy the riding.
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Check out Classic Cycles on Bainbridge Island. It's a good size shop, but it's still mom and pop style and they will definitely take good care of you.

Recycled Cycles is also a good shop but they can be so busy at times that it will be next to impossible to get any help.
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Great to see someone in my area. I live in Port Orchard as well.

Have you ridden Pine Road yet? Great hills.

Anyway, they aren't tons of LBS's around here, but there are a couple of decent ones.

LBS's-

- Sliverdale Cyclery in Silverdale, one of the local favorites.

- Old Town Bicycle in Gig Harbor. Some very helpful guys working there.

- Performance Bike Shop in Tacoma on 38th St. Great for gear and clothing.

Online retailers-

- www.performancebike.com

- www.probikekit.com

- www.totalcycling.com

- www.excelsports.com

- www.chucksbikes.com

- www.11speed.com

There's tons of online retailers out there.
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I went to Old Towne yesterday and test road a R900 but noticed that Bicycles west over in seattle has a Trek 2200 for $1599. Seems like a good deal, but every tells me the R900 with campy is a better deal. Feel free to give opinions on this.

I've also checked out Silverdale Cyclery several times, but haven't bought a bike there. Right now I have a Trek VRX 300 (full suspension) and I've just been riding on the roads around my apartment. If you know of any good trails in the port orchard area, tell me all about them. I just stumbled, literally, across a bike jump area right next to walmart. It's amazing and very technical.

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How much is the R900 going for? C'Dales are great bikes.
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any shop in Seattle rent bikes. I've got about 6 hours to kill tomorrow night, and would love to rent a bike.
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I was going to recommend Speedy Reedy depending on what type/ quality of bike you were looking for. Brooke and reed are both top notch people who will go the exra mile for you. Recycled is also great. Greg's various locations can be convenient, but I find that only a few of the salespeople are knowledgable. PM with specific questions if you like.
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Pedal dynamics or Alpine hut
pedaldynamics.com
alpinehut.com
both in seattle,
both small,
both extra gnarly!
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Agreed on both Pedal Dynamics and Speedy Reedy.

Merlin Extralight, I know you can rent bikes from Greggs, but I don't know at what quality. Check out www.cascade.org, look at their bike shop list and call around.
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Maybe Gregg's in Greenlake or personally I find the Performance in Redmond good but that's probably too far for you...Recycled Cycles is sweet..

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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
any shop in Seattle rent bikes. I've got about 6 hours to kill tomorrow night, and would love to rent a bike.
Montlake Bikes has rentals.
https://www.montlakebike.com/
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The Cannondale R900 is going for $1599. I'm going to Bainbridge to a place called Bicycle Island Cycle Shop to check out these brands: Scott, Kona, Orbea (apparently a spanish brand, but the Volata looks very tempting and they have it for $1299), and Giant. Any opinions on these brands? What models are in the $1000-1600 range, specific models, and which ones do you like? Why?

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I've been in the market for a new bike in the last few weeks. Speedy Reedy is bar far the best I've dealt with, they truly go above and beyond for their customers. Shops where the service sucked; Montlake bike shop in Kirkland; they were too put out to even take the pedals off my bike and put them on the test bikes. So I rode a few bianchis and lemonds with my road shoes on toeclip pedals. After that I'm surprised I survived that day. Sammamish Valley cycle was good too, but I just didn't feel the drive from the sales guy to really help me find the right bike with the right fit, great guy just didn't seem to know that much about fitting the bike to my body. My vote goes to Speedy Reedy.
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Originally Posted by OldschoolTrek
I've been in the market for a new bike in the last few weeks. Speedy Reedy is bar far the best I've dealt with, they truly go above and beyond for their customers. Shops where the service sucked; Montlake bike shop in Kirkland; they were too put out to even take the pedals off my bike and put them on the test bikes. So I rode a few bianchis and lemonds with my road shoes on toeclip pedals. After that I'm surprised I survived that day. Sammamish Valley cycle was good too, but I just didn't feel the drive from the sales guy to really help me find the right bike with the right fit, great guy just didn't seem to know that much about fitting the bike to my body. My vote goes to Speedy Reedy.
+1. Go buy a soloist.
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[QUOTE=Jacobi]The Cannondale R900 is going for $1599. I'm going to Bainbridge to a place called Bicycle Island Cycle Shop to check out these brands: Scott, Kona, Orbea (apparently a spanish brand, but the Volata looks very tempting and they have it for $1299), and Giant. Any opinions on these brands? What models are in the $1000-1600 range, specific models, and which ones do you like? Why?

