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    LBS near allston/newton area (Boston, MA)

    I work in Allston and live in Newton, any suggestions for good LBS - looking to get my first bike!

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    I am pretty anti-LBS, but there are times when they are useful. e.g. your just starting out, for your first bike.

    Avoid Farinas, they think nothing of selling you a bike way too big for you. Harris meh - over priced.

    I have been to/shoped at most of the shops in the Boston/Metrowest area. I like Landrys a lot especially Natick and Westborough, Belmont Wheel Works is great too. Everything else, only if they have something I need badly.

    If you are going to drop some serious coin ($1000 +) for your first bike get a fit! Its way worth it.

    Also dont let an LBS dictate your bike decision in any way, ride several bikes, do your research on the bikes, components etc.

    Also if your going to go uber high end - European bike, check out ATA Cycles, they got some nice bikes and maybe can cut a deal on a older model, I regret not buying from them.

    Dont be afraid to haggle a bit on price too, its the off season, they need to move bikes!

    Let us know what you end up with...Good luck!

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    Hey Shortstack - I'm in Brookline and been to several LBS's. I’m assuming you are looking for a drop bar road bike. I did buy from Farina's and agree with Mtnroadie - I wouldn't buy from them again. Landry's on Comm Ave runs hot and cold. If you walk in with spandex, you're more likely to get better service. I have noticed that over the last couple years, they tend to be friendlier but I'm still not sure if they are good for a newb. I've been to Int'l Bike on comm ave several times - I wasn’t satisfied for the most part. I've also been to the Int’l Bike in Newton – not impressed there either but that wasn’t for a bike so who knows. Big thumbs down on Bicycle Bills.

    OK, let’s move on to the one’s I do like. I took some shop rides out of Landry’s in Norwood. Great rides and great ride leaders so I checked out the shop afterwards. I like the feel of it and the folks who run it. The fitter seemed to know his stuff. I would recommend checking them out if you can get out there. I know people who have gotten their rides at ATA and they are very happy. It’s a higher end place and is more race/competitor oriented but I’m sure a recreational rider can benefit – trickle down knowledge. Harris is cool to visit because it’s a bit legendary (Sheldon Brown and all that jazz). They are friendly and knowledgeable. I haven’t gotten much from them though. Belmont has a great selection – worth checking out. My wife got a hybrid from Ferris wheels in Jamaica Plain – they were awesome. She knew nothing and they treated her well and were patient and respectful. I went on a shop ride out of Ride Studio Café and hung out in the shop for a bit before and afterwards. Awesome place. Not a traditional bike shop though. Landry’s shop people ride a lot , ATA’s shop people ride a lot – that’s good.

    In general though, it’s hard to recommend a good shop because the salespeople all vary – one day the shop can be fantastic and the next, the same shop can be crummy.

    Deviating from your question, my best advice is to work with the shop’s fitter. Go in, take a look at the shop and their offerings. Talk with the salesperson – maybe go on a test ride or two (nice long ride – don’t be shy to stay out for a while) and then ask to talk with the fitter. There’s the key – talk to the fitter without the salesperson present. If you have to put your faith into someone’s hands make it the fitter rather than the salesperson. They often have different motivations. They still want you to buy from their store but also want to make sure the bike is comfortable and is appropriate for your goals.

    If it were me and I was just starting out I would check these out first:

    1) Landry’s in Norwood
    2) ATA or Belmont (probably Belmont if you are new)

    But, there are tons of shops in the area to choose from and even the one’s I listed as negative could be positive for you so explore away – the hunt can be very fun so don’t let the process be stressful.

    Post your experience as you go though - it'll be nice to hear what you think of the different shops.
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    Ok, so I have been wanting to do this for a while, this is a great opportunity. The following are just my opinions about various LBSs I shop or have shopped at.

    Meh! – Generally means overpriced, stuck up, too good for you, we know best, pushy, butt hurt if you comparison shop or heaven forbid ask for price match (that kind of goes for all shops anyways).

    Landrys Natick – may favorite shop, Jeff, Andy and Jeremy are super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Never have they been stumped by any of my road or mtn bike issues, and I have had some crazy issues. List of good experiences here is quite long. Reasonable and competitive pricing. Bravo! Best shop in NE!

