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Old 07-20-15, 09:38 AM
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looking for a bike shop in/near Dallas

Hey guys, HIYA!

New to the forums, new to cycling, trying to get more active and change my life.

I'm looking for a shop in near the Dallas area, I have already bought my new bike, ordered a large heavy Worksman retro cruiser 3 speed, I understand the bikes limitations as well as my own at this point. I'm a super clyde at 365 so " affordable " options that would support my substantial girth were few and far between.

I'm pretty new to cycling, have not been on a bike in 30 years, I'm looking for a shop I can call home. I made the mistake of stepping into a shop prior to doing any research and was swarmed by 3 salesmen who were all 3 together less weight than I am....they were dead set on selling me a 3000.00 bike and had no intention of listening to me or helping me in any way....left a bad taste in the mouth.

I'd like a shop, one that won't try and sell an ultralight carbon fiber road bike to someone my size just cause it makes for a good payday. I want someone interested in me as a customer and not in me as a source of cash cause I'm clearly under educated about the product and seeking advice. I need a place I can take rims to be trued without having to fight off the dogs trying to tell me my stuff is junked and the only way I'll ever ride again is on these new 1000.00 rims....

Do you guys have any suggestions for a shop with a knowledgeable staff NOT working off commission? ..... someone who can help me with technical issues too complex for a new rider without every aspect of the conversation turning into a sales pitch for something costing more than I make every 2 weeks?

sorry, I don't know how else to ask, my first experience has definitely left a bad taste in my mouth, but I still understand that I'm going to NEED professional help from time to time at least till I get more knowledgeable.

I read so many posts from up north where there is seemingly a more developed cyclist culture and everyone talks about their LBS almost with reverence as a safe place to go when things get too bad to weather on your own....do we have that shop?

I live 60 miles outside of Dallas so any decent shop is going to be a drive, with so many options, who do YOU guys use?

Thanks so much!

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Old 07-20-15, 10:41 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

Sixty miles, in which direction? The greater DFW area is bigger than some states! Posting this will narrow the scope of the search in a helpful way. (I am not in the Dallas area, but a parallel situation exists here, in the Houston-Galveston area; one might as well ask about a good bike shop in New England.)
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Old 07-20-15, 01:40 PM
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good point LOL.... I'm actually East of Dallas straight down I-30. When I come into Dallas its via Rockwall, Garland, Mesquite, past 635 and on up into downtown....

However, it is equally easy for me to take 380 in, passing thru Princeton, McKinney, Allen, Plano, Richardson and on up 75

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OK, that is helpful, as I have been to Richardson Bike Mart, and found them to be very helpful, with no pressure, though I was only looking at clothing and accessories, not whole bikes, and that was several years ago, so there have probably been staffing changes since then. This is just a start; I hope DFW-area cyclists will soon reply.
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As Rex G said, there is Richardson Bike Mart. Their big location is in Richardson (Duh!) west of 75 on Campbell. (Campbell and Coit) They have a huge selection of everything. They also have a smaller location near the Arboretum / White Rock Lake on Garland Rd. A bit more north on 75 there's a Performance Bike at 75 and Spring Creek--it's on the east side of 75. There is Don Johles Bike World on Broadway in Garland a mile or two north of I-30. I have never been there and couldn't promise it is still open but it might be worth a shot since it is more or less on your way into town. (Just resist the urge to stop by Taco Casa as you drive up Broadway! When trying to lose weight, they are LESS than helpful! Tasty, but not helpful.) There is an REI at 75 and Northwest Highway that has a somewhat small'ish bike section but I have found them to be very helpful and you can always get stuff shipped to the store. A little more east on Northwest Highway, just a little bit off of the White Rock Lake trail is Dallas Bike Works at NWH and Lawther. It's on the smaller size but still has a decent selection.

It all depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for supplies/accesories then any of these would be fine. If you are wanting a bike then I would say start out at the main RBM--they will have the biggest selection. If you are going to buy some big-ticket items then Performance or REI might be better options since they both have memberships that give you money back based on how much you spend.

(By the way, you don't have to limit yourself to only bikes made from industrial strength, solid steel girders and rims with cast iron spokes. Take a trip over to the Clydesdale forum and lurk around. You will see all kinds of folks riding bikes you wouldn't think they could. You don't even have to ask for bike suggestions. About 5 times a day someone new posts a new thread asking "What kind of bike should I buy?")

I have been to all of these stores at one point or another (except for Don Johles) and have not had a bad experience. I started out at the main RBM when I bought my first bike. I was ~300 and way happy with how I was treated. As is to be expected, some employees of each are better than others. Some I have liked a lot and others not as much. I have NEVER felt like anyone looked down on me. There are too many other options out there to tolerate rude/disrespectful shops.
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Thanks guys! I'll give RBS a shot this weekend and report back.

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Old 07-23-15, 08:08 PM
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I am in Plano and personally like bicycles plus in Allen and the performance bike in Plano. I have never felt pressured at those stores, love Richardson bike mart as well but go to the ones mentioned because they are closer to me. If you have questions shoot a pm my way and i will help as much as possible, you can also post through out the forums and im sure everyone will be glad to help.

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i've been to a few in dallas. my favorite 2 are dallas bike works (near white rock lake), and transit bicycle company on greenville. runner up to those is plano cycling and fitness.
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Shops I've used:
Don Johle's Bike World, on Broadway (Beltline) in Garland, a half mile or so off of I-30. They deal with a wide range of bikes, not just road bikes. That's where I bought my Sojourn and they do most of the work on it.
Plano Cycling and Fitness in Plano- more geared towards road bikes, etc.
Texoma Bicycle in Sherman- They deal with a wide range of bikes. That's where I bought my tandem.
There's a pretty decent bike shop in Rockwall, but I've not really used it for anything. I've shopped some at Bicycles Inc and Richardson Bike Mart, but haven't used their services any.
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