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- Where are they located?
- How is their service?
- How are they stocked? ie. bikes, clothing accessories, etc
- Are they high end or average?
- Carry BMX and other bikes or just road specialists?
- Large or small shop?
- Do you like going there or would you welcome someone new?
- Store policies, etc. that you like or dislike?
- Anything else you can think of?
 

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is Carl Hart in Middle Island. They are a smallish shop, but the owner, Fred, and his mechanic, Nelson, are the best when it comes to going the extra mile. They are the local mecca for tri geeks. Fred and his son always remember your name, and they take care of you. Pricing is fair, and IMHO it's worth the extra few $ to get complete satisfaction from your purchase backed up by excellent service.

They have a decent selection of road bikes (Seven, Trek/Lemond, Bianchi, Giant, etc.) and can get you anything you're looking for. They're full service with MTB, BMX, road, tri, kids, etc. They have a small collection of clothes, shoes, accessories, and again, they'll get you what you want.

There are bigger shops with more selection and smaller ones who are great with particular models, but Carl Hart breeds customer loyalty. Give 'em a try. Good luck.
 

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Hey MerxMad, thanks for your response. What are some of the larger shops you mentioned and what towns are they in?
 

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Brands cycle and fitness

Its in wantaugh, its a pretty big shop. Its got great service, with extremely nice and knowledgable workers. They sell pretty much everything, road, mountain, bmx, and even skateboards and fitness equipment. They carry pretty much everybike from a beginner with sora up to dura ace and record, or XTR for the mountain bikes. If they dont have it in stock, they'll order it for you. I'd reccomend it to anyone getting in to the sport. I go there so much I've made friends with a few guys who work there, they even offered me a job there once I turn 16 (may). WOOHOO!
 

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Long Island Bike Shops

Four very good Long Island bike shops come to mind. Two in Nassau County - Brands in Wantagh and Bicycle Planet in Syosset. The other two are in Suffolk County. My favorite, Carl Hart, is in Middle Island and Cycles Plus is in Huntington. If you are in NYC, the drive to Middle Island via the LIE is a pretty long haul, but I think it's worth it. As MerckxMad has said, Fred Feller, the owner is excellent. Brands is the largest of the three that I am familiar with and is an excellent bike shop. I've been to Cycles Plus a few times, but have never purchased anything there. I've heard it's a very good shop with a very knowledgeable mechanic. Bicycle Planet advertises that it is the largest bike shop on Long Island. While I'm only a short distance from Syosset, I've never been there. Carl Hart, Brands and Cycles Plus carry pro quality road & MTB equipment as well as lower priced stuff.
 

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Hey MerxMad, thanks for your response. What are some of the larger shops you mentioned and what towns are they in?
Bicycle Planet is in Syosset. Large selection of clothes, accessories and bikes. Service is okay. IMO pricing on everything is $$$$ and they will not cut any sort of deal (which is okay if your service is top notch, which theirs is not). I've given these guys a chance to price match (with other LBS) on a couple of complete bikes just for convenience sake and they would not do it. I use 'em to get clothes, etc. that I cannot wait for through mail order. They are convenient to Greenbelt trail head for the MTB'ers.

Brands is a fitness/cycle shop in Wantagh. They have a large service area and a decent pro shop. Their folks will work with you on pricing and chasing down exotic parts, etc. I've purchased high-end stuff from them and was satisfied with their prices and service. It's a bit like a bike supermarket. They do a bustling business, but it's impersonal. When I drop $4K on a bike, I'd like the manager to make sure it gets a bit better treatment than the Barbie 20' clamped into the stand by the top tube.

For MTB, the best shop around, bar none, is Bike Junkie in Bethpage. A small shop with a pair of great owners who will not steer you wrong. They have a few road machines from the Trek/LeMond...line. Exceptionally nice and knowledgeable people.

These are just my opinions, mind you. Others in my club have had different experiences.
 

