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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.
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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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    Another vote for the PATH

    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    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.
    I've been to pretty much most bike shops in Southern California and nobody q,uite has the expertise, customer service, and stock of the Path. They have all the stuff that any mountain biker would want, Chris King Headsets, Hubs, etc..

    Their mechanics are much more knowlegable than any other, and their prices are very reasonable. A few days back, Tani spent a long time trying to figure out a drive train issue i had for months. When I came to pick up the bike, it was fixed. Couldn't have been more satisfied. Although its a 30 minute drive for me, its well worth it

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    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.
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    not to advertise for the shop i work at, but pasadena cyclery ain't so bad... the shop does sell a lot of road bikes, but we do a lot of mountain stuff too (everything from xc to dh). i'm a die-hard mountain biker, and so is the other main sales guy, so if any mountain bikers in pasadena are looking for a shop, stop by and say hi. it would give me a nice break from talking about hybrid bikes.

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    The Path is the best!! They just built up my new Voodoo Bizango. Super professional and they know their stuff. I love how everyone who works there is pretty much a bike mechanic. They don't really have separate sales people with the mechanics working in the back of the shop. Everyone works together, and they're down to earth, friendly and educated. What more could you ask for? Oh and the prices are great too.

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    Pasadena area

    I live in Pasadena so I visit the LBS in the area regularly. Of the local ones, I like:

    1. Jones Bicycles (San Marino) - friendly service / advice. They carry Giant, Tomac, and sell Titus as well. They are getting more higher end bikes in. Benson will hook you up with whatever you need.

    2. Helen's (Arcadia) - contrary to an earlier post, I've had pretty good rapport with the stafff at Helen's. Scott is very knowledgeable. They carry a great selection of bikes - Santa Cruz, Foes, Cannondale, Trek, Rocky Mtn.

    3. In Cycle (San Dimas) - a little further away, but great selection. Eric is very helpful.

    4. Numerous other local shops in Pasadena, but most of them cater more to the road crowd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mowerman
    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.
    I think his point about having many bikes in stock was referring to a situation where there are a lot of bikes in stock, but none are particularly desirable - that's why he brought up the Superho example.

    I mean seriously, I would love to put half or more of the bikes at the PATH in my garage, but would only take a tiny fraction of the ones at Stupidgo.

    Honestly, I was so impressed with the service, knowledge, prices, and professionalism at the PATH. If it wasn't for those guys, my biking experience would be far less enjoyable. I had so many damn drivetrain issues - and nobody had a clue - and mostly everybody didn't give a care, given the complexity associated with the problem.

    But with Tani and the guys at the PATH, it was like a bunch of friends tearing down a bike to figure out the problem. No sales pressure, no feeling like your bothering them, just some troubleshooting with pals. They have all the latest technology - and only recommend stuff as if those components were going on their own bikes.

    The PATH ROCKS!!

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    My favorite

    Has been Coates in Pomona.Cory and his crew are really adept and what they do.Large inventory of bikes,but most are for the masses and not a lot of real high end mountain stuff there,but they can get about everything.Don't be afraid to ask for a discount.They are fair to good on prices.Mechnically I've been very pleased compared to a few other shops.
    Others in the area:

    Incycle-San Dimas- Good shop but it depends who works on your bike, if it'll be done right.

    Competetive Edge-Upland: Does good wrenching,higher prices then most places, takes a long time to get wrenching done.

    Jenson-Ontario:Great prices, never tried their wrenching, good service,nice guys.

    Incycle-Chino:I bought 3 bikes from this location and still was treated like a stranger from the manager, the guys working there were cool enough but after the guy (manager) made his sale he virtually ignored me.I haven't been back there in over 2 years.

    I average about 6000 dollars a year on spending in bike related purchases,more then some,less then others.I recently started doing more and more of my own wrenching and for the easy stuff I like what I do, better then what I get done at most shops.But I still manage to screw things up occasionally.
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    If you're ever in the San Fernando Valley, CA, check out Pedaler's West in the City of San Fernando.

    I've been going here for years, since the late '80,s that is, and they never failed to offer the best service possible. I just bought a Trek from them a month ago and they've been nothing but helpful, inciteful, and friendly.

    I've been to a lot of bike shops in the valley and no one compares in service and selection.
    I ordered my Trek w/o disc brakes and they set it up for me and I was ready to go with it. Then, I changed my mind and wanted the model with disc brakes. I felt bad about asking them to switch but George said it was "no problem." He simply picked up the phone and called Trek. They sent out the 2nd bike the next day and George had it put together for me overnight. They bent over backwards for me and I'll always appreciate that.

