Good Push Bike Store in Canberra?

OverLord 20 May 2020 50

Trawling through old posts on RA, I can see some good advice, but maybe it is out of date and shops may also be closed up now.

As a sedentary public servant, I figure low impact bike riding is a good way to get in some cardio after work.  So I am looking for help from the collective on a good bike store to go to.

Firstly for advice for what kind of bike a clydesdale like myself should be getting, and secondly to buy said bike and be assured that I am getting good service.  I am looking at taking rides around the suburbs and such, nothing too extreme at this point.

I should add that Mrs. Lord is also after a suitably girly bike as well to join in on the fun, so somewhere that has bikes with baskets on them might be helpful as well.

Thanks in advance.

If you are considering buying or servicing a bike in Canberra, check out our recently updated the best bike shops & servicing in Canberra article.


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fromthecapital fromthecapital 7:22 pm 29 Jan 14

someoneelse said :

Recent experiences of “The Cyclery” have plummeted their dwindling stock of reputation for me.
A neighbour was attempting to build a bike for cycling around the lake , and received advice from the Cyclery about wheels he should buy. I do think he brought in a picture of a 2008 team replica bike, and of the next tier down. So they set him up with a set of top-of-the-line 26″ MTB wheels Crossmax SLR when a much lower spec would do, and then charged him $2000!!! So aside from not understanding what he wanted – or perhaps they did understand and were happy to milk him as another sucker – they charged him about $500 more than other local bike shops would (Bike Exchange search found them for RRP $1548 in Sydney, not on sale). The same wheels can be had on EBay for $800USD plus USD$80 shipping, which is an unfair comparison considering the support LBS can give, and my neighbour had no idea how to install them.

I am boycotting The Cyclery for buying bikes and parts (and not just based on this experience). On the plus side the workshop guys at The Cyclery Braddon/City are brilliant and really know their stuff.

If you want to buy Specialised or Cannondale you don’t have a lot of choice in the ACT – but the cost savings of buying one in Sydney or Melbourne offset an airfare, hotel, transfer and dinner!

I’ll second that, I went in to buy a new tyre and tube and for the $100 I thought I was getting the tyre fitted for that price. When I got around to the workshop they quoted me $15 to replace the tyre. I then asked to borrow a tyre lever instead, so I could do it on the spot, sorry they dont lend out tools.

When they have such a massive margin on their products they should be able to do a 2 minute job for free. I ended up fitting it myself back at the office. I’m now well stocked up on spares courtesy of Wiggle.

tuco tuco 7:06 pm 29 Jan 14

poetix said :

Please excuse slight bump.

I just had to revive this to emphasise how good Bike Culture at O’Connor are. This afternoon, a certain cyclist had locked up her bike at O’Connor shops and, after shopping, realised she had her husband’s keys without the bike key on them. He had her keys in Brisbane, and was not due back for a couple of hours. In a hurry to get home (people arriving) she ran to the bike store, where, after recognising her and checking their records (she bought the bike from them) they cut the lock with a bolt-cutter! She made it home in time, and the table in front of 39 Steps got some free entertainment.

That really is remarkable after-sales service, and shows the virtue of shopping near to home. At least if you’re the village idiot…

Guess where I’ll buy a new bike lock?

Great story and a bunch of great guys. They have also been lifesavers on the morning of a race for me. I wonder how the online bike stores go providing such service?

someoneelse someoneelse 1:39 pm 29 Jan 14

Recent experiences of “The Cyclery” have plummeted their dwindling stock of reputation for me.
A neighbour was attempting to build a bike for cycling around the lake , and received advice from the Cyclery about wheels he should buy. I do think he brought in a picture of a 2008 team replica bike, and of the next tier down. So they set him up with a set of top-of-the-line 26″ MTB wheels Crossmax SLR when a much lower spec would do, and then charged him $2000!!! So aside from not understanding what he wanted – or perhaps they did understand and were happy to milk him as another sucker – they charged him about $500 more than other local bike shops would (Bike Exchange search found them for RRP $1548 in Sydney, not on sale). The same wheels can be had on EBay for $800USD plus USD$80 shipping, which is an unfair comparison considering the support LBS can give, and my neighbour had no idea how to install them.

I am boycotting The Cyclery for buying bikes and parts (and not just based on this experience). On the plus side the workshop guys at The Cyclery Braddon/City are brilliant and really know their stuff.