    Landrys Westborough – also great shop, Alison and Russ are also super knowledgably and helpful.

    Landrys Boston – Meh! Gone in there a few times got the whole stuck up we have better things to do vibe a few times.

    Landrys Norwood – not my neighborhood but went in once seemed as good as Natick and Westborough.

    Belmont Wheelworks – great shop, rich variety of characters working here (from good to bad) Peter Mooney is great, rich history here! THEY ALMOST ALWAYS HAVE WHAT YOU NEED! If they don’t chances are no one will. Patience can be required they are very busy for good reasons.

    Ace Wheelworks – good but small you might as well go to Belmont.

    Rockland Cycles (Rockland Ma) - Dave Letourneau (owner) is an awesome wheel builder A++. If I lived closer I would shop here. Great small shop.

    Harris – rich history with Sheldon Brown, overpriced small parts but that goes for most shops in the Boston area.

    Cambridge Cycles – good shop, more for hipsters and students than serious roadies

    Broadway Bike school – Socialists, Hippies and Hipsters only , overpriced but good shop, took a wheels building class there – awesome!

    International Cycles – Meh! I don’t buy it! Don’t trust em for some reason?

    Farinas – He also sells garden equipment, this speaks volumes. Tried to sell me a 54cm I needed a 50cm! Don’t shop here.
    Cycle Loft – Meh! Overpriced $40 for a used Shimano BB! “we don’t sell bike magazines because you can buy them online” are you fing kidding me you are a bike shop!!!!

    Pedal Power (Acton) – Good head mechanic, but overpriced. The lady owner is cool but scray I like chatting with her, get bad vibes from the guy owner (husband?)

    Bike Alley (Worcester but while I am at it) – just a small meh! Best in Worcester for sure.

    Gear Works (leomister) – Meh! Overpriced, we know best attitude.

    Bike Barn (Spoke and wheel) – Good small shop, seems reasonable.

    Franks Spoke and Wheel (Sudbury) – Meh! Way overpriced, will quote one price on the phone and ring you up for $5 more.

    ATA (Concord) – If yall aint willing to drop serious cash on a serious bike don’t bother, good high end selection and know how. I have often found high end stuff here no one else had

    ATA Cambridge – also a great shop, similar to Concord, gave me a great deal on last years Kuota. I unfortunately passed.

    JRA cycles – Meh! Horrible, stuck up, overpriced. Waited for 2 months for parts the greedy owner had in stock for his own bikes, they arrived suspiciously incomplete. REI got the parts in 3 days! The worst shop I have ever been to. Having said that the mechanic here was helpful.

    Qaud Cycles – Their tri shop was beyond shady, normal’s shop looks good. Their fit price was very expensive.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnroadie View Post
    Landrys Natick – may favorite shop, Jeff, Andy and Jeremy are super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Never have they been stumped by any of my road or mtn bike issues, and I have had some crazy issues. List of good experiences here is quite long. Reasonable and competitive pricing. Bravo! Best shop in NE!

    Cycle Loft – Meh! Overpriced $40 for a used Shimano BB! “we don’t sell bike magazines because you can buy them online” are you fing kidding me you are a bike shop!!!!
    I have only highlighted two from your list (great list, btw). I work near Landry's in Natick, and I fully agree with your description. Jeremy is great, and I have received a lot of help from everyone in this shop with my needs. I purchased Easton wheels through 3point5 and ended up needing service that was beyond my capabilites. Landry's needed to get OEM parts from Easton (warranty issue) which were severly back-stocked. Landry allowed me to use a loaner shop wheel for over 2 months until my parts were received.

    I live about 45 minutes south of Cycle Loft, and generally stop in if we are shopping in the area. I just went in there this weekend, and it seems like they have really dropped in the brands they sell. Frames all seem to be Trek & Specialized only, now (there were three Parlee's on display, but I didn't see anything else). Accessories now only reflect the bike brands that they carry (Bontrager & Specialized).

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    I haven't been to all the same shops as mtnroadie but of the one's I have been to that he mentions, I agree, which tells me his other opinions on shops I haven't been to are correct. It seems I need to check out Landry's in Natick but I'm scared I'll walk out with a few thousand dollars less in my pocket.

