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There are already three bike shops in Dandenong Road, Carnegie within a hundred metres of each other - Anaconda, Bikes Direct and Fitzroy Cycles. Is this another bike store (noting the building that Dick Smith Powerhouse has just vacated), or just taking over Bikes Direct? Four stores within a few hundred metres may be a bit of overkill for the area - it's not what I'd call a popular cycling route (Highway 1 - Princes Hwy)
Those are my LBS's, I live just across the street
Heaps of advertising in local paper etc for new store in the new development. Giants etc
Grand opening is 6 June
Inexa C1 09 - The Usual One
Giant Trance X3- The Bouncy One (New & Improved!!)
Kuota Kalibur - The FAST One
Honda VFR800 10 - The Noisy One
I've moved this thread to the Victoria Forum, since it's not of any interest to people from other states.
This would have to have the best shop frontage in Melbourne! Giant decals were going up today. Website is up. Evidently run by the reputable Ivanhoe Cycles guys. Note Drummond Golf next door (who said "cycling is the new golf" ?), and Fitzroy Cycles in far left of pic (Bill aint too happy)
Also on the cards ia a new Pac Brands / Bicycle Hub store in North Carlton in a few months...... Where are all these new shops going to find skilled staff / qualified Mechanics to work in these establishments ?
Getting a Bike Hub in Sunbury too, same location as Pedallers West who closed a month or so back.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Interesting you say that, I purchased something from Fitzroy cycles a couple of years ago, shorlty after the purchase I went in to get some advise about a problem I was having with said item.
The response was so profoundly rude it left me speachless.
I left never to return.
No idea who it was that served me though.
Would have prefered my first post to be a positive one but not to worry.
Hi all and look forward to going in for a look at the new LBS
Got a quick fix on my bike at this shop yesterday and the service was pretty good. I was chatting to the Service Manager and he mentioned he used to be the Victorian SRAM rep. Said i'd keep it in mind when the time came to service the Force
In search of up - Hells 500
Also on the cards ia a new Pac Brands / Bicycle Hub store in North Carlton in a few months...... Where are all these new shops going to find skilled staff / qualified Mechanics to work in these establishments ?[/quote]
busted a spoke Monday and as luck would have it the Velo Bike hub servicing store cnr of Park and Nicholson st Carlton North (retail store and cafe will be coming soon next door) opened on Tuesday, I got great service from very qualified Mechs felt well sorted and they even fixed up my bent fron deraileur (bent from dropping it infront of a tram) free of charge, the steed runs smooth as with no chain noise now and I got a $25 voucher to spend on accessories when the store opens. Very smart chaps opening up on one of the most used bike paths in the north of the city. Check them out they give you a loan bike or a tram ticket as well if you are getting a service. They have a great computer set up that texts you to remind you of your book in time and when the job is complete. Cheers Big Jonny (a very satisfied Velo Bike Hub client)
i won't ever return to Fitzroy Cycles. Was served by a greasy haired mech when I as looking for a part, asked him nicely if they had the part I was after and all I got was a smartarse reply. Me and the GF were also looking at buying a Specialized Dolce THAT day. Needless to say, we quickly went to another Avanti Store (Braybrook) and was treated with a great deal of respect and spent our money there.
Not sure if the mech from Fitzroy Cycles is this Bill you guys were referring to.... but nevetheless, I won't spend a single dollar in there.
seems cheap on the website... little to far for me to travel though!
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take it's place. If I quit however, it will last forever." - Lance Armstrong
Checked out BHQ yesterday. A bit bland in that it is mostly Giant, Giant, Giant.....
Rumours of another chain store opening nearby (if you consider Chadstone local), making six bike shops in the area. A bit much for one store, who are pulling up stumps at the end of the year.....
been in there a couple of times (fitzroy too) in the last few weeks (was in the area a lot lately anyway so kept popping in). bought a well reduced tarmac at fitzroy , service was good for me overall there.
at this new store i had a (very young and not particularly in shape) guy tell me what bike size i took, contradicting what i just told him - which was based on a fair bit of shopping around at places like bsc bikes. of course he was trying to sell me a giant that looked small enough to be kid's bike, so i just smiled and left. and yes unless you're up for a colnago or pinarello, it's nothing but giants.
This thread has been up for a long time, but it seems not much has changed with these three shops. I needed a $10 part for a retro bike... Bicycle HQ said they didn't have it. Suggested maybe buy a new bike... didn't suggest ordering it in.
Fitzroy Cycles (Bill?) made me feel silly (not the first time) and said they don't keep parts for old bikes. Also didn't suggest ordering it in. Doubt if I will ever return there.
Walked into shop number 3, Bikes Direct, where I found a friendly helpful salesperson who said, "no problem, we will order it in and call you in a couple of days when it arrives".
It was only a 10 dollar part, but will return there. (I am also shopping for a new road bike. Sorry Bill.)
If the part arrives in a couple of days. I've had some fairly ordinary times getting small parts ordered into my local LBS although to be fair, I suspect half the time the problem is with the distributor.
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