Bothy Bikes, Aviemore, top blokes
Triton Cycles, good online service
Keep Pedalling, Cheshire, all round good eggs
Positive comments for Bike shops that you would recommend.
Bothy Bikes, Aviemore, top blokes
Boneshakers in Harrogate. Welcoming even if you're not spending, chatty, good night rides.
Cookson Cycles who fixed my broken rear mech with 2 minutes' notice just before HTN4 last Saturday!
Bike& Run - in that there North London, quality everything.
Biketreks - in the Northern wilderness , again , quality everything.
2 Wheels Stourbridge: do good deals, happy to give advice on constant bike deliberations... kit, maintnance and sorting out 'home fix' dramas.
Local - Revolutions in Ross mainly as Nic the mechanic fixes the many things I break, and responds well to demands of 'can you just build me this by tomorrow' Dave @ chaingang cycles in Hereford is a nice fella and has lots of stock of nice things.
Not Local - Sideways Tim @ Alsager. Sold me many nice things over the years and a top bloke to boot.
No mention of Blazin Saddles in Hebden?
2 grumpy (but very funny) old men, one of the quickest CX and XC racers in the country and of course James, the best mechanic on the planet.
If only they weren't 12000 miles away
Eddie McGrath in Urmston. More roadie orientated but always very helpful, friendly staff who know their stuff. Reasonable servicing costs too.
http://www.westbrookcycles.co.uk/ in Stokesley N Yorks.
Always helped me out with repairs at a good price and honest blokes (I.e don't try and change something that doesn't need changing or fixed something FOC I didn't know was broken!).
They always round your total down a bit in the shop as well with a bit of on the spot discount which is nice.
Charliethebikemonger manages to empty my wallet on a regular basis.
CRC, never had a problem with them.
LoCo for all things bouncy, real top bloke.
Genuinely saddened to hear about the Bike Shop Hexham, I'd only discovered them last summer when I bought a cotic soul frame and other bits from them. I found them really helpful, and offered advice in a non condescending manner (unlike a lot of places)
Wish the lads all the best for the future
Thumbs up for Gavin at Red Ape Bikes in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham - has got me out of a fix at short notice more than once.
Another recommendation for Edinburgh's 'The Bike Chain'. Great service, competitive prices and wonderful people. As an example I bought a Salsa El Mariachi frame from then a couple of months ago - and I wasn't expecting the BB being faced as part of the service!
ACTiV Folkestone Kent
Staff that know what they're talking about, friendly, helpful and they won't try to flog you stuff that you don't want.
They are Trek dealers and their customer service is great, (see my previous posts regarding warranty claims).
Kids come in wanting to pump up their ratty old BMX tyres and they lend them track pumps etc. If they haven't got what you want and can't order it, they'll try to send you somewhere that can.
Organised rides road/MTB, for all levels throughout the week, where newbies are welcome. Organised rides to trail centres twice a year (Wales normally) and Passportes du Soliel, summer BBQs, Christmas Party etc
Bike fitting service, demo bikes (they'll lend you lights on a winter ride) , workshop, clothing department and spares galore.
They started off as a windsurfing shop and still have a water sports department, but have evolved since the mid nineties into an excellent bike shop and its the only place I take my bike. They still sell windsurf kit and have digressed to kids scooters/roller skates/kites/kite boards/kite buggies/snow boards/ski wear/kayaks/bodyboards/wetsuits/triathalon kit/dive kit/fashion/skateboards. In all departments someone in the store does that sport, but the bikes is where the excel. The owner Steve is a former windsurf instructor, ski instructor, MTB/road rider, orienteerer, adventure racer etc. Other staff have ridden at elite level, do cyclocross, road race, are part of the local freeride scene and the shop sponsor local riders and teams, (Steves wife came second in the world championships a couple of years ago).
They've just got a mini coffe shop (one table and chairs!!!) and it's a standing joke in our house that a trip there never takes less than an hour because you just end up chatting with the staff or other customers. You make think I'm waxing lyrical about this shop and that I'm sponsored by them, but I'm not - I just get good service and I'm happy to fly the flag.
Pearce cycles ludlow. Always happy to price match ( within reason). Always get my little jobs done for when I ask. Good prices anyway. Always happy to stop and have a chat. The young mechs in there really know their stuff. Well stocked. All you can ask for a good lbs really.
Responsible for all the local trail network pretty much. If it wasnt for them, 80 percent of my local trails would not be here or ridable.
Bike UK Bristol, sorted the cracked linkage on my Marin even though its 3 years old and I didn't buy it from them. Also popped in to get a QR for my commuter bike after my front wheel got nicked. They only sold pairs but guy rummaged around in workshop came back with one then refused to take any money for it.
Generally reasonably priced and sell stuff I like.
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