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    New Shop in Golden

    As of a week ago last Friday, Golden was officially a 4 bike shop town.
    Pedal Pushers relocated to the old Big Ring location on the east end of town.

    I stopped in and talked to the owner a bit. Nice guy, and he plans to cater to whatever the locals want/ need. I mentioned that the gravity side is neglected on this side of town.

    He also employs a former Push tech, so probably where I'll go for fork service after tax returns come back...
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    Ditto. Eric know's suspension and understand shocks / forks. I hope they bust a move on the gravity side of things. At least they're open on Saturdays!

    BTW, Big Ring doesn't count as a bike shop. That's not a shop but rather a black hole of customers pissed off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    Ditto. Eric know's suspension and understand shocks / forks. I hope they bust a move on the gravity side of things. At least they're open on Saturdays!

    BTW, Big Ring doesn't count as a bike shop. That's not a shop but rather a black hole of customers pissed off.
    What customers? Roadies? Does that count?

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    Big Ring... as in resembles zero... as in how much they care about you if you don't drop $15K on a road bike there?

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    I saw that Pedal Pushers was going in when I was driving by a couple of weeks ago. I say, welcome to Golden. It's not bad living in a place where there are so many bike shops. It shows what a great cycling community Golden is and is becoming. I'd guess there are more riders per capita in Golden than there are in any other Front Range community, Boulder included. I personally like all the shops in town and, though I don't know Pedal Pushers, each shop seems to have a decent niche, which is cool.

    I'll just take a minute to defend Big Ring's honor. They've been really good to me and I think they are much better shop than people give them credit for. First, I'll acknowledge that right up front that they, in the past, really haven't catered to the mtb community and I know I initially wasn't a big fan when I first went in back when they were in the old location. But they've been working with my XC race team for the last few years and BR is a much different place than it was four or five years ago. To be frank, they carry some of the coolest bikes around -- and I'm talking about their mtbs, not their road bikes. They're really aren't that many shops that are focused on the high-end, but BR is, which is pretty cool. The wrenches are good guys who race XC and CX and do a very good job. If your opinion is set, then so it goes, but Big Ring is a really good shop that is increasingly focused on some killer mountain bikes.

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    Kyle,
    I know they've been working hard to repair their tarnished image. My first experience was them throwing (yep, throwing) a tool at me because I wanted to pull my own cranks instead of letting them do it for a fee. They ensured me that the crank puller was the right one. It wasn't. I went to return it and they claimed I had already used it and couldn't take it back. whatever. They're stock sucks in my opinion.

    When I've done bike repair day's in my neighborhood to raise money for the MS150, every shop in town was behind me except them. Not only that, my neighbors came out of the wood work complaining about their service (or lack thereof)... I ended up repairing 5 bikes that day due to their issues. Above that, all had some story about how horrible they were treated. The customers were literally ripped off (claimed to have changed out cables when they didn't). Seems that if you don't show up with a wad of cash and an elitist attitude, they turn you away (When I inquired about buying an 8 inch rotor and a Maxxis 2.35 tire, the said "We don't stock parts for those types of people".... WTF?)

    One of the repair guys kept trying to hit on my wife when at the brewery. Thankfully he's no longer there.

    My hood has a lot of riders, and a huge network beyond that. Mtn, road, etc. They've latched on to Green Mountain Sports, Golden Bike Shop and Peak Cycles... All purposely avoiding BR as a passion. They have bigger issues with them than I did.

    I would like to see BR change their attitude and be part of the community. And from what I understand, they have been. I'm glad to see that you've had a great experience with them, I hope they continue the good work for others. I enjoy having 4 shops to shop around at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    Kyle,
    I know they've been working hard to repair their tarnished image. My first experience was them throwing (yep, throwing) a tool at me because I wanted to pull my own cranks instead of letting them do it for a fee. They ensured me that the crank puller was the right one. It wasn't. I went to return it and they claimed I had already used it and couldn't take it back. whatever. They're stock sucks in my opinion.

