outlaws10 said:I'll be in NYC next week and was hoping someone can recommend a good bike shop?
Berzin said:The only bike shop worth going to in NYC is R&A in Brooklyn.
They have a bigger and better selection of frames, wheels, clothing and accessories than many other shops put together. They truly blow every other shop out of the water with their inventory, and it would be a waste of time going anywhere else.
Now, if you're looking for a competent sales staff who will take time to chat with you about the latest gee-whiz carbon gear and the most recent doping scandals, stick to the forums.
Friendliness and product knowledge are really not where the average NYC bike shop excels at, so don't waste your time looking for it.
Since you will only be visiting you don't want to waste time going from shop to shop. There really isn't anything out of this world to see at any of the other shops that you won't see at R&A. These guys have EVERYTHING.
R&A is a series of storefronts in Brooklyn, a couple of minutes from Manhattan by subway (more if traveling by car due to traffic). This is what it looks like-
If you lose your bearings for whatever reason, just keep in mind you will be on 5th Avenue, a couple of blocks from Flatbush Avenue. Across the street from the bike shop you will see a supermarket with a big parking lot. *By the way, I am in no way shape or form affiliated with this shop. I just happen to live in NYC and know of what I speak when it comes to the bike shops in my neck of the woods.