LBS Recommendations

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by HJ, 23 Apr 2008.

  1. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    When ever a beginner asks for advice on buying a bike one of the first things that is suggested is that they go to a good LBS (Local Bike Shop). So this would seem to be an appropriate place to recommend a good LBS in your area. So to kick off I can recommend the Bicycle Works, Biketrax and Freewheelin' Cycles in Gorgie. Those are all in Edinburgh.

    In Aberdeen I would suggest Alpine Bikes, I haven't tried their other branches so can't comment on them.

    Over to the rest of you...
  2. ash68

    ash68 New Member

    for me can't beat The bicycle repair man, Prudhoe, northumberland. good range of bikes, accessories, plenty of good advice and friendly and knowledgeble staff
  3. In York it has to be York cycle works and cycle heaven
  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Recommendations made up to post 58 are summarised in two posts;

    Recommended Shops in England, UK, Names Beginning with A-R here

    Recommended Shops in England, UK, Names Beginning with S-Z and all shops recommended in Scotland and Wales are here

    Wilmslow/Handforth: Rick Green Cycles
    Stock Specialized, Giant, Bianchi and Raleigh bikes, and a range of tools, clothes, parts and accessories.

    Great service, friendly people - they saved me once when one of my tyres exploded in fairly spectacular fashion by opening up the shop early and fitting the new tyre for me while I got warm again (it was December!) Bought my Giant from them and was very impressed by their willingness to answer daft questions, let me try bikes out, and it was set up very well for me to ride away when I took delivery.

    Manchester: Bicycle Boutique (No Website)
    Offers a reasonably priced repair service (eg a fiver for puncture repair including new inner tube). Same day servicing. New/second hand bikes from £60. A small, reasonably priced range of parts and tools (including tyres, inner tubes, puncture kits, lights, locks and multi-tools etc) The Bicycle Boutique is situated in a small shop next to the Sugden Sports Centre.

    Hillcourt Street, All Saints, Manchester M1 7HU (10am-6pm, M-F; 10am-4pm Sats).

    These guys are great - their stuff is very reasonable, they're more than willing to talk bike with you and offer (good) advice - they matched the best internet price on my Stelvio tyres too.
  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Going to have to look at the Bicycle Boutique - I'm blooming in the All Saint's campus weekly - I work for MMU !!

    Second Rick Greens - and son Paul - he's built a fair number of wheels for me - they lasted years with no truing issues !
  6. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Heh :rolleyes: They're nice guys - they don't stock a lot of high end stuff, as the bulk of the clientele is students, but they'll order anything they or their cycle factor can get their hands on. They had a decent Cheshire routes guide in not too long ago too.

    Half the fun of going there is seeing the other customers' bikes too - they had the most beautiful steel Pinarello in one time I went down there...
  7. Tharg2007

    Tharg2007 Well-Known Member

  8. Alcdrew

    Alcdrew Senior Member

    None of the people that work there are 'sales people' so can come across as a bit ?(don't really know the right word for it, but a bit offish) but they are all bikers, who know how bikes work and whats good for what. And they have some lovely machines in there if you have a spare 4k... but still do cheap (but not rubbish) bikes as well.

    So in Milton Keynes - Phil Corley's cycles
  9. killiekosmos

    killiekosmos Über Member

    My one and only LBS

    Staff are all cyclists, organise MTB and road rides, own cycling club etc.
  10. PaulSB

    PaulSB Guru

    Ewood Bikes - Blackburn. Good, friendly and plenty of advice.
  11. simonali

    simonali Guru

    bikelab, Poole. Dream bikes galore and staff who know their stuff.
  12. ChrisW

    ChrisW Senior Member

    Bright Cycles in Raynes Park, London SW20

    Knowldgeable, helpful staff, always repair my bikes well. They will normally fix little problems on the spot and will give helpful friendly advice.

    That creates a lot of loyalty as far as i'm concerned...and compare that with the bike shop chain "that shall not be named!"
  13. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Moderator

    Hull - Rob Winstanley, Anlaby Road.

    Specialized dealer and all-round nice bloke. :biggrin:
  14. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    The Edge Cycleworks in Lancaster, really friendly helpful staff and they will spend ages with you to make sure they get you on the right bike, size and all... Also happy to let you have a test ride and will assess your position on the bike while you are testriding...Unfortunately more of a BS than an LBS for me...
  15. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Would have been the late lamented Freewheel here in Reading. Now it's Rotec Cycles in Shinfield if I want to get anything done or AW Cycles in Caversham if I want to check out a range of products.
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