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Erik’s Bike – a shop report(22 posts)

Erik’s Bike – a shop reportScot_Gore
Dec 21, 2003 9:50 PM
Here's my shop (the one I use, I don't own it), Erik's Bike in Richfield Minnesota. Erik's is a 9 store chain. You know, the kind TJ hates, because they can't make any decisions in the store and don't know bikes. Well that hasn't been my experience. The guy's (and couple of gals) at Erik's seem to me to be empowered to make decisions about prices, level of service and other things to meets the needs of their customers. I've not experienced the Wal Martization of the LBS from the folks at Erik's.
InventoryScot_Gore
Dec 21, 2003 9:51 PM
One advantage of dealing with a 9 store chain is they don't seem shy about carrying inventory. They carry a pretty large stock of most things you need. I imagine it's because they are able to move inventory between stores and move it out the door somewhere in town even if that's not where it's sitting at the moment.

In road bike's Erik's stocks Specialized, Cannondale, Look, and Raleigh. They've got Redline for the cross bikes. They also have Seven and Pinearello, but generally only have a couple of display bikes of these.
RoubaixScot_Gore
Dec 21, 2003 9:52 PM
Here's the new Roubaix. Specialized's 2004 carbon bike with the zertz inserts.
Why’s it got pedals on it ?Scot_Gore
Dec 21, 2003 9:53 PM
Because they let you ride it. Test ride helmets lined up at the door.
LookScot_Gore
Dec 21, 2003 9:54 PM
Right above the Roubaix is this darling.
Over by the repairs bay they hung another temptressScot_Gore
Dec 21, 2003 9:55 PM
Umm, why is this bike clamped by the top tube? (nm)innergel
Dec 22, 2003 7:07 AM
The big sticker on the frame saying not to must be missingspookyload
Dec 22, 2003 12:41 PM
Cannondale puts it on every frame. It also states that you will void the warranty if you clamp a frame on a tube!
Umm, why is this bike clamped by the top tube? (nm)ed_wheel
Dec 23, 2003 10:39 AM
first, Cannondale does not put stickers on its frames stating not to clamp the bike by its frame, although it is a good idea to discourage this from people who do not know what they are doing. i would feel terribe to find out that (nm) clamped his or her frame and crushed it.
bikes for fun and bikes for utilityScot_Gore
Dec 21, 2003 9:58 PM
Cruisers and Grocery Getters.

There's also a pretty complete line of tandems in stock and a pretty good selection of bents as well.
Minnesota sidelinesScot_Gore
Dec 21, 2003 9:59 PM
Almost every bike shop in Minnesota has a Winter side business. Erik's has snowboards. At another big shop in town it's hockey equipment. We even have a ski shop in town that in the summer has a side business in bicycles.
My trusted wrenchScot_Gore
Dec 21, 2003 10:02 PM
Adrian is my trusted wrench. I'm not the handiest man around with tools and equipment. Adrian got my butt back in the saddle and provided good advice to go along with on numerous occasions. The sign above the work bay usually says something along the line of "bikes brought in today will be ready on Tuesday". If they know you as a regular roadie, what it really means is bikes brought in today will be ready TODAY. To show you what season we're in now, the sign today said, "bikes brought in today will be ready SOON".
My trusted wrenchhirevR
Dec 22, 2003 5:48 AM
what happened to adrian's hand? chain suck accident? stuck fingers in a spinning wheel? ouch! btw--nice shop. looks friendly and a good place to lurk on the rainy days.
Nothing, it's just stuck in a Kurt K trainer box that he was ringing up at the time (NM)Scot_Gore
Dec 22, 2003 6:17 AM
Adrian is the MANZman
Dec 22, 2003 9:04 AM
Scott,

I live in White Bear Lake but use the Richfield store. Andy and Adrian. I do miss Chad though, he was my favorite.

Adrian kept my bike together for me while I was racing in 2001 even though I did everything in my power to destroy the bike.

They are good guys in Richfield, Shoreview is another story though :-(,

Z
I miss Chad tooScot_Gore
Dec 22, 2003 9:19 AM
He was the guy that built the relationship from zero to loyal.
My trusted wrenchaliensporebomb
Dec 24, 2003 4:00 AM
I know that guy! He fixed my mountain bike (Specialized Epic with
a bad freehub bearing) in very short order. A good and quick guy really.

I also have had good experience with Erik D. there (he calls himself
Ed though to differentiate himself from "Erik the Bike Man").

They usually recognize us when we come in. A pretty good place to
shop actually.
That’s all, thanks for lookingScot_Gore
Dec 21, 2003 10:03 PM
Two Words...JBergland
Dec 22, 2003 7:46 AM
Gravity Lab!! Located in Burnsville, basically next to Buck Hill ski area. One visit is all it should take!!:)

Take Care!!

JB
Where's the new Gravity Lab website??Giant_Tom
Dec 23, 2003 10:42 AM
It's been "coming soon" for a very long time.
re: Erik’s Bike – a shop reportGiant_Tom
Dec 22, 2003 2:10 AM
I was just at Erik's in Burnsville last week and saw a pile of Colnago brochures. The bikes will be here in the spring according to Drew.

Tom
re: Erik’s Bike – a shop reportaliensporebomb
Dec 26, 2003 3:54 AM
The Erik's up in St. Louis Park had quite a few Pinarello bikes last time
I was up there, not to mention Litespeed, Look. Colnago will make a
nice addition for sure.