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At Gregg's request...Here's my LBS report...(8 posts)

At Gregg's request...Here's my LBS report...biknben
Nov 17, 2003 7:57 PM
My LBS is Halter's Cylces in NJ. Web site here:

I've been a customer since relocating to the area in '96. I remember stopping in to inquire about some MTB rides in the area. Later the same day, I was riding with a couple of the wrenches getting a personal tour of some sweet singletrack. I've been going back ever since. Jason, the manager, has hooked me up countless times and I struggle to return the favors.

From the outside:

How can you NOT love a shop with skid marks on the carpet?

The clothing dept. Anyone need some winter gear?

Accessories galore!!!
LBS Report (cont.)...biknben
Nov 17, 2003 8:16 PM
These days, I stop in with the kids more often than not. My daughter, Emily, acts as if it is a toy store. She has an "all access pass". She'll often grab a bike and does laps around the store. Other times, she'll take the broom and dustpan and sweep up ball bearings or whatever else is under the workstands. Tonight we got there late and couldn't stay too long. She just bugged Jason behind the counter while he and I talked shop.

Now Ryan is getting into the act too. He's been having fun with the Finish Line display the last couple visits. Last time he grabbed all he could reach and threw them on the floor.

I think my wife sends them with me to distract me from buying stuff. I always forget to buy
i something
when I have to keep track of the little ones.
LBS report (cont.)...biknben
Nov 17, 2003 8:26 PM
The store is primarily a C'dale dealer. They also sell an impressive number of Seven bikes. Jay had a niche for fittings. He puts everyone on the trainer to spin and swaps saddles, stems, etc. until things look good to him and feel right to the buyer.

Here he is, waiting for the holiday rush to begin.

In stock and ready to go. Would you like your Seven Axiom with Record or Dura Ace?

Here is Jason's newest eye candy. An '04 R3000 with DA 10-speed.

Darnit, I want my R3000! nmkevinacohn
Nov 17, 2003 8:47 PM
Sweet singletrack, near Princeton? Where?BergMann
Nov 18, 2003 9:59 PM
I've been to Halter's and have to agree, they folks there had the most righteous attitude I've encountered between DC and Boston. You could almost get the impression you were in a shop out west!

Just out of curiosity, where did the wrenches take you riding?

The only two places I'd nominate in NJ for "sweet singletrack" (Alamuchy & Round Valley) are a fair haul from where you're at!
Funny you should mention...biknben
Nov 19, 2003 4:43 AM
They took me to Round Valley.

I'll admit, there is slim pickins around the Princeton area. My MTB riding has decreased significantly since moving to the area. I live just minutes from Mercer Cnty Park which I don't really care for. Clayton Park is 15 minutes away but is very small. When I want some good off-road rid'n, I travel to Chimney Rock, Hartshorne, Allaire, or Round Valley (all within +/- an hour). When I want epic stuff I head to Ringwood.
All the more reason to head for the "golden triangle" ...BergMann
Nov 19, 2003 3:49 PM
I live out by Flemington, so Round Valley is only a 15 minute drive for me. A bit punishing for the bod to ride those rocks on a daily basis though.

Ever taken your road bike out to the "golden triangle" between Flemington, Lambertsville, and Frenchtown? Miles of _amazing_ back roads with virtually _no_ traffic. You can even assemble some vertical as you roll up and down towards the Delaware river valley (my daily 23 mile route has 1500 ft of climbing, which ain't bad for Joisey).

If you haven't been, you owe it to yourself to head out there!
Dec 5, 2003 9:31 AM
I used to ride around Princeton all the time. You have to get in good with some locals who know where the good stuff is. There's more than enough to keep you rollin'.

You think you have it bad? Try living by New Brunswick. Slim pickins!