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Old 07-18-11, 09:34 PM
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Who is the "best" Shimano mechanic in SFV/west SGV?

Are we allowed to seek recommendations of the "best" bike shop in the area?

If we are ... who is the "best" Shimano mechanic in the San Fernando Valley or western San Gabriel Valley? Or, the "best" shop. Someone who really knows and understands Ultegra triple shifters and front dérailleurs.

The last piece of the puzzle in converting my bike to full Ultegra is the shifters. A shop in Pasadena (which shall remain nameless) insists that the shifters I gave them to install are for a double, not a triple, (box the shifters came in indicate that they are for a triple). I need a competent mechanic that can verify that my shifter is indeed a triple, then install/adjust the silly thing. (No thank you, I don't really want to go with a compact double. I have that on my other bike, and like it just fine. I want to keep a triple on this bike ... my hill climbing bike.)

Thanks for any help you can offer.
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Here's details on the shimano site: tech docs

6700 is double
6703 is triple

It's probably marked somewhere on the left lever.

Where did the levers come from?
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^^^

Thanks. Box is marked "ST-6703", which is what I ordered. When I pick up the bike tomorrow, I'll inspect for any markings on the shifter.

Still would like to establish a good, working relationship with a competent Shimano mechanic in the area; so am seeking recommendations.
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I've done all my own wrenching for a long time. I can do most stuff in less time than it takes to drop it off and pick it up, let alone the time in the queue. Budget pro has historically been good-- they're one of the few shops in the area that had tools for at least minor frame work (milling fork crowns, facing/chasing tubes/threads), though I'd probably get Megan at Mothattack to do that stuff these days.
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I've done all my own wrenching for a long time. I can do most stuff in less time than it takes to drop it off and pick it up, let alone the time in the queue. Budget pro has historically been good-- they're one of the few shops in the area that had tools for at least minor frame work (milling fork crowns, facing/chasing tubes/threads), though I'd probably get Megan at Mothattack to do that stuff these days.
Yelp gives Budget Pro good reviews, (with a few poor ones, but mostly very good). Convenient location for me too. Where is Mothattack?
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Across the street from the bike kitchen at Heliotrope and Melrose. You'd have to make an appointment-- she's primarily a frame builder.
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Not quite in the valley but worth the few extra minutes drive, give Brian a call at Bicycle John's in Agoura Hills. He will get you squared away.
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Not quite in the valley but worth the few extra minutes drive, give Brian a call at Bicycle John's in Agoura Hills. He will get you squared away.
Thanks. I used that bicycle shop behind In-n-Out in Newbury Park once. Got fitted by them and they fixed up my Kestrel. Agoura Hills is not too far out of the way to check out.
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Regarding the shifters, does it shift up once and down once, or up two times and down two times. The 105 shifter on my triple is labeled ST-5600, so the number stamped under the hood is not always a clear answer.
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Regarding the shifters, does it shift up once and down once, or up two times and down two times. The 105 shifter on my triple is labeled ST-5600, so the number stamped under the hood is not always a clear answer.
Went to the shop. Definitely a ST-6700 left shifter. Wrong part put in the box. Shop says that it happens every so often. Correct part of order. Thanks all for the info and help.
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I really like Mike at Bicycle Johns in Northridge. I take all my business to him. He also builds excellent wheels (I'm a clyde & very demanding on wheels!).

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