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    sticky with reviews for LBS's?

    I think it'd be a good idea to have a sticky for socal LBS's where people review LBS's they've been to with address, phone numbers, bikes they carry, etc. I think it'd be a lot of help for people who can't find good LBS with the bikes they want.

    Yes, no? I'll do a little review for Jax in Long Beach when I come home after work later.
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    I worked at Jones on 2nd street for a minute, the mechanics are cool and some of the employee's are, there is only one legit mt. biker there, he knows his stuff. Other than that, the shop is alright, nothing great, just a lil' LBS. Prices aren't that great, but, the service used to be really, really great, they let one of their better employee's go a couple months back. The only decent mt. bike they carry is Giant, from the entry level bikes all the way up to the AC1, which i think is still in the shop from 5 months ago, LOL.

    JAX isn't bad, the mechanic Tommy over there is way cool, he hooked me up with a killer deal on labor for my Hayes Master Cylinder part, (i had to wait nearly month for it, so he cut me a deal). I brought him a 22oz. of NewCastle for being so cool when I picked up my bike.

    Thats about all i know of the LBS in east long beach.

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    Jax in Long Beach has been the only one I've been to so I can't really compare too much. They've always pretty friendly, saying 'hi' when you come in and asking if you need anything. Carry lots of Treks. Good selection of clothes/socks/shoes too. Prices are ok although you might find better deals elsewhere.

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    Good Idea, how about everyones favorite Superblo

    Quote Originally Posted by LBguy
    I think it'd be a good idea to have a sticky for socal LBS's where people review LBS's they've been to with address, phone numbers, bikes they carry, etc. I think it'd be a lot of help for people who can't find good LBS with the bikes they want.

    Yes, no? I'll do a little review for Jax in Long Beach when I come home after work later.
    I know blasphemy but how can you beat their prices and service. The Fountain Valley store used to have some good mechanics but I don't know any more, I haven't given up my ride to any bike shops in a lot of years but if you are getting a good deal at your LBS it's partly due to the big bad consolidator putting the pressure on for instance Rock & Road which is a great O.C. bike store will actually pull out a Super Go catalog and match prices.

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    The best shop I have been to and always use is The Path in Tustin. Props to Tani, Carl and crew. They have always taken great care of me and everyone I know. It is not a big store but if you need it they got it or can get it. I am getting my second bike from them now.

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    I like the crew at Helen Cycles in Westwood/West LA.
    Good mechanics there. Sales manager there is friendly and knows his stuff.

    Santa Monica Helen Cycles location can get pretty crowded and hectic, but they are the larger location and have more inventory. They have a fancy boutique bike section upstairs for the high rollers and big spenders.
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    Big thumbs up to the Bike Co Lake Forest, a very Pro staff and friendly as well. I live in Long Beach and its well worth the drive for me. As for Helen's I feel they are have lost their edge over the years.

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    There's another good shop on Tustin Av. in Orange...if you're near the Path, it's called Adrenaline Bikes, another small shop, but great guys who work there.

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    since supergo moved in a couple local shops have shut down. there is still Cycle Werks but their mounatin bike side dwindled. I do have Supergo and Rock n' Road each like 2 minutes from my house though. some cool people at the Rock n' Road in LAguna Hills. good service. won't charge fyou for what you dont NEED. and the do good work. they are also willing to deal with prices. cool place. They are limited on DH parts but will order anything ya want pretty much.
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    Michael's Bicycle's Kick Arse! - Newbury Park

    I posted a review of these guys a couple months ago. But, since this is a sticky thread, I wanted to again give porps Mike, Shawn, and the crew at this shop. They have tuned all of my bike(s), my wife's HT, and I have bought an awesome set of $400 Bontrager Race Lite rims for my road bike. They charged me the price that was on the bontrager web page, but Yhardly charge anything for their services. Plus, I believe the rims are as good as $700 mavics. I buy alot of crap from Supergo in Ventura, but their service sucks big time! It takes forever for these numbnuts to get anything done. The workers at Superblow are nice guys and gals. Their managers are completely oblivious to those of us who buy a ton of crap from them. I still buy alot of stuff from them because of their great prices.

