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St. Louis LBS(10 posts)

St. Louis LBS1182
Jun 22, 2003 9:02 AM
My nearest Waterford dealer is A-1 (on Manchester Road) in St. Louis. This is a 5 hour drive from my home. If anybody has had any experience with this shop please comment. I'm most interested in how knowledgable they are in bike fit and general bike knowledge. This will be my first foray in to a custom bike and given the cost of a Waterford, would like to make it positive.
A1 in St. LouisIndurain 03
Jun 22, 2003 12:07 PM
A1 is a nice bike shop. The staff is very knowledgeable about bike fit as well as general bike knowledge. The owner, Raymond is a big Bianchi fan, as am I, but if Waterford is what you're after, then I am sure they will still provide you with great service. It is one of the best shops in St. Louis.
A1 in St. Louisrogue_CT1
Jun 22, 2003 12:53 PM
Great shop. You won't have any problems with them.
A1 in St. Louis1182
Jun 22, 2003 4:26 PM
Thanks both for the replies. I will be in St. Louis this week, and this makes me feel better about going out of my way to stop in.
A1 in St. Louisrogue_CT1
Jun 22, 2003 5:28 PM
You can't go wrong with either shop. St. Louis has several outstanding bike shops, we really are spoiled in that respect. I have a soft spot for A-1 since they sponsored my first team way back when.

If you are going to be in St. Louis on Tuesday and you want to do a kick a$$ group ride let me know. It goes off at 6pm sharp and we ride for about 36 miles over some awesome hilly roads with almost no traffic. On Thursday we have another group ride if you are interested. Just let me know and I'll tell you where to meet and how to get in touch.
A1 in St. Louis1182
Jun 22, 2003 6:53 PM
Thanks for the invite. We won't be there until Wed eve. Thursday nite it's the Cards - my wife and I are life long fans - she wouldn't speak to me for a month if I skipped the ball game for a ride...but then, that might not be such a bad thing. Fri nite reservations at the Crossing - a very good place to eat if you haven't been there. We try to make it to SL several times a year. If I can bring my bike on the next trip, I will post and try to hook up.
A1 in St. Louisrogue_CT1
Jun 22, 2003 7:10 PM
Sounds good, enjoy the game. It's going to be hot (95 degrees) in case you haven't heard. By the way, 1182 would'nt happen to be a badge number would it?
A1 in St. Louis1182
Jun 23, 2003 4:05 AM
I've raced a sailboat for about 20-25 yrs, 1182 is my boat number. The only boat I've owned. It's a restored all mahogany hull with ash rails. Fast boat, winner of many local races...and a few regional. Bad dry rot and wreck damage when I first got it.
re: St. Louis LBScrosscut
Jun 22, 2003 4:52 PM
Also check out Maplewood Bicycles at Big Bend and Manchester. They have very nice inventory of the highest end bikes, including Waterfords. A riding buddy of mine got fitted there and purchased TWO Waterford 2200s from Stuart. Knowledgable staff, good maintenance crew. Check out their website:
http://www.maplewoodbicycle.com/
Maplewood is 5-starcoonass
Jun 23, 2003 4:12 AM
I got two Waterfords from them; always have at least 4 mechanics (experienced; all over 30yo)working and they use the "Bio-racer" measuring system, which is highly rated worldwide. Primarily a 'high-end' shop with all the latest 'goodies'and excellent customer relationship....obviously I've had nothing but good experiences with them.
http://www.maplewoodbicycle.com/