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  • #395339

    jmathews5
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    HUGE advocate for Third Hand. Great group of volunteers there and I always feel comfortable fixing my bike there.
    Also, B1 is another great resource. The crew in there has been nothing but friendly to me and even showed me a bunch of tips on maintenance which they didn’t need to do but they did.

    #395340
    Porky
    Porky
    Participant

    kathyhoke wrote >>
    My shop is Cyclist Connection in Canal Winchester. It’s worth the extra distance from Columbus. Ric Noland and staff really care about cycling and cyclists of all ages and styles.
    http://www.cyclistconnection.com/

    +1 on Cyclist Connection, Ric and his crew are outstanding, service wise, price wise, just across the board GREAT people to work with. Very passionate about cycling and his customers.
    We’ve bought all our bikes from Ric and will continue to do so :)

    #395341

    bldng4jstc
    Participant

    lifeontwowheels wrote >>

    bldng4jstc wrote >>
    Baer Wheels: great place to pick up a common item such as a tube/spoke. Free air is always a plus. Service can be a hit or miss as noted.
    Westerville Bike Shop: Kurt is awesome. If anything, stop in and talk to him about your options. Service is quick and friendly. Don’t take shortcuts, but does tend to repair over replace. Kurt also gives so much time and service to the local bike community.
    Third Hand: Third hand is a Co-op – aka community garage! Third hand is a space to crank on bikes, access to used parts, and get some advice from fellow bikers. Third Hand is not a bike shop!! Everyone there is a volunteer and they are over worked. Being a Co-op, to use the place you are expected to give a little time back as payment to keep the place open to the community. TH is a great resource, unfortunately not enough people become involved and only treat it as a free/cheap bike shop.

    Kurt no lomger owns WBS. Mason, formerly of B1, is now the owner.

    When did that happen? Guess it has been a couple months since I’ve seen Kurt. Hope it worked out the best for everybody.

    #395342
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Local grad pedals into Uptown as new Bike Shop owner
    By BRET LIEBENDORFER
    Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    The Westerville Bike Shop has a new owner, but don’t expect many changes. Mason Morgan, 31, took over ownership of the well-known Uptown business, located at 29 W. Main St., one month ago.

    “My goal is to keep the integrity of the shop and its standing in the community.

    READ MORE: http://www.snponline.com/articles/2010/11/23/westerville_news_and_public_opinion/news/webike%2011-_20101123_0655am_23.txt

    #395343

    bababoohi
    Member

    artzymorena wrote >>
    another -1 for Baer.
    They take extremely long to finish work, are rude in general, and are not upfront with estimated times of completion. I will say that although I love the stock at Paradise Garage, I usually do not receive great service. When people are in customer service industries, I find it irrating to have to approach them in-store for help or guidance when they are chatting on the phone or with friends.
    I say Third Hand, B1, or Bike Source on Bethal are your best bets.

    Same experience here with Baer. The bike shop across from Chipotle (roughly) in Clintonville didn’t seem to do me much good either. Took my bike in for a tuneup and basically noticed 0 difference.
    I basically chose this post to quote and reply to to give a shout out on the WU/Hello Kitty colab avatar. Classic.

    #395344

    shadytree
    Member

    +1 for B1. I’ve only bought small items there but Casey talked to me for a while and seems nice. However, if you’re looking for a $300-400 bike it may not be the best place for you.

    I hate the atmosphere at BikeSource. Uniforms and bikes stores don’t mix in my opinion but I guess some people feel differently. That said, I’ve bought a pump and brake cables there and they served the function. It’s just a sterile environment. People are going to disagree on what makes a good bike shop. I used to work at one that had 4 locations and the owner said we should call it a “bike store” and not a “bike shop” because evidently that matters to some people. I usually don’t like the kind of people who care if you call it a store vs shop and tend to stay away from places that cater to them.

    +1 for Third Hand. Every time I’ve been there I’ve heard “who works here?” Nobody works there, they volunteer. It only exists because others are putting people ahead of profits.

    For your price range I’d say go with CL. You’ll spend nearly $400 for a Trek Navigator 1.0 which doesn’t have anything better on it than some old road bike from the 1970s except an upright riding position but you can probably find something with that riding position on CL too. If you can find someone who knows enough about bikes to say “yeah, that’s a fine fit” then you’ll be ok.

    Whatever you do, run if someone starts talking to you about the new Ultegra grouppo.

    #395345

    shadytree
    Member

    There’s a guy who volunteers at Third Hand who could pass for a middle aged accountant but I’ve been told he owns a bike shop. Anyone know who he is or the name of his shop? If he actually does own a shop and still volunteers at TH then he deserves some props.

