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Good Push Bike Store in Canberra?

By OverLord 4 January 2013 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Trawling through old posts on RA, I can see some good advice, but maybe it is out of date and shops may also be closed up now.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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 8:31 am 07 Jan 13

Cheaper to get good bikes online

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