    At Michael's they have quick service, typically day or two. And, sometimes they will do it right there if they are not busy. And, none of the fellas that work at Michaels' have any attititude. I try to buy lube and other stuff to patronize the shop. And, I am thinking seriously of maybe ordering a Titus X100 from these guys next year of the fundage allows. Give these guys a shot. They know their stuff and have great service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zjchaser
    since supergo moved in a couple local shops have shut down. there is still Cycle Werks but their mounatin bike side dwindled. I do have Supergo and Rock n' Road each like 2 minutes from my house though. some cool people at the Rock n' Road in LAguna Hills. good service. won't charge fyou for what you dont NEED. and the do good work. they are also willing to deal with prices. cool place. They are limited on DH parts but will order anything ya want pretty much.
    2nd vote here for Rock N Road in Laguna Hills. Monie and Jeff are great people and service is without a doubt a priority.

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    Pasadena Area? Help

    I am new to the Pasadena area and need a good bike shop. I have visited Helens in Arcadia and not very impressed. Pasadena Cyclery is decent, likely the best so far. Visted a few other but not too impressed.

    I used to live in south Torrance and frequented South Bay Cycles. Those guys are great! I really wish they could have moved with me to Pasadena.

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    Sweet! Finally got this stickied

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    And here's a mini review for Adrenaline Bikes in Orange. Got my yeti 575 there and got good customer service. I couldnt test ride it anywhere but the parking lot, however that's to be expected nowadays. I did however ride it for like 20 mins in the lot before deciding to buy it. I think the guy's name was Jim (or greg?) but he was helpful and answered any questions I had. The mechanic is cool too. A few weeks after I got the bike I brought it back due to a strange noise in the headset and without any fuss he started to look at it and put it up on the stand. Even chatted while he was working on it. Sort of a small store but lots of bikes and they can order most things too. They don't keep much in the way of accessories or clothes though, although they can order that also.
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    They still carry alot of stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Nazi
    I know blasphemy but how can you beat their prices and service. The Fountain Valley store used to have some good mechanics but I don't know any more, I haven't given up my ride to any bike shops in a lot of years but if you are getting a good deal at your LBS it's partly due to the big bad consolidator putting the pressure on for instance Rock & Road which is a great O.C. bike store will actually pull out a Super Go catalog and match prices.
    that other shops cant or just dont stock. Things like fork springs, and assorted small parts. The one up here in Mountain View is OK. Pretty much meaning its just another supergo.

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    I.E. Bikes in Murrieta

    I live in OC and still travel about 60 miles to get my bike worked on at IE Bikes. Yeah, I have Rock & Road around the corner from me, but I don't trust anyone but IE. Matt (owner & mechanic) does an excellent job for me every time. Matt used to wrench for Lance Armstrong prior to him going pro. And the guys in the shop don't just sit around and look at you when you come in. They take the time to greet you and get you any info that you might need. They make a point to hook you up with what fits you, not just point you to the pricey stuff.

    Their selection is outstanding. They'll get you the boutique brands if that's what you want. And they carry the standard Specialized, Raleigh, Free Agent, etc, etc, brands as well.
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    The mechanics at Helen's Westwood are great. Wilbur is the man! Service at wheelworld in Culver City sucks. Taken my bike in 2x to have work done & they have forgotten to do stuff. Those guys seem really "out of it". Bill at wheelworld in Encino is great guy. Older Service guy at supergo Santa Monica is real helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBguy
    Sweet! Finally got this stickied

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    BUY MY BIKES, not the best prices on parts, some good deals on bikes, lots of BMX and a lot of stinkys they even have a stab now i think, they also have a lot of lower end stuff, super nice guys and the best service you can get.

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    Same story

    Moved from OC to the Pasadena/Glendale area and haven't found a good local shop. Anyone have a suggestion?

    For those in OC, I highly recommend The Path. I still consider them my shop of choice, but I'm only in OC once or twice a month, and would like to know a decent LBS.



    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    I am new to the Pasadena area and need a good bike shop. I have visited Helens in Arcadia and not very impressed. Pasadena Cyclery is decent, likely the best so far. Visted a few other but not too impressed.

    I used to live in south Torrance and frequented South Bay Cycles. Those guys are great! I really wish they could have moved with me to Pasadena.

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    shops...

    i'm from the pasadena area...so here's a list of the shops that i've visited:

    pasadena cyclery: good service, prices are ok

    helen's cycle in arcadia: the worst service ever, employees are elitist ***** and the prices suck

    mtbstore.com: its an online retailer and they have awesome prices, you can visit their store by calling them but you need to give them a 2-3 day lead time on most products ordered...

    i hope this was helpful

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    Here are my 2 cents.

