sydneys best bike shops??

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  1. braso

    braso New Member

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    Hi,
    I live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, just after some feedback on some of the better bike shops in old Sydney Town. I can't say I'm overly impressed with my lbs.
    I am prepared to travel. I am after bits and pieces to upgrade my rig (02 trek 5200/ultegra 9sp) - for example stem/seatpost, all things carbon!! I would prefer somewhere that actually has some items in stock, not just in a catalogue. I understand that there are millions of bike parts out there, but my lbs doesn't seem to stock anything!!!
    Oh btw, are there any cyclists in Sydney or is this an all VIC forum???
    cheers
    shane
     
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  2. amirm

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    Braso:

    I don't live in Sysdney, but regarding your comments I'd like to give you my own perspective. It's true that not all LBSs are the same. I agree that some have a more extended range in stock. But still, when you're after specialised items such as carbon stems, it starts to get tricky. Shops tend to stock items that they sell frequently. Specialised items are usually left for ordering. Unfortunately, this is the way many things work in a relatively small market.

    Cheers,
    Amir.

     
  3. John Doe

    John Doe Guest

    "braso" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:eek:[email protected]...

    <snip?

    > to stock anything!!! Oh btw, are there any cyclists in Sydney or is this an all VIC forum???
    > cheers shane
    >
    >

    It may seem like that lately but there are lots of people from all over the country in here. Go
    through the archives on google. I am from Sydney.

    Pete
     
  4. braso wrote:
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    > Hi, I live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, just after some feedback on some of the better bike
    > shops in old Sydney Town.

    I thought old sysdney town closed down {:)

    but, I guess Wooly's Wheels is probably what you are looking for.

    caveat, I'd never shop there because they don't sell my type of bicycle and they a re not a
    lbs for me.
     
  5. Ritch

    Ritch Guest

    > "braso" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:eek:[email protected]...
    >
    > <snip?
    >
    > > to stock anything!!! Oh btw, are there any cyclists in Sydney or is this an all VIC forum???
    > > cheers shane
    > >

    I was looking to upgrade my worn out RSX 8-speed to Ultegra 9s. I received a quote for 2003 Ultegra
    from a (well known) centrally located bike shop that was outrageous - about $2000 + another $250-300
    to install. I said I'd call them... ultimately, I purchased the bits from cecil walker online for
    closer to $1300 and installed myself.

    If you know what you want and don't need to be fitted, buying online is a better bet (in
    my opinion).

    Ritch
     
  6. Bluenose

    Bluenose Guest

    Now isn't that interesting....my LBS gave me a quote to buy an Ultegra grouppo minus hubs for only
    A$1200....they'd probably charge me next to knicks (if anything) to put it on as well. I thought
    that was a pretty good price.

    I buy from my LBS when I can. But this all depends on the difference. ie new Cassette and chain from
    LBS A$155.00 where I could have gotten them off of eBay for A$120.00 + wait 2-3 weeks for delivery.
    Yes there was a saving to be made but you have to buy from your LBS sometimes otherwise they'd never
    be able to survive, then where would you be? I also get great service from them....nothing is ever
    to much trouble.

    Cheers

    Ritch wrote:
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    > > "braso" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:eek:[email protected]...
    > >
    > > <snip?
    > >
    > > > to stock anything!!! Oh btw, are there any cyclists in Sydney or is this an all VIC forum???
    > > > cheers shane
    > > >
    >
    > I was looking to upgrade my worn out RSX 8-speed to Ultegra 9s. I received a quote for 2003
    > Ultegra from a (well known) centrally located bike shop that was outrageous - about $2000 +
    > another $250-300 to install. I said I'd call them... ultimately, I purchased the bits from cecil
    > walker online for closer to $1300 and installed myself.
    >
    > If you know what you want and don't need to be fitted, buying online is a better bet (in my
    > opinion).
    >
    > Ritch
     
  7. Andrew Swan

    Andrew Swan Guest

    Terry Collins wrote:
    > braso wrote:
    >
    >>Hi, I live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, just after some feedback on some of the better bike
    >>shops in old Sydney Town.
    >
    >
    > I thought old sysdney town closed down {:)
    >
    > but, I guess Wooly's Wheels is probably what you are looking for.
    >
    > caveat, I'd never shop there because they don't sell my type of bicycle and they a re not a
    > lbs for me.

    Wooly's get a thumbs up from me because if they don't have stuff in stock, they'll get it in quickly
    and give me a ring (plus they're friendly). And they give discounts to bike club and BNSW members
    (not all Eastern Suburbs BSs do).

    &roo

    Old Sydney Town - now that takes me back! Used to love the floggings, even if it obviously was red
    dye on the cat o'nine tails...
     
  8. Andrew Swan

    Andrew Swan Guest

    Bluenose wrote:
    > Now isn't that interesting....my LBS gave me a quote to buy an Ultegra grouppo minus hubs for only
    > A$1200....they'd probably charge me next to knicks (if anything) to put it on as well. I thought
    > that was a pretty good price.

    I've just ordered an Ultegra groupset (minus hubs) from Parker International for GBP306 (the ex-VAT
    price) - after adding freight (say GBP30), GST @ 10%, and import duty @ 5%, this works out to about
    $930. I'm happy to wait a couple of weeks to save $270 or so...

    Check http://www.parker-international.co.uk/home.htm

    P.S. I suggest you don't order from www.cyclingbargains.com, even if their web site lets you.
    They took my payment, then after about four weeks told me they didn't ship overseas any more
    (saying the paperwork was too time-consuming), then refunded my payment. In the meantime,
    the exchange rate changed the wrong way and I lost money on the deal, not to mention the $10
    foreign currency processing fee that ANZ charged me both times.

    &roo
     
  9. Helen

    Helen Guest

    On 4/2/04 12:50 AM, in article [email protected],
    "braso" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Hi, I live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, just after some feedback on some of the better bike
    > shops in old Sydney Town. I can't say I'm overly impressed with my lbs. I am prepared to travel. I
    > am after bits and pieces to upgrade my rig (02 trek 5200/ultegra 9sp) - for example stem/seatpost,
    > all things carbon!! I would prefer somewhere that actually has some items in stock, not just in a
    > catalogue. I understand that there are millions of bike parts out there, but my lbs doesn't seem
    > to stock anything!!! Oh btw, are there any cyclists in Sydney or is this an all VIC forum???
    > cheers shane
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    >
    You could try cheeky monkey, they have opened a specialist road and tri shop on clovelly road, near
    centennial park
     
  10. braso

    braso New Member

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    Hi,
    I live 5 minutes from there, and actually checked Cheeky Monkey out the other day. Some nice bikes there, but more tri than road based imho. Felt sorry for them being new and all, so bought a couple of race tyres. Gee I'm a nice guy.
     
  11. Ron Heath

    Ron Heath Guest

    >
    > Try Stanmore Cycles or Peter Bundy Cycles at Riverwood--I think you would be surprised by Peter's
    > prices and and what he has in stock.

    Ron
     
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