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Bike Shops That Are Not Truly Bike Shops

Old 01-30-10, 05:50 PM
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Bike Shops That Are Not Truly Bike Shops

As some will remember from my previous posts, I have a new cycling venture I am working on. I promise to share when things are fully done but for now I just need to do a bit more research.

Specifically, does anyone know of any places that are not true bike shops but where they would still feel comfortable buying bike apparel, accessories, etc.? A good example of what I am looking for is Paragon Sports in NYC. They sell high end merchandise in every category they have (ski, bike, tennis...).

I am interested in places anywhere in the US.

Thanks,

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Sacramento has/had a place called The Rest Stop, but I'm not sure if they're still around.
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North Face & Patagonia ... overpriced gear for wanna be posers ...
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Effinger's in NJ is a long time, traditional sporting goods store that added an in-house bicycle shop when they built their new store. Not much on the web site : https://www.efingersports.com/

Eastern Mtn. Sports has in-store bike shops and is similar to REI.

I've traveled all over the U.S., and bicycle stores are kinda like engineering consulting firms. They really depend on the individuals who are running the specific location. Some Performance stores are great and some are crappy.

To me, anything that ends up too corporate (Trek) ends up being totally uninteresting to people with even a little understanding of the bicycle industry.

At the other end of the scale are shops like https://wheelfineimports.com/, which become so idiosyncratic that they limit their market to mostly high end aficionados.

Then there are stores like https://eddys.com/index.cfm in Ohio that try to run the middle ground between fitness and bicycles. They just end up being the store where everyone buys their first bike, but probably not their second or third.

What is your target market? Selling everyone their first bike would probably work pretty well. Trying to go upscale ends up in a Cadence situation where they have to close their NY store when the economy gets tough and retreat to their Philly location.

Probably easier selling burgers if you're looking for a sustainable business.
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Long ago, believe it or not, Abercrombie & Fitch was that store.
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Dicks sporting goods opened up less than a year ago and I bought a puncture resistant self sealing tube, for a spare, a set of clip on fenders, that don't fit the Allez but hopefully can squeeze on the Sirrus, a bell seat bag and a few tire patches, oh and a bell mini pump. 40 bucks total for all of it. I would also chance a tire change kit from bell from wal-mart wouldn't be too terribly bad.
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I'll second Dick's. The Dick's I am familiar with used to be Galyan's. I bought a sora equipped bike from them 10 years ago and still ride it as my commuter. I stopped by Dick's recently and checked out their bike section. While nothing spectacular, it's still a step above walmart/target/etc. Also, Dick's does sell some shorts and jerseys.
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Originally Posted by FlatSix911
North Face & Patagonia ... overpriced gear for wanna be posers ...
Hmmm...Who would want to be a poser?
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Originally Posted by FlatSix911
North Face & Patagonia ... overpriced gear for wanna be posers ...
mmm...I really like my Patagonia hat. They're sort of not North Face. They're the next level, like Mountain Hardwear. Expensive, but really really functional. most of my stuff is Columbia, though, cause it's cheaper.
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REI or Dick's. Sports orientation is a must.






OR you could compete with Wally World.
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The number of "sporting goods" stores that just sell t-shirts to wannabes is amazing. T-shirt and sneaker stores, who pretend that their customers are athletes, really disgust me. There are a number of store, Dick's being one, that sell general sporting goods to people who are serious about athletics.
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The Rest Stop went out of business. They sold everything but bikes. Which was weird.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Long ago, believe it or not, Abercrombie & Fitch was that store.
I was not aware the A & F ever sold bike, or bike parts. I do know they were originally a maker of high end fy fishing equipment.
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Mountain Equipment Coop in Canada fits your bill. Check out their website.
https://www.mec.ca. Good stuff, reasonable pricing, not totally geeked out unless you're into mountaineering.
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Originally Posted by jschn04
As some will remember from my previous posts, I have a new cycling venture I am working on. I promise to share when things are fully done but for now I just need to do a bit more research.

Specifically, does anyone know of any places that are not true bike shops but where they would still feel comfortable buying bike apparel, accessories, etc.?
A good example of what I am looking for is Paragon Sports in NYC. They sell high end merchandise in every category they have (ski, bike, tennis...).

I am interested in places anywhere in the US.

Thanks,

Jonathan
you're looking to open a place where people can try on high end gear, to check the size, before buying it (guilt free) at a much better price online?
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sierratradingpost.com

that place is awesome, i have found alot of really nice stiff there for very very cheap. Also a great return policy. If you buy there alot and get on the mailing list they are really cheap too. I got a really nice craft winter cycling jacket for 50 shipped, and a couple jerseys and crap shorts for less that 20 a piece
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The Sports Basement in SF Bay Area.
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