I've heard good things about Orbea. The volata, aluminum right? Theres a bike shop out here in Redmond that carries Orbea, Redmond cycles. haven't dealt with them too much though. Good luck!
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There's a Performance in Seattle (University District), and also a Gregg's Cycles next to Green Lake that's got a pretty wide selection. I personally shop at the Velo Bike Shop down in Capitol Hill, it's a nice little shop.
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I will say this, the R900 seems like a pretty good deal. The Veloce group that comes with it, usually goes for around $500. So,

Group- $500
Wheels- $200
Saddle/post- $60
Bars/stem- $80
crank/BB- $120
pedals, tires, tubes, tape etc add up the cost even more.

My guess is the frame is going for about $600, so the whole R900 deal seems about right. As for alloy bikes, I just like the C'Dales because they are made here in the USA, and the CAAD8's have a great quality/performance reputation. Of all those bikes, I would probably go for the R900, because I know alot of the other brands, like the Orbeas, and Konas are made in Taiwan. I think even Scott alloy frames are made in Taiwan as well. Not that that's bad, but I just like the "Made in USA" idea. Call me a patriot.

Besides, I like the R900 in blue.

As for the rest, the Scott Speesters are a good bike. Probably an S20 or S30 would be in the price range you are looking for. I don't know much else about them though.
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If your are going as far as Bainbridge, you ought to check out Kingston Classic Cycles, just a neat small shop with lots of vintage stuff to look at. Don
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Kingston Classic Cycles is closed. Jeff moved all the vintage stuff into his Bainbridge Classic shop on Winslow Way. The new space is amazing, his store is half bike shop/half museum and full of tons of crazy stuff. Jacobi, if you're going to Bainbridge, I'd say you can't not stop by (just make sure you walk through to the back to the museum).
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Originally Posted by Jacobi
Hey everyone, you might have read my other post about getting a new road bike. Since I just moved to the Seattle area (actually live across the sound in Port Orchard) I don't know of a good LBS. Does anyone have any suggestions? One more, what are some good online retailers?
Since no one has mentioned my favorites, so I thought I would reply.

My two favorite stores are next door to each other.

1. Il Vecchio (https://www.ilvecchio.com/)
2. Triumph Multisport (https://www.triumph-multisport.com/)

The bicycle shop in redmond is really great too, I don't live there anymore so I haven't been there in awhile. really nice guys though..


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Originally Posted by the beef
There's a Performance in Seattle (University District), and also a Gregg's Cycles next to Green Lake that's got a pretty wide selection. I personally shop at the Velo Bike Shop down in Capitol Hill, it's a nice little shop.
Velo is too expensive for me, everything seems to be a good 10-20% more expensive than the other stores in the area.. I'd like to shop there (they are only 3 blocks from where I live).... but I just can't bring myself to

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I've been going to Silverdale Cyclery since there were in a little shop of about 200 square feet. Best customer service you'll get. I still get some stuff like shorts and sock at performance.com but I think I'm up to 13 bikes for myself and family from them.
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Originally Posted by zippyh
Montlake Bikes has rentals.
https://www.montlakebike.com/
Thanks Zippyh. I went to Montlake Bikes. They were very helpful. I rented a brand new Giant OCR C2. Not bad at all for a rental bike. Road from there around Mercer Island and back. Beautiful day, low 70's, clear view of Mt Ranier. Almost makes flying the redeye home tolerable.
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The three shops I'd recommend are probably a bit of a haul for some of you but here goes anyways.
  • Bothell Ski and Bike - family owned business in downtown Bothell, ask for Phil or Tim. Don, the head mechanic, is also great. That guy commutes in by bike from Kingston everyday... oftentimes on his singlespeed Aegis. They have really good prices and service. They carry LeMond, Scott, Giant and Felt. They're also one of the few Aegis dealers in the area. Speedy Reedy is the other.
  • Gerk's Alpine Hut - in Redmond, ask for Brian (he used to work at Bothell Ski and Bike actually). They carry Felt, Cannondale, Specialized and LeMond.
  • Pacific Bicycle Company - in Sammamish up on the plateau. Another family owned business with decent prices and excellent service. They offer a lifetime tune-up (basic) on all their bikes. Ask for Scott. They carry Cannondale, Klein, Giant, Specialized and Redline. Not related to the Pacific bike brand.
If you want to go the bigger store route, there are plenty of REIs and a couple of Performances as well. I tend to support the smaller shops however.
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