    I'll hopefully be looking for a new ride in about a year or two. And if I find myself in a shop I like with the right salesperson and fitter, could be earlier than that.
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    Back Bay Cycle and Community Bike center are the only ones I can think of that have not been mentioned. I think they're both great if you just want a bike but not so great if you're looking for a lot of attention on fine tuning a fit. But for something to be used a general recreational riding both are good shops. There's also one just outside of Kenmore Square. But I can't rememeber it's name and because I test rode a bike there and rear wheel fell off I wouldn't mention it as an option even if I could remember the name.

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    Appreciate the opinions. I stopped in at International Bike one night and they said they thought I was too small for a size 50 bike (I'm 5'4, not a midget!)... Seemed legitimately interested in helping but also said I should look around for a 49 or 47 (I am trying to get something from last year, for a good deal). I will say the guy that was helping me said he predominately rides mountain bikes...
    Tonight I went in to Landrys on Comm Ave and they didn't see anything wrong with me getting a 50, but did say I should ride it before buying anything.
    I was in my work clothes so I'll go back this weekend. Found the 2 varying opinions very interesting.

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    Gaint bike store in Fenway?

    Any body have any experience with the new Gaint bike store in Fenway?

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    Yeah even same size bikes will fit different with different brands. E.g. while a 49cm Scott will fit good a 49cm Specialized will be too big or vise versa. I wouldnt judge the two shops just on that.

    Bike size is a real tricky thing. I am 5'7 and usualy find a 52cm a hair too big. I just built up a 49cm for myself and its almost perfect but a hair too small. I have a 51cm that is almost perfect. Top tube length becomes critical. I am just begining to figure out that my torso is way short compared to my legs, so idealy I would have a 52cm seat tube and a 51-52cm top tube which basicaly does not exist in ready made stock frames.

    Stem lenght and handle bar shape, reach and width all play vital role in the fit. When geting fit or just trying a bike start with the saddle hieght and fore/aft position, make sure the botom of your kneee cap is right above the pedal axel when in the horizontal position. Then go to the stem. In order to fit well on my 52cm bikes i ride with a zero setback post, 90mm stem and very short reach bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortstack3000 View Post
    Appreciate the opinions. I stopped in at International Bike one night and they said they thought I was too small for a size 50 bike (I'm 5'4, not a midget!)... Seemed legitimately interested in helping but also said I should look around for a 49 or 47 (I am trying to get something from last year, for a good deal). I will say the guy that was helping me said he predominately rides mountain bikes...
    Tonight I went in to Landrys on Comm Ave and they didn't see anything wrong with me getting a 50, but did say I should ride it before buying anything.
    I was in my work clothes so I'll go back this weekend. Found the 2 varying opinions very interesting.
    Many of the shops in the city share the problem of high employee turnover. Landrys' front staff changes quite a bit but they have managed to hang on to a few good ones. More important is they have very little turnover in terms of mechanics. That's why I bring my wheels there, they are one of the few that really know Campagnolo parts and wheels.

    Speaking of turnover, Ace Wheelworks in David has damn good employee retention, too. I don't know them very well but I recognize their faces.

    The reason I bring this up is that when showing up to a shop that you don't frequent, you may simply have the misfortune of being stuck with an incompetent new employee. Not that it's not the shop's responsibility to train their employees - even new ones - and give you good service, but you may be missing out of some of that shop's virtues, such as the quality of Landrys' mechanics in their Comm Ave store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    Back Bay Cycle and Community Bike center are the only ones I can think of that have not been mentioned. I think they're both great if you just want a bike but not so great if you're looking for a lot of attention on fine tuning a fit.
    And Back Bay Cycle has that dog too. Big points for the dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortstack3000 View Post
    Appreciate the opinions. I stopped in at International Bike one night and they said they thought I was too small for a size 50 bike (I'm 5'4, not a midget!)... Seemed legitimately interested in helping but also said I should look around for a 49 or 47 (I am trying to get something from last year, for a good deal). I will say the guy that was helping me said he predominately rides mountain bikes...
    Tonight I went in to Landrys on Comm Ave and they didn't see anything wrong with me getting a 50, but did say I should ride it before buying anything.
    I was in my work clothes so I'll go back this weekend. Found the 2 varying opinions very interesting.
    I'm 5'4" too - that's pretty short but I make up for it with my stunningly good looks and charismatic personality. As MtnRoadie said, size will vary between manufacturers. I take a 49cm Specialized Tarmac but a 46.5cm Giant Defy. This doesn’t mean that you’ll take the same size – it depends on your proportions.