    I build at least two high-end bikes a year (if only I could sell them that fast). I build my own bikes, and usually build my own wheels; however, some times I don't have the time to sit down and build the wheels.

    My thumbs up descriptions are rather short, simply because I have expectations of good service and competency from all businesses, but these shops are certainly noteworthy.

    Thumbs up:
    * The Path in Tustin - Great wheel builds! Good prices, great selection, knowledgable crew, and the willingness to order things (many shops don't like to place special orders). They are hardcore enthusiasts, but don't talk like it (see The Bike Co below).

    * Rock and Road in Laguna - great prices and customer service (it helps to ask to beat Supergo's prices). The Rock and Road in Lake Forest on Portola has irritated me on a few occasions, though (example, I was looking for specific gold anodized parts for my SS - the guy there said that what I was looking for was way out of style and that no one should have gold anodized parts - what a jack @$$! Meanwhile, the other sales guy was selling a Specialized Enduro that had a bunch of gold ano parts (stock) - apparently, he didn't know what bikes were on the showroom floor).

    * Switchback Cyclery - I haven't found the shop since they moved, but they offer great service and are truly enthusiasts.

    * Atomic Bikes in Whittier - Good prices and service.


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    * Supergo (Fountain Valley, Santa Monica, and Aliso Woods) - My friends have experienced more incompetence from their technicians than what I thought is possible (examples: short cables limiting suspension travel, oil heights in forks were backwards, stupid parts mix advice, tires installed backwards, and a general misunderstanding of how bicycles work). Their service is horrible (twice I've driven long distances because a guy on the phone said that they had parts in stock when they never did), and they rarely ever have anything in stock that I need. I get so frustrated when trying to buy parts from that place. However, sometimes they have great pricing on obscure parts that no one will ever want or on last year's stuff (which is still good, but watch for OE stuff that has different specification than what you think you are buying!!!). I hate house brands (Weyless).

    * Adrenaline Bikes in "whereever they are this week" - The worst wheel builds ever!!! I ended up redoing them myself. I've ordered few parts and on a couple parts, they kept saying that they will be in next week, next week, next week. So in one case, I also needed that same part for another bike, so I ordered it from another shop (who was supposedly ordering it from the same distributor). I got it from them in no time, while Adrenaline kept saying "next week." They do often have a great selection on parts.

    * The Bike Co in Lake Forest - I'm mixed on this one. Pricing has always been average to high (okay, retail), but I don't care for their service. I don't appreciate the way they talk down to me like I'm a newbie. I've been into this for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irban_bike
    i'm from the pasadena area...so here's a list of the shops that i've visited:

    pasadena cyclery: good service, prices are ok

    helen's cycle in arcadia: the worst service ever, employees are elitist ***** and the prices suck

    mtbstore.com: its an online retailer and they have awesome prices, you can visit their store by calling them but you need to give them a 2-3 day lead time on most products ordered...

    i hope this was helpful
    For the Pasadena/Burbank area also check out H&S Bicycles in Burbank on Victory Blvd. Great group of guys and very knowledgeable. They all ride and pride themselves on taking care of the customer. 818 848-8551
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    Glendale/Burbank

    I'll second the opinion on H&S Bikes in Burbank. Outstanding service at a fair price. They're first on my list.

    As a backup there's Bicycle Johns on Hollywood just south of Chandler. Couple past issues on follow up but who cares when H&S is just a mile or two away. Biggest plus are the extended hours on Thur and Fri (10 p.m.). Many of the mtb are a little too nice. Check them out upstairs. How often do you see a floor model Moots?

