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I'm in shopping mode at the moment and apart from Evans Cycles, there's a shortage of good quality browsing where I am (Chester), probably due to some extent because dribs and drabs of 2018 stock is still being shifted? Maybe I'm a bit late and am resigned to looking at 2019 offerings?

Anyway, if anyone can recommend a really good shop or shops within reasonable distance, say 50/60 miles, then it might just keep me busy at the weekend. Rain is forecast after all.

 

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davel [2671 posts] 3 months ago
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You're spoilt for choice in Chester. I've spent too long drooling in the Bike Factory and the Spesh Concept place.

If you need to wander, Twelve50 in Frodsham is a decent, friendly LBS. The Bike Rooms in Manchester is good for some high-end ogling. 

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don simon [2622 posts] 3 months ago
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Where to start?

Unfortunately we recently lost Edge in Chester which was my preferred shop, as mentioned there's an Evans and BikeFactory/Specialized.

Alf Jones in Gresford.

Trek in Liverpool.

Quinns in Liverpool

Bike Rooms in Manc for a laugh.

Cycle republic in Manc

Harry Hall Manc

Merlin a little further in Buckshaw

Winstanleys in Wigan

Ribble in Preston

Edge are still going in Lancaster, I think, but that's pushing the distance thing.

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vonhelmet [1329 posts] 3 months ago
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Geoff Smith in Bolton for an excellent small old school bike shop with a somewhat grumpy but very capable owner.

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ratherbeintobago [32 posts] 3 months ago
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vonhelmet wrote:

Geoff Smith in Bolton for an excellent small old school bike shop with a somewhat grumpy but very capable owner.

Is that the one on Tonge Moor Road?

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Glyno [7 posts] 3 months ago
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Despite my 'googling' I haven't heard of most of those - I didn't even realise The Edge had gone until the other day!

 

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longassballs [89 posts] 3 months ago
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ratherbeintobago wrote:
vonhelmet wrote:

Geoff Smith in Bolton for an excellent small old school bike shop with a somewhat grumpy but very capable owner.

Is that the one on Tonge Moor Road?

St Helens Road. Very old school ha

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Kapelmuur [443 posts] 3 months ago
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Bike Shak in Altrincham, direct rain from Chester.

 

 

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60kg lean keen ... [87 posts] 3 months ago
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If you head over to Alf Jones in Wrexham then you could drop in at Tweeks as they are only a few miles from Alfs

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fenix [1108 posts] 3 months ago
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Good list Don but you missed Graham Weigh in Deeside  : 

 

http://www.grahamweighcycles.com/gwcshop/

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don simon [2622 posts] 3 months ago
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No I didn't, I wouldn't recommend them based on their club riders, more often than not, being muppets. I've ridden and chatted with a few of them, so they're not all bad, but the few that ride like pricks are. Therefore I have never spent money in the shop and can't put them forward.

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Kapelmuur [443 posts] 3 months ago
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don simon wrote:

No I didn't, I wouldn't recommend them based on their club riders, more often than not, being muppets. I've ridden and chatted with a few of them, so they're not all bad, but the few that ride like pricks are. Therefore I have never spent money in the shop and can't put them forward.

 

Doesn't this apply to all (or most) club riders?

I've experienced impatient and arrogant behaviour by groups from my local club, the latest being a bunch of them coming up behind me with one of them shouting, 'slow down so we can get past'.   

I'm not naming the club because some of them are OK and a couple are friends of mine.

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don simon [2622 posts] 3 months ago
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Possibly, but until I have experience of it, it doesn't directly affect me. As these particular knobbers proudly parade in their club colours, I'm happy not buying from them, so cannot recommend them. All the others I have buying experience and find them OK.

Which reminds me, I should add Jack Parker in Burscough.

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StraelGuy [1586 posts] 3 months ago
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Thatto Cycles in St. Helens is pretty good.

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Glyno [7 posts] 3 months ago
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right, I think my list is quite big enough now.

 

Thanks chaps : )

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WorkingMan [6 posts] 2 months ago
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ratherbeintobago wrote:
vonhelmet wrote:

Geoff Smith in Bolton for an excellent small old school bike shop with a somewhat grumpy but very capable owner.

Is that the one on Tonge Moor Road?

I think the one you are thinking of is MK Cycles which has moved to Belmont.

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Paul7189 [33 posts] 1 month ago
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You should also check out Eureka Cycles. The owners of the cycle cafe have a shop in Mollington out the back of chester. Keith is brilliant and theres not much he cant do for you!

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levarg [2 posts] 1 month ago
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I agree with davel. Twelve50 in Frodsham is definitely worth a visit.