If you want to buy Specialised or Cannondale you don’t have a lot of choice in the ACT – but the cost savings of buying one in Sydney or Melbourne offset an airfare, hotel, transfer and dinner!

poetix poetix 7:31 pm 24 Jan 13

Please excuse slight bump.

I just had to revive this to emphasise how good Bike Culture at O’Connor are. This afternoon, a certain cyclist had locked up her bike at O’Connor shops and, after shopping, realised she had her husband’s keys without the bike key on them. He had her keys in Brisbane, and was not due back for a couple of hours. In a hurry to get home (people arriving) she ran to the bike store, where, after recognising her and checking their records (she bought the bike from them) they cut the lock with a bolt-cutter! She made it home in time, and the table in front of 39 Steps got some free entertainment.

That really is remarkable after-sales service, and shows the virtue of shopping near to home. At least if you’re the village idiot…

Guess where I’ll buy a new bike lock?

carnardly carnardly 12:30 pm 07 Jan 13

You don’t necessarily need a bell – whatever Zan believes.

You are able to have a horn that blows la cuchercha or the mexican hat dance if you wish. Plus, even if you have a horn, or a siren, or something similar, there is no law that says you have to ding for each and every pedestrian either.

Maybe Zan wants to be buzzed by an Air Zound……

Aeek Aeek 10:27 am 07 Jan 13

Zan said :

Why pick on me just because I point out what the road rules are? Why degrade people on their thoughts and comments? Have any of you got the fortitude or aptitude for hearty discussion? If you want to do something then get the laws changed.

It would help if you got the road rules right. Doesn’t have to be a bell.

258 Equipment on a bicycle
A person must not ride a bicycle that does not have:
(a) at least 1 effective brake; and
(b) a bell, horn, or similar warning device, in working order.
Offence provision.

Then, there was derailing this thread rather than meaninfully contribute to the conversation.

I’ve fallen in love with a (Specialized) Globe Daily 03 stepthru in navy and maroon. So pretty.
Under $1K with Nexus 7 from the LBS.

thebrownstreak69 thebrownstreak69 9:25 am 07 Jan 13

DrKoresh said :

Zan said :

Why pick on me just because I point out what the road rules are? Why degrade people on their thoughts and comments? Have any of you got the fortitude or aptitude for hearty discussion? If you want to do something then get the laws changed.

Because you’re an annoying, nosy, over-zealous busy-body. You made a ridiculous thread about a non-event (No Bell Bicyclists in case you want to pretend not to know which one I mean) and the only way people know how to handle your neuroses is by getting frustrated at your self-righteousness or laughing at your ridiculousness or both.

Sounds a bit like the threads on speeding!

KB1971 KB1971 9:12 am 07 Jan 13

DrKoresh said :

Zan said :

Why pick on me just because I point out what the road rules are? Why degrade people on their thoughts and comments? Have any of you got the fortitude or aptitude for hearty discussion? If you want to do something then get the laws changed.

Because you’re an annoying, nosy, over-zealous busy-body. You made a ridiculous thread about a non-event (No Bell Bicyclists in case you want to pretend not to know which one I mean) and the only way people know how to handle your neuroses is by getting frustrated at your self-righteousness or laughing at your ridiculousness or both.

For once I agree with the good Dr…….

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:01 am 07 Jan 13

drfelonious said :

This is for Zan and her bicycle bell crusade:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRCFabWfH40

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5tZFHjny8I

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 8:31 am 07 Jan 13

Cheaper to get good bikes online

bikhet bikhet 6:13 am 07 Jan 13

Zan said :

Why pick on me just because I point out what the road rules are? Why degrade people on their thoughts and comments? Have any of you got the fortitude or aptitude for hearty discussion? If you want to do something then get the laws changed.

Because, as I said in another thread, they’re all self-centred pricks unable to accept anything that doesn’t accord with their opinions.

DrKoresh DrKoresh 10:11 pm 06 Jan 13

Zan said :

Why pick on me just because I point out what the road rules are? Why degrade people on their thoughts and comments? Have any of you got the fortitude or aptitude for hearty discussion? If you want to do something then get the laws changed.

Because you’re an annoying, nosy, over-zealous busy-body. You made a ridiculous thread about a non-event (No Bell Bicyclists in case you want to pretend not to know which one I mean) and the only way people know how to handle your neuroses is by getting frustrated at your self-righteousness or laughing at your ridiculousness or both.