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    Supergo is only good for the low dollar stuff

    No one, I mean no one can blow it out lower than Supergo. Pick and choose when you know exactly what you want but do not need any help. You can save a ton but the folks there don't know their head from a hole in the ground.
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    well

    I have to disagree about the helens in westwood, I've only gotten help there when I was ready to buy a bike. lame. the people there are looking to help only the belair/west LA crowd...

    all the other stores listed are great tho, and there are some nice peeps at the performance bicycle in tustin (they are ready to deal and beat supergo prices on bikes if they must!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by carbnjunkie
    I have to disagree about the helens in westwood, I've only gotten help there when I was ready to buy a bike. lame. the people there are looking to help only the belair/west LA crowd...

    all the other stores listed are great tho, and there are some nice peeps at the performance bicycle in tustin (they are ready to deal and beat supergo prices on bikes if they must!)
    does it really matter? doesn't performance own supergo anyways?

    but yeah people at performance are usually pretty awesome. good customer service as far as warranty issues or returns. not sure about wrenching. i like the smaller shops for wrenching purposes

    other shops i frequent

    -Two Wheeler Dealer, Brea
    -Foothill Cyclery, La Verne
    -Incycle, San Dimas
    -Jenson USA, Ontario?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbnjunkie
    I have to disagree about the helens in westwood, I've only gotten help there when I was ready to buy a bike. lame. the people there are looking to help only the belair/west LA crowd...

    all the other stores listed are great tho, and there are some nice peeps at the performance bicycle in tustin (they are ready to deal and beat supergo prices on bikes if they must!)
    You are right, now that Jose is gone form Helen's Westwood, it's lame. I meant Helen's of Santa Monica. Go see Wilbur, he is way cool.

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    well JR..

    yup, performance does own supergo. what performance employees told me about supergo is, they all work on comission, so the used sale car vibe is always there. I had a horrible time with a friend recently trying to match a SUPERGO ONLINE PRICE for a bike at their store, they wanted 170 bucks to build a ironhorse that is 90 percent built!!! (on top of mrsp...give me a break, at the supergo laguna hills)

    now, i dont expect this at all supergos, just saying its a different situation at performance, and i do shop all the time at both stores)

    Their attitude was inexcusable, and I then called coporate because of their crappy behavior. when I asked the supergo manager if performance sold the same bike, he said "um, no they dont." lucky i had a web enabled phone...jackass....
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    Jenson USA down in ontario is a pretty cool "shop" Their prices are low and the same as you would find on the internet site. The guys there are pretty cool and knowledgeable. I sometimes go there just to look at the bikes on the floor or check out a specifc component. Im like one of their regular customers since Ive been going there since it opened. But now since im working at REI in Rancho Cucamonga (stop by and say hi) Ive been buying most of my bike stuff there. But sometimes Jenson's prices are around the cost that I could buy it at REI so it aint bad.
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    You can't beat Bicycle Warehouse IMHO. They have locations in North county, South county and 1 in the city as well. I have only been to the North county location, but I here the other 2 stores are great as well. They don't work on comission and are always really helpful--they actually talked me out of a sale once and redirected me to something that was cheaper in price because the more expensive part would be a waste of time for me. Aside from internet purchases, I shop there exclusively.

    Supergo in North county on the other hand, is a total crap wasteland. The personality of the employees is abismal. Maybe they are so pissy because they are stuck working there?? I don't know. They are usually totally apathetic to the customers, and only show interest when they think a sale is imminent. This is not just my opinion, but the opinion of many other people I have talked to.
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    Switchback Cyclery! What a great shop! Im kinda my own parts supplier so I dont order a lot of bike parts, plus I do most of my wrenching, but recently I ordered a new 04 Bullit from them, Sherrie had me the custom frame color that I wanted plus the shock in less than a week, plus it was the best price too! The Shop REALLY took care of me even though I was willing to pay for the extra work he did to the frame. I havent yet found this kind of service in any bike shop in OC.

    Many thanx SC!

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    Budget Pro Bicycles

    You need to try - Budget Pro Bicycles they are in Eagle Rock (between Pasadena and Glendale) 323-254-4160 ask for Oscar - he is the owner and can get you the better deals.

    They are the best - have great mechanics and price match most stuff.

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    Any Good Shops in the South Bay?

    I am coming to SoCal for the Hoildays. When I was a kid about 35 years ago, we used to hang around Circle Cycle on Redondo Beach Blvd across from Alondra Park. Is it still there? Also what is a good shop in the area?

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    Brihombre,

    I remember that shop from when I used to live and work in the area. I have not been in there in a while and have no idea if it's still there though. The only one worthwhile I have been to recently (last spring) in Redondo Beach is where the Cambria Bike shop (among others) used to be on PCH just south of Ave D. I used to live just around the corner at Ave C and Juanita. Nice little shop with some nice bikes, helpful staff and OK selection of parts. Certainly worth a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpaws
    I like the crew at Helen Cycles in Westwood/West LA.
    Good mechanics there. Sales manager there is friendly and knows his stuff.

