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who is paul levine?(6 posts)

who is paul levine?tarwheel
Oct 28, 2003 1:27 PM
.. and why do people hate him?
Serotta dealer/fitterAlex-in-Evanston
Oct 28, 2003 1:36 PM
He's a dealer in NYC with no shop. Trational retailers don't like him because he can drive into their "territory", fit somebody for a new Serotta in their apartment, and poach their biz.

Or I could be totally wrong.

Paul Levine is widely considered....davet
Oct 28, 2003 1:58 PM
..the premiere fitter in th U.S. I have never been fitted by him (he's 3000 miles from me) but everything I've heard and read about him has been nothing but positive.

It's true he doesn't have a 'shop' in the traditional sense, but because he deals with very busy people in and around NYC, he travels with all his gear to their location to accommodate them. I would imagine some traditional shops don't like him, but if he deserves the reputation that he's got, they can't complain. They should try to earn as good a reputation.

The "I Hate Paul Levine" jerseys are sold by him.

Here's a little blurb on Paul Levine:
I wouldn't go that far,TJeanloz
Oct 28, 2003 2:06 PM
Paul Levine is considered a very good Serotta fitter in Metro New York. He does a very good job promoting himself as such, and he has raised the hackles of many in the industry. The "I hate Paul Levine" sentiment is a joke based on that, because there are a lot of people out there who can fit a bike as well as Paul, but don't run their mouths nearly as much, and don't hold him in very high regard.

I'm sure he's a good bike fitter. I just don't like his style.
Not totally wrongtorquer
Oct 28, 2003 1:58 PM
He has a "studio" in Rockland County, just Northwest of NYC. He hosted a Serotta demo day at Harriman State Park this summer; almost as pricey a selection of bikes as the start line of a typical Masters RR.

As far as how other dealers feel about him, they're not so many around that they're really competing much.
Great Guy!Spiderman
Oct 28, 2003 3:54 PM
I know him personally and is a good friend of mine. He lives/works out of his house near harriman state park but also recently got a "storefront" in NYC. Its more of a studio he rents out from a fitness complex on the upper east side.

I have been fit by him and have gone to the Serotta Fit School he is in charge of, both very enlightening experiences. He has been in the industry for over 20 years, races, coaches, etc. Originally educated in physical therapy but it has spilled over in to cycling (obviously)

He has a very forward personality so a lot of people either really like him, or really don't like him (hence the jersey - he produced them to mock himself). A lot of the shops do not like him because he does have the ability to travel around. He has also completely raised the bar on the level of service a customer should expect. I have his contact info if anyone is interested (Sorry for the plug). If you are on the east coast, try to go to one of his seminars they are extremely interesting.