Bike Shop

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I plan to buy my first road bike this weekend and am trying to figure out the best shop to go to for knowledge, service, price and quality. I'll be using the bike mainly for triathlons - but a road bike is fine. Any recs?


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Christian Edstrom (not verified)

Performing a search on the message board will get you lots of results, but I'll repeat my standard reply to this question:

The best bike shop in the City is in Tenafly, NJ.

Bicycle Workshop
175 County Road
Tenafly, NJ
(Just past the Friendly's)

They carry Trek, Klein, LeMond, Colnago, Vicious, etc. And they'll fit you well, provide excellent service, and generally treat you right. They're the only bike shop I use, and the only one I can wholeheartedly recommend.

- Christian

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Evan Marks (not verified)
Yeah, and one more thing about Bicycle Workshop...

...they pick up and deliver bikes in Manhattan.

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Banana Guy (not verified)
Sorry, Evan...

but you can't beat 'face-time' with your mechanic.

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Banana Guy (not verified)
Finding a bike shop

"I guess the first question i'd askyou is ""where do you live?""
It is important to build an ongoing relationship with a shop and its mechanics.
Work with your LOCAL BIKE SHOP (LBS) before, during, and after your purchase. If you are honest with them regarding your riding style andgoals, any of the primary shops will work with you to ensure your total satisfaction.
You should be prepared to spend a couple of weeks 'shopping' the bike at your chosen local shop, and a couple more weeks for fitting and fine-tuning. The time spent will be well-invested, and your LBS will support your ongoing experiences.

Unless you'd rather take your bike to NJ when you need service....

Just my worthless opinion"

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Carol (not verified)

Bicycle Habitat is a good shop, but if you don't want to go that far downtown, try Sid's at 34th & 2nd Ave. Better yet, go to the Club meeting on Tuesday and introduce yourself to the guys (and gals) from Sid's who will be doing the program. They'll spend the time with you (as long as you don't go in on a Saturday when they're mobbed) and they'll work with you on getting the right bike for your riding style and the right fit.

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Doug Kalb (not verified)

If this is the area you're in, you'd be unfair to youself if you didn't go to Piermont Bicycle Connection in Tenafly, NJ. It's about 2 blocks from Bicycle Workshop at 4 Washington Street, Tenafly -- across from the train station. Just about everyone knows the other Piermont Bicycle, in Piermont, but the manager at the Tenafly location, Jason, is great. The shop carries many, many brands & also does a lot of custom frames.

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Judith Lamb (not verified)
Recommended Bike Shop

"I highly recommend Bicycle Habitat ""New York's Best Bike Shop"" according to New York Magazine and my personal experience. I did the B-sig today in Central Park and had major problems shifting gears (e.g., chain fell off, wouldn't move to different ring). I couldn't understand why I was constantly having trouble shifting despite the fact I had complained several times to Gotham Bikes about shifting problems. Gotham had done overhauls on my bike twice and had shipped my bike on a couple of occasions.

Today after the B-Sig, I headed over to Bicycle Habitat--the bike store I used before Gotham opened. Miguel, a mechanic, examined my bike and within half an hour informed me that the housing related to my gears was too long which impaired their operation. To make matters worse, the housing wires were crossed--ok for a mountain bike; not for a road bike. Icing on the cake was finding a pair of women's cycling shoes that fit my large, wide feet! I won't be shopping anywhere else."

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Natalia Lincoln (not verified)

I second that -- Bicycle Habitat is great. I bought my first road bike from them and they spent huge amounts of time on me with the bike fit, getting the right parts, exchanging them, teaching me how to clip in/out, etc. Very knowledgeable and gracious people.

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hal eskenazi (not verified)
bike shop

see the nycc web site for this months program meeting and attend. you'll learn a lot.

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Banana Guy (not verified)
Tonite's meeting?(nm)
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