    When I've done bike repair day's in my neighborhood to raise money for the MS150, every shop in town was behind me except them. Not only that, my neighbors came out of the wood work complaining about their service (or lack thereof)... I ended up repairing 5 bikes that day due to their issues. Above that, all had some story about how horrible they were treated. The customers were literally ripped off (claimed to have changed out cables when they didn't). Seems that if you don't show up with a wad of cash and an elitist attitude, they turn you away (When I inquired about buying an 8 inch rotor and a Maxxis 2.35 tire, the said "We don't stock parts for those types of people".... WTF?)

    One of the repair guys kept trying to hit on my wife when at the brewery. Thankfully he's no longer there.

    My hood has a lot of riders, and a huge network beyond that. Mtn, road, etc. They've latched on to Green Mountain Sports, Golden Bike Shop and Peak Cycles... All purposely avoiding BR as a passion. They have bigger issues with them than I did.

    I would like to see BR change their attitude and be part of the community. And from what I understand, they have been. I'm glad to see that you've had a great experience with them, I hope they continue the good work for others. I enjoy having 4 shops to shop around at.

    Yup. My experiences sound very similar, well minus the slobbering bike tech.

    I went in for a multi-tool. Is that asking for too much? There were four guys behind the register and not one acknowledged my request. What I found hanging on the wall was a $45 2 gram tool that had about four hex wrenches and nothing else. When I asked again if there were others, I got "what do you need it for?". Mountain Bike is a dirty word in there. They smirked and said they don't have that kind of stuff.

    I'll continue to give Peak my repair business, REI my clothing and accessories business, and probably Golden my next bike business (it's a long way off and they have lot's of expensive frames ). Why? Because at least the people working there have personalities (and don't shave their legs). I don't mind paying a little more for quality and service, but at least make an attempt at it.

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    On a side note Peak Cycles is moving down the street to a much larger and improved location at the old Foss building on Washington. I'm looking forward to the grand opening party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69erSycip
    On a side note Peak Cycles is moving down the street to a much larger and improved location at the old Foss building on Washington. I'm looking forward to the grand opening party.
    Yeah!

    Nice, though parking will be a little harder unless the door in the rear lot will be accessible.

    How about expanding the product line? It looks they have been moving to one of those all "specialized" shops. Bring in the good stuff!

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    I like parties! They need a bigger space, and I hope they start stocking more items! For such a small place they actually have good inventory based on who rides in this area.

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    What the shops around here do lack (and can corner the market) is repair stuff. There is more of a concentration of self-wrenchers around here than in most places. So having access to tools, parts, etc is key. Our hood almost has its own bike swap going! So if your a shop in Golden, good accessories is key (light armor, bleed kits, components, parts to components, shock & fork repair, tires bigger than 2.1, multiple types of parts (Not just one chain brand, but numerous), chain rings, tools, tools and tools.

    Hint: A bike wash would be a great way to attract riders!

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    I was wondering what was going to happen in the Foss building. Good to hear it's a bike shop. Now we just need a shop to buy a vacant piece of land for ahem, testing purposes...
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    That Foss location is a great one for a bike shop. It's a WAY better location for Peak because their shop now is just too small. You guys hear that the book store might go out of business? I know he's looking for ways to keep it afloat. I hope he does. Go in there and buy a book. Now if we could just get a decent casual restaurant, Golden would be perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69erSycip
    On a side note Peak Cycles is moving down the street to a much larger and improved location at the old Foss building on Washington. I'm looking forward to the grand opening party.
    Me three! I'm psyched they are moving into that place. Their shop was kind of a liability for them being so small and crowded...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reporterkyle
    That Foss location is a great one for a bike shop. It's a WAY better location for Peak because their shop now is just too small. You guys hear that the book store might go out of business? I know he's looking for ways to keep it afloat. I hope he does. Go in there and buy a book. Now if we could just get a decent casual restaurant, Golden would be perfect.

    I'll go check out the Book shop. I haven't been in there.... like ever.

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    Thumbs Down on th Big Ring

    How does Big Ring stay in business? I suppose it's the elitist roadies. Where did Pedal Pushers move from? I am thinking Arvada?
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    They came in from the Lowry area in Aurora I thinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibelieveinsasquatch
    How does Big Ring stay in business? I suppose it's the elitist roadies. Where did Pedal Pushers move from? I am thinking Arvada?

