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Best bike shop in Boston?(13 posts)

Best bike shop in Boston?SeamusAD
Apr 15, 2003 10:33 AM
Due to a knee problem, I am planning on bringing my bike and shoes in for a proper fitting. Can anyone recommend a shop in the Boston area that offers this service.Thanks.
Does it have to be in town?TJeanloz
Apr 15, 2003 10:39 AM
Belmont Wheelworks would be my choice. They're in Belmont (to state the obvious), and do a good job, though they can be on the snooty side.
Does it have to be in town?SeamusAD
Apr 15, 2003 11:36 AM
I was thinking of going there for the fitting. On previous visits I also noticed that they were a bit aloof. What's the story with their attitude? It's a bike shop!
Aloofness,TJeanloz
Apr 15, 2003 12:11 PM
I think part of the problem is that they have too many big-shot types working there. A lot of their employees are or were big-shot racers -- among them they probably have ~20 national championships. While these guys (and many of them are good friends of mine) really know their stuff, they tend not to be so enthusiastic about their customers' goals and aspirations. But that's just my theory, I could be wrong.
Once you get to know them they're alright...spc15
Apr 15, 2003 2:13 PM
I would have to agree with you there, but it seems that once you get to know them and they get to know you, it is a whole different experience. Once I got to know them, they have treated me right.

Their mechanics are another story; you can either get a good one or a complete hack; this is not worth the risk for me.

For the fitting I would do one of three shops:
ATA Cycles(Mass ave in Cabridge)
Belmont
Cycle Loft
Some Belmont Wheelworks TipsIFRider
Apr 15, 2003 4:17 PM
There is totally a "what have you done to deserve to buy this bike" attitude at Belmont. Many of the sales people seem to be occupied with being "dudes". The exceptions for me (I used to commute through the area and would stop often when traffic on 128 was horrible), came when I was looking to buy a road bike for with the expressed intent of not racing. I called ahead and was directed to a guy named Andrew if I recall correctly. An older roadie that was pretty psyched to talk about steel lugged bike and such. He was profoundly helpful and real down to earth. I would also recommend calling Independent Fabrications (www.ifbikes.com). Speak to Matt and ask for a fitting person over at Belmont. They work closely with Belmont and recommended a specific person.

Belmont Wheelworks is an interesting place. Thay have more highend bikes and framesets than I have ever seen anywhere. Their in house frame builder (Peter Mooney) makes frames to die for if lugged steel is your hot button. There is an enourmous amount of knowledge in this shop and tapping into it correctly can bring a truly amazing experience.
re: Best bike shop in Boston?raboboy
Apr 15, 2003 10:43 AM
For service, I like Cycle Loft (woburn). They have a couple Serotta Fit Specialists there that are friendly and knowledgeable.
I also like the guys and have had good experiences at Quad Cycles (arlington).
Isn't Cycle loft in Burlington?dunkind
Apr 15, 2003 10:58 AM
oops, my bad. yes, burlington. :) nmraboboy
Apr 15, 2003 11:25 AM
re: Best bike shop in Boston?PegLeg
Apr 15, 2003 4:53 PM
I have to backup the recommendation for Cycle Loft. I bought a bike at Wheelworks in 2001 and could not get it fit exactly correct and they could not get the front derailer (a triple) dialed in.

Cycle Loft dialed in the derailer from free and fit me for free because in the process of fitting I bought new pedals and shoes.

My first stop is always Cycle Loft.
Harris Cylery in Newton...opencl
Apr 15, 2003 5:26 PM
A wonderful group of people... down to earth... unlike some other shop mentioned above...
re: Best bike shop in Boston?TwoBikes
Apr 15, 2003 6:26 PM
I'd add International Bicycle Center in Brighton as a place for fitting. I haven't purchased there, but they were very helpful as I was shopping...
re: Best bike shop in Boston?SerottaGrl
Apr 16, 2003 8:59 AM
Props to International in Brighton from me as well. Ask for Len - he's one of their Serotta Fit technicians and was extremely helpful, patient, and knowledgeable when i purchased my new road bike there in December.