    George and John have been the proprietors here since they bought the place 6 years ago. I'll continue to come here for all of my needs. There's no need to shop around again.

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    I'm stuck in L.A. from Vail on a project... Being used to having the local boys from Vail building bikes and keeping 'em in top shape, it's been hard here in So Cal to trust anyone with my War Pony.

    I did find a good shop in I.Martin on Beverly Blvd. near Crescent Heights.

    They carry Trek, Santa Cruz, Giant and Elektra.

    Their mechanics are competent and ride mountain bikes...

    Not the nicest staff.
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    In San Diego I've had good luck with:

    North of the Border. Small shop, not much on hand stock but will order anything, great service and very cool guys (Eric and Michael). Also, great about dispensing mechanical advice and good mechanics themselves.

    Beyond Bikes: people like to bash on their online practices but I've always had good luck there with the mechanics (Taylor and Greg) and some of the salespeople (Steve I think it was). Tons of selection too.

    Bicycle Warehouse: Good selection, indoor test track, generally cool employees from the few times I've been there.

    Shops I'm personally not that fond of:

    Performance on Ruffin Rd: a few cool guys there but generally kind of jerky. Quality of work isn't that great (set a star nut crooked and screwed the top cap on anyway). Wanted me to go home (to print a webpage) to honor an online price (when they have a computer w/ a connection in front of them)

    Supergo in Oceanside: Salespeople were kind of schmucks. Weren't that friendly (or informed) and seemed more interested in making the sale than the customer or riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by will8250
    Beyond Bikes: people like to bash on their online practices but I've always had good luck there with the mechanics (Taylor and Greg) and some of the salespeople (Steve I think it was). Tons of selection too.
    Taylor is really great to my friends and I. He will always make time for us, and will help us to find the best deal. After stating my budget, he said he could hook me up with a frame and fork for my price when the frame alone was $100 over my budget.
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    Good job! Bicycle Warehouse San Diego

    Bicycle Warehouse is awesome. Every time I have gone there, the crew went above and beyond. Their wrench turners are super cool too. They also have an indoor test track and sponsor rides throughout the week.

    www.bicyclewarehouse.com

    Not so cool = Trek in La Mesa. I came about 45 minutes from closing and it just seemed like they were trying to push me out the door. However, I went to the Trek store off Balboa about 10 minutes before closing and they still helped me out a ton and were really cool.

    Just my $.02

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    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.
    live in Altadena/Pasadena and you couldn't pay me to use Steve's Bike Shop or Pasadena Cyclery. Service, attitude and prices suck. I've heard mixed things about Helens in Arcadia but I have no 1st hand experience to speak of. Velo Bikes on Colorado (Pasadena) is great but they're primarily a roadie shop and are not that experienced in mtb.

    In Glendale, you can find Glendale Cyclery (on Glenoaks, between Grandview and Western) to be a friendly and knowledgeable shop. The owner, Doug, has been running the shop for over 20 years now. He has fair prices and quick service. He lacks in inventory variety due to the size of the shop. They're a Specialized, Trek and Ellsworth dealers.

    In Burbank, I guess H&S is okay. I bought my kid a BMX street bike and was happy with the deal. Chris (PacMan) referred me and Rob (the owner) seemed to give me a fair deal. More recently, I sent him a friend who bought a starter Kona F/S bike for around $1500.00. Within hours of the guy bringing his bike home, he noticed the front fork wasn't holding air. Once he contacted the shop, he didn't get the kind of response he was hoping. He was told to come in and they'll have to ship the fork back to Zoke for repair. I found that kind of cheesy, considering the bike was just purchased and if inspected properly, they would've caught the problem before the bike left the shop. Eventually, it was taken care of. Weeks later, the guy's hydro brake pads were running medal on medal and he couldn't have ridden more then 50 miles on the bike. Come to find out, the brakes were not installed properly and if inspected in the shop before the bike left, any logical-minded mechanic would've caught it. This is not a knock on H&S but rather just my experience (sorry Chris.)

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    Good job!

    Rock-N-Road in Mission Viejo is by far the best LBS I know. Always friendly, know what they're talking about and will match or beat prices! Love that place!

