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Good bikes shops in Philly area to get fitted for a bike?(11 posts)

Good bikes shops in Philly area to get fitted for a bike?my327vette
Apr 16, 2003 8:19 PM
Hi, I live in the Philadelphia area and want to get fitted for a new bike. I will probably still order the bike online, but i would feel more comfortable if I have been professionally fitted so I know what size to get. (Even if it costs me an extra $100, it should be beneficial in the long term). So can anyone recommend a good shop within about an hour of the Philly area to get fitted? If they are a Look dealer that would be a plus because that is the kind of frame that I am interested in purchasing. Thanks!
Cycles Bikyle, Bryn Mawr has a good rep (nm)geeker
Apr 17, 2003 1:37 AM
Cycles Bikyletarwheel
Apr 17, 2003 4:32 AM
Their website is www.bikyle.com. I don't live anywhere near Philly, but bought a Merckx from Kyle last December -- in large part because his fit advice was so helpful. I took some measurements, filled out a form, and sent him some photos of me on my bikes and Kyle did a fitting for no charge. I would have preferred to do it in person, but I think he actually did a better job than a Serotta fitting I had done at a shop previously. Cycles Bikyle also has a great selection of frames by various manufacturers. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a bike from him again. Might even be worth a drive up to Philly.
Guy's in Feasterville has an advanced Serotta Fit technicianclimbo
Apr 17, 2003 4:33 AM
and test ride bikes also. Couldn't get much better.
worth the tripLO McDuff
Apr 17, 2003 6:11 AM
Try Alan's in Wilmington, DE. Long time shop with a lot of expertise. NO SALES TAX!
Agreed- Alan's is worth the trip....Becky
Apr 17, 2003 6:45 AM
....if you're looking for good advice, cool used bikes, or high-end stuff that nobody else seems to carry. He deals in Serotta, Seven, and a few others that I can't think of right now....the other shops in northern DE carry mostly Cannondale, Treks, etc. Make sure you look at the stuff that he's selling on consignment....all sorts of interesting stuff of various vintages.
Becky, Do you find..........Len J
Apr 17, 2003 7:43 AM
that Alan is a little odd? I get a kick out of his personality, but he is definatly not in the middle of the bell curve personality wise.

Len
absolutely!Becky
Apr 17, 2003 8:47 AM
He's a wacko....Todd and I usually get a little bit of attitude from him, but his selection of cool stuff makes up for it.
As an aside, do you know if he deals Soma frames? I'm thinking about building up an "everything" bike using a Soma Double-cross frame, and I'd read on their website that he's a dealer....
I think he is but..........Len J
Apr 17, 2003 4:37 PM
I think he special orders anything you want. I've never seen a Soma in stock.

I like some of the consignment stuff he has.

Wacko....I love it. I think he's just in his own world. When I bought my bike, he told me he'd build me a set of his wheels. I said, no, I build my own........he paused, looking at me & says........Yea, but there not MY wheels. Gotta love the warm & fuzzy from that. As you say, attitude.

Len
Alan's on 202 in Wilmington......Len J
Apr 17, 2003 7:41 AM
I'll second the vote. I bought my Serotta from him & couldn't be happier. (I drove 2.5 hours from Easton Maryland to give you an idea). He doesn't handle Look but he has a great selection of high end bikes.

Len
Dude, you're in luck!look271
Apr 17, 2003 7:14 AM
BikesbyCyle is an authorized Look dealer. My friend bought a DeRosa from him a couple of yrs ago and speaks very highly of him. You may even be able to get the bike from him @ around the same price as on line. I don't think he'll fit you if you don't buy from him.....