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Good Philly shop to get fitted/measured?

Old 11-09-08, 02:57 PM
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Good Philly shop to get fitted/measured?

Hey all, I'm living in center city Philly and looking to get my first ss roadbike, but I've no idea what size frame I should be looking at. Does anyone know of a good place to get fitted and find out what frame size I should be riding? FYI I'll likely be buying my eventual bike online, but I'll let whoever does the fitting know this fact straightaway and of course pay the fee for fitment.
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Old 11-09-08, 03:45 PM
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Local shops can offer tips and advice and you might end up with some freebie tune ups or wheel trueing with a local shop, but if your buying it online you still might want to bring it to them to have them set it up properly with what they measured in terms of handlebar and seat adjustments and possibly installing any parts if it doesnt come with everything assembled.

https://www.awwbs.com

They arent in center city, but they are in Abington and I have gotten some things repaired/adjusted there. I havent been fitted there (or anywhere actually), but they are nice, friendly, and easy to work with.
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Trophy Bikes, Bicycle Therapy, and Performance all offer pro fittings. They are the race-oriented (and more likely to have someone good at fitting) and all sell track bikes/SS too.
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Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
Trophy Bikes, Bicycle Therapy, and Performance all offer pro fittings. They are the race-oriented (and more likely to have someone good at fitting) and all sell track bikes/SS too.
Be careful of the Performance on Columbus BLVD, although most are good guys/girls theres one wrench thats a real *******, he sold my buddy a bike that was lower end (I wasnt there at the time) we took it back when he started having problems with the crank (which was immediately) the guy says,"What do you expect with that cheap Huffy crank?" to which I yelled,"You tell us *******! Not only did you sell it to him but you also forgot to mention that it had a cheap Huffy crank! Why didnt you mention that **** anytime during the sale?" the whole thing didnt go over well (for them) in a store full of customers
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Old 11-09-08, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
Trophy Bikes, Bicycle Therapy, and Performance all offer pro fittings. They are the race-oriented (and more likely to have someone good at fitting) and all sell track bikes/SS too.
I'm not a huge fan of trophy bikes, I find their customer-service to be pretty meh, their prices to be overinflated for basic tune-up/parts and some of their work (or at least the one mechanic I dealt with) to be questionable. I had the headset on my girlfriend's bike "adjusted" by them, and I was certainly charged for it, but less than two weeks later it was rocking around like mad and I had to redo it myself. They also put the chain on, but left the axle all the way in the dropout, resulting in a loose chain.

There's also Bikeline over at 1027 Arch St, which might be closer to you, and while some of their guys are a bit pushy, their prices are more reasonable. I'm pretty sure they do fittings, especially since they stock a lot of higher end stuff (i.e. the Black OCLV Trek Madone 2.0).
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Originally Posted by rrooster View Post
I'm not a huge fan of trophy bikes, I find their customer-service to be pretty meh, their prices to be overinflated for basic tune-up/parts and some of their work (or at least the one mechanic I dealt with) to be questionable. I had the headset on my girlfriend's bike "adjusted" by them, and I was certainly charged for it, but less than two weeks later it was rocking around like mad and I had to redo it myself. They also put the chain on, but left the axle all the way in the dropout, resulting in a loose chain.

There's also Bikeline over at 1027 Arch St, which might be closer to you, and while some of their guys are a bit pushy, their prices are more reasonable. I'm pretty sure they do fittings, especially since they stock a lot of higher end stuff (i.e. the Black OCLV Trek Madone 2.0).
trophy on walnut or trophy garage on 2nd?

trophy bike garage staff is hands down one of the best in the city for all around knowledge and skill. peter knows everything. eric can fix anything.

trophy on walnut is scary just because of mcget, but they know their **** and nothing is more expensive than anywhere else in the city.

to respond to the OP, DONT GET A BIKE ONLINE. someone in the city will be able to order you whatever you want, and you'll make up for the cost differential in freebee tune-ups. only a dick buys a bike online when they can get one from real people.
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to respond to the OP, DONT GET A BIKE ONLINE. someone in the city will be able to order you whatever you want, and you'll make up for the cost differential in freebee tune-ups. only a dick buys a bike online when they can get one from real people.

I see where you're coming from, but in this case I really think online is my best bet. I'm interested in the Motobecaine Messenger, and of the shops I've been to so far some strictly don't carry it, while others want far more than I'm willing to pay for it. At this point I'm a hobby cyclist -- looking to get back into the sport for fitness and urban transport -- and I want to get a bike rather quickly before the weather gets lousy. My budget is limited and I don't need Tour de France quality components. The combination of all of these factors has led me to go the online route.

Believe me, I much prefer dealing with real people, but so far I've not run into any shops (chain or independent) that can supply what I'm looking for. If/when I get more serious about cycling, you can bet your seatpost I'll be sticking with real-people purchasing.
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go to elite. 22nd and south.
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Cadence Cycles in Manayunk does pro fittings for road and triathletes.
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You could try Bell's Bike Shop. They build a lot of FG/SS bikes. They are on Passyunk just south of Wharton.
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Originally Posted by lattanzio View Post
trophy on walnut or trophy garage on 2nd?

trophy bike garage staff is hands down one of the best in the city for all around knowledge and skill. peter knows everything. eric can fix anything.

trophy on walnut is scary just because of mcget, but they know their **** and nothing is more expensive than anywhere else in the city.

to respond to the OP, DONT GET A BIKE ONLINE. someone in the city will be able to order you whatever you want, and you'll make up for the cost differential in freebee tune-ups. only a dick buys a bike online when they can get one from real people.
Trophy on Walnut. The same services that they provided at the shop I usually go to (Dr. Cycles at 36th and Lancaster) were about 10-20% more. Admittedly, his shop is much smaller and not nearly as well stocked, but I've never had a problem with his work.

BTW, I bought the Messenger, so I guess I'm a dick? I dunno, I try not to be. It's a decent bike for the money. My next bike I'll have more stuff sourced through him, though.
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Originally Posted by timothyday View Post
You could try Bell's Bike Shop. They build a lot of FG/SS bikes. They are on Passyunk just south of Wharton.
I know a guy who got a Pake built up by them, looked good.
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