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How many bike shops do you frequent?

Old 06-26-13, 08:18 PM
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How many bike shops do you frequent?

I use about 4 different shops on a regular basis depending on where I am riding and what I need. I actually bought my bike at a fifth shop that I haven't been to since.

It seems like most people on the board only use one shop, and I'm wondering if I'm an anomaly or not.
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Old 06-26-13, 09:06 PM
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I always visit one of two LBS first before I visit the other because of how much the former gives back to the cycling community. Free BBQs, free snacks after group rides, free clinics etc etc
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Old 06-26-13, 09:13 PM
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I volunteer at one and get discounts, another one i drop by once in a while and i work at the performance bicycle shop one in mountainview.
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Old 06-26-13, 09:13 PM
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I visit four - three where I've bought bikes plus a local Performance that's very close.
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I work part-time at two, and will volunteer at my local co-op to help teach classes. I frequent one of the shops most when I'm getting parts, because I get a very, very nie discount, the other when I want to get work done, because they let us in after-hours to get personal work done, and the Co-op because I get to help teach, and that's what I really love doing.
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I frequent just one shop, because there's only one decent shop nearby. I'd imagine the same goes for a lot of us who don't live in major metro areas.
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Two, plus Performance (which I don't consider an LBS). The two are American Cyclery on Stanyan at Frederick, and The Freewheel on Valencia near 20th.
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I go to one LBS near my work that has great service and is run by a guy who knows his stuff inside and out and sponsors a local team. They've done a great job straightening out a couple of wheels for me, and because I ride with coworkers, they're my emergency stop if I find out I haven't brought something this morning.

I'm not wild about the ones in town where I live, but a couple of the ones up the valley are really good. I once had a spoke snap on me 20 miles from home, but a half mile from one of the upvalley shops; they happened to not be busy and were able to hook me up and seem on my way within 20 minutes of pulling up. I bought a saddlebag while I was in there, and still ride with it to this day.
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Old 06-27-13, 12:06 AM
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I like three bike shops, all near my home, in mid-town L.A.

First, there's Sound Cycles, a hole-in-the-wall shop that has a lot of vintage frames hanging off the ceiling; I bought one of them a few years ago. The shop is on Pico Blvd.

A few blocks to the east, and open from Wednesday through Sunday, is Mike's bike shop. He carries vintage and faux vintage bikes, and has a knowledgeable staff, including the mechanics. Mike also specializes in skateboards.

A few miles west, again on Pico, is the new location for the Beverly Hills Bike Shop (it's actually in West L. A.). This is my favorite shop. It's medium/large in size, and as far as prices go, there's something for everyone. The inventory includes many high end bikes. The staff is terrific - they can work fast and they can fix anything. I'm a long time customer and I'm recognized as such.

I Martin Imports, part of the Helen's Cycles chain, is close to my home, too. They have a lot of great bikes and clothing and accessories. The mechanics are fine. I find them overpriced although, I suppose if I spent enough time there and made friends, I'd earn a discount now and then.
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It's really just two for me, one for parts and service, which is Tree Fort in Ypsilanti, and Performance here in Ann Arbor, which is my main source for clothing and nutrition.

If I can't get what I need those places, it's off to the internet, since the other local shops are, as primarily big brand outlets, unlikely to have the generally more esoteric stuff I'm after.
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About a dozen. There are LOTS of good shops in Portland. Which one I go to depends on what I need/want.
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If there's a bicycle shop in the town we happen to be in, we might visit it. And if it has something we want to purchase, we'll get it.

I've lost count of the number of bicycle shops where we've purchased things in Canada, USA, Australia, and Europe as we've travelled in various parts of the world.

And since I started cycling "seriously" (avidly) 23 years ago, I've lived in 5 different areas, each with their own selection of bicycle shops located locally (within a 150 km radius of where I live).

I'm definitely not a 1 LBS woman.

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Old 06-27-13, 03:41 AM
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None. I buy stuff online. (i am "that guy")
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Within a 4 - 20 mile radius from home or work:

Performance Bike Shops: 2
REI: 2
Other LBSs: 5

I visit the closest LBS to home and the one closest to work the most frequently.
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I frequent two. One is where I purchase bikes & get service. The other has a great inventory of accessories and parts.
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Over the years, I have bought bikes from 4 different bike shops, though these days, I mostly do business with just two. That being said, I will stop by just about any bike shop that crosses my path.

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I generally confine my shopping to two shops: The one that currently sponsors my team and the one that sponsors my previous team but still gives me the same discounts.
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I use 8 or so, depending on what I need.

