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Old 07-06-10, 09:22 AM
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Looking for a good LBS in KCMO

Hey - was going to post this somewhere in the regional forums, but not sure if Kansas City falls in Plains or Great Lakes. I'm going to be in KCMO for a few months for work, and want to have one of my bikes with me. I'm tentatively planning on being done with my work there around Labor Day, then riding back at least to St Louis, but maybe all the way to Chicago.

My issue is that my trusty Bridgestone T-500 just got back from a trip from Chicago to Detroit, and is in need of some love. I am busy with preparations to leave town, and once I land in KC I don't see any point where I'll have much time to work on the bike (not to mention that most of my tools/gear will be at home in Chicago). My thought is to find a good LBS in KC, ship my bike there, and have them give it a full tune-up and check out. Might need a new headset, definitely need to re-pack the hubs, etc.

So the question is: anyone know a good, dependable LBS in the Kansas City metro? Does this seem like a stupid idea? Should I get the work done at a shop that I know and trust in Chicago and then ship the bike from there?
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Old 07-07-10, 12:12 PM
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KC is a big are- apporx 30 miles across. There are many good shops around here. I live in the east side bicycle shack is on good one that I have had great luck with service. I am sure there are many others depending on where you will be staying.
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I bet ACME Bicycles would be happy to work on a nice old Bridgestone: http://www.acmebicyclecompany.com/
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I can't believe there is a thread on this, I was just goingto post in regional with the same question, I had the same problem, not sure which region KC would fall under.

Anyway I'm asking on behalf of a friend, new to cycling and needs a dedicated bike shop to help him out with learning the ropes of recreational cycling, fenders, tune ups brake adjustments the like. I browsed shops close to him and came up with.

http://www.familybicycleskc.com/

If anyone knows anything about this store I would appreciate a review, seems to be as much an advocacy for transportation cycling as a store.

my apologizes to the OP for horning in on his thread
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Thanks for the replies. Acme looked promising, but seems like they have closed up shop (if I'm wrong, please let me know!). I've decided that I'll just take the bike to a local shop that I know and trust, and have them ship it to me at the hotel I'm staying at. Bicycle Shack and Family Bicycles look like good options, and I'll keep them in mind if I need any in-town repairs (will barely have enough time to ride, I think anything that takes me more than 15 minutes will have to go to a shop).

Now to hijack my own thread - any advice or good routes to get from KC to the Katy Trail? When I'm done with work here I probably won't have had much time to train, and will be worn out, so I'd like to ease into a trip across Missouri.
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Originally Posted by threecarjam View Post
Acme looked promising, but seems like they have closed up shop
Acme was a great shop, but yes, they're sadly out of business. Not familiar with Family Bikes. There are several good shops around - just Google "Kansas City Bicycle Shops".

FWIW, I've never been in Waldo Bike Shop, but I've heard they can be a bit cranky (no pun intended), and most people I know avoid them. All the other top Google hits have good reputations AFAIK.
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Old 07-08-10, 09:00 PM
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http://www.turnersbikes.com/

Located in Overland Park, KS. I can't say enough good things about them.

KC is in the Great Plains.
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