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Visiting Bike Shops in Europe(13 posts)

Visiting Bike Shops in Europeheldveld
Oct 6, 2002 8:55 PM
I am going to Europe in a couple of weeks. Anyone who's been there have any suggestions of good bike shops to visit? I am going to be in London, Amsterdam, Venice and Paris.
best road bike store in LondonMJ
Oct 7, 2002 2:29 AM
the website isn't too good but the store is - it's a ten minute walk from Holborn tube station

Evans and Cycle Surgery (both in Central London) are both good for mtb's - but have little specialist road or cross knowledge
best road bike store in Londonscruffyduncan
Oct 7, 2002 2:55 AM
closer to chancery lane tube, but I'd second the recomendation. I have a £100 credit note from them burning a hole in my pocket, I feel a lunchtime visit coming on.
Whaaat!!! No way!Eager Beagle
Oct 7, 2002 4:29 AM
What about Halfords man? Great gear and prices, expert advice from staff as old as 17, top brands, novelty handlebar bells, non-stainess steel wheels, some approaching circularity, Donald-the-duck airhorn free with every 35lb bike over £1500 - need I go on?

Yeah, well, either them or Condor...
best road bike store in LondonMJ
Oct 7, 2002 4:54 AM
how was your leaves ride?

Eager Beagle and I took the ferry to Cherbourg on Friday night from Portsmouth - rode from Cherbourg to Coutance up to St Lo on Saturday - Sunday up through Bayeux to Arromanche and along the coast to Ouistreham - great food, perfect roads, considerate drivers and a good weekend - cheaper than a weekend in London

the only down side was coming back to Blighty to face the astonishing incompetence and institutional fukwittery of the British train system...
best road bike store in Londonscruffyduncan
Oct 7, 2002 7:38 AM
the ride of the falling leaves was tougher than I thought, I've lost alot of fitness in the last 6 weeks. Not helped by a high speed stretch trying to stay with somone obviously stronger than myself. Great weather, pretty scenery, good cause. All in all positive.

France sounds excellent, do you do that often?.
that was my first weekend jauntMJ
Oct 7, 2002 8:28 AM
to France on the bike but it's so easy, cheap and doable I expect there may be a regular trip in there somewhere - I feel stupid for not having done it sooner... it's so close - and (unsurprisingly) the riding is superior to SE England

EB and I both brought Camelbacks and one night's worth of clothes on a seat post rack (they hold 7kilos/15pounds) so it's not loaded touring but it's not a sprint either

we kept a high average speed - but stopped for coffee every so often and had a big two hour lunch mid-way through Saturday's 130km - we did roughly 210km (210 in France - had another 20km last night at 1:30am from Waterloo) for the weekend - on Sunday we aimed to be at the port two hours ahead of time to eat and make sure we made the ferry - so we could be here - at work - again today

I would consider doing it in the winter in sunshine but fear the (off bike) clothing needs and related weight could be onerous - mind fleeces aren't too heavy

I pushed it too hard w/o a warm-up - my knee is suffering as a result - otherwise it was a great ride which can be lengthened/shortened and changed

there were loads of French cyclists out - the best part for me was drafting a huge tractor which was going exactly 20mph/30kph for about 4km in our direction
While in Venice...config
Oct 7, 2002 6:39 AM
Did you know that both the factories for Pinarello and Fondriest are approx. 20/30 minutes away from Venice. The Pinarello factory is in Treviso and the Fondriest's is near Padova. Unfortunately, they don't sell from neither of their factories. Why not pick up the new Pinarello Dogma while you're visiting ;)
go to his shop insteadDanoK
Oct 7, 2002 10:27 AM
While they don't sell Pinarello's from the factory in Treviso, Giovanni Pinarello's shop is in Treviso and they do sell them there. However, they don't stock bikes in the shop. But he and his assistants will fit you and configure the bike you order any way you want. Delivery is about one month. That's how I bought mine back in 1994. Still have it, still love it, still ride it more than any other bike I own (and I own a fair few.)

This is a Gavia model (lugged TSX) with Chorus 8-speed Ergopower. This was my first experience with Ergo or STI. Picture was taken by one of his shop assistants the day I picked it up in Autumn 1994. I had just arrived in Aviano, Italy back in June.
Glad to know thatconfig
Oct 8, 2002 4:51 AM
I'm glad to know that. I guess I should go out there this weekend. I was contemplating buying a new road bike and am now strongly leaning towards buying a Pinarello, maybe a Marvel model but others keep on insisting a Colnago.
Where are you? DirectionsDanoK
Oct 8, 2002 11:14 AM
The only way I know to describe where the shop is is by how I drove into the city. Coming from Aviano, I was driving down the SS13 and entering the city from the north. Where the SS13 intersects the ring road around the city wall, there is a gate through the wall. Basically, you drive south on the SS13, see the wall in front of you with a gate through the wall. The ring road runs along the wall. You can drive through the gate, but I wouldn't recommend it. I would find a place to park (good luck) somewhere around that gate and then walk through the gate into the city. Just inside the gate is a piazza (square) where they often hold the markets. The Pinarello Cicli shop is on the right on that piazza. Guess that would be the west side of the piazza.

They do have a fair number of used Pinarello's in the back room of the shop. When they fit me, they took measurements and then brought out some used bikes for me to sit on. If you want to test ride some of the used bikes, you can. They sometimes even ask you to so they can see you on the bike. Most of the fitting was done by one of the shop assistants, but if Giovanni is available, he will probably make the final decision. After fitting, I sat down with one of the assitants and we went all through model, component, and color selection. Once everything is how you want it, they fax the order over to the factory. If Giovanni is there and you are serious about a bike, he will certainly greet you and welcome you to his shop. He is a very nice man, though I haven't seen him since 1998. He is getting well up there in age (must be pushing 90 now.)

When I was in Aviano, one of the first things I noticed about the road riders there was the huge number of Pinarellos around that area. It was like "there's a red one, there's another red one, there's a yellow one...Pinarello rules that part of Italy. Personally I would always take a Pinarello over a Colnago. The quality is top notch...especially the paint. My paint job is still perfect except for a few small nicks from my mishandling the bike a few times over the course of 8 years riding. Other than that, the bike still looks fantastic. I am a big fan of theirs. My only gripe is that they don't have any lugged steel models anymore.
Oct 7, 2002 7:13 AM
Laurant Cyclery. Look it up in the phone book. Tiny little shop but great deals. I purchased a couple of local team jersies for about $12 each. Of course, the dollar has gone way down since so the price will be more. They sell MBK, Pinnarello, and a couple of other brands that I didn't recognize.
Cycles Laurentteoteoteo
Oct 7, 2002 8:04 AM
Is a cool shop that has a good amount of retro stuff. Cool shop jerseys for sale ($38ish).

It is on Avenue Voltaire just a few blocks down from the Place de la Republic. The closest metro stop is Oberkampt. As you walk towards Place de la Republic from the metro stop the shop will be a couple of blocks up on the right side of the street.