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San Fran and Seattle bike shops

Old 08-01-06, 02:41 PM
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San Fran and Seattle bike shops

I'm going to be in SF and Seattle in a month or so, only for a few days, and I want to make the most of it. I've spent some time in Seattle before so I know a few good shops, but SF is new to me. Anywhere I should check out? Especially fixed-friendly shops of course, but roadie and MTB stuff is fun too
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Old 08-01-06, 03:23 PM
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there are 5 shops near each other. 4 of them are on stanyon by the haight ashbury area. everyones fave is freewheel on haves which is five blocks from the others on hayes and ashbury. enjoy sf!
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i like that SF's fave fixie store is called Freewheel
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Old 08-01-06, 04:16 PM
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well the shop predates the popularity of track bikes, so I guess it just sorta happened that way. i think its pretty funny, too, though.

american's been dealing with fixed gear stuff the longest.

montanovelo in oakland is another shop to check out if you have time to cross the bay.
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New shops have been springing up in Seattle so depending upon the last time you were here there may be something new to see...

20-20 Cycles is the ****.. my favorite and very new
Counterbalance is good stuff
The Re-Load store that is here has expanded into offering other vendors including Cadence clothing and is certainly worth a look
Velo = **** those guys
Recycled = **** those guys
And then there is the amazing PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS!!! **** YES!!!

I'm sure there are other shops but... its 8:28am
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Where are 20-20 and Counterbalance?

I found a place in Freemont last time I was over, called Fat Frog or something, they had some Nitto bars and a few cool vintage bikes if you like that sort of thing.
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There are no good bike shops in Seattle. Bicycles should only be purchased when you're at xMart getting potting soil and a lamp.
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Seattle shops

I use Velo (11th & Pine) for 98% of my needs. The lead wrench is Mike and he's GREAT! They never sell or push crap I don't need. Velo is in Capitol Hill.

Counterbalance (Queen Anne & Roy St) is popular with a lot of fixed gear guys. Counterbalance is on the southside of Queen Anne Hill.
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American Cyclery in SF. The best and very classy. 510 Frederick Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 or even better 858 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
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A guy moved to my college town from SF and his LBS was American Cyclery (I could tell because of the return address on the bike he mailed to us). I noted that his LBS went from one of the most well known in the world to microscopic.
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20/20 is at 2020 Union.. Basically get on union at capitol hill and roll for 5 minutes.

I have never had worse experiences than at Velo. Granted clearly (above) others don't feel the same way.
But, really think about it.. A shop should be good to everyone, not just people who know people..
They are just plane ****ing rude the times I have been in there.
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I was in seattle last weekend and hit up a few of the stores mentioned above... my impressions (based on the 5-30mins spent in each looking around) fwiw...

counterbalance - best track/fixed selection i saw. the wrench/owner/whoever in there was really friendly and helpful (even though I was honest about the fact that i was only in town for a the weekend).

velo - meh... they had a bunch of the standard stuff (both fixed and not)... i didnt talk to anyone but one of the attendants so i cant comment too much but i didnt get the same personal shop vibe that i enjoy at LBSs.

play it again sports - stumbled on this when i was on my way across town to counterbalance. im sure there are deals to be found here, just not while i was there.

20-20 - wish i'd known about it as i was pretty close at one point. sounds interesting...
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