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    Rock-n-Road Cyclery in Mission Viejo

    Got to tell you, I'm very happy with Rock-n-Road in Mission Viejo. I went shopping for a full-suspension, test rode the 05 Stumpjumper FSR 120, both medium and large frames. With the help of the shop, settled on the large. After deciding, we found the large was sold. They could have pushed the medium, but didn't. So as not to lose business, they offered by the 04 Anniversary Stumpjumper for the same price as the FSR 120. All XTR, Mavic Crossmax SL rims, the works. I can't tell you how satisfied I am with this shop. Now, if it will just stop raining.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeTruth
    live in Altadena/Pasadena and you couldn't pay me to use Steve's Bike Shop or Pasadena Cyclery. Service, attitude and prices suck. I've heard mixed things about Helens in Arcadia but I have no 1st hand experience to speak of. Velo Bikes on Colorado (Pasadena) is great but they're primarily a roadie shop and are not that experienced in mtb.
    sorry your experience at pasadena cyclery was bad... i've been to tons of shops in southern california, and i really don't think our prices are any higher than what you'll find anywhere else. i try to help out every custormer to the best of my ability, but i guess every shop has its detractors. it's funny, because 80% of our business is in mountain bikes, and all of our salespeople are mountain bikers, but people (not necessarily you) still think of us as a snooty road shop. go figure.
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    One More Vote For Pasadena Cyclery

    I would have to say Pasadena Cyclery is my favorite bike shop in the Pasadena area. I've been to several looking for a good LBS. I'm still not over South Bay Cycles though. I've checked out Helen’s, they sucked, checked out a shop in Montrose, okay, checked out a shop in Burbank, B&H I think, under whelmed. I tried to see if they had the chain rings I wanted and the guy tried to sell me an LX crank set. The worst, hands down was Bicycle Doctor. They had a very limited selection of bikes and hardly any parts.

    All in all Pasadena Cyclery will be my new LBS of choice as long as I live in Pasadena.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dramius
    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.
    (951) 658-2453


    Hemet is near Temecula, Riverside, Banning, Idllwyld.
    Chop Shop looks like hole in the wall, they are actually open for bisiness? I have to check it out. I wasn't trying to be rude, I just never thought that it was an actual shop. Learn something new everyday.
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! La Habra cyclery~~!!! best i found

    carry great bikes and are very friendly. Great prices and the guys will work with ya. they carry Specialized, Kona, Intence, Giant, Nirve, KHS(i think) and shwin i think. either way great place. on harbor blvd between la habra and whittier blvd

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    fullerton...

    ok this is kinda biased, because i work there, but even before i did, fullerton bikes has always been a great place for me. while they dont stock as much high-end stuff as say somewhere like the path or something, they had always been very helpful and speedy with special orders. up until i got a job there i did most of my shopping there because mike was always down for the cause, and now i do ALL my shopping there, regardless of the fact that id probably get canned if i went even remotely near a supergo...not that i would anyway...yuck!
    Keep the mind suspended and the wheels firmly connected to one another via tubes and a nice bearing unit and you will have fun. Again, your mind is like a television set...if you are not having fun, try changing the channel(attitude) rather than the entire TVset. This will add to your bag O' Trix for life....(somebody said this in a thread, it really made me think...thanks for the inspiration)

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    SOUTH BAY CYCLES!!!!!

    ...HAS MOVED!! ..from 1206 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach TO ___Sepulveda, east of Crenshaw in Torrance. In the previous location of Bikeology.
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    They haven't yet updated their site.

    These guys are the best. 'nuff said.
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    Helen's Santa Monica - Thumbs Up!!!

    I am in West LA. About 10 zillion people live in this area so you would think we would have better bike shops around, but we don't. In my immediate area there is Wheel World, Culver City (thumbs down), Supergo, Santa Monica (thumbs down) & two Helen 's Bike Shops. The Helen's in Westwood gets a thumbs down also. However, the Helen's in Santa Monica on Broadway and 25th is pretty good. The guys in the shop there are hit and miss. They do have lots of good gear and bikes there, though. George, a sales guy, is super cool, knows his stuff, very helpful, and he is a bad ass downhiller. Go see him. He steered me correct a few times now. You will get better deals at Supergo a few miles away, but don't go there if you can help it, they just stink. The big reason I go to Helen's in Santa Monica is Wilbur in Service. He is a geat bike mechanic. Also a cool guy. I forged a good relationship with him. He really knows my bike now and takes good care of me whenever I pop in. He upgraded and installed a fork for me, tuned my bike a few times, put in Hayes brakes and etc..... The other service guys there are hit and miss. So if you are in need of a good mechanic in West LA, Wilbur at Helen's in Santa Monica is THE MAN! Make sure he does the work - not one of the other guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSped
    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.

