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    Default Seattle bike shop for a newbie and a $1000+- light touring bike

    I have a friend in Seattle who is looking for a bike for road and light touring (needs rack mounts).

    He needs two things, bike recommendations and an LBS he can trust that sells the recommended bikes. ALL suggestions are welcome. The bike budget is 1-2,000, preferably on the low end.

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    I'd suggest he check out recycled cycles on boat street. They have some very good used bikes (davidsons, comotions etc), unsold models from the past several years (mostly raleighs) & new bikes like the Raleigh Clubman & some other brands like Marin.

    Elliot Bay Cycles has high-end used bikes as well which might be a better alternative to a less expensive but newer model.

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    +1 on Recycled Cycles. Don't forget the new shop attached to their warehouse @ 1109 N. 35th Street just off Stone Way and only about 1 1/2 miles form the Boat Street store. Call them ahead of time and have them search their new and used inventory for the right size.

    +1, too for Bob Freeman at Eliot Bay usually carries some great used tourer/commuter choices.

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    I still think the Surly Cross Check is a helluva deal if he's thinking of going the new bike route. Throw some 28''s on there, and you're in business.

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    ditto on the above and i'd add counterbalance cycles on blakely (near u-village) to the mix: good folks and a nice selection of lesser-priced bikes
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    Wright Brothers Cyclery in Fremont on 36th. They always have used bikes to meet your needs.

    I joined this coop when I was in college in 1989. They have the best personal service and will show you how to fix anything on your bike when you bring it in. You'll also be offered espresso if you hang out for a while...

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    I'd second the Counterbalance suggestion. They carry Jamis bikes, which has some options in that price range. Surly is carried by Recycled Cycles and are nice to work with. On the other side of town, I have heard positive recommendations for BikeSport, but I have only been in there once to pick up a small part for a Trail-a-bike. They were nice, but I don't know much about their selection of road bikes.

    R+E bikes (Rodriguez bikes) definitely serves the non-racer crowd, but the flavor of Kool-Aid they sell doesn't work for everyone. I buy spokes/rims there, but probably wouldn't buy a bike/frame. They also might be a bit out of the suggested price range.

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    +1 for both Recycled Cycles and Counterbalance.

    At the opposite end of the spectrum, I'd avoid Greggs Greenlake like the plague.

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    Making it easy:
    Recycled Cycles | Seattle's Used Bike Shop |
    Counterbalance Bicycles | Offline
    Retail Shop | Elliott Bay Bicycles

    I'd add Freerange (Soma or Surly bikes from FreeRange Cycles) in Fremont to the list. Freerange is the smallest of all shops suggested so far, a real hit-your-head-on-hanging-wheels place for those of us who dig that, and very focused on the commuter/utilitarian crowd.

    As far as bikes I'd bet Somas and Surlys can be had from any of these shops in your friend's price range. Recycled has the Kona Honky Tonk which seems popular, and Elliott Bay has several Bianchi models.
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    Branford Bikes.

    Great guys, tons of information, more than happy to share it.

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    doh - forgot about freerange. kathleen rocks!

    and branford has always been really helpful when i've talked to them - they are the campy shifter rebuild experts after all.
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    Default Re: Seattle bike shop for a newbie and a $1000+- light touring bike

    I'll chime in, in my own biased fashion.

    I like all the bike shops mentioned in a positive tone so far in this thread (I've shopped at or stopped by all of them over the years), and I happen to work at the one which notes bicycle re-use in its name. Each shop has their specialty, but none of them would steer you wrong.

    Stop by some time & ask for Florien, PM me with questions, or however you like... there are lots of good shops in town, and this thread is a great place to find recommendations.

    FWIW - our sales staff is pretty well versed on Touring stuff, but via PM I can make sure that you get one of the really top notch folks.

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    totally OT - Hampco - that bike you sent our way a couple of weeks ago was really well put together - props.
    Can't wait to see the Honjo integration job this fall.

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    I'll "third" the recommendation of Freerange. We don't live near Seattle but a friend of ours bought a bike there recently and had a great experience. Bonus--free chocolate sampling at Theo across the street.

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    oh good - glad that worked out! i'm looking forward to seeing the finished project someday.

    and did someone say free chocolate?
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    Yep, the place is called Theo Chocolatiers; they're the brick building catecorner from Freerange. They bring in sacks of raw, green cocoa beans and run them through the whole process. They have a retail store/lobby with little plates of samples all over the place.

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    Default Re: Seattle bike shop for a newbie and a $1000+- light touring bike

    You got the good advice here. Don't skip Theo's either. My wife's work did a party there; I thought I would hate it, but I'm so hooked.

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