    Santa Monica Helen Cycles location can get pretty crowded and hectic, but they are the larger location and have more inventory. They have a fancy boutique bike section upstairs for the high rollers and big spenders.
    you're allowed to go up there??

    i thought that was only for employees ha...

    problem with the SM Helen's is that they only really carry Cannondale, Trek, and Gary Fisher. I don't really like any of those companies, even though i bought a trek there....

    they should have a greater variety
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster1200
    Here are my 2 cents.

    I build at least two high-end bikes a year (if only I could sell them that fast). I build my own bikes, and usually build my own wheels; however, some times I don't have the time to sit down and build the wheels.

    My thumbs up descriptions are rather short, simply because I have expectations of good service and competency from all businesses, but these shops are certainly noteworthy.

    Thumbs up:
    * The Path in Tustin - Great wheel builds! Good prices, great selection, knowledgable crew, and the willingness to order things (many shops don't like to place special orders). They are hardcore enthusiasts, but don't talk like it (see The Bike Co below).

    * Rock and Road in Laguna - great prices and customer service (it helps to ask to beat Supergo's prices). The Rock and Road in Lake Forest on Portola has irritated me on a few occasions, though (example, I was looking for specific gold anodized parts for my SS - the guy there said that what I was looking for was way out of style and that no one should have gold anodized parts - what a jack @$$! Meanwhile, the other sales guy was selling a Specialized Enduro that had a bunch of gold ano parts (stock) - apparently, he didn't know what bikes were on the showroom floor).

    * Switchback Cyclery - I haven't found the shop since they moved, but they offer great service and are truly enthusiasts.

    * Atomic Bikes in Whittier - Good prices and service.


    Thumbs down:
    * Supergo (Fountain Valley, Santa Monica, and Aliso Woods) - My friends have experienced more incompetence from their technicians than what I thought is possible (examples: short cables limiting suspension travel, oil heights in forks were backwards, stupid parts mix advice, tires installed backwards, and a general misunderstanding of how bicycles work). Their service is horrible (twice I've driven long distances because a guy on the phone said that they had parts in stock when they never did), and they rarely ever have anything in stock that I need. I get so frustrated when trying to buy parts from that place. However, sometimes they have great pricing on obscure parts that no one will ever want or on last year's stuff (which is still good, but watch for OE stuff that has different specification than what you think you are buying!!!). I hate house brands (Weyless).

    * Adrenaline Bikes in "whereever they are this week" - The worst wheel builds ever!!! I ended up redoing them myself. I've ordered few parts and on a couple parts, they kept saying that they will be in next week, next week, next week. So in one case, I also needed that same part for another bike, so I ordered it from another shop (who was supposedly ordering it from the same distributor). I got it from them in no time, while Adrenaline kept saying "next week." They do often have a great selection on parts.

    * The Bike Co in Lake Forest - I'm mixed on this one. Pricing has always been average to high (okay, retail), but I don't care for their service. I don't appreciate the way they talk down to me like I'm a newbie. I've been into this for a long time.
    Good detailed account of Bike shops in the Southern California area. However, I have had a different experience with The Bike Co. I bought a bike for my wife there a couple of months ago and the guys were great. I think the guys name who helped us was Brian. Maybe not, but he was one of the Honda/Turner team riders. He was super helpful and really patient when he was explaining the basics of full suspension to my wife. We bought an 04 Kona Dawg Deelux for $500 off MSRP and then he took another $100 off. He also through in a pair of Jack **** pedals, a fork pump, some lube and a chainstay protector. At no time did he ever talk down to us or harsh us in anyway. He also took the time to show me on some maps places to go ride around Orange the next time I was down in the area. So I give The Bike Co. 2 thumbs up and Velo Pro gets them too because they are really cool too and put on a good movie pemier. NWD 5

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    Props To Amazon Bikes in San Diego.

    They always are ready to fix your bike and give you maintenence for free. All the guys there ride (like with most shops) so thats good. They will go the extra mile to get you what you need and when you need it.
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    stuck in the middle

    Quote Originally Posted by KnackGnack
    Moved from OC to the Pasadena/Glendale area and haven't found a good local shop. Anyone have a suggestion?

