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Best Manhattan shops for cycling shoes(11 posts)

Best Manhattan shops for cycling shoesStupidLight
Mar 12, 2003 5:27 PM
I'm going to be in NYC on Saturday to help size a friend for a bike and shop for new shoes for myself.
I'm interested in Shimano R214s, Lake CX 303s, Sidi Genius 4s, and Pearl Izumi Vapers.

Any tips on which NYC bike shops have a good selection of these manufacturers & models (I need size 45-6) would be greatly appreciated.
re: Best Manhattan shops for cycling shoestrout_bum
Mar 12, 2003 5:58 PM
Try Togabikes or Sids. Toga is always helpful and friendly, and has a good accessory/clothing selection. Give them a call.
Thanks! Same outfit?StupidLight
Mar 12, 2003 8:14 PM
The two websites are awfully familiar in layout and function. It feels a little like shopping for street shoes on Broadway, where the same inventory "runner" brings you shoes in several different shops from the same underground storeroom.
Not that it matters, but do you think they're both part of the same outfit?
about the layout of their web..Qubeley
Mar 12, 2003 8:56 PM
No, the two shops are independent. I am not a big fun of toga, not they are bad, I am just not crazy about them. Guys at Sid are cool. Toga is a bigger shop though.
The format of their web, I have seen many times of other bike shops that came up in random internet search.
I believe it has something to do with QBP, one of the main supplier of parts to most bike shops in US. I am guessing the QBP is now supporting the shops with this web thingy that helps listing the stuff the shop normally order. They don't necessarily keep all items in stock though. I once ordered some castellu jersey from a shop with such format. What they did was then order it from QBP, then send the jersey to me. A few more days in shipping, but I was happy.
stock website for many shopsclimbo
Mar 13, 2003 10:32 AM
all pay to use the same site design etc. because they don't employ their own web gurus to do it. Cheaper too.
re: Best Manhattan shops for cycling shoesLive Steam
Mar 12, 2003 8:40 PM

The link above should give you the MapQuest map to R&A Cycles in Brooklyn. I is just over the Brooklyn Bridge represented by the star. R & A is very well known. They will have just about anything you could be looking for from a C40 frame to cycling shoes, in stock! They must have about 2 doz. C40s hanging around and Princes etc. Worrth the trip. Web site is also attached below. Have fun spending your buds money :O)
You gotta go to brooklyn!ohmk1
Mar 13, 2003 5:53 AM
R&A cycles, and of course Roy's Sheepshead Bike shop.
If you go to R&A expect to be greeted withcyclinseth
Mar 13, 2003 6:17 AM
arrogance, snobbery and eliteism. That is if you are greeted at all. Also expect to pay every single cent of the msrp. No deals what so ever from these people.

Friends don't let friends buy from R&A

P.S. they do have incredible product, but with the level of attitude in that place, who give a crap.
If you go to R&A expect to be greeted withLive Steam
Mar 13, 2003 7:17 AM
I have never gotten any of the snobbery from them, but they are expensive. I think they're problem is the same that many LBS have, they are bored with what they are doing, and they probably would rather be out riding like the rest of us.

I buy from them when I just can't find what I need online or when I have to have it "now". They usually have it :O) I like going there to see items in the flesh and then may make the purchase elsewhere. It is a real candy store for the eyes though :O)
R&A 'tudeStupidLight
Mar 13, 2003 9:01 AM
Yes, I've been to R&A, there's definitely a Brooklyn vibe in the place.
The last time I was there, there was this guy fitting a portly, middle-aged woman for racks and panniers who kept on extolling, at the top of his voice, his own virtues as "da best bike-fittah in NYC." Made for excellent comedy actually.
I agree with Live Steam about the joys of tactile interfacing with fetish objects _before_ you drop cash on them.
Since my buddy's buying Specialized, and I only need to try shoes, I was hoping to do all my shopping on the Manhattan peninsula and not have to make the trek out to Brooklyn.

Does anyone know who has a good stock of high-end Lake shoes (CX-303) directly in Manhattan? What about Shimano (R214)? Looks like Sids & Togos both do Sidi & Pearl Izumi, so I'm covered there.
Bicycle Renaisance has a good selection of shoes...wolfereeno
Mar 13, 2003 3:10 PM
enough for me to try about 10 diff pairs - my size is usually hard to find(men's 7 1/2).

BTW, I bought a bike from R&A, got a very good deal, and a lot of help. There's defenitely a bit of tude but overall I was pleased. They've got a lot of shoes and set up the cleats rather meticulously for me.

I've also done well on ebay - I bought a pair of Sidi Gens mega 4's for $139 from some Brit dude.