    I know nothing about Big Ring, but I do know that there are just as many elitist in every aspect of life. It's not just road bikers.

    If they do cater to them, so be it. Those people have money, and they're going to buy from someplace.

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    Wasn't there a Pedal Pushers on Leetsdale in the late 80s that had an outdoor stand and free air? Is this the same place?

    (where's the geezer emoticon?)

    I was happy with the current Peak Cycles location because it's right next to Higher Grounds, and I tend to end up there pretty frequently...

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    Isn't Pedal Pusher a chain? I remember working/hanging around a Pedal Pusher when I was in high school (Dallas)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y
    Isn't Pedal Pusher a chain? I remember working/hanging around a Pedal Pusher when I was in high school (Dallas)?
    I don't think its a chain, but I would venture to guess its a common name.

    I think there's a "Bicycle Village" and a "Bicycle Pedler" in every city of america, and 90% of them aren't related.

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    Pedal Pushers did indeed relo from Lowry out to Golden. They will be missed in the eastside Denver area, but I can understand them moving out to the west side to be in the mecca, and to get to better riding.

    In Lowry, they did a good job of serving everyman road and mountain, including families, because that is the market down here. They were more than willing and able to handle both my bike geek mountain parts requests, and my 8-year old daughter's cruiser order. Despite that reality, they also have a cool custom bike build effort and custom fitting expertise. IMO, they will morph into a more serious core shop in Golden to serve the clientele appropriately.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/general-discussion/pedal-pushers-cyclery-opens-golden-colorado-495535.html#post5424832

    Note PP's lines aren't necessarily the boutique manufacturers, but they carry very solid gear, and have a tremendous customer service orientation. I would imagine they are stoked to be in Golden, and would be all ears to the good suggestions above. Hopefully they have the setup to add a bike wash, and to bring it with parts and tools for the core crowd. They quickly became a central part of the relatively new Lowry hood, so it would be a natural no brainer to jump into the Golden bike scene.

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    and...

    The shop is right next to the Golden Bowl!
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    Big ring

    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y
    Big Ring... as in resembles zero... as in how much they care about you if you don't drop $15K on a road bike there?
    Totally agree. The Big Ring jerk actually made derogatory remarks to me, a prospective customer, when I went in there after first moving to Colorado. I won't ever go there again and tell anyone who will listen.

    So my question is, how does Big Ring big jag offs stay in business? I'm part roadie and I definitely got ticked off by his attitude. I've never heard anything good about them.

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    I broke my chain once on South table mountain and I didn't have a chain tool so I coasted down to Big Ring. I rolled my MTB in there and the mechanic loaned me a chain tool and we had a little chat about how nice the trails on south table mountain are for short excursions while I fixed my chain
    I thought I would post my one and only experience with them since everyone else is bashing the crap out of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offroadcyclist
    I broke my chain once on South table mountain and I didn't have a chain tool so I coasted down to Big Ring. I rolled my MTB in there and the mechanic loaned me a chain tool and we had a little chat about how nice the trails on south table mountain are for short excursions while I fixed my chain
    I thought I would post my one and only experience with them since everyone else is bashing the crap out of them.
    We're bashing Big Ring because the negative stories are obviously true and Big Ring deserves to go out of business. I'm extremely curious how they stay in business. That f*%ing a*%# hole insulted me when I went in there wanting to look at road bikes. Evidently in his eyes I wasn't good enough for his bikes, so I went to Wheatridge Cyclery, a top notch shop, and spent $6,000. Then bought a second bike for $5,000 F*%k Big Ring. He's an short sighted idiot.