    Thanks Guys

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    Another nod to the staff at The Path - great service, and they really know their stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSped
    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.

    Thanks Guys

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    Without a doubt The Path is a fantastic shop!!

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    What's up with the new store?

    Quote Originally Posted by JSUN
    SOUTH BAY CYCLES!!!!!
    ...HAS MOVED!! ..from 1206 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach TO ___Sepulveda, east of Crenshaw in Torrance. In the previous location of Bikeology.
    --WWW.SOUTHBAYCYCLES.COM--
    They haven't yet updated their site. These guys are the best. 'nuff said.
    Went there to get my disc brakes checked/aligned because they are one of, if not the only shop in the area that has the alignment/facing tool. The rear is not centered as good as it could be. Anyway, Bikeology is still there. The salesperson is not cool. I was spoken down to when I asked to have the caliper mount checked with the tool. He said the tool didn't exist, but was corrected when the mechanic told him differently. I guess the mech. is from the Redondo store, but he wasn't much help other than saying they did have the tool. I didn't get the bike serviced. By their account you shouldn't worry about optimizing the disc setup if the rotor is not rubbing against the pads.

    The situation with the takeover or merging is not clear. The salesperson said SBC moved because their lease was up and were merging with Bikeology. He also said they bringing their customers to Bikeology and the Bikeology name was staying. It really sounded like he didn't know what he was talking about. To add to the confusion the SBC phone number is just a recording. It's too bad because I thought highly of the Redondo store when I had some service done there before and during the time they were Cambria (CBO).

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    South Bay Cycles has moved. We had to move since the property was sold. We are working out of Bikecology in Torrance @ 2355 West Sepulveda, just east of Crenshaw Blvd. We are doing the best we can.

    Please understand that we are ALL doing what we can and will have things cleared up very soon.
    Thank you,
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    I’ve pretty much given up on LBS’s in general, especially when it comes to working on my bikes. My recent experience with a warrantee fork re-build and missed promised dates for the repairs unfortunately reinforced my thoughts. I finally picked up the un-repaired bike and ordered the be-build parts online this past Saturday, and will re-build the fork myself tomorrow night after the parts arrive; and will once again continue to do all my own building and maintenance.

    However…….my choice for a great LBS is Rock N Road in Laguna Niguel. They are super customer oriented and have always been the type of old-school shop where you can walk in and have the tech’s rummage around their bins for hard-to-find parts. They recently came through for me with a super fast turn-around on a special order part; and in the past have been more than accommodating with unusual requests like helping me find a replacement brake lever or one crank arm after one of my many crashes. Not many bike shops will go that far.

    South County Cycle in San Juan is also very similar with their back-room tech’s, and the old-school feel of being able to walk into the shop, talk with the tech’s and rummage around with them in the parts bins.

    When it comes to these two shops I don’t worry about haggling over pennies on the price, since both have always come through for me on special orders without my having to call back to chase down an order. IMO, when you find a good shop that you feel comfortable with, you should give them your support.

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    The Path in Tustin, PERIOD!!!!!!!! Look no further.

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    vote: The Path

    By recommendation of this thread I chose The Path for my recent wheel build.

    It's often hard to find a place so willing to help when you are supplying all the parts. The guys at The Path where very helpful and even offered to order the Lefty specific adapter my front wheel build would require (even though they don't sell Cannondales).

    The price for the wheel build was in the top range of the quotes I gathered, (dollar a spoke) but certainly fair considering the excellent build and speedy turn around.

    They also have a good selection of high end bikes as well as a HUGE selection of '05 suspension forks, tires and gear.

    I dropped off a box of parts and this is what I picked up three days later... Thanks again for the awesome build guys..

    Rear Hub: 32h Hadley 108pt Ti T/A
    Front Hub: 32h Woodman LFY XL
    Spokes: Sapim CX-Ray, Polyax nipples
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    Yet another vote for THE PATH

    They are on the corner of First and B Street in Tustin. (714) 669-0784

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    For east SFV . . .

    I go to H&S for mountain stuff, and to Bicycle John's for road stuff, for wheel repair and building, and to drool over some high end stuff.

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    Idiot..

    bla bla bla

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    Wtf

    WTF are you talking about? Idiot bla, bla, bla? I see that you have replied to my post, is there some reason?