Muttsybignuts Muttsybignuts 8:18 pm 06 Jan 13

patrick_keogh said :

Muttsybignuts said :

I am also looking to purchase a 2 wheeled machine and relive the heady days of teenagerness and trundle around the suburbs. Being a tall portly fellow, is there a bike better suited to large chaps?

Tall makes no difference. Most bikes come in a range of sizes that will accommodate a fair range of heights. In terms of “portly” then you are less likely to want a machine where you are bent low over the handlebars. It is more aerodynamic and hence faster, but it isn’t all that comfortable if you have a significant amount of weight around the middle. So that rules out the racing-style curved handlebars, for the moment. That still leaves town bikes and mountain bikes. A lot of the town bikes have more upright positions, with swept back handlebars which are fine for a little low-speed cruising around roads and cycle paths. Try both styles and see which you prefer.

Don’t worry about whether the bike can handle the weight so long as it is well constructed. Bike frames can take a huge amount of force. Think about the track sprinters who generate over 1000 watts, or the MTB downhilllers taking two metre or more vertical drops… they really put some serious stress on the bike. So it more a matter of getting a good quality frame and wheels. So just don’t be too eager to buy the cheapest model, it will not be good value in your case: spend a little more money and get better quality.

Patrick, thank you. Your advice is greatly appreciated.

Zan Zan 8:03 pm 06 Jan 13

Why pick on me just because I point out what the road rules are? Why degrade people on their thoughts and comments? Have any of you got the fortitude or aptitude for hearty discussion? If you want to do something then get the laws changed.

poetix poetix 7:50 pm 06 Jan 13

KB1971 said :

poetix said :

patrick_keogh said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

Zan said :

Make sure it has a bell, as required under the ACT Road Rules.

Surprisingly then, many bikes are sold without bells. Even a scope of the local bike shop web pages shows a lack of bells fitted to handlebars etc.

You are welcome to come round my place where there is a box somewhere containing never-used bells removed from handlebars…

And here’s another little present for Zan, which you can play as she goes through your box of bells:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPYese-Hl8M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I prefer this version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxOieVQFpCU

😛

It is difficult to argue with a crop top and braces…

drfelonious drfelonious 7:27 pm 06 Jan 13

This is for Zan and her bicycle bell crusade:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRCFabWfH40

KB1971 KB1971 5:41 pm 06 Jan 13

poetix said :

patrick_keogh said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

Zan said :

Make sure it has a bell, as required under the ACT Road Rules.

Surprisingly then, many bikes are sold without bells. Even a scope of the local bike shop web pages shows a lack of bells fitted to handlebars etc.

You are welcome to come round my place where there is a box somewhere containing never-used bells removed from handlebars…

And here’s another little present for Zan, which you can play as she goes through your box of bells:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPYese-Hl8M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I prefer this version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxOieVQFpCU

😛

Girt_Hindrance Girt_Hindrance 4:59 pm 06 Jan 13

poetix said :

patrick_keogh said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

Zan said :

Make sure it has a bell, as required under the ACT Road Rules.

Surprisingly then, many bikes are sold without bells. Even a scope of the local bike shop web pages shows a lack of bells fitted to handlebars etc.

You are welcome to come round my place where there is a box somewhere containing never-used bells removed from handlebars…

And here’s another little present for Zan, which you can play as she goes through your box of bells:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPYese-Hl8M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Here might be a happy little compromise to get Zan in the mood to embrace living in a society.
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=0kvrn3Z2zTM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D0kvrn3Z2zTM

patrick_keogh patrick_keogh 4:26 pm 06 Jan 13

poetix said :

And here’s another little present for Zan, which you can play as she goes through your box of bells:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPYese-Hl8M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

LOLZ. Made even funnier because when I watched it a Pinarello ad came up in YouTube. It might be hard to buy a Pinarello with a bell 😉

poetix poetix 12:31 pm 06 Jan 13

patrick_keogh said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

Zan said :

Make sure it has a bell, as required under the ACT Road Rules.

Surprisingly then, many bikes are sold without bells. Even a scope of the local bike shop web pages shows a lack of bells fitted to handlebars etc.

You are welcome to come round my place where there is a box somewhere containing never-used bells removed from handlebars…

And here’s another little present for Zan, which you can play as she goes through your box of bells:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPYese-Hl8M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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