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    Went to Pedal Pushers for a new rear tire tonight, and as a lot of you know, I like the inexpensive stuff, so after seeing a $65 tire, and a $45 one, I let Eric know how I roll, and he took me right over and showed me their cheapies. We talked for a bit, and I was on my way, with an inexpensive tire, and some schwag (free water bottle, sticker, patch kit, sport beans). I will definitely be back.
    Eric said they'd have a patio setup at some point with a grill, couches, I think he said something about a kererator inside too. Wednesday group MTB rides starting soon.
    Have had nothing but good experiences at Peak and Golden Bike Shop too.
    Big Ring, not so much - although, the one time I have been to the new location a few weeks ago, I got some good help, and felt like a real human being!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andychrysler
    Went to Pedal Pushers for a new rear tire tonight, and as a lot of you know, I like the inexpensive stuff, so after seeing a $65 tire, and a $45 one, I let Eric know how I roll, and he took me right over and showed me their cheapies. We talked for a bit, and I was on my way, with an inexpensive tire, and some schwag (free water bottle, sticker, patch kit, sport beans). I will definitely be back.
    Eric said they'd have a patio setup at some point with a grill, couches, I think he said something about a kererator inside too. Wednesday group MTB rides starting soon.
    Have had nothing but good experiences at Peak and Golden Bike Shop too.
    Big Ring, not so much - although, the one time I have been to the new location a few weeks ago, I got some good help, and felt like a real human being!

    Why would they pick Wednesday nights? That's Peak's weekly MTB ride. Spread it around.

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    wednesday's no good? what night would be better

    hey all,

    since we're the new kids in town we don't want to encroach on Peak's MTB night. Would Thursdays work better? If not, what other night? There's tons of love to go around and we hope the guys at Peak'll join in if they want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridesyeti
    We're bashing Big Ring because the negative stories are obviously true and Big Ring deserves to go out of business. I'm extremely curious how they stay in business. That f*%ing a*%# hole insulted me when I went in there wanting to look at road bikes. Evidently in his eyes I wasn't good enough for his bikes, so I went to Wheatridge Cyclery, a top notch shop, and spent $6,000. Then bought a second bike for $5,000 F*%k Big Ring. He's an short sighted idiot.

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    Dude, it's a bike shop, not an abortion clinic. Chill. We get it, you don't like Big Ring. Don't go there, go somewhere else. Save your vitriol for something that matters.

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    Pedal Pushers is a shop I've frequented for years, since Jason opened in Lowery 5 or 6 years ago. The bad news for east Denver is good news for Golden, as Jason, Gavin and Eric are all top notch guys who love bikes and will do anything to take care of the customer. My only complaint is I now have to drive 25-30 minutes to have my bike worked on by people I trust.
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    I've only been to PP for mostly small items like tubes, cables, etc., but they've always been real cool. I got a really good deal for a nice wheelset this past fall from them. I haven't been there since so I had no idea they were moving. Good luck in Golden PP, will miss you here on the eastside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reporterkyle
    Dude, it's a bike shop, not an abortion clinic. Chill. We get it, you don't like Big Ring. Don't go there, go somewhere else. Save your vitriol for something that matters.
    He's a prick and a business person. He doesn't deserve to be in business. I'm clearly not the only one who feels that way. So in my book bad publicity is what he deserves. So when possible I give him what he deserves. I was kinda hoping he'd show up here.

    It does matter that this be put out there for others to see. People shouldn't give business to pricks who treat people like garbage. Don't understand what your beef is with that.

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    one more negative vote for BR

    I rarely post here, so I hope my negative experience with Big Ring carries some weight. It was a few years back at the old location, but I pretty much got told off when I asked about free tune-ups with a new bike purchase. I would have been quite OK with just a "no". If I remember correctly one of the owners was quite helpful, while the other was a real jerk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobisan
    hey all,

    since we're the new kids in town we don't want to encroach on Peak's MTB night. Would Thursdays work better? If not, what other night? There's tons of love to go around and we hope the guys at Peak'll join in if they want.

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    My normal ride night this year will be Thursday (unfortunately, only 1/week for the most part for me), and that will be with T.I.T.S.! (do a search if you're not familiar!)
    Maybe if you went with Tuesdays?
    I would attempt to show up for some!

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    ...and bravo to Pedal Pushers for injecting more competition into the Golden area. I'll drop in specifically due to this discussion thread. With luck the right thing will happen and Big Ring will disappear.