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MerckxMad,

I am quite familiar with Brands, having spent thousands there over the last 25 years. When I first started riding in the late 70s, the only shops that I was aware of that had the high-end stuff was Visentin and Brands. My favorite shop is Carl Hart. I bought a Derosa from Fred Feller in the mid 80s and Fred took very good care of me over the years. The problem is the distance I have to travel to get there. It is for this reason, and the fact that he was not a Seven distributor at the time, that I purchased my Axiom from Breaking Away Cycles in East Williston. Unfortunately, it has since gone out of business. Breaking Away was a small shop that gave me very personal service and the mechanic, Gary, was excellent. While I still shop at Brands, I keep my purchases to smaller things. I would rather not subject an expensive frame or component group to their army of "after school" mechanics. They do have a few very good full-time mechanics there. I suspect that if I insisted on them being the only mechanics who touch my bike, they'd probably agree, but I've never actually asked.

I've hiked the Greenbelt Trail many times, but have never ridden it. I've been increasingly interested in purchasing an MTB, but have yet to purchase one. I've been a "roadie" all my life and know very little about MTBs. I've been thinking about the Seven Sola, but need to do a lot of research before I make any decision. I've never heard of Bike Junkie. I will have to drop buy and check it out.
 

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MerckxMad,

I am quite familiar with Brands, having spent thousands there over the last 25 years. When I first started riding in the late 70s, the only shops that I was aware of that had the high-end stuff was Visentin and Brands. My favorite shop is Carl Hart. I bought a Derosa from Fred Feller in the mid 80s and Fred took very good care of me over the years. The problem is the distance I have to travel to get there. It is for this reason, and the fact that he was not a Seven distributor at the time, that I purchased my Axiom from Breaking Away Cycles in East Williston. Unfortunately, it has since gone out of business. Breaking Away was a small shop that gave me very personal service and the mechanic, Gary, was excellent. While I still shop at Brands, I keep my purchases to smaller things. I would rather not subject an expensive frame or component group to their army of "after school" mechanics. They do have a few very good full-time mechanics there. I suspect that if I insisted on them being the only mechanics who touch my bike, they'd probably agree, but I've never actually asked.

I've hiked the Greenbelt Trail many times, but have never ridden it. I've been increasingly interested in purchasing an MTB, but have yet to purchase one. I've been a "roadie" all my life and know very little about MTBs. I've been thinking about the Seven Sola, but need to do a lot of research before I make any decision. I've never heard of Bike Junkie. I will have to drop buy and check it out.
It's a haul out to Fred's, but in my case, worth it. I have several expensive Merckx(s?) and other expensive toys that his crew keep running. He gripes about the fact that I've purchased from others and I understand that, but he always treats me and my machines well.

As for Breaking Away, they're gone and I know one Seven customer who is glad about that fact.

For MTB equipment, it's worth a trip to the Junkie in Bethpage. They are wonderful people and just asking the owners and other customers questions you can pick up more info than reading several months worth of magazines. "Trail View" (aka the non-hiker section of the Greenbelt) is flat, sandy in spots and fun, but I'd rather be out amongst the giants of the road. Best of luck.
 

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North Shore Nassau County

I usually head up to Oyster Bay, Lattingtown, Locust Valley, Bayville, and then loop back down to Syosset, Plainview, Bethpage and Farmingdale. With variations, it's about a 50 mile circuit. Once north of the LIE, the traffic tames down a bit and the roads are rolling to hilly with great water views and scenery along the Gold Coast.

Several clubs ride in this area every weekend. Massapequa Park CC leaves from Bethpage Library and/or Massapequa RR Station each weekend day and make runs north or east. Huntington CC leaves from Greenlawn and often sends groups west into Nassau County. You can get cue sheets online. Saturdays @noon can get crazy in Nassau County with the minivans and $UVs. The early rides are not so nutty.
 

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I am concerned because my wife has a bad idea to buy a house in Massapequa Shores. I drove out there a few times and saw nothing but super high traffic and high speed wide roads. I could just see getting hit by a car as soon as I hit the roads.
 
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