1&2)Performance and REI have surprisingly excelent knowledge of cheap fixes on old bikes and are easy to pickup parts for home repair
3) is commuter and cyclocross specific and is a bit more hipster, super cool guys
4) local frame and wheel builder, this guy get most of my money
5) local coop, alway feel odd rolling a $4,000 bike in.
6) Specialized/Bianci dealer. closest place I hate the shop but love the bikes they cary.
7) Local Atlanta multi shop place(trek, cannondale, cervelo, Willier etc) I wish I like their bikes more.
8) club sponsor -tri specific and super high end, so I dont go often

I actually visit a few more that are near group rides meeting places to buy gels and tubes etc, but are just not convenient to stop by more regularly.
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I used all three LBS for several years but I fear that it will be two very soon. My main LBS is where I purchased my bike and the majority of things now, they are doing well it seems, bikes are definitely being purchased and they carry and sell a wide selection of parts, accessories and consumables that sell well, fortunately . One of the other two is apparently going down hill quickly, they quietly closed a store they had just opened a few months prior and they no longer carry Trek or the other small Trek associated bike makes. They tried a coffee bar in the newest location that closed up and now are incorporating this in one of their other stores, I have yet to see someone buying or drinking coffee there. Their shelf stock is poor at best, I received a well intended gift card for them last Christmas that I gave up on since they had nothing at any location I could use and their employees had very little cycling knowledge, strangely.

The third is the high end Bianchi shop for the area, seem to be doing alright although, I understand they recently changed owners, I do shop there on occasion, kind of pricey but nice folks when I have used them for a purchase. They are sponsirs for our club, as is my main LBS and, they are ride sponsors on a regular basis. Hopefully they will stay in good shape. I don't get in to much discussion about the business health of the shops, save my regular shop, it just isn't anything I talk about much, I can only go by what I see when I visit and what other riders in the area say. Its a strange market here so I won't venture a guess as to what is happening with them or any potential new shops. A Dick's Sporting Goods opened last Friday but I doubt I will visit them anytime soon since they are in a mall.

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I used all three LBS for several years but I fear that it will be two very soon. My main LBS is where I purchased my bike and the majority of things now, they are doing well it seems, bikes are definitely being purchased and they carry and sell a wide selection of parts, accessories and consumables that sell well, fortunately . One of the other two is apparently going down hill quickly, they quietly closed a store they had just opened a few months prior and they no longer carry Trek or the other small Trek associated bike makes. They tried a coffee bar in the newest location that closed up and now are incorporating this in one of their other stores, I have yet to see someone buying or drinking coffee there. Their shelf stock is poor at best, I received a well intended gift card for them last Christmas that I gave up on since they had nothing at any location I could use and their employees had very little cycling knowledge, strangely.

The third is the high end Bianchi shop for the area, seem to be doing alright although, I understand they recently changed owners, I do shop there on occasion, kind of pricey but nice folks when I have used them for a purchase. They are sponsirs for our club, as is my main LBS and, they are ride sponsors on a regular basis. Hopefully they will stay in good shape. I don't get in to much discussion about the business health of the shops, save my regular shop, it just isn't anything I talk about much, I can only go by what I see when I visit and what other riders in the area say. Its a strange market here so I won't venture a guess as to what is happening with them or any potential new shops. A Dick's Sporting Goods opened last Friday but I doubt I will visit them anytime soon since they are in a mall.

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My wife mentioned to me the other day that Dick's was having a big sale on cycling apparel so I stopped by yesterday. I needn't have bothered. Their house brand of apparel, Nishiki, is poor quality and overpriced. I have gotten better quality and better deals on apparel and accessories at my LBS, and Nashbar.
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We've only got 4 shops (5 if you count a big sporting good store that carry's a decent selection of Trek/Bontrager stuff) in the area. 4 of the five are worth stopping in on occasion, but I like to support the closest shop the most. It's my favorite shop and I want them to stick around. I only really visit the others if the main shop doesn't carry a brand I'm interested in. If I lived somewhere that had more shops, I'm sure I'd visit more shops, but I'm guessing I'd still have a primary shop "where everybody knows your name... and they're always glad you came"
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I rarely, if ever, step into an LBS anymore...I have all the gear I need for all types of riding and 3 bikes....also have a local guy who works on my bike as needed out of his basemetn, has 3 kids, not a great job and could use the extra $$$. I usually hit the LBS if it's an emergency repair, etc.

There are at least 5-6 LBS close to my house or work that I could go to...all are locally owned and have great service.....biking is really picking up steam here.
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My wife mentioned to me the other day that Dick's was having a big sale on cycling apparel so I stopped by yesterday. I needn't have bothered. Their house brand of apparel, Nishiki, is poor quality and overpriced. I have gotten better quality and better deals on apparel and accessories at my LBS, and Nashbar.
I've purchased two bike related things at Dicks, each time with a store credit/cash card. Once I won the church picnic closest [golf] chip contest and received a $50 gift card. Score! Purchased PI shorts for the cost of tax. (I'm not a golfer, ironically)

The second was a spoke wrench for $5 when my wife returned some ping pong balls or somesuch. Decent enough wrench, slotted annular, for three different nipple sizes.
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I frequent just one shop, because there's only one decent shop nearby. I'd imagine the same goes for a lot of us who don't live in major metro areas.
^^This My LBS is 70 miles away.
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I still am looking around for a LBS with a decent mechanic.
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