    Good publicity is important too when people treat you right. I have nothing but good things to say about Wheat Ridge Cyclery. I can ask the most basic question and get treated with respect. I had a bike fit performed at Wheatridge double checked with laser beams and computer animation and such at The Boulder Center for Sports Medicine due to an injury and The Boulder Center for Sports Medicine was like, "Who fitted this bike? We wouldn't change a thing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridesyeti
    He's a prick and a business person. He doesn't deserve to be in business. I'm clearly not the only one who feels that way. So in my book bad publicity is what he deserves. So when possible I give him what he deserves. I was kinda hoping he'd show up here.

    It does matter that this be put out there for others to see. People shouldn't give business to pricks who treat people like garbage. Don't understand what your beef is with that.

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    I really don't care, dude. Not everyone has had bad experiences there. I personally think Big Ring is a good shop and I've had nothing but great service there over the last two or three years. Opinions vary. More than anything, I'm just kind of amazed at how worked up you are about it. It's only a bike shop for christsake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reporterkyle
    Save your vitriol for something that matters.
    YEAH! There's other threads on here to gripe about!

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    I can tell ya a bad story about pretty much any shop in town. Some have been worse/ more consistently bad, and those are the ones I avoid. I have some great (bad) WRC stories... But they employ a lot of people, and it is tough (if not impossible) to hire only good people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser
    I can tell ya a bad story about pretty much any shop in town. Some have been worse/ more consistently bad, and those are the ones I avoid. I have some great (bad) WRC stories... But they employ a lot of people, and it is tough (if not impossible) to hire only good people.
    Dude judging from many things about Big Ring I've read not limited to this thread, your experiences are largely a aberration. Fine patronize that prick. You probably have some button in life which causes you to react. Some of us react when someone treats us like a prick for no reason. If you have bad experiences at WRC, I say publicize them if there were significant. Now I'm not the type to get bent outta shape at little things when at merchants but this guy took it to a whole new level. It was astounding.

    So take a realistic view of yourself. If you're a normal person you have a button or too as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridesyeti
    Dude judging from many things about Big Ring I've read not limited to this thread, your experiences are largely a aberration. Fine patronize that prick. You probably have some button in life which causes you to react. Some of us react when someone treats us like a prick for no reason. If you have bad experiences at WRC, I say publicize them if there were significant. Now I'm not the type to get bent outta shape at little things when at merchants but this guy took it to a whole new level. It was astounding.

    So take a realistic view of yourself. If you're a normal person you have a button or too as well.

    Ridesyeti.
    OK - so I think everyone knows Ridesyeti hates Big Ring. If not - hey everyone - - - Ridesyeti hates Big Ring.
    Now, back to the original reason for the Thread...
    I think everyone should go at least check out Pedal Pushers!! (thanks for the info dbabuser - don't know how long it would have been until I figured out they were there!!)

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    Damn right F* Big ring! Wait til they treat you like crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridesyeti
    Dude judging from many things about Big Ring I've read not limited to this thread, your experiences are largely a aberration. Fine patronize that prick. You probably have some button in life which causes you to react. Some of us react when someone treats us like a prick for no reason. If you have bad experiences at WRC, I say publicize them if there were significant. Now I'm not the type to get bent outta shape at little things when at merchants but this guy took it to a whole new level. It was astounding.

    So take a realistic view of yourself. If you're a normal person you have a button or too as well.

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    Yup, I'm definitely a ma-roon. However, I'm now going to take my ma-roonic money and spend it anywhere except Big Zero. Seeing your whopping 5 post, I wonder if you're a Big Attitude employee of Big Zero?

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    I visited Pedal Pusher just now to try to get my hands on a DH tire. No go. Not faulting them since what I was wanting was pretty niche, not something an everyday bike shop will have on hand.
    What I did see was LOTS of road bikes! Rephrase: LOTS of VERY SWEET road bikes! I saw Cannonwhales, RM, Orbea, and Guru. This will be sweet for when I need road bike bits, and avoid Big Zero altogether
    Yeah, I do both so don't give me this look!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y
    Yup, I'm definitely a ma-roon. However, I'm now going to take my ma-roonic money and spend it anywhere except Big Zero. Seeing your whopping 5 post, I wonder if you're a Big Attitude employee of Big Zero?
    Everyone needs to take a breath. If you don't like a particular store, don't patronize it. I have had mixed results at Big Ring...as of late, they've been terrific. I have had bad experiences there too, but decided to give them a second chance...maybe some of you ought to do the same. Or not, w*& f*(& cares. Dragging a business' name and reputation through the mud just because some ex-employee hurt your precious ego once is, in my opinion, not fair. So sack up and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russman
    Everyone needs to take a breath. If you don't like a particular store, don't patronize it. I have had mixed results at Big Ring...as of late, they've been terrific. I have had bad experiences there too, but decided to give them a second chance...maybe some of you ought to do the same. Or not, w*& f*(& cares. Dragging a business' name and reputation through the mud just because some ex-employee hurt your precious ego once is, in my opinion, not fair. So sack up and move on.