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    Shoreline Cycles SUX

    Normally I wouldn't review a shop but..... I have to say something.
    I talked to Brian, apparently he is the owner of this shop in Ventura. I told him I was looking to buy some parts from him. He said to email him a list of the parts and he would get me the prices by that evening.
    I sent him a very nice looong list of parts that I am ready to blow some cash on. No email that night. Big deal. I wait one day, 2 days, move on to 6 days. I call the shop and spoke to someone who said they would be right on it.
    No email.
    Now we are moving on over a week and a half now. I finally emailed him and he said that he'd been very busy and he would get right on.
    No email, no phone call. NOTHING.
    Finally I said fock it, I am going to spend my money elsewhere. I called him and was very polite and said thanks for and I am going to another shop to spend my money(just in case he was going to send me a price list). I was very polite when I called.
    He hung up the phone on me.
    That is all I need to know. I wasn't pushy, I didn't bug him. He made a promise, didn't come through, and then hung up the phone on me. All I wanted to do was spend a lot of money at his shop.

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    No good Pasadena Cyclery

    All I know about this place is nada. I walk in, make contact with most of the people there and was promptly ignored. No other customers in the shop. Would it hurt to say hi?

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    Not fond of Pasadena Cyclery either

    Quote Originally Posted by stumpdriver
    All I know about this place is nada. I walk in, make contact with most of the people there and was promptly ignored. No other customers in the shop. Would it hurt to say hi?
    I'm not fond of Pasadena Cyclery, either. I prefer Jones Bicycles in San Marino or In Cycle in Pasadena or Helen's in Arcadia. I agree it is nice for the salespersons to greet you when you enter a store. Sometimes, however, I like to be able to browse a little on my own before being "attacked" by the sales force. I know that often I just like to look around to see if anything new came in. If I'm looking for something specific, or need help, I'll approach the sales or service people and ask directly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    I would have to say Pasadena Cyclery is my favorite bike shop in the Pasadena area. I've been to several looking for a good LBS. I'm still not over South Bay Cycles though. I've checked out Helen’s, they sucked, checked out a shop in Montrose, okay, checked out a shop in Burbank, B&H I think, under whelmed. I tried to see if they had the chain rings I wanted and the guy tried to sell me an LX crank set. The worst, hands down was Bicycle Doctor. They had a very limited selection of bikes and hardly any parts.

    All in all Pasadena Cyclery will be my new LBS of choice as long as I live in Pasadena.
    Mtnfiend, I just noticed you were in the Pasadena area. Have you checked out the new In Cycle shop on Colorado Blvd (next to Zankou's Chicken)? They have a large store with great selection. I've been in there a few times and the service has been very good. I haven't had any bike work done there yet, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yangpei
    I'm not fond of Pasadena Cyclery, either. I prefer Jones Bicycles in San Marino or In Cycle in Pasadena or Helen's in Arcadia. I agree it is nice for the salespersons to greet you when you enter a store. Sometimes, however, I like to be able to browse a little on my own before being "attacked" by the sales force. I know that often I just like to look around to see if anything new came in. If I'm looking for something specific, or need help, I'll approach the sales or service people and ask directly.
    all you have to say is "just looking" and we'll leave you alone... as you can see from the poster above, some people would rather have the shop guys come up and talk to them instead of asking for a specific item. guess we can't please everyone, though.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jordan
    all you have to say is "just looking" and we'll leave you alone... as you can see from the poster above, some people would rather have the shop guys come up and talk to them instead of asking for a specific item. guess we can't please everyone, though.
    Jordan, you're still defending your shop?
    I always feel quite pleasant shopping in Pasadena Cyclery,
    even I was just checking stuff out there most of the time...
    I used to live within walking distance to PC.
    Brian(who worked there years ago) is a great guy, and so are the rest of the staff.
    Now, Incycle(Tony is super nice) came into the game.
    It's gonna stir things up a bit in Pasadena.

    By the way, wanna ride El Prieto again this Sunday(6/27)? We'll meet up in JPL parking @10:30AM. Nice FXR, Jordan.

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    In the East San Gabriel Valley, I'll vouch for both Incycle in San Dimas, and Coates Bicycles in Claremont. They're both competent, profit-oriented businesses that will give you a good value for your dollar.

    I've bought a Specialized from Incycle, and a Kona from Coates. Both great bikes, and both good deals. The few problems I've had have been taken care of immediately, with asses kicked so that they would never happen again. What more do you want from your LBS?

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    i've been to jax in tustin/irvine area... haven't bought a bike just a few parts. overall the service is great, all the employees are knowledgable and actually fun to talk to. Prices are average, selection is above average but not the best either. recommended.