    #395346

    lifeontwowheels
    Participant

    shadytree wrote >>
    There’s a guy who volunteers at Third Hand who could pass for a middle aged accountant but I’ve been told he owns a bike shop. Anyone know who he is or the name of his shop? If he actually does own a shop and still volunteers at TH then he deserves some props.

    More thank likely Kurt, formerly the owner of Westerville Bike Shop. As I said in my post, Kurt is an amazing guy and great supporter of all things bike here in CMH.

    #395347
    Tom Over
    Tom Over
    Participant

    It depends on what you’re looking for (and where you’re located too.)

    I got a problem with my front derailleur quickly fixed at Bike Source in Clintonville that wasn’t resolved at Handy Bikes on High Street after about 90 minutes of effort (from the guy working there).

    However, I am taking my bike back to Handy Bikes on High Street today to fix both shifters and my rear rim because Gary, the guy usually working there, allows me to sort of work along side him in my attempt to learn bicycle mechanics. He also occasionally allows me to trade produce from my garden for parts and service.

    The guys at Bike Source don’t seem comfortable with me standing nearby and watching them work. But as for bartering, maybe this summer and fall I’ll try offering them tomatoes, peppers, or collards. (By the way, where are all the women bike mechanics ? )

    Yeah, Bike Source can get something fixed fast and without that much money. So I think they generally have good customer service, if good customer service is what you’re looking for. But often I’m looking for collaborative relationships, not good customer service, per se.

    As for Third Hand Bike Co Op, it’s for me a resource for long term skills development and camaraderie. But it’s a bit of a challenge to use it for getting my bike fixed when I’m pressed for time. It’s hours are limited. The skills and knowledge of those present varies.

    Yeah, I know, the key issue here is that I got to learn to do most of this stuff myself, and then, in turn, share that knowledge with others.

    Like riding a bicycle in place of driving a car or truck, working on a bicycle can be a form of meditation, a process of harmonizing head, heart, and hands.

    #395348
    hugh59
    hugh59
    Participant

    shadytree said:
    +1 for B1. I’ve only bought small items there but Casey talked to me for a while and seems nice. However, if you’re looking for a $300-400 bike it may not be the best place for you.

    I hate the atmosphere at BikeSource. Uniforms and bikes stores don’t mix in my opinion but I guess some people feel differently. That said, I’ve bought a pump and brake cables there and they served the function. It’s just a sterile environment. People are going to disagree on what makes a good bike shop. I used to work at one that had 4 locations and the owner said we should call it a “bike store” and not a “bike shop” because evidently that matters to some people. I usually don’t like the kind of people who care if you call it a store vs shop and tend to stay away from places that cater to them.

    +1 for Third Hand. Every time I’ve been there I’ve heard “who works here?” Nobody works there, they volunteer. It only exists because others are putting people ahead of profits.

    For your price range I’d say go with CL. You’ll spend nearly $400 for a Trek Navigator 1.0 which doesn’t have anything better on it than some old road bike from the 1970s except an upright riding position but you can probably find something with that riding position on CL too. If you can find someone who knows enough about bikes to say “yeah, that’s a fine fit” then you’ll be ok.

    Whatever you do, run if someone starts talking to you about the new Ultegra grouppo.

    Interesting. I happen to own an old road bike from the 70s…a Raleigh Grand Prix to be precise that I got in 1977. Last night I took a Trek Navigator 2 out for a spin (price around $500; the Navigator 1 is about $440) and it was wonderful to ride. My poor old Raleigh has had a rough life and it is doing its best to return the favor. Any old bike you buy on CL is probably going to be a rough ride. The new Trek was sweet riding and much more comfortable.

    That said, anyone know where I can find a decent step-through Dutch style bike?

    #395349

    lifeontwowheels
    Participant

    ^ Paradise

    #1108254

    JeepGirl
    Participant

    It seems that the bike shop I’ve used in the past, Handy Bikes on 5th, is going out of business so I was wondering if anyone would have more recent experiences/recommendations they would be willing to share?

    #1108275
    vestanpance
    vestanpance
    Participant

    Sorry I can’t help with your question, but I’m very interested to see what happens with the space Handy Bikes occupied.

    #1108283

    Analogue Kid
    Participant

    It seems that the bike shop I’ve used in the past, Handy Bikes on 5th, is going out of business so I was wondering if anyone would have more recent experiences/recommendations they would be willing to share?

    Grumpy cat

    That place was awful when I lived in 5XNW. Charged me $100 to repair my old bike and fixed nothing.

    Bike Source is definitely the best choice of the places I’ve been. The location in Clintonville fixed up my bike earlier this year and did a great job for a very reasonable price, plus the customer service was excellent.

    #1108314

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    I miss the 1970s Schwinns. One of my duties in the OSU landscape shop was to remove stripped bikes from racks, so I had an endless supply of Schwinn parts.

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