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    It was probably the owner in my case not an ex-employee. Long dark hair. Looked Hawaiian or something. It wasn't an ego thing. Far from it. Actually I was coming off a really bad injury at the time and looking for a bike which wouldn't reharm my injury. People are gunna go where they wanna go I know, bringing up that shop struck a nerve. Think what you want. Whatever. Seriously I'm over this whole discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridesyeti
    It was probably the owner in my case not an ex-employee. Long dark hair. Looked Hawaiian or something. It wasn't an ego thing. Far from it. Actually I was coming off a really bad injury at the time and looking for a bike which wouldn't reharm my injury. People are gunna go where they wanna go I know, bringing up that shop struck a nerve. Think what you want. Whatever. Seriously I'm over this whole discussion.

    That is not the owner. The owner is Scott. The guy with the long hair is Dennis. And he has not worked there in almost 2 years. I have bought 3 bikes from Scott. 1 mtb 1 road and a tandem just 3 weeks ago. I have had a very good experience in all 3 bikes.
    Everyones perception is different. I kind of perceive you as an ass. But you might be a real cool dude too. Your bashing the rep of a shop on 1 person and not the shop. Lighten up, People might get the wrong perception about you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridesyeti
    It was probably the owner in my case not an ex-employee. Long dark hair. Looked Hawaiian or something. It wasn't an ego thing. Far from it. Actually I was coming off a really bad injury at the time and looking for a bike which wouldn't reharm my injury. People are gunna go where they wanna go I know, bringing up that shop struck a nerve. Think what you want. Whatever. Seriously I'm over this whole discussion.
    Wow, you do hold a grudge. That guys hasn't worked there in a couple of years. Though repetitive, I'll just again reiterate that BR is a different shop than it used to be. You can choose to believe what you want to believe, but I think you've heard from plenty of people who use the shop NOW and are quite happy with it. Big Ring is a very good shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridesyeti
    It was probably the owner in my case not an ex-employee. Long dark hair. Looked Hawaiian or something. It wasn't an ego thing. Far from it. Actually I was coming off a really bad injury at the time and looking for a bike which wouldn't reharm my injury. People are gunna go where they wanna go I know, bringing up that shop struck a nerve. Think what you want. Whatever. Seriously I'm over this whole discussion.
    That guy is infamous/notorious and now works at the Denver Spoke (and has for a few years) I assume you don't patronize them...and I don't see you dragging them through the mud...so why the single sided hate against BRC (and mistaken identity/facts while we are at it...)

    Why people hold grudges like this I don't know. Its a bike shop...we are cyclists...there are way more important things in life than a personal vendetta against a shop who no longer employs the guy you don't like...

    I like BRC for what they do...I like Golden Bike Shop for other reasons...I will probably like Pedal Pushers (never been there)...but BRC gets my loyalty and business because I felt they had what I wanted and needed and I was treated well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reporterkyle
    Wow, you do hold a grudge. That guys hasn't worked there in a couple of years. Though repetitive, I'll just again reiterate that BR is a different shop than it used to be. You can choose to believe what you want to believe, but I think you've heard from plenty of people who use the shop NOW and are quite happy with it. Big Ring is a very good shop.
    It seems like folks here are ticked off because they believe I've made assumptions about this shop based on my limited experience with them. Ie, its a different shop, different vibe, that was a while ago, ect. Perhaps that's true and I can appreciate that. But after my experience why would I want to go back to find out? On the same token, I'd say the front range mtbr.com community, at this segment of it, is making equally significant assumptions about me. Ie, I had it coming, I can't get along with people, my beef is unreasonable, it wasn't as bad as I make it out, ect, ect. Yeah I can see where that's coming from. But from folks' behavior here I can kinda see why people here might not have a problem with that shops' past poor behavior. I'm glad I've learned this. It paints the front range mtbr community in a different light then I had seen it before.

