Praise your LBS?
Barron Cycles at Stow (just North of Lincoln).
Proper Family business.
I do almost all of my own maintenance on a variety of machinery, so I hardly ever go in with an easy request and even more rarely come out without the answer.
99+/100 I come away with the parts in my pocket, plenty of free advice, and all at a sensible price. 😀
The best one ever was a mech hanger to replace a broken one on my old rigid MTB, I’ve never seen the brand of bike before or since – Quasar – but Mr Barron produced an identical hanger from a box of “various” items.Posted 4 years agoianfitzMember
18 bikes in Hope, Peak District. No where near the most local to me but I consider them to be my LBS. Si and both Matts are all knowledgable, genuine and will go the extra mile to help before, during and after a sale.
Matt builds the best wheels out there (used to build for JRA) and other Matt makes frames. Can’t praise them enough, they aren’t multiple award winners for nothing ….Posted 4 years agoluffy105Subscriber
Cliff Pratt in Hull gets my vote. a quick visit always turns into a half hour natter and they have great mechanics who have always gone the extra mile for me. Very non pushy and informed sales staff too. They’re not strictly my LBS either but seeing as though my LBS is completely unhelpful it is always worth the extra 10 mile journey.
They must also train their staff as magicians too since I always end up buying more than what I went in for 🙂Posted 4 years agotomdSubscriber
Rotec cycles just outside Reading,brilliant service!
This used to be my LBS. Top place, I forget the guys name that ran it but he was fantastic. Apparently he also built drag racers or something like that.
I’d put a vote in for Wheelcraft in Clachan of Campsie. It’ more of an experience than a bike shop. Ideal if you like coffee so strong it’d mend a road and home made cake.Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
Stuarts Cycles, Forres – http://www.stuartscycles.co.uk – known Reg for decades, knows his stuff inside out, bought (and had serviced) countless bikes.
Not exactly LBS for me – it’s 12 miles away – but I’d still have called it my true LBS even when in Edinburgh to be honest..
other than that, Escape Routes in Pitlochry as above; Bothy Bikes in Aviemore especially; used to be Bicycle Works in Marchmont Edinburgh would have been first port of call there.Posted 4 years agonbtMembermakecoldplayhistoryMember
Knobblies – Exmout (S. Devon).
First sponsored me in an XC race 17 years ago (when I was in my early teens). Since then, I did my school work experience there, they know I’m married, have a son etc and ask about them, always a little discount and, more importantly, offer tea / advice.Posted 4 years agobspokedMember
Another shout for CrossTrax in Leeds.
I know Sancho on here owns it, but the lads that work there are top too. I’ve wasted many hours of their time with my indecision, conversation and strange requests.
Increasingly moving away from online to using them. Plus they will have a go at fixing the stuff that I can’t (currently a Reverb with a 60mm drop :D)Posted 4 years agowoollybackpaulMember
Thatto Cycles in St Helens – they regularly go beyond the call of duty and offer great service and reasonable rates.
A pal of mine trashed his bike the day before we were heading to Scotland for a riding weekend but the part he needed wasn’t in stock. They took the part off a bike in the showroom to sell him and put one on order to replace it.
Top blokes even if they are mostly roadies! 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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