    Check out the Wheelworks website if you can get to Belmont. They have some prior year models on sale. And if you do end up going, ask for Trent (and tell him the guy who was interested in the Tarmac this past weekend sent you). He was great – friendly, laid back, no pressure, very knowledgeable, good at explaining differences between brands and models. There was another guy there (don’t know his name) who was a bit frumpy looking and balding – he was unenthusiastic and not helpful. Keep away from him.

    Like OrangeJulius said, turnover in sales is important because it can hinder giving valuable reviews that are up to date. People (including me) should include the salesperson when assessing an LBS because that plays a huge part in shaping an opinion.

    There’s that Cambridge Bicycle shop on Beacon too. Actually, I think they changed their name to “Superb”. Just wanted to mention it to you since it’s kind of in the area, but I wouldn’t waste my time with it if I were you unless you want a small selection and hipster type ride. The salesguy I had (he was the only one there) didn’t really know much (this was a while ago) but I suspect they stay in business because they can relate to why their customers want to hipsterize their bikes and not question the practicality of it like other shops may. I mean hey, if I wanted to get my nipple pierced I wouldn’t go to a jewelry store for it ya know?
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    If you are looking for a leftover then you should wait for Belmont wheelworks spring sale, they buy a ton of leftovers from specialized and Trek (seem to get the most leftovers in the area) and price them well. I would go and ask for Sean (he is a fitter there) and tell him what type of riding you are planning to do and he will recommend bikes from there. They are a good shop to deal with and as has been said typically have everything you need in stock where lots of shops don't.

    One shop that has not been mentioned (although not as close to Newton as the others) is Grace bicycles out in Holliston. The owner does retul 3d fittings, deals in a lot of higher end bikes but does carry Giant. One thing I look for in a shop is honesty and Grace practices that. EX., I was in there recently and asked about upgrading to speedplay pedals as I have recently had some knee issues and I have used speedplay frogs for mtbing and love the float they have. Roy recommended that I try new cleats with more float before spending money on the speedplays ($150 difference in price). That to me shows he cares about the bigger picture.

    Good luck

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    I live in Newton & work inBoston, and just bought a bike in October. I have had verrrry mixed experiences with International in Newton, but they're too damn convenient location-wise to ignore completely. Overall, they seemed to think that I was doing them a favor by stopping in, and also seemed too interested in selling me what they had, not what I needed. However, in October I stopped in with the intention of extracting some revenge by exploiting them for some info (my main errand was to the hardware store a couple of stores down the road) & then going elsewhere to buy the bike, and Rick was so helpful that after a couple of trips back there and a couple of trips elsewhere to check out a few other bikes, I ended up buying from them. I just took it back to fix a couple of minor fit & shakedown issues, and again Rick was great. So they're actually worth a try. My biggest issue with them at the moment is that they're mostly Trek/Bontrager, so if you're looking for something else & don't have a high end budget, you don't have much in the way of options.

    I like the feel of Harris & bought a hybrid for my daughter there last summer.

    Farina's seems OK but I have only bought a few smaller items there. Unlike some of the people at International, they actually seemed to listen to what I was looking for.

    About 10 years ago I had a really, really bad experience with Belmont Wheelworks. Back in October & checked them out only because I thought they might have a 2011 model bike I was interested in (and because they are WBUR sponsors). In fact, they were really pleasant and had a great selection. If Rick at International hadn't been so helpful, & if International weren't so convenient, I probably would have bought from them.