    For those in OC, I highly recommend The Path. I still consider them my shop of choice, but I'm only in OC once or twice a month, and would like to know a decent LBS.
    unfortunately unless your a roadie pass shops suck.........if you go west to burbank h&s bicycles is into everything from road to bmx to custom dh and the people there are great. if you go east incycle in san dimas is also another good shop

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    The Path Bike Shop

    Again, a vote for the Path Bike Shop in Tustin.

    They have EVERYTHING that a serious rider needs or wants.
    Every component that means something is either there already or on the way.
    They are stocked for XC, DH, FR, Singlespeed, and some comfort bikes too.
    The best mechanics I've come across.
    Deals to match anyone.
    It's small, but it packs a punch.

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    the beyond bikes in carmel mountain (san diego) is really cool. the service there is great. and the people are nice and always find time to help out me and my friends.
    Live to Ride, Ride to live

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    LBS.... Oh, I get it! Local Bike Store ;)

    My favorite in HEMET is THE CHOP SHOP! Small, nice owner (lady knows her stuff & does all the work), good service, good quick repairs, good prices, carries mostly BMX, but has MTB's & Cruisers. K2, Fuji, Specialized.
    951-927-0242

    Bicycle Service Ctr. is small & Carries mostly good MTB's; Giant, Santa Cruz, etc. They seem good but I havent dealt with them much. (951) 658-2676

    Strawberry is bigger & more street oriented it seems. The owner is a nice guy & practicle. Long time in the bussines. (951) 658-8997

    Extreme Sports is small with mostly BMX & some mountain. Owner seems like a nice guy. (EDIT: did some grossly negligent "work" to a friends mountain bike, & facts shifted a few times... too bad)
    (951) 658-2453


    Hemet is near Temecula, Riverside, Banning, Idllwyld.
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    Circle Cycle got bought out by the big chains.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Brihombre
    I am coming to SoCal for the Hoildays. When I was a kid about 35 years ago, we used to hang around Circle Cycle on Redondo Beach Blvd across from Alondra Park. Is it still there? Also what is a good shop in the area?
    I used to live near there and when in town, I used to stop by. This past year they got bought out and they are now Performance or Supergo... I forget which one.

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    Number # 1 bike shop is.... The Path Bike Shop.....

    I have tried to build a relationship with several LBS's in NorCal, but they really have an attitude. If you don''t ride like Lance, they just ignore you.

    One kind person on MTBR tipped me off to try the Path Bike shop for a set of wheels. I went for it. They were great and the service was first class. I ordered a few parts and the prices were good and the speed of service was outstanding. When it came time to purchase a high end bike, I had no reservations to have them order build and deliver the bike to me. I travel to SoCal a lot, so it was easy to stop in and get measured. I dropped off a down payment and within the estimated time frame, my new bike was in and built. I stopped by for a fitting, paid it off, and took it home. Everyone was happy.

    About a year later, I did the same thing with another high end bike. Absolutely no problems.

    I also shipped a frame to a painter for refurb. I had them ship it back to the Path Bike shop who refit all new parts on it. Perfect once again. I dropped off a couple of cases of Micro Brews and drove back to NorCal happy as a clam.

    Now whenever I need something, I just call Tani or Carl and they take care of me. Never a worry. I mail them a check and they mail me what I want.

    If I had employees like them, I could spend more time riding and less time solving problems created by my employees at work.

    The greatest compliment I can give The Path Bike shop is my return business. My money goes to the best, regardless of where they are. They have not forgotten who the customer is, unlike many of the pretender bike shops up here in NorCal who could have had my business many times over......but will never see me again.

    I would be glad to recommend The Path to anyone who lives in or outside of SoCal.

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    I mainly shop at Coates Cyclery in the Pomona/Claremont area.
    There are many options in Socal, but this place keeps
    me coming back. The service is outstanding, and I highly
    recommend this shop.

    I have also been to the Incycle in San Dimas, and while the kids
    there strive to do a good job, the manager-lady is constantly
    yelling at them in front of the customers.

