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Do you have a local independent bike shop?

Frank the tankFrank the tank Posts: 6,553
edited June 2009 in Campaign
I have a very good one, Pro Bikes. Scott Gamble is the proprioter and I always endevour to support him and his business.

I'm of the mentality that I will purchase off of him rather than on line because I prefer to deal with people even IF it costs a bit more. Also while his shop is running it's good to be able to pop in and get advice/help from him. It's nice to have a "rattle" over a cuppa as well.

What is your attitude to "the independent" rather than on line or the Evans/Halfords chains type outlets?
Tail end Charlie

The above post may contain traces of sarcasm or/and bullsh*t.

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  • Harris Cowell of Upminster. Run by father and son. So good you can never get booked in :-(
  • JC.152JC.152 Posts: 645
    we have many in different directions ere in staffordshire brian rourkes bout 15 miles away,swinnertons,bridgetown,parker international,henry burton
  • pneumaticpneumatic Posts: 1,989
    I just wonder how "independent" some of the local bike shops actually are. I never walk past a bike shop without having a keek at their produce and I've noticed that a lot of them seem to have exactly the same range of stock. Bontrager/Trek/MET mostly. I was told once by an LBS guy that Specialized, for example, won't sell through small shops, only their approved chains. I wouldn't be surprised if the supply chain is actually fairly rigid.

    Are they really able to select the best gear to sell, or are they tied into franchise style selling through their suppliers?

    Genuine query; I just don't know.


    Fast and Bulbous
    Peregrinations
    Eddingtons: 80 (Metric); 60 (Imperial)

  • the ferrythe ferry Posts: 258
    ....Mountain High Ferryhill....exactly want you want from a LBS. I think in the current climate this type of shop will do well.
  • baker street bikes, brighton,,, best bike shop in the world!!!!!!(i don't work there)
  • ChrisLSChrisLS Posts: 2,749
    ...Bakers Bikes in Bishop's Stortford...the owner has run his shop for probably over 25 years...his knowledge is encyclopeadic...
    ...all the way...'til the wheels fall off and burn...
  • bagpusscpbagpusscp Posts: 2,907
    Two here in Derby,Mercians and Samways.Both are excellent.
    bagpuss
  • MettanMettan Posts: 2,103
    Yes - good mechanic there - built up my most recent Road bike for £45 - did an excellent job. Wouldn't neccesarily buy kit from there but for Bike builds/fitting headsets etc etc they're excellent.
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    Holdsworth, Lower Richmond Road. They don't have a vast number of bikes in stock but they always have some interesting ones, and a good mix of £300 hybrids and unusual racing steeds.
  • edhornbyedhornby Posts: 1,780
    interestingly I can tick all the categories....

    I am about to buy a bike from Halfords Manchester Fort (a carerra Fury) so I will tell you what their service is like in a week or so

    GBH cycles on Tib Street Manchester - Brilliant ! all about repairs and reusing bikes and has accessories, tools etc at good prices

    Heaton Park cycles - my localest, in that it's literally at the end of my road about 50 yards from my front door - run by a guy who's not top on customer service but will suffice port in a storm

    Mike Cookson cycles - mtb orientated but a good choice and will probably be a first point of call for clothing and stuff I can't get at GBH. friendly staff

    Decathlon - open all hours, very useful for getting bits to keep commuting if you have a midweek mechanical. Cheap...

    Evans - usual range, average service, a bit pricy

    not been to Harry Hall yet
    "I get paid to make other people suffer on my wheel, how good is that"
    --Jens Voight
  • cakewalkcakewalk Posts: 220
    Birmingham City Cycles. Fantastic.
    "I thought of it while riding my bicycle."
  • LagavulinLagavulin Posts: 1,688
    edited January 2009
    Local Edinburgh Bike Co-op have started dealing in Wiliers but I'd still rather go out of my way upto Corbridge and deal with Mark at ActivCycles.
    I've endured very indifferent service from EBC (some good, some very good and some utter tosh).

    Have promised myself a trip upto M. Steels in Gosforth who are somewhat revered.

    Cycleworld in Sunderland are supposed to be quite good. However, if I went in there right now I'd probably walk out with a Cervelo Soloist Team frameset so trying to avoid.
  • tonyw43tonyw43 Posts: 249
    One at home and one at work.

    Fachini's in Hartlepool (Home). Specialises mainly in mountain bikes, but can order anything I need for the road bike.

    Skinnergate Cycles in Stockton (work), again mainly mountain bikes, but hold the full range of Raleigh road bikes, and have good mechanics.
  • CressersCressers Posts: 1,329
    I can recommend City Cycles in Chichester, West Sussex.
  • graeme_s-2graeme_s-2 Posts: 3,382
    Coventry Cycle Centre on Far Gosford Street in Coventry for me. It's walking distance from my house, I get excellent service in there and really value their professional advice.
  • NuggsNuggs Posts: 1,804
    I'm a fan of Southdown Bikes in Storrington.
  • nick hansonnick hanson Posts: 1,655
    Kendell cycles,in Castleford.Gaz owns the shop now,& worked there since school.
    Top wheelbuilder & a good range of bikes & bits.
    so many cols,so little time!
  • pedylanpedylan Posts: 768
    Kendell cycles,in Castleford.Gaz owns the shop now,& worked there since school.
    Top wheelbuilder & a good range of bikes & bits.