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    So, how's everyone liking Pedal Pushers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridesyeti
    It seems like folks here are ticked off........

    ........making equally significant assumptions about me. Ie, I had it coming, I can't get along with people, my beef is unreasonable, it wasn't as bad as I make it out, ect, ect. Yeah I can see where that's coming from.
    You're right about that dood. Let 'er go man. Put the gun down. Go ride your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridesyeti
    It seems like folks here are ticked off because they believe I've made assumptions about this shop based on my limited experience with them. Ie, its a different shop, different vibe, that was a while ago, ect. Perhaps that's true and I can appreciate that. But after my experience why would I want to go back to find out? On the same token, I'd say the front range mtbr.com community, at this segment of it, is making equally significant assumptions about me. Ie, I had it coming, I can't get along with people, my beef is unreasonable, it wasn't as bad as I make it out, ect, ect. Yeah I can see where that's coming from. But from folks' behavior here I can kinda see why people here might not have a problem with that shops' past poor behavior. I'm glad I've learned this. It paints the front range mtbr community in a different light then I had seen it before.
    Hey man, nobody's ticked at you, just disagreeing with some rather aggresive accusations you've made about. You've been the one swearing up a blue streak, calling people names, calling for a small business to fail and generally being disrespectful. In the end your assumptions were based on some ancient information. I think you've done a pretty good job of painting yourself in some kind of light. I wouldn't read too much into it about the Front Range mtb community.

    The great thing about having so many bike shops in Golden is that you can choose to go to any of them. You don't have to go into Big Ring and find out if it is different. So don't. That's too bad, because those new Titus FTM's they've got in look sick. Golden Bike Shop is a kick-ass shop, the guys who run it are really cool and they have an amazing demo fleet. Peak is a kick-ass shop, with great wrenches and a trick inventory model. I hope Pedal Pushers finds a market in Golden and thrives. If you live in Golden, then patronize the one you like, killer, support a local small business that is adding to the fabric of one of the coolest bike towns in the state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobisan
    hey all,

    since we're the new kids in town we don't want to encroach on Peak's MTB night. Would Thursdays work better? If not, what other night? There's tons of love to go around and we hope the guys at Peak'll join in if they want.

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    No worries on looking to ride on Weds. If you guys want to roll w/ us please feel free to come by the shop this week for a 6:30 mountain ride. We'll be using lights once the sun goes down so if you need a set let me know. Once the trails are completely dry we normally do a loop that climbs Chimney Gulch and then descends Apex through Enchanted Forest and then up and around Sluicebox/Grubstake if we moving quickly. I wonder if you guys would want to do that loop the opposite direction? I love descending Chimney Gulch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y
    I visited Pedal Pusher just now to try to get my hands on a DH tire. No go. Not faulting them since what I was wanting was pretty niche, not something an everyday bike shop will have on hand.
    That's cause I bought their remaining DH Inventory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andychrysler
    So, how's everyone liking Pedal Pushers?
    I went in the other day just to check it out and it was a great experience. Friendly staff and a shop dog. Well, I think it was a shop dog My neighbor went in Saturday and came home with what he needed and a small handful of shwag.


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    Quote Originally Posted by athalliah
    I went in the other day just to check it out and it was a great experience. Friendly staff and a shop dog. Well, I think it was a shop dog My neighbor went in Saturday and came home with what he needed and a small handful of shwag.

    Had a similar experience. Nice guys. I needed a 1.5 stack spacer and they had one in stock (Peak didn't, GBS was closed, obviously didn't try Big Ring). Hopefully they will cater to the bigger bike guys, seeing as that is the current hole in the market in Golden.

