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Best LBS in SF?(12 posts)

Best LBS in SF?Tourist
Apr 24, 2001 7:14 PM
What are th best Bike SHops in San Francisco (SOuth or downtown)?
re: Best LBS in SF?DMoore
Apr 24, 2001 7:32 PM
It's a bit out of town, but Cyclepath in San Mateo is a terrific road shop. The last time I was there (a couple of years ago, now) they had a great collection of road frames, including even (gasp!) a couple of Eisentrauts. They also have a terrific collection of 70s and 80s Italian bikes hanging from the walls.

Take a look: http://cyclepath.com/
Roaring Mouse Cycles...Biking Viking
Apr 24, 2001 8:18 PM
...is run by a regular on the MTBR Passion message board. He posts under the name Slartibartfast. I haven't had the pleasure to visit his shop yet, unfortunately. He just quit his job as an architect to pursue a life-long dream of owning his own LBS - I'm sure he'll give you wonderful service.

The address is: 1352 Irving

Map here.
Roaring Mouse Cycles...MeDotOrg
Apr 25, 2001 6:03 AM
I live right around the corner from this guy (9th and Judah) I rode by the other day and there was a GRAND OPENING banner there. (Used to be another cycle shop) - I'll have to check it out.
Close...Charlie America
Apr 25, 2001 7:49 AM
It's 16th and Irvine.

Go see the balding Brit in the back (Chris by name) and he'll hook you up.

CA
dont trust mostishmael
Apr 25, 2001 6:23 AM
the only one i trust to be truly helpfull( let you use there pump and have tools for customers and give honest advice)is valencia cyclery....there are too many attitudes at many of the others...always trying to sell..it comes down to the personalities of the sales staff for me..american is ok...never ever go to velo cyclery, biggest asshoole know it alls ive ever met
re: Best LBS in SF?MeDotOrg
Apr 25, 2001 6:41 AM
On little out-of-the-way place I HIGLY recommend is The Freewheel at 1920 Hayes Street (at Ashbury). I started going there in the early 80's. They have bike stands and tools: for $25 annual fee you can work on your own bike there. They also do repairs at reasonable prices. They don't jerk you around, and also have bicycle training classes.

Check out their web site:

http://www.freewheelsf.com/hayesst.html

While I agree with the previous poster that American Cyclery is a fine shop (I bought my Bianchi there) I also suggest you check out The Bike Nook at 3004 Taraval. It's the kind of shop where they have more frames hanging from the ceiling than built bikes on the floor. This isn't the place to go for a 7-speed city cruiser, these guys LOVE bicycles.
i second the freewheel except only at that locationishmael
Apr 25, 2001 8:16 AM
that is a great place...but i would walk the extra two blocks to pass the other freewheel store on valencia to go to valencia cyclery because of freewheel owner..i dont like him for my own very good reasons and he sold my girlfriend the wrong size bike, ofcourse they didnt have her size and they also tried to screw me on a repair...they also over charge at that location..
i second the freewheel except only at that locationMeDotOrg
Apr 25, 2001 5:28 PM
I had a similar experience. I wanted to buy from the Valencia store, because I did so much business over on Hayes Street. But the guys at the Valencia Store wouldn't give me the time of day. It was like they weren't interested in selling me a bicycle and couldn't wait to get back to whatever it was they were doing. That's when I went to American Cyclery...
Bike Nook and American Cyclery (nm)Hank
Apr 25, 2001 2:33 PM
nm
Thanks!Tourist (Erap Estrada)
Apr 25, 2001 10:33 PM
Thanks for the advice! I will try to visit Freewheel tomorrow or on Friday.
wait that may not be what you wantishmael
Apr 26, 2001 11:45 AM
they do advice and repairs..they dont sell much you would want..if you want fancy bikes go to the bike nook or lombardia sports