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    East Bay Bike Shops - Oak/Berk/San Leandro/CV

    Whaddup NorCal'ers.

    Been a while since I've needed to bring a bike into a LBS, but I'm having some skipping issues with my Santa Cruz and I just can't seem to tune it out. Most of the drivetrain components (Cassette, Chain & Chainrings) are new-ish, with very low miles. I will measure the chain to double-check, but I would feel better having someone look over the bike and maybe catch something I am missing.

    I live in the Oakland area have taken bikes to Wheels of Justice in Montclair before (10+ yrs ago) and it was fine. Have used Castro Valley Cyclery, also- with good results, but I'm not 'sold' on any one shop.

    Are there any stand-out shops that y'all have used in the Oakland area? I don't mind driving if it means I will get a quality shop with great technicians.

    Thanks in advance.

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    East Bay Bike Shops - Oak/Berk/San Leandro/CV

    Endless Cycles in Castro Valley. I'm in Oakland too and I've found them to be the best around IMHO. I've been living in Oakland 10+ years and am super happy they've opened and I found them. Now, if you're looking for some specialty track thing, Montano Velo is a good option. Otherwise, Scott and Jeff and their crew at Endless is where it's at.

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    I'm new to the east bay and also need a shop. Wheels of Justice in Montclair is OK, but they're closing their Montclair location as of this week.

    Been to Hank and Franks, but am looking for someone more MTB specific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brah View Post
    iBeen to Hank and Franks, but am looking for someone more MTB specific.
    Josh at the lafayette location is very MTB specific. I would not go anywhere else, but I am in that corridor as well. I also cannot second the recommendation on Endless, but that is my experience.
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    Can't second the recommendation because you haven't been there? Or because you have and you weren't happy?

    I like Endless when I'm looking for mtb stuff, they have pretty good inventory in this age of "we can order that for you", but I haven't really asked them to do anything special for me. I did take advantage of their program where they will sell you a helmet at cost if you bring in one you are replacing because it took a hit.

    WOJ was my local bike shop and I'm bummed they are moving to Solano, even though they had more of a road/kids bike focus.

    There's a new bike shop opening soon in the Laurel district, between 35th Ave and High Street on MacArthur. They still have the windows papered over on the storefront though, so I have no idea what their ETA is for opening, or even what kind of clientele they are going to try and cater to.

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    have used endless cycles a few times and always happy. I just dropped off my sb66c to Scott today for some work...good guy

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    Cycle Monkey up in Albany is another great option---they have a tiny shop but are great mechanics.

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    Drive train skipping issues should be easily remedied by anyone paid to put a bike in workstand, but unfortunately it makes sense to seek recommendations.
    I've had only positive experiences with Endless Cycles and with H&F - Oakland and Lafayette. I do most of my own work, though have had forks serviced at all three locations within the last few years. All three have experienced full time mechanics on staff who should have no issues resolving your problem.
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    The Peddler in El Sobonte was good.
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    While Performance Bikes is a chain, I have had good luck with some of the employees. Rather than sell me a tool to put in a bottom bracket and never use it again. I bought the bottom bracket from them, brought in my bike and installed it myself. I was in the back for 5 minutes. Win win, they made the sale.

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    When asked about help with a good bike shop in the Bay Area, I always respond with Robinson Wheel Works. Chris has been doing longer then all the others mentioned and knows his stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie View Post
    When asked about help with a good bike shop in the Bay Area, I always respond with Robinson Wheel Works. Chris has been doing longer then all the others mentioned and knows his stuff!
    Chris was the mechanic of the 7-11 pro road team back in the 1980's.

    Having worked in the bike industry for many years and with many of the names mentioned in this thread; I've never seen a more talented and detail oriented mechanic than Chris Robinson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brah View Post
    Wheels of Justice in Montclair is OK, but they're closing their Montclair location as of this week.

    Been to Hank and Franks, but am looking for someone more MTB specific.
    But there Solano Ave. store in Albany is still open..right?
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    I've heard a lot of good buzz about Cycle Monkey, but Oakland to Albany via Hwy80 is like getting my teeth drilled. I guess I could check them out if I lift my house at 2am. On a Sunday. I know, I'm a puss.

    Seriously though, I built my bike from the frame up and can tune a bike pretty well, but sometimes you just need a little assistance. I oft found that you can make a bike shift beautifully on a stand, only to have skips and jumps when hammering on the trail. I'm not afraid to admit when I have run out of talent and need to tag-in a specialist! I have zero shame.

    But, I am digressing. I went to Endless Cycles in CV and figured I would drop my steed off and let those guys work with the bike while I was away on a business trip. To my surprise, they put the bike on the stand, checked a few items, made some small adjustments and sent me on my way. No charge. Pretty positive experience.

    The proof will be in the next ride. I'll get out tonight and see how she does.

    Thanks for all the replies. Sometimes this internet thing is allllll-right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    But there Solano Ave. store in Albany is still open..right?
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