Bike shop recommendations

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by Marky, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. Marky

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    Hi everyone, I need some recommendations for bike shops in the Eastern suburbs (Boroondara area).
    Good honest advice is the main criteria followed by good prices.

    Thank you.
     
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  2. flyingdutch

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    depnds a bit on style of thing you are looking for...

    I its mtb/downhill its pretty hard to go past vicmtb on burke rd east kew.
    really specialise in this area and great staff
    (and one hotty, jenny?, too!)

    If its road/hybrid or family my current fave is Cycleworks Whitehorse rd Box Hill which are excellent. great range, staff and pricing is competitive (speak to Doug-beard)

    Dont really have personal experience of too many others in the area.
    Ray's (Whorse rd) changes hand severy few years and (is it lawrencia cycles) on Glenferrie Rd cant seem to make up its mind if it selling bikes or fishing gear and doing neither well

    too many other stores these days are rather blinkered as all are now 'owned' by whichever brand of bike they are affiliated to so if its a new bike youre after, perhaps do some research online first (or here for opinions on bikes/budgets) and then find out which store/s do the bike youre after.

    If its advice/mechanics youre after (broad stereotype warning) I would go for a store owned by an old dude who has a couple of young guys working out the back so you get a good range of knowledge/experience.
    The older guy will know setup/camapg an everything else practical like touring or crusing down to the shops, the younger guys are more up with all the trick newer stuff and most likely ride it hard too.
     
  3. On Sat, 6 Mar 2004 12:10:09 +1100, "Marky"
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    >Hi everyone, I need some recommendations for bike shops in the Eastern
    >suburbs (Boroondara area). Good honest advice is the main criteria followed
    >by good prices.

    Road and MTBs

    Bike Life, Auburn Rd, Hawthorn Ashburton Cycles, High St, Ashburton. Barry
    Waddell, Burwood Hwy, Burwood (near Warrigal Rd)

    Road and TT bikes

    ACR, cnr Burwood Hwy and Warrigal Rd, Burwood.

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  4. Drs

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    Richard Sherratt
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    > Barry Waddell, Burwood Hwy, Burwood (near Warrigal Rd)

    Is he still there? That place was around when I was a kid.

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  5. Andrew Swan

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    flyingdutch wrote:
    > Ray's (Whorse rd) changes hand severy few years and (is it
    > lawrencia cycles) on Glenferrie Rd cant seem to make up
    > its mind if it selling bikes or fishing gear and doing
    > neither well

    Maybe they just decided to sell Shimano stuff?

    &roo
     
  6. flyingdutch

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    Hah, Hah!!!!

    Booooom, ccchhhhhhhh!
     
  7. Hippy

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    "Marky" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Hi everyone, I need some recommendations for bike shops in
    > the Eastern suburbs (Boroondara area). Good honest advice
    > is the main criteria
    followed
    > by good prices.

    Since Christy's Cycles is no longer around, my favourite
    place in Boroondara is Bike Life. They are not the cheapest
    but they are very nice (big guy, Dean). They are on Auburn
    Rd. now I think - I've not been to their new store yet. I
    get most of my stuff from Croydon Cycleworks now. VicMTB
    sold me my mtb, but they have new owners now and I've only
    been to their great garage sales. They seem okay, maybe talk
    up their gear a little bit too much. They do seem happy to
    talk and let you test ride various bikes though.

    hth hippy
     
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    Go and see Mick Jamison at Croydon Cycleworks... he is a really switched on guy and prices well too.

    Good luck!
     
  9. flyingdutch

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    didnt think a young pup like you hipster woulda gone for Christies which was great but full of tandems (want one!) and seriuos touring stuff. really helpful guy too. i think he's teaching now...
     
  10. Hippy

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    "flyingdutch" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > didnt think a young pup like you hipster woulda gone for
    > Christies
    which
    > was great but full of tandems (want one!) and seriuos
    > touring stuff. really helpful guy too. i think he's
    > teaching now...

    It was mostly for commuter fixes and minor repairs, i.e. if
    I broke something on the commute to work, I could get it
    fixed there for the ride home. He ran an exceptional shop,
    IMHO, because of his attitude and his helpfulness. He'd
    often just walk out and fix my bike on the spot, I'd pay for
    parts and go back to work... the shop is up for sale/auction
    now. (I was just at the Whitehorse for a pot & parma!)

    hippy
     
  11. flyingdutch

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    hhmmmm, carbo loading...
     
  12. Hippy

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    "flyingdutch" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > hhmmmm, carbo loading...

    It's not good... Lets just say I've been indulging beyond
    what most people would consider possible... and now I have
    to do the BRW this Sunday (400m swim, 10k ride, 4k run) with
    basically <1 week of "training"...

    Talk about "dead meat"!

    hippy
     
  13. Hitchy

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    G'day Hippy,

    I did the BRW last year. Got conned into it because I 'ride'. How this transpires in some peoples minds to swimming & running is beyond me!. If you haven't doen it before, don't let yourself be conned into being first up for the swim!...man that is craziness with 50 or so all going for it at the same time. I got kicked in the head about 3 times (& once in the 'Indian cricket captains') (think about it!).....take the easy way out & be 2nd or third. The run is a cinch if you have any pride....can't possibly stop with all these nubile lycra wearing young ladies about!...goodluck. naturally, we expect a report!,

    cheers,

    Hitchy

    PS.....If they make you put your bike in the cage overnight...take a tarp & some tent pegs to protect it from the weather!
     
  14. Hippy

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    "Hitchy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I did the BRW last year. Got conned into it because I
    > 'ride'. How this transpires in some peoples minds to
    > swimming & running is beyond me!.
    If
    > you haven't doen it before, don't let yourself be conned
    > into being first up for the swim!...man that is craziness
    > with 50 or so all going for it at the same time. I got
    > kicked in the head about 3 times (&
    once
    > in the 'Indian cricket captains') (think about
    > it!).....take the easy way out & be 2nd or third. The run
    > is a cinch if you have any pride....can't possibly stop
    > with all these nubile lycra wearing young ladies
    > about!...goodluck. naturally, we expect a report!,

    hehe I've done it before and I would've done it again last
    year but I broke my collarbone so I had to watch. The
    problem this year is that I had no intention of doing it. I
    was a half-hearted backup. 2 weeks out, the main dude pulls
    out and I'm now the one racing with no swimming or running
    training... pain, pain, pain!

    After this weekend I'm hittin' triple kilo figures.. I'm not
    worried about stopping, but the other two in my team are
    pretty quick runners... doh! Better make up about 20mins in
    the 10k ride! :-D

    > PS.....If they make you put your bike in the cage
    > overnight...take a tarp & some tent pegs to protect it
    > from the weather!

    Meh.. I need a new bike anyway hehehe I'll see what I can
    come up with.. I can't imagine Melb dishing out something
    worse than what I've already ridden in before...

    hurricane hippy
     
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