151 Pearl St # 1, Boston, MA | Directions 0211042.354585 -71.053523
I came in here through a Groupon for a $35 tune up (which I had been meaning to do forever) and was extremely happy with the results! My bike had noticeable wear and tear and minor things wrong with it that were fixed right up. Dan also put a new seat on, which I happily paid extra for (its a great seat!)
In any case, I still go here when my bike breaks when I'm near the office. Got a tune-up here on my knock-off Dutch bike from Poland and he did a great job. It took longer than expected so he gave me a loaner bike. (!!) It's like the guy understands that you need your bike to get around and going without for a day is unacceptable. (unlike some other shops that take a week for repairs :::Ferris, cough, cough:::)
Riding away from the shop on the loaner some people asked me about the bike at the first red light I stopped at. Yeah, it was that nice.
Other than that, minus points for closing earlier than stated times. (What's up with these bike shops?)
They certianly know their bikes which is pretty impressive. I brought in my 20+ year old Schwinn 10-speed & they were amazed that everything was original on the bike. I had no idea how special my bike was & that it was actually worth a little something. They are very passionate about what they do. I almost thought they would confiscate my bike if I didn't take good care of it. They are willing to stay open later if you tell them in advance which is nice.
After being screwed around by local bicycle shops before (e.g. overpriced, bad advice), I had sworn off buying local and have stuck with the internet for most parts and the big box stores for parts I need ASAP. This place has changed my mind. The prices are fair, they have had the parts I needed and the guys who work there are friendly and approachable. I will be shopping here in the future.
They rate highly due to their offering of Groupons, their quick and friendly email replies, their general awesomeness in importing and selling fun bikes, and overall promotion of a bike friendly city.
After spending the summer in Copenhagen and Amsterdam, I fell in love with the ubiquitous Gazelle and Batavus bikes that gracefully maneuvered the streets. After trying to actually ride one however, I soon realized that with my short little legs, and mediocre biking skills, I was never going to feel comfortable pedaling a tall Dutch Bike up the hills in my home of San Francisco.
Got a great deal from Groupon: $35 for tuneup. Great service, my bike was as good as new! I got some great tips on how to maintain my bike and where to head out to ride.
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