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What's your favorite bike shop in the Madison, WI area? [mn](7 posts)

What's your favorite bike shop in the Madison, WI area? [mn]SuperGnome
Feb 21, 2003 9:46 AM
re: What's your favorite bike shop in the Madison, WI area? [mn]ctisevn
Feb 21, 2003 10:04 AM
I dont live in madison so I dont really have a favorite shop there but if youre looking for recommendations I know eriks (www.eriksbikeshop.com) just opened a shop there. theyre pretty good, especially for Specialized stuff.
re: What's your favorite bike shop in the Madison, WI area? [mn]noveread
Feb 21, 2003 10:16 AM
Well, I think the best wrenches (by far) are at the Yellow Jersey on state street. This shop is absolutely INCREDIBLE as far as customer service. The owner, Andy, loves anything Italian! This is an outstanding modest sized shop! Great wheelbuilders. Also tons of Retro stuff, I mean tons. And good retro, not junk.

http://www.yellowjersey.org/

I am partial to Stoton Cycle in Stoughton, WI as well. Stoughton is just south of Madison and is where I live (work in Madison). Stoton is a small shop, 1 employe (the owner, Phil). Phil is an ex-racer though and a great guy. I go there whenever I can as he sponsors our club.

http://www.stotoncycle.com/

Eriks, as mentioned, does have a new shop, but not nearly as personal as some others in town. They certainly will have some of the best prices as does Williamson Bicycle Works (no long located on Williamson St!).

http://willybikes.com/site/intro.cfm

Cronometro is little smaller shop that sponsors a Madison team. Their riders are quite active in the local race scene sponsoring a monthly Tuesday Night Crit and a big weekend of racing as well.

http://www.cronometro.com/

My recomendations are for in Madison: Yellow Jersey (willy's and Eriks my be cheaper and are bigger, but...)

Madison area: Stoton Cycle

Noveread
Oh yeah...noveread
Feb 21, 2003 10:20 AM
Got any further questions, you can e-mail me:

fourlakes_99@yahoo.com

Noveread
re: What's your favorite bike shop in the Madison, WI area? [mn]flydoc
Feb 21, 2003 11:34 AM
If you are looking for high-end candy, definitely go to Cronometro. They are also great with bike fit.

There is also a small shop called Revolution Cycles across from Monty's Blue Plate, just down the street from Cronometro. I like these guys a lot. I bring my bike's to these guys for odds and ends. Their selection is pretty limited, but they will bend over backwards to get you what you want. Support the little guys!
It depends...Nater
Feb 21, 2003 12:26 PM
on what you're looking for. I don't have any experience with the whrenching skills of any of the shops in town...I do my own. As far as selection and hard to find parts, I'd say the Budget Bicycle Centers on Regent St. slightly edges out Yellow Jersey on State St. I go into Budget's huge used shop about 1X/month just to see what they've got in. You might find a gem among the hundreds of bikes. Erik's has an impressive show room, Machinery Row (ironically on Williamson Street where Willy St. Bikes used to be) has some nice lines including Litespeed and Tomac for the mountain bike set, and Cronometro is packed with stuff that makes me drool. It all depends what I'm looking to find! find.
Thanks a lot, guys, I really appreciate the advice *8)SuperGnome
Feb 21, 2003 2:44 PM
I'm just hitting the pedals again after a few years off, and wanted a good general idea of what's what in these parts.