    Another vote for Gary at Kendell Cysles in Casleford.

    The Evans at the nearby Xscape did me a big favour when it opened - I asked about Campag rear mechs and they directed me to Kendell's, which I didn't know about.

    Since then bought bike kit, had repairs, upgrades and clothing. Top man and great business.
    Where the neon madmen climb
  • RuariRuari Posts: 217
    53-12 in Colchester gets my vote of confidence. The owner, Ed, has vast knowledge and patience with all matters and is always happy to arrange or organise kit, training etc. Paying a little more for sound advice and waiting a little longer for something you've discussed (to make sure it's what you really need) is far more satisfying than just having people sell you something you don't really need or want.
    FCN 1
  • Kenjaja1Kenjaja1 Posts: 744
    The Bike Shop, North Harrow.

    As with all the best bike shops it is owned and run by people who ride, know about bikes and care about their customers. Big enough to carry a reasonable range of bikes & gear but small enough to be friendly. If you want something they don't have they will order and get it pretty quickly. If there is something they are unable to supply or do they will tell you.
  • carefulcareful Posts: 720
    pneumatic said:
    I was told once by an LBS guy that Specialized, for example, won't sell through small shops,
    I don't think that can be right, my LBS is definately not part of a chain but he sells Specialised.
  • What I like about the Bike Factory in Chester is their range and the fact that the staff are keen riders themselves. My original Dawes Super Galaxy came from their preceding shop 15 years ago and is still on their database even though the shop and office have reincarnated.

    Dave Millars in Chester is much smaller but good for same day repairs and more city central for odd things.

    Geoff
  • Fred Williams' in Wolverhampton.
    Know what they are talking about, good mechanics, good for 'discount' for regulars and stock what they think is/are good.
    As good with a family off the street as they are with serious racers.
    Spring!
    Singlespeeds in town rule.
  • jimycooper wrote:
    baker street bikes, brighton,,, best bike shop in the world!!!!!!(i don't work there)
    - yeah i used to live in eastbourne and used these guys a fe times - really friendly staff good service.
  • dave0992dave0992 Posts: 27
    browning and daughter on the london road in southend on sea, especialy if you are after an orbea
  • Dave LoasbyDave Loasby Posts: 32
    Barron cycles @ sturton by stow not far from lincoln. proper old school shop and ex frame builder/refinisher. (now run by Steve Barron)

    Also luck enough to live close to Dave Kennedy for all rare and unusual kit.
    Former employee of Ray Inkley cycles 1989-1991

    ex Lincoln Wheelers 1981-1990 iirc. TT + U12 CX
  • beverickbeverick Posts: 3,461
    Depends what you call local. The ones I tend to rely on are, in and around Leeds:
    Drakes (Harehills Lane);
    Woodrups (Kirkstall Road);
    The Bike-Shop (Crossgates Road);
    Cyclesense (Tadcaster).

    However, the one I use the most for bits and bats as, ironically it tends to be the most convenient, is Stows in Slough.

    Bob
  • No, not in my town. There is a halfords which is staffed by people whose knowledge varies enormously. I was once standing in a queue behind a man with a broken spoke. The Halfords staff member looked at it and declared a new wheel was needed...

    There is a really good one near my work though. Cyclopedia on Crws road, Cardiff are great.
  • JesseDJesseD Posts: 1,961
    No, not in my town. There is a halfords which is staffed by people whose knowledge varies enormously. I was once standing in a queue behind a man with a broken spoke. The Halfords staff member looked at it and declared a new wheel was needed...

    There is a really good one near my work though. Cyclopedia on Crws road, Cardiff are great.

    Another vote for Cyclopedia, the first shop they opened was opposite my flat on Dalton Street in Cathays. When they moved to Crwys Road they used to stock all sorts of exotica, last time I went in though they looked as if they had started to just cater for the masses and only stocked Giant, then again it's what pays the bills. I must admit their knowledge is great though and they all ride!

    Living in Bristol there is 1 I would recommend. it's Strada Cycles in Southville, owned and run by Mike, they stock all exotica, such as Look, Colnago, Pinarello, Cervelo, Kuota, FastForward, Zipp, Corima the list goes on, they also do their own range of fixed wheel bikes too! they are very knowledgable and make a great post ride cup of tea.
    Obsessed is a word used by the lazy to describe the dedicated!
  • Bristol Bike Workshop on Colston Street & Bike on Queens Road.
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