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Best bike shop in Seattle?(11 posts)

Best bike shop in Seattle?mattcrout
Apr 16, 2003 3:08 PM
I know of a half dozen or more decent bike shops here in seattle. But which one is the best to go to? Best prices? Best service? turnaround time? etc? or is it just personal perference?
It really depends on what you are looking for.chopper
Apr 16, 2003 3:40 PM
There are several good shops, overall my favorite shop is TiCycles by UW - the staff there is very friendly and will occassionally just give deals without me asking, I've had several bikes built up there as well and they did a great job. Recently, I bought a helmet there and was commenting that in England there is no tax on helmets because its safety equipment and they just gave me 10% off.

Il Vecchio is my favorite to go and look at, George has some really sweet stuff but he is very expensive, if I had a retro ride I would bring it there.

Gregg's - decent shop but slow turnaround, they seem to target the weekend warrior. Montlake is also in this category

On the Eastisde, Sammamish Valley Cycle is decent but they have a kid wrench there that I wouldn't want touching my bike, he seems to only know mtb's, the owner is a nice guy and pretty knowedgeable.

There is a shop in Queen Anne that caters to messengers that has some nice fixie stuff, but if you walk in there with a tie expect to be charged a lot.

Elliott Bay cycles is just too much of a pain in the ass to get too.

All in all, there aren't any chops that I wouldn't go to but the guys at TiCycles always get the first crack.
Hey Chopper.High Gear
Apr 16, 2003 5:19 PM
Your not the Chopper that used to write for Velonews are you?
re: Best bike shop in Seattle?pina
Apr 16, 2003 5:11 PM
I live in seattle also and frequent all the shops. I think Chopper covered it pretty accurately. I pretty much frequent the shop were i know the guy who works on my bike, that is the most important thing to me.
re: Best bike shop in Seattle?pina
Apr 16, 2003 8:31 PM
Yeah, i forgot Bikesmith, i really like Val. He set up a fixed gear for me and the note below about him, i totally agree.
re: Best bike shop in Seattle?Carbonfiberone
Apr 16, 2003 5:52 PM
If you want the best price go to preforemance on the eastside.They will price match anybody and if your a member you get back 10%.If they don't have it you can red phone it and there isn't a shipping fee.I find the people who work there to be friendly and helpfull.If you want used parts ( or new ) check out recycled cycles on lake union.
re: Best bike shop in Seattle?Trent in WA
Apr 16, 2003 6:53 PM
We're really blessed for choice here. Chopper's recs are good (though I tend to go to Gregg's only as a last resort), and since the owner at Sammamish Valley is the president of Seattle Randonneurs and gives us a tidy discount, I throw money at them as I can. I routinely go to Recycled and Free Range for everyday purchases and service. If I was going to go on a yearlong expedition tour and wanted to be sure that my bike was ready to go, I'd take it to Val at Bikesmith and sleep easy. Elliot Bay has lots of quirky things that you can't readily get elsewhere in Seattle, so I shop there occasionally as well. Plus, Bill D. will take you on tours of the frame shop if you express an interest.

re: Best bike shop in Seattle?B2
Apr 16, 2003 7:17 PM
Although they're owned by Gregg's, I've found Aurora Cycle to be good to work with. Like anyplace, it's very dependent on the individual you're working with. Over the last few years, one of the mechanics at Aurora has helped me track down some difficult creaks and such very sucesfully. Usually there is either no charge or something very minimal.

re: Best bike shop in Seattle?keeshadog
Apr 16, 2003 8:12 PM
recycled cycles is a great place to buy extraneaous stuff, a used hub, a used brake, a used stem, anything that they could pull of an old bike and put in their used parts bin. but if you buy new stuff from them, prepare to pay top dollar. kinda sucks cause i'd love to give them more business, but cant rationalize spending twice as much for something i could order online. gregg's is pricey also. performance is great because they will price match and they have a nice inventory and if you want a mid-level bike, they have plenty of that product. the guy at bikesmith, val, i guess, the dude with the unique mustache, is very friendly, very knowledgeable and helpful, he wont charge you an arm and a leg for little things - installing a headset, bottom bracket, etc - and he wont act as though you're stealing money from him if you do lots of your own wrenching and just ask him to do stuff you dont have the tools for.
too many of the bike shops in seattle have a f____ing attitude if you want to give them business but are smart enough to know that you dont have to pay their outrageous prices to get the job done. the guy at bikesmith,in wallingford on 45th, is different. he seems to like working on bikes and is content to make a fair price for the work done.
i love the stock at free range cycles, but the woman who owns the shop apparently needs to jack her prices up pretty high to make a living. she has great stuff, but if you know where to look, you can buy the same stuff online for significantly less.
if i wanted to buy a used part i'd go to recycled cycles. if i wanted to buy a new part or bike, i'd go to performance in redmond. if i wanted to have someone do some work on my bike, or wanted something a bit unusual, i'd go to bikesmith in wallingford. matter of fact, bikesmith would be my first option cause the guy seems like a very ethical businessman who's trying to make a livin the right way.
re: Best bike shop in Seattle?mjbmx5
Apr 16, 2003 9:13 PM
If you are looking for a good wrench try Jeremy at Grande Ciclismo on Madison. He is used by many of the top local racers. Also they can get almost anything I need.
Personal Preferencetheeatkins
Apr 17, 2003 8:20 AM
I have followed one mechanic through three shops and fifteen years. He is the only one I trust to work on my bikes. Tom Price is now at Issaquah Ski and Cycle. He has always done a good job for me as well as matching any price elsewhere. My road bike is running a Mechtronics powertrain. Even Tom is hesitant about this one and tells me so. There is a mechanic at Sammamish Valley Cycle that knows this stuff. He used to be at Wedgewood Cycles. Gregg's has the best selection for everyday parts. Performance has some great deals but are not the most knowledgeable. It all comes down to personal preference. I stick with what I feel comfortable with.
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