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    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 know this is an old post and a little off topic but I had to reply.

    Unfortunately, Circle Cycle is no longer. I'm not sure of the details but there is now a Performance Bicycle there. A lot of the old employees are still there so it "sort of" has the same feel. Back in my days of BMX riding (more than 20 years ago), we would all hangout there too. I actually bought my first mountain bike there in '89...a Cannondale.

    I'm in the process of buying a new bike and have had a hard time finding good service. I recently went to Helen's in Manhattan Beach. I like to be approached by a salesperson but at Helen's I had to ask for help. Noneltheless, the salespeople are friendly and knowledgeable.

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    The Path bike shop

    I would have to agree with everyone here about 'The Path' bike shop. I only stopped there once a long time ago for a Shimano BB and Tani and his crew were very cool and didn't talk down to me even though I might have sounded like a newbie..... what a difference after dealing with those guys at Supergo.

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    Another recommendation for the Path. I had a drivetrain issue that was fixed as well as a squealing issue with my juicy sevens. I was all ready to buy new pads but instead of just trying to make another sale, they took the time to fix it for me. They even went out of their way to teach me how to fix it if the problem ever came up again(i'm a newb). I won't hesitate to drive 45 minutes just to give them my business. Incycle in pasadena also has friendly sales people. No experience with their mechanics though.

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    Another vote for the Path

    Bought my SS Seven (Verve) back in April based on reviews from here and friends feedback. Now in the process of ordering my second Seven (Geared, Sola).

    Tani and crew were very helpful!

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    I have read the entire sticky, and there are a lot of good shops about 20 miles from me, but does anyone know of a good shop in thousand oaks/newbury pary area? I don'tmind driving, but I usually have to take a special day off to go to my LBS since it is 20 min away (or because I spend hours there, LOL)

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    Michae's Bicycles

    Quote Originally Posted by ero2
    I have read the entire sticky, and there are a lot of good shops about 20 miles from me, but does anyone know of a good shop in thousand oaks/newbury pary area? I don'tmind driving, but I usually have to take a special day off to go to my LBS since it is 20 min away (or because I spend hours there, LOL)

    I moved away from T.O about 3 months ago but I was using Michael's Bicycles alot. I was only in CA for about 1 1/2 years but tried several local LBS's. I never bought a bike from them, but I upgraded the crap of my bikes and my wife's. And, there service completely kicks butt. Shawn is probably the best wrench that has ever touched my bikes. And, there prices are very reasonable for service. And, sometimes they will meet online prices as long as it isn't some kind of one off 85% off deal. Michael's is in Newbury Park

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    No good Cycle World in Northridge, Ca

    I can't recall seeing a post for Cycle World in Northridge, but here is my take on them. My friend and I purchased our bikes from them, and have been very dissapointed by their customer service. We have brought our bikes in at least a dozen times each. Each visit never resulted in getting what we needed repaired fixed completely. They offer a lifetime adjustment with the sale of each of their bikes, but I don't want to have to bring my bike in after each ride because they never fully repaired what was wrong with my bike. One word of advice if you do decide to use this shop for repair, make sure that whomever is writing you up a work ticket actually writes down what is wrong with your bike. They seem to rely on their memory and believe me their memory is not so good.

    My friend and I have decided to use Valley Bicycles in Chatsworth instead. We have to pay for small adjustments, but at least we know the work will actually be done, and done correctly. They write down anything that needs to be done, and are very professional and friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big boy phil
    I can't recall seeing a post for Cycle World in Northridge, but here is my take on them. My friend and I purchased our bikes from them, and have been very dissapointed by their customer service. We have brought our bikes in at least a dozen times each. Each visit never resulted in getting what we needed repaired fixed completely. They offer a lifetime adjustment with the sale of each of their bikes, but I don't want to have to bring my bike in after each ride because they never fully repaired what was wrong with my bike. One word of advice if you do decide to use this shop for repair, make sure that whomever is writing you up a work ticket actually writes down what is wrong with your bike. They seem to rely on their memory and believe me their memory is not so good.

    My friend and I have decided to use Valley Bicycles in Chatsworth instead. We have to pay for small adjustments, but at least we know the work will actually be done, and done correctly. They write down anything that needs to be done, and are very professional and friendly.
    Check out bicycle den in the balboa/devonshire big5 plaza... great guys they got there. Only sell specialized though.

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    thanks, I will give them a try.

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