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Good Bike shop in the Seattle area?

Old 03-09-07, 07:42 AM
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Good Bike shop in the Seattle area?

I'm going to be visiting Seattle and am looking for a good bike shop to visit. My wife and family will probably tolerate only one trip to a bike shop so I'm looking for a recomendation. I'm looking for a new jersey, cycling jacket, etc.
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Originally Posted by bccycleguy
I'm going to be visiting Seattle and am looking for a good bike shop to visit. My wife and family will probably tolerate only one trip to a bike shop so I'm looking for a recomendation. I'm looking for a new jersey, cycling jacket, etc.
tough question.

for clothing? maybe greggs. ( http://www.greggscycles.com/ ) there is a performance that has some clothing, but I imagine you could look at all of that on-line from where you are now there is also an REI (flagship store) with some clothing, I bet you could sneak that one in under the radar because the store has so much more than cycling stuff. ( http://www.rei.com/stores/11 ).

but if you're going to be here this weekend (10th or 11th), you should check out the bike expo for sure... ( http://www.cascade.org/EandR/expo/index.cfm )

even more important than the bike stuff, if you and your wife aren't vegetarians please stop by this place and get a sandwich, but be prepared to wait in line ( http://www.salumicuredmeats.com/ )

enjoy!

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Triumph Multisport 206-328-4676, if your looking for high end stuff, there is plenty to drool over in that shop.
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Triumph is good. Sammamish Valley Cycle is not in Seattle proper, but has a lot of nice stuff too, including Assos, Craft, and Castelli, which the some of the other shops don't carry.
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Center Cycle in the Ikea district. Bicycles West just up the street near Tukwila. Bicycles West also has a store in Burien. They usually have great sales in the back of the warehouse.
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I've never had good service at Bicycles West. It seems that if it isn't Trek or Lance Armstrong related, they don't know anything about it. Center Cycle is close to home and Dave the owner hooks me up for being a frequent customer. I wouldn't recommend either as "the shop to go to in Seattle" however.
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Originally Posted by x43x
Sammamish Valley Cycle is not in Seattle proper, but has a lot of nice stuff too, including Assos, Craft, and Castelli, which the some of the other shops don't carry.
+1. Really like that they carry Assos & Castelli so one can try before one buys.
Last time I was there (a couple-three weeks) they were light on jersey inventory and mostly stocked with cold & wet weather gear.
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Originally Posted by richphoto
Triumph Multisport 206-328-4676, if your looking for high end stuff, there is plenty to drool over in that shop.
+1

This is a great recommendation not only because Triumph is a fantastic store but as well because it is next to another great store called "Il Vecchio", which is filled with beautifully restored vintage bicycles (all for sale) and has some hard-to-find euro-brand gear and a very knowlegable and entertaining shopkeeper. Both places are small relative to Gregg's, REI, Sammamish Valley (all great stores) but offer, in my opinion, a much more unique and memorable experience.
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Elliot Bay Bicycles, which is right in Downtown Seattle, a little north of the Pike Place Market and should keep the family occupied.
http://www.elliottbaybicycles.com/

And here's another shout out for Recycled Cycles:

http://www.recycledcycles.com/about.php
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Originally Posted by jeh
tough question.



but if you're going to be here this weekend (10th or 11th), you should check out the bike expo for sure... ( http://www.cascade.org/EandR/expo/index.cfm )

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^^^^Not a shop, but a great event.

Ellot Bay is great....it's Bill Davidson's shop, and you can see his beautiful frames as well
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Greggs greelake. The one on woodlawn. Decent size. Nice selection of low, medium and high end stuff.
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Recycled Cycles - great attitude. I love their staff. They've got plenty of new parts, as well as bins and bins of old parts (clipless pedals for $10, seatposts for $5, forks for $30, etc.)

Gregg's Greenlake cycle is a great shop that I may be getting a job at this spring or summer. They have a huge, huge selection of bikes (Bianchi, Trek, Specialized, Seven, Serotta, a BMC or two, etc.). They can provide any service from fitting to renting, and their mechanics are skilled as well.
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Speedy Reedy, while being somewhat small, has some interesting bikes such as that new Felt TT bike that is actually pretty damned sweet and a bunch of Cervelos. Classic Cycles on Bainbridge Island (which might be too much of a detour for your wife to bear) has a classic bike museum in the back of the shop including a lot of track bikes from the six day races era.
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+1 for recycled cycles near the university.

and okay, gregg's in greenlake is pretty neat, too.
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Originally Posted by Dick Rhee
Speedy Reedy, while being somewhat small, has some interesting bikes such as that new Felt TT bike that is actually pretty damned sweet and a bunch of Cervelos. Classic Cycles on Bainbridge Island (which might be too much of a detour for your wife to bear) has a classic bike museum in the back of the shop including a lot of track bikes from the six day races era.
No offense here, but I can't believe that you'd recommend a shop no bigger than the size of my garage that specializes in TT bikes. If I were recommending one shop in Seattle, particularly for clothes, this would not be it. For clothing, I'd head to Gregg's. For pretty custom steel and Ti frames, check out Davidson's home shop, Elliott Bay Bicycles.
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Originally Posted by greenstork
No offense here, but I can't believe that you'd recommend a shop no bigger than the size of my garage that specializes in TT bikes. If I were recommending one shop in Seattle, particularly for clothes, this would not be it. For clothing, I'd head to Gregg's. For pretty custom steel and Ti frames, check out Davidson's home shop, Elliott Bay Bicycles.
I missed the clothes request part, my bad. Regarding Speedy Reedy, I merely mentioned that they had some interesting bikes available. Gregg's on Greenlake doesn't carry anything that you can't get at any other Trek/Specialized/Pearl Izumi dealer other than an overpriced Seven and one mid-range BMC. You'd almost be better off going to Performance Bike in the U District. I guess I just like the smaller shops for the variety. That being said, Elliott Bay is pretty cool.
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The Classic Cycles collection is incredible and worth seeing if you can make it over there. Otherwise I'd go for Il Vecchio or Elliot Bay. Aaron's in West Seattle also carries a lot of unique stuff - not much in the way of clothing in general but a crazy selection of caps.

If you'll be in town during the expo, that's the place to pick up clothes.
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