    They gave me some free schwag too, asked me to call them and let them know how Waterton was. It was freaking muddy. Don't go there for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamusT
    Had a similar experience. Nice guys. I needed a 1.5 stack spacer and they had one in stock (Peak didn't, GBS was closed, obviously didn't try Big Ring). Hopefully they will cater to the bigger bike guys, seeing as that is the current hole in the market in Golden.

    They gave me some free schwag too, asked me to call them and let them know how Waterton was. It was freaking muddy. Don't go there for a while.

    So when are we having the dirt jump/low county boil party, neighbor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by athalliah
    So when are we having the dirt jump/low county boil party, neighbor?
    Hmm, I'd say sometime in July - once your knee is healed and we have had time to carve in more backyard jumps.

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    so here is a strange thing, and recall my earlier post I'm a huge fan of Jason at Pedal Pushers and will drive cross town to go there. Last place I bought a bike before that...you guessed it Big Ring, Kevin was one of the owners at the time and treated me well. Ironically that was whe Big Ring was where PP is now. The reason I switched shops at the time was location, as Pedal Pushers was way closer (2 miles versus 25).

    Not sure who is at BR now or what they are like but at the time 7 years ago they were good guys who liked bikes, a lot like Jason and crew now. Let's not bash them here, if you want to do that start another thread on it. I know Jason well enough to know he wants all shops in Golden to be good for cycling and not create this hate I'm reading about. Don't confuse the issue of a new shop with old issues about BR.
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    Peak hooked it up for a cracker named Hojiman!! Shout out to, uh, Jim? I can't remember, smoked way too much breakfast since getting the Norco rehabbed.

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    Okay since I have bought a mountain bike from Big Ring I will chime in. Scott, owner very helpful. Assistant manager before when Scott was out of town was great absolutely great at getting my bike to me. Now, then again catch the wrong person at the wrong time and I was treated to the bike snob job. So if I really wanted to talk tech and have someone actually listen to me...Peak was great everytime I walked in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    That's cause I bought their remaining DH Inventory.
    You farqing isole!


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    I kind of hate to post on this thread, but since it started about Pedal Pushers I think it is worth the risk of flaming on other shops. As I mentioned previously in the post I've gone to Pedal Pushers for years when they were in Denver, since the move I've continued to go. I took my bike in for a little work (freehub, brake pads, and check the bottom bracket) on Sunday. When I picked it up on Wednesday (pretty fast this time of the year) Jason had my bike dialed in good as new. All the work I had asked for was taken care of and a little (or a lot) of extra time and attention was spent on my bike making sure it was perfect.

    I could go to 20 shops closer then Pedal Pushers but the attention Jason and Eric continue to show me and my bike make traveling up to Golden worth the trip.
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    I only go to Golden Bike shop. Though when I did hit Pedal Pusher's once, they were very nice. My experience with Big Ring and Peak was pretty much the same for both, arseholes.

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    Hi,

    I've had experience with 3 of the 4 shops. I can't wait to get into the 4th. Actually, since the East St., Vision 2030 neighborhood block party is Saturday (near Golden Bowl), I will have to stop in and check it out.

    If I was reading the thread right, it seemed two of the four shops were represented in the thread and seemed very open and inviting, which is awesome.

    I undertsand that people have strong feelings about shops, its our passion and understandable that they evoke strong feelings. I'm just glad we have four now and wish we had five.

    Shameless plug to follow:

    Since a lot of the posters are Golden residents, I wanted to introduce myself. I am Bob Vermeulen and I am running for City Council representing Ward 3 (includes PP and BR).

    Its been a while since I was an active poster, but as you can tell from my screen name, I started participating on this forum when I lived in Park City 5-6 years ago. We moved to Golden three years ago to raise our kids and have fallen in love with the town.

    I am running to serve and represent my Ward. While I don't have an agenda that I am trying to push, I wanted to let you all know that I am behind getting the bike park in our city and promoting our city as a biking capital. I look at communities like Ft. Collins and others around CO and the country as role models from which we can learn a lot.

    I've had a chance to meet Terry at COMBA and think the group behind the bike park has done an amazing job rallying support. I hope to meet more of you at the Parks and Rec meetings and around town or on the trails.

    I don't want to completely hijack the thread, if you have any questions or suggestions, email me at bobvforward3@gmail.com or we can start a new thread.

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