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Recommendations for LBS in Lower Manhattan??(7 posts)

Recommendations for LBS in Lower Manhattan??Scott B
Nov 28, 2001 12:47 PM
Hey, NYC riders, I live in DC, but have family in NY. My sister (late-40's) lives in the West Village, and loves walking the new multi-use path along the beautifully redone West Side Drive. Now, she's considering getting a bike to use on the path, as is our other sister who lives out in Queens but would ride with her in Manhattan. I know the good shops in the DC area, but am at a loss about NYC. Now, since I'll be doing the shopping with them, I'll almost certainly steer them to hybrid/cruiser bikes (e.g, Trek Women's Navigator 200, Raleigh Women's SC 40, etc.), so we don't need a high end road shop, but I would appreciate recommendations for a place with decent prices and, more importantly, a decent service shop, convenient to the Village. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
a-bikes on west 14th st.dupe
Nov 28, 2001 1:01 PM
top mechanics and genuine staff. if you want it they'll get it. a real family business.

and edlin is the man.

and unlike the rest of manhattan they'll remember you when you come back.

ciao, ben
Gotta agree with Dupe...nigel
Nov 28, 2001 1:25 PM
...unless she doesn't mind heading towards Chambers Street. If she doesn't mind the trip, then Gotham Bikes on West Broadway (one or two blocks north of Chambers Street--gothambikes.com) is an excellent, friendly shop which deals with pro bikes and cruisers/hybrids alike.

A Bicycle Shop (it's actually called that) is at 349 West 14th Street (212-691-6149), which is between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, closer to Ninth. It would surely be closer to your sis's place. Though I'm in the West Village myself, I tend to either go to Gotham or uptown to Toga for higher-end roadie stuff, but ABS is A-Okay for general stuff, and is close enough to your sister to be very convenient for adjustments, purchases, questions, etc. They know their stuff pretty well. Happy shopping.

Cheers,
Nige
Dupe, Nige, thanks very muchScott B
Nov 29, 2001 7:16 AM
My sis lives on W. 12th, so a shop on W. 14th would be SUPER convenient. I'm gonna be back up around Christmas time and will definitely check out both those shops. Thanks again.
My pleasure.nigel
Nov 29, 2001 7:54 AM
A Bicycle Shop would be a five- or ten-minute walk for your sis, depending how west on 12th Street she lives. Can't get much closer than that!

May she find the right bike, and merry Xmas to you both.

Nige
Related questionmickey-mac
Nov 28, 2001 1:35 PM
My sister-in-law lives in Manhattan and is going to buy me a NYC shop jersey for Christmas. Do you NYers have any suggestions for a good shop that puts out a good jersey?

thanks, mike
Gotham Bikes and Toga Bikesnigel
Nov 28, 2001 1:54 PM
Boy Mike,

They both have racing teams, but I don't know (don't THINK) their jerseys are for sale to the general public (a non-team member). They may, however, offer "shop jerseys"; give 'em a call.

Gothambikes.com 212-732-2453
Togabikes.com 212-799-9625

Alternately, Sid's Bike Shop (sidsbikes.com)on East 34th Street is a super shop; plus, they sponsor a great women's racing team (RLX/Polo Sport). They may also have shop jerseys. 212-213-8360.

These are three of the best in the city, and the only three I personally shop at. Nice, knowledgable people and good selections.

(There's a shop called Bicycle Renaissance on the Upper West Side, but I'd strongly suggest that your sis-in-law steer clear of that shop. They don't know what they're talking about, their mechanics can be absolutely INEPT--someone I know had a front tube changed there (don't ask), and after about five miles, it blew right out of his tire because the "mechanic" left a bit of the tube hanging OUT of the rims!! Fortunately, he was carrying it up a flight of stairs--not riding it--when it BLEW loudly. Their Sales staff are snotty as hell and won't take an extra step to find something in-store for a customer. So, in short, AVOID buying anything from them and giving them advertising.)

Best,
Nige