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Old 12-21-07, 06:32 PM
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LBS Central PA

Hi all...can anyone make a suggestion for a good LBS in Central Pennsylvania...I'm looking to buy an entry-level road bike. I'm in the Danville, Bloomsburg, Lewisburg area, but will travel to Harrisburg or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area if need be. Thanks!
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There is a shop somewhere central Pa-maybe Yrk or Harrisbg area called ERA Pro Shop or something like that. i've never been there, but i know they have good rep. Also north of Balt. is Tri-Speed-not too far south of Pa line on I-83.
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Originally Posted by backstroker View Post
Hi all...can anyone make a suggestion for a good LBS in Central Pennsylvania...I'm looking to buy an entry-level road bike. I'm in the Danville, Bloomsburg, Lewisburg area, but will travel to Harrisburg or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area if need be. Thanks!
Go to Cole's bike shop in Carlisle, PA. IT is family owned sister and brother there. Great shop, I use to ride with the owner and sometimes just hang around after the rides.
I've bought loads of kit there and even my daughters bike...

COLE'S BICYCLES
327 North Hanover Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
249-3833
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Monday,Thursday, Friday
9:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Closed Wednesday and Sunday

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Cole's can provide you with many local trail and guide maps for all levels of riders.
North Mountain, South Mountain and Newville are just a few of the surrounding trails to choose from.

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I live about 3 blocks from Coles. I do not go there. Ever.

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I live about 3 blocks from Coles. I do not go there. Ever.

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Old 12-23-07, 11:39 AM
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Well, I suppose everyone has different tastes and needs, but I find the people there to be excruciatingly bad.

To be honest, I not really their ideal customer. They really only want to deal with spiffy new bikes, and I mostly play with older things. I flip old bikes, and I like to build up urban bikes and fixed gears for myself. Hence, I do not expect them to have many old parts for sale. And I do not expect them to fawn all over the $50 I am likely to spend there. But, they have been very insulting to me when I have tried to buy things from them. Plus, it is very, very expensive compared to the other places around here. All I expect from them is to politely explain that they do not have the part I am looking for. I do not expect them to tell me that it is not worth their time to look in the backroom. I do not expect them to refuse to look and see if it can be ordered. I do not expect them to pretend that they know something about the compatability of old drivetrain parts, when clearly they do not. I do not expect them to laugh at me.

No skin off my nose, its not too hard to find someone who wants my money.

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Old 12-23-07, 01:03 PM
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I like World Cup Ski and Cycle in Mechanicsburg:
https://www.worldcupskiandcycle.com/
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Pedal Pusher, on Walnut, in Harrisburg is very good. But, I love Merv's way out in the country about halfway between Carlisle and Shippensburg. Well worth the drive.

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+1 for World Cup.

Another no go for Cole's. They were rude when I took an old K2 mountain bike in for service and told me it wasn't worth it. A local guy did it for $30 and I've ridden it around town for 2 years since. It's perfect for around town needs and $30 is a deal compared to what they tried to sell me.

World Cup provided outstanding service at all price points. They are so busy you may have to wait a bit, but I think that's a good sign of the service they offer. The cost of a "fitting", $80, is well worth the investment you will be making. $40 can be applied to cost of a purchase. Service +++++
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Hop on I-80 and head west to State College. Mt. Nittany Wheelworks and The Bicycle Shoppe are great bike shops. or take the Turnpike west and get off at Breezewood, just off the 'pike is my favorite shop, Fat Jimmy's Outfitters.
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I have dealt with Cole's numerous times. Not had a bad experience yet. Bought my 07 Raleigh Mojave 2.0 there and service after the sale was great. Took advantage of the ability to take bike back for adjustments.

Was just in there the other day to buy a derailleur hanger for said bike. They had it in stock and was very satisfied.

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Old 07-05-08, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by jgedwa View Post
Well, I suppose everyone has different tastes and needs, but I find the people there to be excruciatingly bad.

To be honest, I not really their ideal customer. They really only want to deal with spiffy new bikes, and I mostly play with older things. I flip old bikes, and I like to build up urban bikes and fixed gears for myself. Hence, I do not expect them to have many old parts for sale. And I do not expect them to fawn all over the $50 I am likely to spend there. But, they have been very insulting to me when I have tried to buy things from them. Plus, it is very, very expensive compared to the other places around here. All I expect from them is to politely explain that they do not have the part I am looking for. I do not expect them to tell me that it is not worth their time to look in the backroom. I do not expect them to refuse to look and see if it can be ordered. I do not expect them to pretend that they know something about the compatability of old drivetrain parts, when clearly they do not. I do not expect them to laugh at me.

No skin off my nose, its not too hard to find someone who wants my money.

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My experience with them is exactly the same. The folks that run Coles are cranky ****es. Avoid the place.
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I'd vote for World Cup in Mechanicsburg as well.
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I'd vote for World Cup in Mechanicsburg as well.
I've always received great service from them.
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Beth please explain to these people...I just can't take it anymore.

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Damn, where did all you central Pa-sters come from suddenly?

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Damn, where did all you central Pa-sters come from suddenly?

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I like World Cup and Pedal Pushers. I drove up from MD to have Lee at World Cup fit me to my Cannondale and I am really pleased. #1 shops.
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I second JonnyV. Head into State College. Mt. Nittany Wheelworks is great (www.mtnittanywheelworks.com) and the guys at FreezeThaw are fantastic people and mechanics (www.freezethaw.com). Wheelworks carries Trek, Lemond, IF. FreezeThaw is mostly a recycled shop but they carry new Bianchi, Salsa, and Surly.
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