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good bike shops in memphis(6 posts)

good bike shops in memphistnbiker
Jul 29, 2003 10:28 AM
Which is a good bike shop in Memphis TN? Hopefully, it is not too far from downtown. I am not looking for insane deals, but experienced bike techs that do quality work. I will need some work on my mtn bike real soon.
I considerSpecialTater
Jul 29, 2003 11:00 AM
the Highland Peddler my LBS and have had good (one step above mediocre, but not excellent) service on my bike that I purchased there. They work on a lot of bikes (mostly discount store-bought) being essentially the only shop to service Midtown and E. Memphis area.

They have electricity and are open (which is rare in this part of town right now).

I've heard good things about BikesPlus out near Wolfchase. I would go there second if I had an issue.

Outdoors on Union is also close but I can't recommend them as I have issues with their business practices.
re: good bike shops in memphisJS Haiku Shop
Jul 29, 2003 11:15 AM
arm yourself with tools, knowledge, and books. of course i'm in no position to be biased, but i've been told that the best bike shop in memphis is pretty far from downtown, and closed on sundays.

do it yourself. what you'll gain from (breaking and) fixing it yourself will save your butt on the road, alone, 35 miles from the car, when a mechanical failure rears its ugly head.

Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenace:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1884737706/qid%3D1059505361/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/104-6290948-9379965

Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1884737471/ref=pd_sim_books_2/104-6290948-9379965?v=glance&s=books

Park Tools Repair Help:

http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/index.shtml
Actually J has a great pointSpecialTater
Jul 29, 2003 12:19 PM
I would guess if you want a bike worked on consistently well in Memphis, you have to do it yourself.

Also tnrider, with whom and where are you riding?
Don't listen to those two...TNSquared
Jul 29, 2003 11:56 AM
:)

I agree with both on all points:

Bikes Plus at Wolfchase generally helpful and good to deal with, good mechanic from what I can tell - although not close to downtown.

Outdoors on Germantown Parkway - bike shop staff good and way laid-back but pricey. Also not close to close to downtown and avoid other store employees outside of bike shop

Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance - stays on my nightstand. I've read it cover to cover seveal times, and although I'm not much of a wrench yet, this is an excellent resource to have on hand. If the Zinn mountain bike book is anywhere near as good, you'll be glad if you buy it.
I would say don't listen to either of youSpecialTater
Jul 29, 2003 12:17 PM
idjits considering you are doing some sort of 24 hour running thing. Isn't that similar to riding 400km in Illinois in winter?