    The guy at the Giant store in Fenway also seemed helpful, but by the time I was in there I was 90% sold on the Trek I ended up getting, but if you think you might want a Giant, it might be worth checking out. Harris also sells Giant. I don't know how prices & service compare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whodat View Post

    Farina's seems OK but I have only bought a few smaller items there. Unlike some of the people at International, they actually seemed to listen to what I was looking for.
    Years ago I was a frequent customer at Farina's because they used to sponsor my team. The Farina family are super-nice, and actually rides most of the products they carry. The selection is a bit limited, but I felt like I received very good advice for the selection they had. Big Mike the mechanic was also quite good with the few repairs I had brought there. I have no idea about their other staff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Whodat View Post

    The guy at the Giant store in Fenway also seemed helpful, but by the time I was in there I was 90% sold on the Trek I ended up getting, but if you think you might want a Giant, it might be worth checking out. Harris also sells Giant. I don't know how prices & service compare.
    I went to this store last week with a friend who was bike-shopping, and was pleasantly surprised. I know the service manager Greg from his previous employment and I can tell you he's both a very good mechanic and very good salesperson.

    One notable feature of the Giant store that is quite uncommon is that they "build" bikes that they sell to order. Meaning, you can specify stem length, handlebar width, etc. In many other stores, for lower-end bikes they sell only fully-built bikes; Switching parts is something they see as extra service and may charge you. Whereas with Giant it is already considered part of basic service for each and every bike.

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    Another vote for Landrys. I've been to Westborough, Natick, and Norwood. All of them have been great. For repairs they have been very quick and reasonably priced. I bought my latest bike there and got a fit and it was great. They are always enthusiastic and love talking about bikes and they all seem to love to ride which is great. Before I went to Landrys I went to another LBS when I first got into riding my MTB (before I got a road bike) when I snapped my chain. Took them nearly a week to put a new chain on and it even took a day longer than they told me originally. I brought that same bike to Landrys Westborough with some broken teeth on my chainring and they had it fixed the next day. After that I always go to Landrys.

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    So OP, as you see – reviews can be mixed. Some people like Farina’s, some don’t (they sucked not only on selling me a bike but fixing my snowblower). Someone had a bad experience with Belmont and then a great one. Meh, whadya gonna do? Go to the shops and try to find the salespeople you like.

    I was actually at International a couple weekends ago w/ the wife. The guy who helped us was pretty good (think his name was Chris) – sat her on that fancy sizing gizmo, did the plumb line thing for KOPS measurement, etc. He was a bit socially awkward though. I thought he was a decent enough salesguy but we didn’t click. And, when I mentioned that I am considering a more aggressive geo than the Trek Madone 4.5 he said something about all bikes being the same and the aggression feel coming from the way a person is set up on the bike, rather than the bike – whahhh??? Yes, I understand that flipping the stem gets me lower and more aggressive but what about a shorter head tube and stuff – maybe there is something to that too eh?

    Whatev…I thought he was fine enough for me to take a test ride. I went home, put on my duds, had them put on some pedals to match my shoes and went for a roll. I was out for over an hr. The sales guy made a joke about how long I was out. The trek felt meh to me. Not really worth it to me even though it was on a good sale. Again, I was looking for something else. The guy was talking to me about trying out a Pinarello. Me? On an Italian bike, and a Pinarello nonetheless? Dunno, I think if I was on a Pinarello old men would be handing me newspapers to shove into my jersey when I crest a hill and prepare for a descent.

    Then went to Belmont last weekend and rode a Colnago (my first experience w/campy), Serrota (titanium), and Specialized Tarmac. Salesguy was pretty good (name was Dwayne – Trent was busy) and loved what he did – he actually pushed me to ride the different bikes just for fun and to give me a sense of the different styles (either that or he thought he could sell me a bike several thousand more than my budget – look at my ebay knock off tights dude, do you really think I’ll spring for the Colnago?). It was a long but fun day at the shop for me (long test rides and lots of BSing) – I appreciated each bike and we talked about the test rides and how they all felt. Guess what? I bit on the Tarmac! Yeah Booyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. That’s right – new ride baby! After the Tarmac my bike felt like riding a truck. The plan was to wait a couple yrs and get a new ride for my 40th bday but oh well…happy early bday to me! Looks like Junior is gonna be eating Raman noodles for a few months while I pay it off – hey, we all need to sacrifice.

    Weather has been amazing so the business in the shops hasn’t slowed like usual, which means you won’t get the time and service you would expect at this time of year.