    I see a lot of reviews for the Path. I have been there, too. The
    guys there seemed nice, but they only carry about 10 bikes in the
    entire shop. I'm sure they could "order one" for you though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mowerman
    I see a lot of reviews for the Path. I have been there, too. The
    guys there seemed nice, but they only carry about 10 bikes in the
    entire shop. I'm sure they could "order one" for you though
    Two things...
    1. Simply because there are lots of bikes in stock doesn't mean much. Case in point, Supergo, 99% of what they got, I don't want. Plus, once you've been riding a while, you know what you want prior to going shopping. A good portion of Path customers are this way. They have almost every frame serious riders want and a bevy of comfort bikes now too.
    2. It must have been a while since you've been in to the Path. Not only have they doubled there sq. footage, but created a "bike room" that has floor to ceiling racks. The room probably houses 40 bikes, give or take. DH bikes (Norco, Turner, Kona, etc) FR bikes (Norco, Turner, Kona) XC bikes (Kona, Turner, Titus, Jamis, Bianchi, KHS, etc) and my favorite SS bikes (Surly, Bianchi, Kona, Seven, Gunnar, Voodoo, etc) BMX bikes (S&M, FIT, etc) Trials bikes (Planet X, Woodman, etc) Road bikes (Jamis, Bianchi, Seven, etc) Comfort/Cruiser bikes (who cares about these)

    You get my point. All in stock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Jerry
    I have tried to build a relationship with several LBS's in NorCal, but they really have an attitude. If you don''t ride like Lance, they just ignore you.

    One kind person on MTBR tipped me off to try the Path Bike shop for a set of wheels. I went for it. They were great and the service was first class. I ordered a few parts and the prices were good and the speed of service was outstanding. When it came time to purchase a high end bike, I had no reservations to have them order build and deliver the bike to me. I travel to SoCal a lot, so it was easy to stop in and get measured. I dropped off a down payment and within the estimated time frame, my new bike was in and built. I stopped by for a fitting, paid it off, and took it home. Everyone was happy.

    About a year later, I did the same thing with another high end bike. Absolutely no problems.

    I also shipped a frame to a painter for refurb. I had them ship it back to the Path Bike shop who refit all new parts on it. Perfect once again. I dropped off a couple of cases of Micro Brews and drove back to NorCal happy as a clam.

    Now whenever I need something, I just call Tani or Carl and they take care of me. Never a worry. I mail them a check and they mail me what I want.

    If I had employees like them, I could spend more time riding and less time solving problems created by my employees at work.

    The greatest compliment I can give The Path Bike shop is my return business. My money goes to the best, regardless of where they are. They have not forgotten who the customer is, unlike many of the pretender bike shops up here in NorCal who could have had my business many times over......but will never see me again.

    I would be glad to recommend The Path to anyone who lives in or outside of SoCal.

    -JS-
    For my 120 mile round trip drive , I get all the things I need and want with great service at The Path.

    At least 40 bikes in the shop. And all good ones too. The inexpensive ones are the ones that work, like dakars , stinkys , and HTs. Also a hub case to drool over.. ~(-8. Probally the best wheel builder in SoCal .
    Yeah I gotta question. You got any excuses tonight Roy ? -Antonio Tarver

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    Two things...
    1. Simply because there are lots of bikes in stock doesn't mean much.

    2. It must have been a while since you've been in to the Path. Not only have they doubled there sq. footage, but created a "bike room" that has floor to ceiling racks. The room probably houses 40 bikes . . .

    You get my point. All in stock!

    If it doesn't mean much to have lots of bikes in stock (point #1) then
    why did you spend so much time telling us about the bike room (point #2)?

    You are right, it was Dec. 2002 when I was in there. I was in the market
    for a complete bike and I checked out a lot of bikes at a lot of shops.
    My point is, when shopping for a complete bike (like a lot of
    non-boutique-frame-only-buyers outside of THE OC), it is simply nice
    to be able to ride a few different models and sizes around the parking lot.

    I had no intention of implying that they are in any way a bad shop. I think
    that the employees/service are the #1 thing that makes a shop great, and
    the guys at the Path were nice and helpful. My
    whole point was that, at the time, they didn't have hardly any complete
    bikes for me to try out.

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    I've also have to give Tani and Carl kudos at The Path. They're always going out of their way to help their customers!
    But, here's another shop that hasn't been mentioned: La Habra Cyclery. Jim (the mtb'r) and Brian (the roadie) are great guys. Like The Path, always looking to help the customer out. Both guys are knowledgeable on everything. What bikes do they carry?? Specialized, Giant, Kona, Eddy Mercx(sp?), KHS, Intense, Felt. They've got a ton of bikes to try out also. They will also special order anything. I've known them for 9 years and they're the only guys that touch my rides.

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