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Recommended bike shop in NYC?(16 posts)

Recommended bike shop in NYC?GixxerRick
Sep 15, 2003 9:53 AM
Can you guys recommended a bike shop in NYC that knows what there doing, in terms of working on Road bikes...Thanks..
Conrad's. Great guys, incredibly knowledgeable...BrianNYC
Sep 15, 2003 10:06 AM
don't oversell, great fitters, etc. It is located in Tudor City, 41st street and Tudor Place right accross from the UN.

Other's might have other thoughts, but you can't go wrong with Conrad's.
BrianNYC??GixxerRick
Sep 15, 2003 10:21 AM
Hey is this bike shop on a Avenue? 2nd ave?
Not to put them downSpiderman
Sep 15, 2003 10:27 AM
But conrads is very high end and seem to carry that sort of attitude. For a while in the summer they weren't doing repairs (what kind of shop doesn't do repairs?). So i suppose it depends on what you are looking for. I like Sids on 34th between 2nd and third. good guys, knowledgable, good variety of clothes, bikes, parts and accessories. Of course they are a little pricey but any bike shop in NYC is really, really expensive.
Go to Brooklynohmk1
Sep 15, 2003 10:32 AM
Either R&A cycles or Roys Sheepshead Bay Bike
Shop. Both are great.
Not to put them downGixxerRick
Sep 15, 2003 10:36 AM
LoL, i never heard of a bike shop that doesnt do repairs, they must be super high end bike shop or something...
I have never gotten any attitude. And...BrianNYC
Sep 15, 2003 10:46 AM
Just great, friendly service and good advice.
I believe the no repair sign was for the numerous delivery men who are constantly stopping by for free repairs and air. As for pricing - this is an expensive town, but I don't think their prices are any higher than Sid's or elsewhere - although they do sell topline goods which are more expensive to begin with. And on many things can even compete with online pricing (at least for non-private labelled stuff.

I don't like Sid's because of the people and I once called them, asked them if they had a specific product in stock, was told yes, and when I got there 10 minutes after I called not only did they not have the product, no one would fess up to speaking with me.
same bad experience with R&A in Brooklynbigskulls
Sep 16, 2003 9:04 AM
I had the same thing happen to me with R&A in Brooklyn. Called for a part (Dura Ace rear der) and was told they had it in stock. Went out of my way to get there after work, and not only did they say they DIDN'T have one, they wouldn't even bother to look or stop speaking on the phone to someone else. I've had other irritating experiences there as well. If you are a good looking girl or belong to their little "club," you'll probably do allright there. Otherwise, I'd avoid it....

Sid's I've had good experiences with, though it's certainly true that they aren't exactly cheap. They're popular with the bike messengers also, which is normally a good sign.
Not to put them downSintesi
Sep 15, 2003 7:03 PM
I guess everyone is different. I always found Sids to be filled with lackadaisakal counterhelp acting cool rather than helpful. I've never once went in there and felt like I didn't have to assert myself to get noticed. They also rooked me on a rear wheel build once.
To be fair that's true of most NYC bikeshops. They all suck.

I like Bicycle Habitat and Manhattan Bicycles on 9th. No attitude good service.
Not really. Tudor City border 1st Ave but the only...BrianNYC
Sep 15, 2003 10:41 AM
entrances are from 43rd or 41st from 2nd Avenue. There are steps though that lead up from 1st Ave. Tudor Place (I am pretty sure that is its name runs parallel to the avenues.

There is a very nice park there as well as a really good Italian restaurant, the rest are just apartments (small ones at that).
How about Gotham bikes? (Downtown)Gadfly
Sep 15, 2003 10:59 AM
They're 112 West Broadway in Tribeca neighborhood. Not super high end, but good people, friendly, nice bikes, mechanics and service. Check 'em out. They have a sister shop that's more upper west, I think, called Toga Bikes. (Never been there.)
Agree on Gotham.Matno
Sep 15, 2003 8:50 PM
Really nice guys. Decent stuff. I stopped in there once last year during a blackout (just the lower half of Manhattan, not the big one). Too bad they weren't giving out free stuff like the ice cream place up the street... :^)
blackouts, terrorist attacks, & ceteraGadfly
Sep 16, 2003 5:50 AM
I went with friend from out of town just a couple weeks after 9/11. They were still sweeping dust and didn't have phone lines yet, but were open. My friend felt so patriotic she bought a cruiser and had it shipped to Chicago.
ANEWGEN on 9th btwn 54&55th...nmcmgauch
Sep 15, 2003 12:21 PM
Just avoid Bicycle HabitatZenJones
Sep 16, 2003 5:33 AM
Complete dolts. Went there to ask about a fully loaded Breezer that I was considering buying for a friend and asked the salesperson if they had any personal experience with Breezer's.

They said, "Ahh, yeah. We sell them after all. They're pretty ugly and weigh a lot and I guess old people like 'em".

Ahhh, nothing like an informed viewpoint.

I guess Joe Breeze would love knowing what one of his authorized dealers was saying about his bikes.
re: Recommended bike shop in NYC?twowheelMarc
Sep 16, 2003 6:50 AM
Bike Works on Ridge Street in the East Village. Great little shop, they only sell used bikes and do repairs, its a tiny place, you basically walk right into the workshop when you walk in the front door. The guys know what they are doing and they are nice too.

http://www.bikecult.com/works/