    One thing is this (and it has to do with human nature I think) - if you know an intermediate amount about bikes salespeople are more attracted to you and will spend more time BSing with you. Most really like to share their knowledge and want to interact with someone who will understand and appreciate but also have questions that they can answer – rather than crazy questions. Like how the carbon weave was designed or the amount of oil that’s used on each bearing in the bottom bracket and where the rubber for the seal kit came from – is it Brazilian rubber? Bike shop people don’t make tons of $, so they are doing it partially because it’s fun. If a salesguy is talking to someone about a bike and all they get is mostly a blank stare with no engagement or feedback, it becomes less fun, which means you get less service.
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    I bought my Roubaix from Belmont Wheelworks in October. I bought a 2011 and got a great discount and they really made the bike to fit. They exchanged the stem and handlebars at no extra cost. The service was great. I took the bike back for a tune-up after putting about 300 miles on it, no charge. Great place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnroadie View Post
    Ok, so I have been wanting to do this for a while, this is a great opportunity. The following are just my opinions about various LBSs I shop or have shopped at.

    Meh! – Generally means overpriced, stuck up, too good for you, we know best, pushy, butt hurt if you comparison shop or heaven forbid ask for price match (that kind of goes for all shops anyways).

    Landrys Natick – may favorite shop, Jeff, Andy and Jeremy are super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Never have they been stumped by any of my road or mtn bike issues, and I have had some crazy issues. List of good experiences here is quite long. Reasonable and competitive pricing. Bravo! Best shop in NE!

    Landrys Westborough – also great shop, Alison and Russ are also super knowledgably and helpful.

    Landrys Boston – Meh! Gone in there a few times got the whole stuck up we have better things to do vibe a few times.

    Landrys Norwood – not my neighborhood but went in once seemed as good as Natick and Westborough.

    Belmont Wheelworks – great shop, rich variety of characters working here (from good to bad) Peter Mooney is great, rich history here! THEY ALMOST ALWAYS HAVE WHAT YOU NEED! If they don’t chances are no one will. Patience can be required they are very busy for good reasons.

    Ace Wheelworks – good but small you might as well go to Belmont.

    Rockland Cycles (Rockland Ma) - Dave Letourneau (owner) is an awesome wheel builder A++. If I lived closer I would shop here. Great small shop.

    Harris – rich history with Sheldon Brown, overpriced small parts but that goes for most shops in the Boston area.

    Cambridge Cycles – good shop, more for hipsters and students than serious roadies

    Broadway Bike school – Socialists, Hippies and Hipsters only , overpriced but good shop, took a wheels building class there – awesome!

    International Cycles – Meh! I don’t buy it! Don’t trust em for some reason?

    Farinas – He also sells garden equipment, this speaks volumes. Tried to sell me a 54cm I needed a 50cm! Don’t shop here.
    Cycle Loft – Meh! Overpriced $40 for a used Shimano BB! “we don’t sell bike magazines because you can buy them online” are you fing kidding me you are a bike shop!!!!

    Pedal Power (Acton) – Good head mechanic, but overpriced. The lady owner is cool but scray I like chatting with her, get bad vibes from the guy owner (husband?)

    Bike Alley (Worcester but while I am at it) – just a small meh! Best in Worcester for sure.

    Gear Works (leomister) – Meh! Overpriced, we know best attitude.

    Bike Barn (Spoke and wheel) – Good small shop, seems reasonable.

    Franks Spoke and Wheel (Sudbury) – Meh! Way overpriced, will quote one price on the phone and ring you up for $5 more.

    ATA (Concord) – If yall aint willing to drop serious cash on a serious bike don’t bother, good high end selection and know how. I have often found high end stuff here no one else had

    ATA Cambridge – also a great shop, similar to Concord, gave me a great deal on last years Kuota. I unfortunately passed.

    JRA cycles – Meh! Horrible, stuck up, overpriced. Waited for 2 months for parts the greedy owner had in stock for his own bikes, they arrived suspiciously incomplete. REI got the parts in 3 days! The worst shop I have ever been to. Having said that the mechanic here was helpful.

    Qaud Cycles – Their tri shop was beyond shady, normal’s shop looks good. Their fit price was very expensive.

    Just my 2 cents.

    slc- best kept secret, for cheapskates and those of you who know what your looking for (shhh I dare not say more).

    The ATA Cycles in Cambridge is gonzo as of late January 2012. ATA only has the shop in Concord now. I wonder what this means?

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