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Recommend Bike Shop in Cincinnati?(10 posts)

Recommend Bike Shop in Cincinnati?JerryA
Dec 19, 2002 10:51 AM
I will be in Cincinnati Ohio for a few days over the holidays. My hosts are not cyclists and wouldn't know THE bike shop(s)that are the best to go to. Can anyone recommend their favorites in the area? I'm not looking for a new bike; just gear, clothes, and general stuff. Thanks!
re: Recommend Bike Shop in Cincinnati?PaulCL
Dec 19, 2002 11:00 AM
While in town, are you planning to support our local economy by spending your dollars in our bike shops?? A gift for me perhaps????

Depends on the area of town you are in:

Downtown/Clifton: Campus Cyclery (513)721-6628
Hyde Park/Oakley: Oakley Cyclery (513)731-9111
Northern Ky: Reser in Newport (859)261-6187
Loveland/Landen: Wright Brothers. QCW team sponser

Those are my favorites. Shops run by cyclists for cyclists. They all support local racing and events. Since I live in Northern KY, I go to Reser most of the time. Though, Campus put my components on my frame a few years ago.

If you want a "retail" shop ...not my favorite..but OK in a pinch: Montgomery Cyclery. Several locations around town - Montgomery and N. KY plus others. Paul
Whereabouts town?rollo tommassi
Dec 19, 2002 11:04 AM
Where in town are you staying? I can also give you good ride ideas if you need it.
One of these shops should be close by:
BioWheels (biowheels.com)
Montgomery Cyclery
Oakley Square Cyclery
Thanks for the infoJerryA
Dec 19, 2002 11:20 AM
Staying close to downtown, but no doubt a trip to Montgomery is in the works for the ribs at the Inn. A guy at work mentioned a cool store in Hyde Park but he couldn't remember the name...must have been Oakley. Thx
Da' RibsPaulCL
Dec 19, 2002 11:32 AM
Montgomery Inn has at least three locations now: original in Montgomery on Montgomery road, downtown at the Boathouse - on 2nd street east of town, and N. Ky off the Buttermilk exit at the Oldenberg Brewery. Enjoy. I was just there last weekend - expensive, but worth it!
umm, avoid any Montgomery shop at all costlonefrontranger
Dec 19, 2002 12:50 PM
They used to be locally run but gave in to a corporate / franchise / comfort bike mentality. Their employees and wrenches are pretty much 2-bit hacks.

Stick with:
- Oakley (Hyde Park area) Sponsored by them in '97
- Reser (Northern KY) Probably the easiest to find/reach from downtown and unashamedly my personal fave, since I wrenched and sold bikes there before I moved to CO and the owner is a close personal friend.
- Going Mobile for MTB & urban lifestyle skate / snowboard stuff (if they're still around) Sponsored by him for MTB team in '95
- Bishop's (eastern Cincy / Milford) The shop with the most history in town. Sponsored by Bruce and da boyz in '98 and '99 before his head wrench went off and founded Reser's.

FYI I avoided BioWheels like the plague because the original owner was really dishonest, and the employees at Campus treat everyone like pond scum unless you're a Cat II racer and/or they are good buddies with you. To be fair, I dealt with them quite a bit and was close with the owner but even he admits they have/had a serious snobbery issue. Just my experience and .02
Cincinnati BikesMGS
Dec 19, 2002 6:08 PM
I've hit all the above recommended shops.

My addition would be to go to Jims Bike Shop in Deerfield.
A little out of the way, near Silverton, but a bike shop for bikers. Everyone is nice, and some good high end equipment.

Campus is the kind of shop where if you get to know the people, you might end up spending an hour talking to the owner or mechanic, just to talk about bikes.

I agree that Oakleys and Bishops are good places to visit and look at the merchandise. I think Bishops is a Seven Dealer.

Montgomery Cycles is a waste for a biker. They sell treadmills, roller blades, and anything that will move.
It is a store for people who want to shop in the mall.
Nice if you need a waterbottle, but that's about it.

But that's just my opinion, I may be wrong.
re: Recommend Bike Shop in Cincinnati?manicoti
Dec 20, 2002 3:59 AM
I would avoid Mont. Cyclery unless you want a kids bike. I like Biowheels, but they are short on clothes IMO. They are good wrenches, though, and Mitch will help you out as mucha as possible. My favorite place is Cyclesport in Loveland. Not close to downtown, but who wants to be there for the holidays. They support one of the best local teams and are great people to boot. Take 71N to 275E, go 2 exits (I think) to the Loveland/Indian Hill and head left off the ramp. Go about 1-1 1/2 miles and they are on the left in a strip mall by a starbucks. Lotsa bikes and pretty good selections of jerseys and such.
re: Recommend Bike Shop in Cincinnati?cincy1
Dec 20, 2002 8:53 AM
I vote for Oakley. They get all my business.
re: Recommend Bike Shop in Cincinnati?beamer
Dec 20, 2002 9:04 AM
If you've got the time to get out of town, check out Wheelie Fun in Lebanon, Ohio. They are about 30 minutes north of the city. Their site is http://www.wheeliefun.com/ Do all my bike stuff there. Bob and Dave are great guys to deal with. Not a wide selection of clothing and accessories, but they know bikes.